If the U.S. Open won’t come back to Torrey Pines anytime soon, maybe the PGA Championship will.
At least that’s the thinking behind a letter sent to the PGA by the San Diego Championship Golf Association—the same group the spearheaded efforts to bring the U.S. Open to Torrey Pines in 2008—formally inviting the PGA to host the PGA Championship or the Ryder Cup at Torrey Pines South.
The earliest Torrey Pines would be able to host the PGA Championship would be 2019. The Ryder Cup could come as early as 2024.
This comes after Torrey Pines was snubbed for the 2018 U.S. Open by the U.S. Golf Association.
“We are certainly very appreciative of Torrey Pines’ interest in possibly hosting one of our Championship events and look forward to discussing further in the coming months,” Kerry Haigh, the PGA’s senior director of tournaments, told the Union-Tribune.
There has been a sort of a rivalry between the USGA and the PGA in terms of which sites each chooses to host their top events.
The PGA has been weary to select sites that the USGA picks for the U.S. Open.
In California, only the Riviera in Los Angeles and Pebble Beach have hosted both events.
And now, being snubbed by the USGA, San Diego sees an opening to bring not only the PGA Championship to Torrey Pines, but also the Ryder Cup.
But really, any major championship would do for Torrey Pines.
“Torrey Pines would certainly welcome another U.S. Open and would also be a spectacular venue for the PGA of America to showcase the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup,” Jay Rains, who drafted the letter to the PGA, told the UT.
Regardless, both championships have stayed away from the West Coast.
Of the 111 U.S. Open championships that have been held, 11 have been held in California. However, southern California has hosted the U.S. Open just twice, 1948 at the Riviera and 2008 at Torrey Pines.
The PGA Championship, in contrast, has been held in California just four times. Twice at the Riviera, once at Pebble Beach and once at the Hillcrest Country Club in Los Angeles.
However, this seems like the moment in time where Torrey Pines can finally find its place in the regular rotation for a major championship.
Why? Just look at what it did for the U.S. Open in 2008.
If the PGA likes successful events, Torrey Pines has shown that it can pull one off.
The question that needs to be answered is can Torrey Pines pull it off again?
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