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Return Of US Open To San Diego Promises Economic Boost

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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.

The United States Golf Association made it official Tuesday, the U.S. Open will return to San Diego in 2021.

The U.S. Open Golf tournament will carry a hefty economic punch when it comes to San Diego. The overall impact will dwarf the impact of the annual Farmers Insurance Open.

San Diego officials estimated the previous U.S. Open played in San Diego generated an economic impact of $142 million.

That's six times the boost the region gets from the Farmer's Insurance Open played here each February. And local analysts say the impact of the 2008 Open was muted by the Great Recession.

USGA official Dan Burton said selecting a site for the tournament is very competitive.

"Lots and lots of places in America would love to have the U.S. Open, so we are constantly in discussion about where the best places to take the Open are," Burton said.

San Diego scored high as a location, according to Burton, and the golf association likes the fact the region's mild climate makes it easy to control the firmness of the greens.

The 2021 U.S. Open will be the 14th time the major golf championship will be held in California.

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