• US Open

Torrey Pines selected for 2021

ESPN staff
March 12, 2014
Tiger Woods beat Rocco Mediate in an epic tussle at Torrey Pines in 2008 © AP

The US Open will return to Torrey Pines in 2021, the venue where Tiger Woods won the last of his 14 major championships six years ago.

Torrey Pines is a public course that annually hosts the Farmers Insurance Open over two courses. The South Course is the one that would be used for the US Open.

In 2008, playing on what was later discovered to be a broken tibia, Woods tied Rocco Mediate at 1-under par through 72 holes by rolling in a 12-foot birdie putt on the final green to force a play-off.

The next day, they were still tied through 18 holes, forcing sudden death, and Woods won with a par on the first extra hole. Two days later he had season-ending knee surgery to replace a torn ACL. He has not won a major since. Woods also has won the PGA Tour event held at Torrey Pines seven times.

This year's US Open will be played at Pinehurst, followed by Chambers Bay, Oakmont, Erin Hills, Shinnecock Hills, Pebble Beach and Winged Foot.

The PGA Championship, which has not been played at a West Coast venue since 1998 and is not scheduled to be through 2019, had been seriously interested in going to Torrey Pines, but any plans for a PGA Championship on the West Coast would likely be put on hold for several years beyond 2021.

"There are a lot of chess pieces," USGA president Thomas O'Toole told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "We wouldn't have gone back to Torrey Pines any sooner than 10 years, and we're slightly outside that range now. We have a fabulous Open there; the city was great; and the community was incredibly supportive."

Extracts of this article were taken from the original report on ESPN.com

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