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Winged Foot to host U.S. Open in 2020

The venerable, history-steeped New York club Winged Foot will be welcoming back the U.S. Open in seven years time, the PGA Tour announced today.

Designed in 1923, and third only to Oakmont and Baltusrol in number of U.S. Opens held, the fifth and most recent major championship was held in 2006 where Geoff Ogilvy memorably defeated Phil Mickelson.

''Winged Foot offers a spectacular setting in a dynamic market, and has justifiably earned its reputation as one of the premier U.S. Open venues in the nation,'' said Thomas O'Toole Jr., vice president of the USGA and head of its championship committee.

''And it joins an impressive lineup of future U.S. Open Championship locations that players and fans alike can eagerly anticipate.''

The West Course is a par 72 measuring 7,264 yards (6,642 m) and has been ranked by Golf Digest at number 8 in its listing of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses. USGA executive director Mike Davis has called it a ''quintessential U.S. Open golf course.''

''I think it's great,'' Ogilvy said about the return to Winged Foot in 2020. ''I'm excited for the club. It's one of the best clubs in America for that sort of thing. It's a true golf club in the original sense.

They love playing golf. The courses are super busy. You meet Winged Foot members everywhere and they can't say enough about it. And it's got such a great history, really.''

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