USGA announces host for 2018 U.S. Women's Open

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The U.S. Women's Open will be played at Shoal Creek in Birmingham, Ala., in 2018, the USGA announced Tuesday.

The championship will be staged May 31-June 3.

In announcing Shoal Creek, the USGA also announced that beginning in 2018 the U.S. Women's Open will be moved up on the calendar, with the event to be staged before the U.S. Open.

"Conducting the U.S. Women's Open earlier in the year will allow the USGA to provide optimum playing conditions for the world's best players across a broader variety of the country's finest golf courses," said Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and chairman of the championship committee.

Though Shoal Creek was at the heart of controversy over diversity and minority membership policies in golf as host of the PGA Championship in 1990, the club's more inclusive practices brought it back into the championship mix. Shoal Creek has hosted a Champions Tour major since 2011. Tiger Woods won the Jerry Pate Invitational there while at Stanford in '94. In '09, Condoleezza Rice, the former United States secretary of state, became a full member of the club.

Jack Nicklaus designed the course at Shoal Creek, which was host to the PGA Championship when Lee Trevino won in 1984 and Wayne Grady in '90. The club has been host to two other USGA events, the 1986 U.S. Amateur and '08 U.S. Junior Amateur.