PINEHURST, NORTH CAROLINA | Twenty-one years after Pinehurst Resort hosted its first U.S. Open, shadowed by questions about whether the quaint village in the North Carolina sandhills could handle hosting tens of thousands of visitors, the USGA has found its second home.
Pinehurst and the USGA made it official Wednesday morning, cementing their relationship with an announcement made near the 18th green on Course No. 2 where Payne Stewart holed his U.S. Open-winning putt in 1999 and is remembered nearby with a bronze statue of the moment.
“This is one of the great days in the 125-year history of the USGA,” chief executive officer Mike Davis said Wednesday morning. “It’s just the start of something wonderful.
“How appropriate for the United States Golf Association to be at the home of American golf.”
While the new arrangement will keep the main USGA office anchored in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, it will create a second base in Pinehurst, unofficially called Golf House Pinehurst.
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