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U.S. Open Headed Back To Torrey Pines' South Course In '21, Pending City Approval
Published March 11, 2014
PLAYING FOR KEEPS: The UNION-TRIBUNE's Leonard reports it sounded as if PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua was "ready to bring a PGA to Torrey at first opportunity." Leonard: "So is it a coincidence that USGA Executive Director Mike Davis decided only two months later to take another strong look at Torrey?" The USGA "had a really nice girlfriend in Torrey Pines, and when another suitor showed interest, it busted out the roses and Godiva chocolate." It "wasn’t going to let Torrey get into another guy’s car." San Diego was "too valuable, with its previous record sales, and prime time TV ratings and its years-long public merchandise windfall." But acknowledging the PGA's interest yesterday, O'Toole said, "We don't operate in a vacuum. We negotiate and have discussions with our clubs about what we and our championship can do for a community. We didn't feel threatened one way or another." Leonard: "Would San Deigans have supported a PGA? As much as we love golf here, sure. Would the buzz have been as strong and palpable? No way" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 3/11).