Shinnecock to host 2018 U.S. Open

Updated: June 15, 2011, 2:12 PM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

BETHESDA, Md. -- Shinnecock Hills will become the first course to host a U.S. Open in three different centuries when the tournament returns to the Long Island club in 2018.

The United States Golf Association announced Wednesday that Shinnecock, site of the second U.S. Open in 1896, will get the event for the fifth time when the 118th edition of the golf calendar's third major championship is played there.

The course was the subject of considerable controversy when Retief Goosen won in 2004 on baked-out greens that forced officials to water them between groups during the final round for fear of losing them.

In the aftermath of the tournament, the USGA instituted guidelines for its preparation of courses.

"We are thrilled that our national championship will return to one of our country's most-storied venues," USGA president Jim Hyler said. "We are confident that Shinnecock Hills will provide a true challenge for the world's premier players, as it has for more than a century."

After James Foulis won the 1896 Open -- a year after Newport Country Club hosted the inaugural Open -- the tournament did not return to Shinnecock until 1986. That year, Raymond Floyd outlasted a slew of final-day contenders.

Corey Pavin held off Greg Norman to win in 1995, and Goosen relegated to Phil Mickelson one of his five runner-up finishes at the Open in 2004.

The U.S. Open sites are set through 2019. Next year's tournament returns to the Olympic Club in San Francisco, followed by Merion Golf Club, outside of Philadelphia, in 2013, and Pinehurst in North Carolina in 2014.

The USGA then will take the tournament in 2015 for the first time to Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., followed by Oakmont in 2016 and another first-timer, Erin Hills in Wisconsin, in 2017.

Pebble Beach already has been announced as the course for the 2019 tournament.

Shinnecock Hills was one of the founding members of the USGA in 1894, along with The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.; Newport (R.I.) Golf Club; Chicago Golf Club; and Saint Andrews Golf Club in New York. The current layout was designed by William Flynn in 1931.

Bob Harig is the golf writer for ESPN.com.

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