LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The U.S. Open could be making its return to Los Angeles in 2023, some 75 years after it was last contested in the city.
The Los Angeles Country Club and the U.S. Golf Association still have a bit more work to do, but the club’s board of directors voted Wednesday to move forward on negotiations with the sport’s governing body. That sets the stage for a vote among the club’s 1,500 members, which could be held in October.
On Thursday, the USGA did confirm that it is “exploring the possibility” of the club hosting a future U.S. Open.
The tournament is anticipated to be played on the North Course, which recently underwent a five-year renovation, and is slated to host an international competition — the Walker Cup — in 2017.
The USGA has already approved sites for the U.S. Open through 2021, when it will return to Torrey Pines in La Jolla for a second time. The tournament was last played there in 2008. Because the USGA does not contest the Open in the same region two years in a row, the earliest it could come to Los Angeles is 2023.
The last time the U.S. Open was played in Los Angeles, Ben Hogan won $2,000 while posting an 8-under 276 at Riviera in 1948.