USGA picks Ardmore’s Merion Golf Club to host 2 future U.S. Open Championships
Philadelphia Business Journal
The United States Golf Association has tapped two of Pennsylvania’s most prestigious courses to host additional championship tournaments between now and 2050.
On Wednesday, the USGA announced it is committing an additional five U.S. Open Championships and four U.S. Women’s Open Championships to Merion Golf Club in Ardmore and Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, near Pittsburgh.
Merion was awarded the U.S Open in 2030 and 2050. Oakmont, already slated to host the U.S. Open in 2025, will add the 2034, 2042 and 2049 tournaments.
“Oakmont and Merion are iconic in every sense of the word – they’re in rare company in golf and continue to test the best in the game,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director of championships, in a statement. “We’re making history and kicking off a new era for our national championships in Pennsylvania, and we couldn’t be more excited for what lies ahead.”
The Main Line’s storied Merion Golf Club has hosted 18 championships, the most of any site. It last played host to the U.S. Open in 2013, when Justin Rose took the title, marking the first time the tournament had been played at the site since 1981. It first played host to the tournament in 1971.
Long considered to be among the finest courses in the country, Merion Golf Club was ranked No. 6 on Golf Digest’s biennial list of America’s 100 greatest golf courses this year. Oakmont landed at the No. 5 spot.
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