Putting speculations to rest, the United States Golf Association (USGA) recently announced the schedule, venue, and other details of the US Open 2021 edition. The event comes across as one of the biggest sporting extravaganzas on the planet with an astounding purse and a rich legacy.
As usual, the US Open 2021 is scheduled in mid-June, from 17 to 20, 2021 at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California. The schedule is such that the tour finale coincides with the third Sunday of June, provided the weather doesn’t interrupt. The declaration was made by the USGA president, Thomas J. O’Toole Jr. in a well-attended press meet at the Torrey Pines Golf Course, the venue for the event. The attendees included San Diego Mayor, Kevin Faulconer.
The 2020 edition was an exception to the norm in several respects, scheduled for one. The event was initially scheduled in June, as is the norm. But in wake of the pandemic, rescheduling came into play. Under strict protocols and zero audience attendance, the event could get underway only in September when the curve flattened. The event venue was the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, which was the epicentre of the COVID 19 back in June 2020.
Field and Format:
A total of 156 top golfers on the planet would compete for the title glory and a staggering prize fund. They’ll tee it up in a variety of courses, each of which doesn’t allow easy scoring. Besides skills and temperament, the golfers would be focusing on accurate driving to score and win. Some of them made it to the field via qualifying events while some got direct entry. The direct entrants include the current Major pro and major amateur title holders, and the top-ranked golfers.
For example, the previous 5-year champions of the 4 Masters Events, and Open and PGA events get direct entry. For qualification, some players have to go through both stages, local and final, while some are freed from final qualifications. Since its inception, the event is played in a stroke play format with 72 holes. Golfers would be playing four rounds on an 18-hole link. The player with the least number of strokes across all rounds would clinch the coveted title.
What makes the US Open the leading golfing event is a staggering 12.5 million USD prize fund. The purse is the highest for any of the Majors and joint-highest for any PGA event. Only The Players Championship, a part of the PGA tour equals the purse. With $11.5 million, the Masters offers the second-highest purse, followed by The PGA Championship (11 million USD) and The Open Championship (10.75 million USD). Thus, the US Open contenders have a lot to play for.
Special events require special venues. The US Open makes its way back to the Torrey Pines Golf Course after 13 years. In 2008, the venue entered the folklore with an epic showdown involving two golf legends, Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate. What transpired was one for the ages. With a broken leg, Tiger clinched the title with a career-defining performance. He hit a 12-foot birdie putt to extend the game into an 18-hole Monday playoff and eventually winning it.
A municipal golf course, Torrey Pines Golf Course is nestled in picturesque settings on a sea cliff in La Jolla, San Diego. The name stems from an eponymous tree exclusive to San Diego’s coast. It is one of the US’s busiest links, being a site for numerous golf events annually. The upcoming edition would be the 2nd US Open hosted by the Torrey Pines and the 3rd USGA championship.
On-course shops, specialist instructions, and golf school are also readily available here.
The Event Timeline:
If the weather does not foul up, we can all look forward to some amazing play-offs on the course.