If you enjoyed the cheesy views of the hotel and colorful paragliders during the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, save the memory, because the USGA may not be back.
According to rumors, the USGA is considering a rotation of only the most classic (private) golf courses.
Rory McIlroy was asked about the reports ahead of last week’s 129th U.S. Open, and the 2011 winner was a proponent of the idea.
“I would be in favor of that. I like that,” McIlroy said on Wednesday.
“When you think of a U.S. Open, I think you think of the iconic venues that it has been played on. Obviously, Pebble being one, even like going back to ’13 at Merion, I thought was a huge success. There’re courses that are just synonymous with U.S. Opens.
“I don’t really think we need to go too far outside of those.”
He added, “It sort of worked for The Open Championship. They have a rotation of three or four courses. I think the reason Augusta has become what it’s become is because people are so familiar with it. Year after year, people tune in, they know the holes on TV, and I think that’s one of the reasons the Masters has become the spectacle that it is.”
The idea would be for the U.S. Open to create a rotation of courses similar to what is used by The Open Championship that would include only classic venues such as Pebble Beach, Oakmont, and Pinehurst, among others.
h/t Golf Channel