Mayor: San Diego Secures Bid to Host 2021 U.S. Open

San Diego last hosted the U.S. Open Championship at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in 2008

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    Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced that San Diego has secured a bid to host the U.S Open Championship in 2021, pending city council approval. NBC 7’s Bridget Naso explains the impact the event could have on local economy.

    The Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego is already known as a golfing mecca but in 2021, it could gain national attention as the site of the 2021 U.S. Open Championship.

    On Tuesday, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced that the City of San Diego has secured a bid to host the renowned golf event in 2021, pending approval from the city council.

    The agreement, reached by the city and the U.S. Golf Association (USGA), is on the docket for next week’s city council meeting.

    If approved, the current proposal negotiated by the city and the USGA will bring a big boost to the local economy – at least $2.5 million, according to Faulconer’s camp.

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    San Diego is no stranger to hosting the U.S. Open Championship.

    The city successfully served as host for the event in 2008, which was the second-largest attended U.S. Open Championship in the history of the event. The 2021 event is set to generate $2 million more for the City of San Diego than it did in 2008.

    In a statement released Tuesday, Faulconer said this would present “a fantastic opportunity to showcase San Diego to the world.”

    The mayor praised the efforts of the city, the USGA and the leadership of San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria for securing the bid for the world-class sporting event.

    “Making this early announcement means Torrey Pines will once again become an instant tourist destination for visitors from around the globe between now and 2021, serving as a major boon to our local economy," Faulconer said.

    Earlier this year, Torrey Pines hosted the Farmers Insurance Open, bringing golf pros like Tiger Woods and San Diego native Phil Mickelson to the green. Mickelson wound up withdrawing from that tournament after suffering a back injury during the first round.

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