In danger of getting lost in the hullaballoo surrounding this week’s main event is the news that the US Open will return to Shinnecock Hills in 2018. By then, when we’re all flying around in jetpacks and being assisted by robot butlers, I’m guessing nearly everyone (except for Retief Goosen, President of South Africa) will have forgotten about 2004’s layout.
USGA President Jim Hyler sounded pretty pleased with the decision.
“We are thrilled that our national championship will return to one of our country’s most-storied venues. 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.”
As did Shinnecock Hills’ President Robert A. Murphy, Jr.
“On behalf of our members, I am delighted to welcome the USGA and the U.S. Open Championship back to Shinnecock Hills in 2018… Shinnecock Hills is very proud of our common heritage with the USGA dating back to the origins of golf in America, and we are equally excited about our strong future together. We believe that our course offers a unique venue for championship golf that stands the test of any era, and are very pleased to have the USGA as our partner in sharing the challenge of Shinnecock again in 2018.”