Pinehurst No. 2 to Host Back-to-Back Men’s and Women’s U.S. Opens in 2029
January 7, 2022

‘Cradle of American Golf’ to Stage Both Championships for Only the Second Time in History

Back-to-back is…back at Pinehurst.

On Friday, the United States Golf Association announced the return of back-to-back U.S. Opens to Pinehurst in 2029. The men’s tournament was already scheduled as part of the USGA’s naming of Pinehurst No. 2 as the first Anchor Site of the U.S. Open. No. 2 will play host to the U.S. Open in 2024, 2029, 2035, 2041 and 2047.

And now the U.S. Women’s Open will return to No. 2 in 2029.

Between the ropes, the comparative statistics from the unprecedented back-to-back tournaments in 2014 validated both Donald Ross’s ultimate vision and the restoration work by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw in challenging all of the world’s best players.

The men played No. 2 from a base yardage of 7,390 and the women from 6,253. The stroke average for the men was 73.08 and 74.61 for the women (one can thank Kaymer’s 9-under 271 for some of that difference), but in the fourth rounds for both the men and women, the difference in scoring average was just one-tenth of a stroke. The men made 22 eagles, the women 25. The number of birdies were almost identical, with the women making 931 and the men 959.

That No. 2 proved to be a worthy test surprised no one. But it’s the moments that come from the most unique fortnight in golf that will endure, and will have only happened at Pinehurst. And co-hosting the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in 2029 will be serendipitous, and emotional, on many levels.

For one, it will mark the 30-year anniversary of Payne Stewart’s epic victory in the 1999 U.S. Open and the indelible leaning fist pump on the 18th green immortalized by the statue between it and the clubhouse. And it will also be 15 years since Michelle Wie West’s win in the 2014 championship, a two-shot victory over Stacy Lewis for her first major championship victory.

“There will certainly be a few tears shed over those two weeks, but the feeling of joy as the best players in the world converge at the Cradle of American Golf on one of the world’s great golf courses will be overwhelming,” says Pinehurst President Tom Pashley. “No one wants to wish away time, but to say we can’t wait for 2029 would be a historic understatement.”

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