Oakmont earns ninth US Open


Sean Dudley

The USGA has announced that the 2016 US Open will be played at Oakmont, nine years after Angel Cabrera became the course’s most recent champion. It will be the ninth time the club has hosted the championship, a record.

The course, designed largely by founder Henry Fownes and his son William, has been the site of 14 previous USGA championships since its 1903 opening. It will also play host to the US Women’s Open in 2010. Oakmont is a poster boy for tree management, following the club’s radical removal of almost all the internal trees planted over the past 50 years, before the 2007 championship.

“As evident from the results of the 2007 championship, the course is a wonderful and complete test of golf,” said USGA president Jim Vernon. “We are honoured that the USGA has accepted our invitation to return to our historic course for a record ninth US Open,” said Oakmont president Bill Griffin.

The first US golf course to be named a National Historic Landmark, previous champions at Oakmont include Tommy Armour, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller and Ernie Els.