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Merion awarded third future U.S. Open

January 22, 2024

David Cannon

The USGA has awarded Merion a third future U.S. Open.

The historic club outside Philadelphia was originally announced to host the 2030 national championship to coincide with the 100th year anniversary of Bobby Jones’ completion of the Grand Slam at Merion with his U.S. Amateur triumph. Additionally, Merion is also scheduled to host the 2050 U.S. Open to honor another centennial, with this celebration marking Ben Hogan’s comeback from his near-fatal car accident. On Monday, the USGA announced Merion will be on a 10-year cadence as U.S. Open host, with the tournament set to return in 2040.

“For well over a century, Merion has served as the site of some of American golf’s most iconic moments,” said John Bodenhamer, chief championships officer of the USGA. “Our relationship with the club and its membership continues to grow, and when we looked at our future lineup for the U.S. Open, we wanted to enhance our upcoming commitment with a more regular cadence. We are thrilled to be able to return to such an important club on a regular basis and look forward to watching the world’s best write new chapters in the history of this great game.”

Merion Golf Club: East
Merion Golf Club: East
Ardmore, PA
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Merion East has long been considered the best course on the tightest acreage in America, and when it hosted the U.S. Open in 2013, its first since 1981, the present generation of big hitters couldn’t conquer this clever little course. They couldn’t consistently hit its twisting fairways, which are edged by creeks, hodge-podge rough and OB stakes and couldn’t consistently hold its canted greens, edged by bunkers that stare back. Justin Rose won with a 72-hole total of one-over-par, two ahead of Jason Day and Phil Mickelson. With Gil Hanse's extensive two-year renovation making even more improvements at Merion's East Course, the design should be even more polished when the Open returns again in 2030.
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In 2020 the USGA signaled a new strategy for its championships, reducing the number of venues for its premier events and introducing a rotation of sorts around a handful of sites. Along with its intended U.S. Opens, Merion will also host future USGA championships with the 2026 U.S. Amateur and the 2034 and 2046 U.S. Women’s Opens. To date, Merion has hosted 19 USGA championships, the most of any venue. Its last U.S. Open hosting duties were in 2013, when Justin Rose claimed his major breakthrough.

The 2024 U.S. Open will begin June 13 at Pinehurst No. 2. Wyndham Clark is the defending champion.