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Carmel Magazine, spring 2018

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L ocal duffers have always known that Northern California is the center of the golf universe, but recently the game's governing bodies have made it official, locking in an unprecedented 15-year slate of big-time tournaments in Pebble Beach and San Francisco. It begins in August 2018 with the U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach Golf Links and then the hits just keep on com- ing. Here's what we have to look forward to: • 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach • 2020 PGA Championship at Harding Park • 2021 U.S. Women's Open at the Olympic Club • 2023 U.S. Women's Open at Pebble Beach • 2025 Presidents Cup at Harding Park • 2027 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach • 2028 PGA Championship at the Olympic Club • 2032 Ryder Cup at the Olympic Club Of course, all of this is in addition to annual tournaments like the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, the Champions players at the Pure Insurance Championship at Pebble and the LPGA's springtime tourna- ment in San Francisco. Besides the quality of the courses, which is self-evident, what is driving this new golden age of golf in these parts? There are a number of factors: Guilt. There hasn't been a Ryder Cup on the West Coast since 1959. There has only been one domestic Presidents Cup west of the Mississippi. It was long overdue for these events to be played in Northern California. More than a decade ago, the USGA promised to bring a Women's Open to Pebble Beach; in the interim, the Women's British Open has visited clas- sic courses like Royal Birkdale, Carnoustie and the Old Course, outshining our national championship. "We are incredibly proud to bring the U.S. Women's Open to Pebble Beach for the first time," says Diana Murphy, president of the USGA. "The 124 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • W I N T E R 2 0 1 8 The Olympic Club's Lake Course is one of the toughest tests in championship golf. It will be an exacting venue for the 2021 U.S. Women's Open, '28 PGA Championship and '32 Ryder Cup. Photo: Scott A. Miller/ZUMA Wire/Alamy Live News

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