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Pine Needles to host 2022 U.S. Women's Open

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Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club will host the U.S. Women’s Open in 2022, the USGA announced Tuesday.

It will mark the fourth time that championship will be played there.

The dates are set for June 2-5 in Southern Pines, N.C.

Annika Sorenstam won the first U.S. Women’s Open played at Pine Needles in 1996, Karrie Webb won the second in 2001 and Cristie Kerr won the last there in 2007.

“Pine Needles is, if not my favorite U.S. Women’s Open venue, it’s in the top three,” said Webb, whose victory there made her the winner of back-to-back U.S. Women’s Opens. “Pine Needles [in 1996] was my very first U.S. Open I ever played in, and then when we went back in 2001, I was so excited to be there as a defending champion. Obviously, it was a special week where I played fantastic golf at a tremendous golf course. I’ll always have special memories of Pine Needles.”

The course was originally designed by Donald Ross in 1928. The club was owned by Peggy Kirk Bell, a renowned instructor and LPGA charter member, from 1953 until her death in 2016.

This year’s U.S. Women’s Open will be played at Shoal Creek Golf Club and Country Club in Birmingham, Ala., May 31-June 3.

Other futures sites:

2019 – Country Club of Charleston (S.C.)

2020 – Champions Club in Houston, Texas.

2021 – The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

2022 – Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C.

2023 – Pebble Beach Golf Links (Calif.)