Back in 2014, the United States Golf Association did the unthinkable in having Pinehurst No. 2 host both the men’s and women’s U.S. Open Golf Championship in back-to-back weeks, and Friday, the USGA decided the Open experiment worked so well, they were going to do it once again in 2029 at Pinehurst No. 2.
Pinehurst had already been announced as the men’s U.S. Open host for 2029, but the decision to bring the women’s back was a new one.
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“We are honored to host our second U.S. Women’s Open in 2029 and humbled by the USGA’s decision to have Pinehurst host the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open over back-to-back weeks again,” says Bob Dedman Jr., Pinehurst Resort’s Chief Executive Officer. “Having the world’s best male and female players here for two consecutive weeks was a historic and unforgettable experience in 2014. To know we will again see them interact and compete on the same course is awe-inspiring. We are grateful to the USGA for the opportunity to serve as the site for one of the most unique experiences in all of golf.”
The move comes just months after Pinehurst’s famous No. 2 course was announced as the first “Anchor Site” for the men’s U.S. Open. That puts the U.S. Open tournament at Pinehurst in 2024, 2029, 2035, 2041 and 2047.
Back in 2014, Martin Kaymer dominated the men’s tournament, shooting a remarkable 9-under 271 to finish a staggering EIGHT strokes ahead of Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler in second place. On the women’s side the weekend before, Michelle Wie held on to win with a 2-under 278, beating Stacy Lewis by two strokes.
Pinehurst as the host for the 2029 U.S. Open will also mark the 30th anniversary of Payne Stewart’s iconic win in the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst. His legendary fist pump celebration is immortalized with a statue on the grounds of Pinehurst. Stewart tragically died later that year in a plane crash.
“There will certainly be a few tears shed over those two weeks, but the feeling of joy as the best players in the world converge at the Cradle of American Golf on one of the world’s great golf courses will be overwhelming,” says Pinehurst President Tom Pashley. “No one wants to wish away time, but to say we can’t wait for 2029 would be a historic understatement.”