BETHESDA, Md. -- The USGA announced Wednesday that Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., has been selected as the site of the 2018 U.S. Open Championship.
The dates of the championship are June 14-17, 2018. It will be the fifth U.S. Open to be hosted by the club, which is the only venue to host the championship in three centuries.
Shinnecock Hills hosted the second U.S. Open in 1896, and James Foulis won the championship by three strokes over Horace Rawlins. In 1986, Raymond Floyd shot a final-round 66 to break out of a tightly bunched field and win by two strokes over Chip Beck and Lanny Wadkins. Nine years later, Corey Pavin clinched his two-stroke victory over Greg Norman with a memorable 4-wood approach to the final green. Retief Goosen outlasted Phil Mickelson by two strokes to claim his second U.S. Open title in 2004.
“We are thrilled that our national championship will return to one of our country’s most-storied venues,” said USGA President Jim Hyler. “We are confident that Shinnecock Hills will provide a true challenge for the world’s premier players, as it has for more than a century.”
Shinnecock Hills opened in 1891, and the present course was designed by William Flynn and opened in 1931. The 2018 championship will mark the 19th time the U.S. Open will have been played in the state of New York and the 10th time on Long Island. As of the 2011 season, New York has hosted 66 USGA championships, which ranks third among all states.
Shinnecock Hills was one of the founding clubs of the USGA in 1894 along with The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., Newport (R.I.) Country Club, Chicago (Ill.) Golf Club and Saint Andrew's Golf Club in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.
Shinnecock Hills had America's first golf clubhouse (complete with locker room, showers and grill room), which was designed by Stanford White. It was also the first 18-hole golf course on the East Coast.
By Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
AUGUSTA, GA -- Greg Norman knows.
He didn't find himself between cabins. Or watch his golf ball play pinball on the 10th hole, but, lord, the man has had his share of heartbreak at Augusta National. Whether it was Larry Mize's chip and run in 1987 or Norman's meltdown in 1996, the man has driven down Magnolia Lane shaking his head more times than anyone can count.
He would sit at his locker, tapping his putter at the end of yet another almost and wonder the same thing: How can a course he loves so much tear his heart out.
He watched her do it to young Rory McIlroy Sunday afternoon. One minute McIlroy makes the turn home in the lead. The next? He's hitting from between two cabins, then hitting another tree and scraping it in for a triple-bogey seven.
"I knew exactly how he felt,'' Norman said from his home in Jupiter, Fla. "I've experienced it.''
He went to the 18th hole several times in his career -- including 1986 -- with a chance to win. And in 1996, he entered the day with a six-shot lead and closed with a 78 -- to Nick Faldo's 67 -- and finished second by five shots.
He was impressed with the way both McIlroy and CBS' Peter Kostis handled discussing it afterward.
And it made Norman shake his head once again.
"What is it with golf destiny?'' he said. " Isn’t it strange? It taps you on the back of your head and it either pushes you ahead or pushes you back. Who determines that? It's crazy.''