US Open returns to Winged Foot


Sean Dudley

The 2020 US Open will be played at the Winged Foot club near New York City, the first time the championship has returned to the club's West course since Geoff Ogilvy's victory there in 2006.

This will be Winged Foot's sixth US Open. Bobby Jones, Billy Casper, Hale Irwin and Fuzzy Zoeller also won the event at the Mamaroneck course, which was designed by architect AW Tillinghast.

"Winged Foot is a quintessential US Open course," said USGA executive director Mike Davis. "With its wonderfully challenging greens complexes and dogleg holes that emphasise proper placement off the tee, Winged Foot offers the best players in the world a spectacular test of golf."

The return has not been without controversy, though. Located in suburban Westchester County, the Winged Foot club is widely believed to have been unhappy with some issues after the 2006 Open, notably the impact on its East course, which is used to locate service areas for the tournament. Some commentators have also expressed concern that the course's famously sloping greens may be altered in the runup to a future event.