The San Diego City Council has to approve the decision, but pending approval, this major championship will return to California for the first time since Tiger Woods' record-setting triumph at Pebble Beach in 2000.
'The chance to host the U.S. Open represents an extraordinary opportunity for the city of San Diego,' said Mayor Dick Murphy. 'The Open will bring national exposure to the city, draw tourist dollars and give us a chance to showcase one of our most spectacular jewels - the public golf course at Torrey Pines.'
Torrey Pines has hosted the PGA Tour's Buick Invitational each February since 1952. Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal won the title in 2002 but Phil Mickelson captured the previous two Buick Invitationals.
Woods, a two-time U.S. Open champion, won the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines in 1999.
Torrey Pines will be the second golf course owned by the public to host the USGA's top event. The Black Course at Bethpage State Park was the first and hosted Woods' second U.S. Open victory in June.