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USGA announces Oakmont as second ‘anchor site’

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Two of golf’s most venerable venues — Oakmont Country Club and Merion Golf Club — are going see a lot more major action as the USGA on Wednesday announced five U.S. Open and four U.S. Women’s Open championships have been awarded to the storied Pennsylvania courses.

The USGA made the announcement at a press conference at Oakmont, located near Pittsburgh and site of this week’s 121st U.S. Amateur, and declared the club would be a second “anchor site” for U.S. Open championships.

Last September, the USGA announced North Carolina’s Pinehurst Resort & Country Club as an anchor site and detailed plans to make Pinehurst its “second home,” complete with a new equipment-testing facility, museum/visitor center and offices.

“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’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 for what lies ahead.”

Oakmont Country Club, which had already been announced as the host site for the 2025 U.S. Open, will now also host the 2028 and 2038 U.S. Women’s Opens, the 2034, 2042 and 2049 U.S. Opens, the 2033 Walker Cup and the 2046 U.S. Women’s Amateur.

Including this week’s U.S. Amateur, Oakmont has hosted 17 USGA championships and most recently hosted the 2016 U.S. Open won by Dustin Johnson.

Located in Ardmore near Philadelphia, Merion was previously named as the host site for the 2022 Curtis Cup and 2026 U.S. Amateur, and now will host four additional Opens: the 2030 and 2050 U.S. Opens and the 2034 and 2046 U.S. Women’s Opens, with additional championships to be named in the future.

Merion has hosted 18 USGA championships — the most of any site — including five U.S. Opens, with the most recent being in 2013 and won by England’s Justin Rose.

The USGA, headquartered in Liberty Corner, N.J., had already scheduled 18 championships to be played in the Keystone State between now and 2050. This week’s U.S. Amateur at Oakmont marks the 88th USGA championship staged in Pennsylvania, the most of any state.

–Field Level Media

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