USGA keeps US Open on Father’s Day but course moves upend golf tradition | Ewan Murray

Using a new course in Erin Hills two years after Chambers Bay’s questionable debut hurts the US Open’s identity in a sport where playing in the greats’ footsteps draws us in

Change may be afoot in golf’s calendar but the US Open’s position remains nonnegotiable. The United States Golf Association, in moving towards a series of championships around this time of year, have made it both publicly and privately clear that their biggest one of all will continue to conclude on Father’s Day.

Elsewhere, confirmation may not be slow in arriving that the US PGA Championship will revert to May from 2019; a long-awaited scenario which would have knock-on impacts for both the European and PGA Tours. The US Open, therefore, would become the third rather than the second major of any given year. The Players Championship would become part of the Masters buildup, as was the case in the past.

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