USGA formally announces return of US Open to Pinehurst

Martin Kaymer won the 2014 U.S. Open in Pinehurst. (Jeff Reeves/WNCN)

FAR HILLS, N.J. (WNCN) – The United States Golf Association formally announced Wednesday the return of the U.S. Open Championship to Pinehurst in 2024.

With its return, it will mark the fourth U.S. Open hosted by Pinehurst. Pinehurst has previously hosted the U.S. Open in 1999, 2005 and 2014.

“Pinehurst has elevated itself to one of the great and historic places in golf in this country,” said Thomas J. O’Toole Jr., USGA president. “Some say it’s our St. Andrews – it’s certainly something special, and that’s why we’re going back there for the 2024 U.S. Open.”

Pinehurst No. 2 hosted the historic back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships in June 2014.

News of the Open’s return come out July 14 as the Pinehurst Village Council unanimously approved an agreement that allows the U.S. Open to return in 2024.

“It’s quite a compliment for Pinehurst to extend to us such generous invitations for both the U.S. Amateur in 2019 and the U.S. Open in 2024, right on the heels of our marvelous experience with the back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open last year,” said Diana Murphy, USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman.

The USGA will pay the village $350,000 plus the cost of restoring the area following the championship, Assistant Village Manager Jeff Batton said.

In 2014, the USGA gave the village $715,000 for a two-week time frame to host both the men’s and women’s Open. Pinehurst was responsible for restoring the area in 2014, which cost the village around $100,000, according to Batton.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be named as the site for the 2024 U.S. Open,” said Pinehurst Resort & Country Club President Tom Pashley. “We take great pride in our relationship with the USGA and feel fortunate they have chosen to bring the national championship back to Pinehurst for the fourth time in just 25 years.”

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