31 May '15, 2pm

The odds of a course hosting a U.S. Open keep getting tougher:

Though most golf fans are eagerly awaiting the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, there are some people hoping for a flop. These folks have a vested interest—emotionally and/or financially—with some historic sites that might have to wait a long time, if ever, before getting another Open. The Open dance card has become overcrowded, and the list of very attractive wallflowers is growing. For much of the 20th century, the Open was played at private clubs near large and mid-size cities. Unlike the British Open with its rota of 10 seaside links courses, the U.S. Open has been a movable feast, with no formal rotational schedule. In the past 50 years, the U.S. Open has been played on 23 courses. I joined the USGA staff in 1978 and became executive director in 1989. The 1995 Open (Shinnecock Hills) was the first Open contract I executed. The ones that gave me the most satisfaction were th...

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