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San Diego Reaches Agreement To Host 2021 U.S. Open At Torrey Pines

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Above: People sit in the stands at the 18th hole of the U.S. Open Championship at Torrey Pines South Golf Course on June 11, 2008.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Tuesday applauded the golf association's selection of Torrey Pines Golf Course for the U.S. Open in 2021.

“The U.S. Open presents a fantastic opportunity to showcase San Diego to the world," Faulconer said. "Thanks to collaboration between the (U.S. Golf Association) and the city of San Diego, as well as City Council President Todd Gloria's leadership earlier this year, we were able to secure this world-class sporting event."

He said the selection means Torrey Pines will once again become "an instant tourist destination for visitors from around the globe" between now and 2021, and serve "as a major boon to our local economy."

The 2008 U.S. Open, the first at the seaside golf course, became one of the most memorable in the history of the tournament when Tiger Woods went into a playoff to hold off a challenge from Rocco Mediate. Woods hasn't won a major since, but he did earn his 75th PGA Tour victory by winning the Farmers Insurance Open for the seventh time last January.

The City Council will consider giving final approval to the USGA agreement, perhaps as soon as next week. The current proposal negotiated by San Diego and the USGA will result in the city receiving at least $2.5 million, which is $2 million more than in 2008.

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