Pebble Beach is on the clock! After the Masters and the PGA Championship delivered a pair of historic moments to launch golf’s Major championship season in 2019, the USGA is confident that Pebble Beach will once again produce a worthy winner at June’s U.S. Open.
“Simply put, we absolutely love having championships here at Pebble Beach,” said Mike Davis, the USGA’s CEO, during Wednesday’s U.S. Open Preview Day. “This truly is a national treasure. We’ve had this relationship for 90 years now. We treasure the relationship we have. It’s definitely going to be a historic 119th U.S. Open.”
How will that happen?
Simply put, we absolutely love having championships here at Pebble Beach.
The USGA believes it possesses the blueprint for an epic U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. That last five here have produced iconic performances and dramatic finishes:
From a course setup perspective, the job is simple. Set a similar stage, then sit back and enjoy the show.
“You’re going to see what you saw in ’72, ’82, ’92, 2000 and 2010,” said John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s Senior Managing Director of Championships. “Literally the fairway widths are identical to 2010. We don’t need to make a lot of big changes. It’s the U.S. Open at Pebble. Just let history take care of the rest of it.”
What might be different is how the U.S. Open looks this year – compared to wider venues like Chambers Bay (2015), Erin Hills (2017) and Shinnecock Hills (2018).
“We’ve had a lot of players say, ‘Give me my narrow U.S. Open back.’ Well, buckle-up boys, you’re going to get it here,” Bodenhamer said. “That’s not anything new. That’s what Pebble has always been. Wherever we go, the U.S. Open will always look different. Our North Star is presenting a challenging test that is true to what the architect intended, manage it with the weather, and get out of the way so we can let these players on the golf course shine.”
We’ve had a lot of players say, ‘Give me my narrow U.S. Open back.’ Well, buckle-up boys.
And what a U.S. Open it could be:
“Pebble Beach is an amazing test for these great players,” Bodenhamer said. “We want to set it up and present it in a challenging fashion, and then just get out of the way and let Brooks go after his three-peat, Tiger go after his fourth U.S. Open to tie the record, Phil win the grand slam. Those are the stories everyone wants to see. That’s what we’re trying to achieve.”
Want to experience history in person? Limited weekday tickets are still available!