1, FOUR’S A CROWD?
The West Coast has been a priority for the United States Golf Association in finding another site for the U.S. Open.
The USGA’s highest-profile tournament has been to Pebble Beach and
Olympic Club numerous times. A third course, preferably a public venue,
was being sought out.
That is big reason why the USGA chose to hold its 2008 U.S. Open two
weeks ago at Torrey Pines, a municipal course near San Diego.
Torrey Pines, a favorite PGA Tour stop in February with the Buick
Invitational, was home to one of golf’s biggest stars, Phil Mickelson.
And it was one of Tiger Woods’ favorite courses.
But seemingly like everything the USGA does, golf courses looking to
get into the U.S. Open rotation are reviewed after they host an event,
with their future decided thereafter.
Leading up to this U.S. Open, Torrey Pines certainly had its
question marks. The primary ones focused on environmental issues, which
were enough of a concern to stir up political factions in town.