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USGA commits to hosting more Majors at Oakmont and Merion

9.31am 12th August 2021 - Course Development - This story was updated on Wednesday, August 11th, 2021

The United States Golf Association has announced that Oakmont Country Club and Merion Golf Club, both of which are in Pennsylvania, will host five US Opens and four US Women’s Opens between them between now and 2050.

The USGA has also designated Oakmont as a second ‘anchor site’, joining Pinehurst Resort as perpetual hosts of the organisation’s most important championships.

“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,” John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s senior managing director of championships. “We’re making history and kicking off a new era for our national championships in Pennsylvania and we couldn’t be more excited about what lies ahead.”

Oakmont, which is hosting the US Amateur this week, will host the 2025 US Open, the 2028 and 2038 US Women’s Opens, the 2034, 2042 and 2049 US Opens, the 2033 Walker Cup, and the 2046 US Amateur.

Oakmont president Ed Stack said: “Our members, and all of Pittsburgh, are so excited to host the USGA and the best players in the game at Oakmont, which we believe to be one of the most exacting tests of golf anywhere in the world. It is the perfect venue to identify the best golfers around the globe, in concert with the USGA’s mission for championship golf. The new champions who will be crowned over the next 30 years will join a distinguished list of past champions and etch their names in golf history.”

Merion Golf Club

Merion, which is already scheduled to host the 2022 Curtis Cup and the 2026 US Amateur, will add the 2030 and 2050 US Open to it future events, as well as the 2034 and 2046 US Women’s Open. The 2030 US Open will mark the centennial of Bobby Jones’ Grand Slam, having won the final leg in the US Amateur at Merion in September 1930.

As host of 18 previous USGA events, Merion owns the distinction of having hosted more of the association’s championships than any other site. It is where Jones won two US Amateur championships and Ben Hogan, Lee Trevino, David Graham, Olin Dutra and Justin Rose have won US Open titles, the latter in 2013.

Buddy Marucci, championship chair for Merion, said: “Starting with its formation, the desire to host significant championships has been at Merion’s core. It is no wonder Merion has hosted more USGA championships than any club in America.  Our friendship with the USGA dates to its first decade and has produced some of the most incredible moments in golf history. We are thrilled to celebrate those moments by announcing four more Open championships and we look forward to bringing the best players in the world to compete on Hugh Wilson’s timeless masterpiece.”

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