The U.S. Amateur is coming back to Pinehurst No. 2 in 2019, according to multiple sources. Off the success of a historic restoration and back-to-back men’s and women’s U.S. Opens last year, Pinehurst and the USGA are ready for the ultimate amateur trophy to return to the “Cradle of American Golf.”
Although Pinehurst president and COO Tom Pashley said, "We do not have an agreement on a future U.S. Am, though we do look forward to the opportunity to host it in the future," multiple sources told Golf Channel that an official announcement will come either during, or shortly after, the annual USGA meetings in early February.
The return wouldn't be a huge surprise given the close relationship between the USGA and Pinehurst and the date would mark the 20th anniversary of Payne Stewart’s historic win at the 1999 U.S. Open.
Mike Davis, executive director of the USGA, has been candid about his appreciation for the storied resort. Much like the R&A uses the Old Course in St. Andrews – hosting Open Championships every five years – the USGA is going in the same direction with Pinehurst. Since 1999, Pinehurst No. 2 has hosted a U.S. Amateur (‘08), three U.S. Opens (’99, ’05, ’14) and a U.S. Women’s Open (’14). With the 2019 U.S. Amateur, and rumors of another U.S. Open returning in 2024, there’s potential for at least seven majors events to be held at Pinehurst in a 25-year span.
The USGA did not return calls seeking comment.