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Greenbrier owner wants U.S. Open

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. – The Greenbrier is in its third year of hosting its eponymous PGA Tour event, but if owner Jim Justice someday has his way, it could hold an even more prestigious tournament.

Justice told GolfChannel.com on Thursday that it would be “a dream come true” for The Old White TPC Course to host a U.S. Open in the future.

“We have just barely got into the infancy of having dialogue in regard to the U.S. Open,” Justice said. “I’ve put out some feelers with others toward the USGA, but I have not had any direct communication whatsoever.

“(The course) has all the uniqueness and different shots and different looks. We could grow the rough a little more, make it a little firmer and faster and it could be a U.S. Open course. I’d love it … but we’ll just go with wherever it takes us. This course truly does stand up. I don’t profess to be a golf guru, but now it really sets up much more like an Open course than one you can just get after.”

The USGA currently has U.S. Open venues booked through the 2019 edition of the event, with Merion, Pinehurst No. 2, Chambers Bay, Oakmont, Erin Hills, Shinnecock Hills and Pebble Beach hosting the next seven tournaments.

The Greenbrier Resort held the 1979 Ryder Cup and 1994 Solheim Cup, though each of those were contested on The Greenbrier Course, a different 18-hole setup on property.