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Cameron Jourdan

USGA announces U.S. Open to return to Riviera Country Club in 2031

The 2023 U.S. Open just wrapped up in Los Angeles, but the United States Golf Association quickly made plans to return to Southern California.

Riviera Country Club, site of the PGA Tour’s Genesis Invitational in Pacific Palisades, California, will host the 2031 U.S. Open. It will be the second time Riviera has hosted the U.S. Open after the famed club became the first in Los Angeles to host the championship in 1948, when Ben Hogan won the first of his four U.S. Open titles.

“Riviera Country Club is a truly spectacular course that holds a special place in the game’s history,” John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s chief championships officer, said in a release. “We are thrilled to bring the U.S. Open back to the site of such historic moments for golf and the USGA, and look forward to writing a new chapter in 2031.”

The 2031 U.S. Open will be the fifth USGA championship held at the club. Riviera has also hosted the 1998 U.S. Senior Open, won by Hale Irwin, and the 2017 U.S. Amateur, won by Doc Redman. The course will also welcome its first U.S. Women’s Open in 2026.

Riviera is also going to host the Olympic golf competitions in 2028.

“We are so grateful that the USGA will return the U.S. Open to our club in 2031,” Megan Watanabe, the chief executive officer of The Riviera Country Club, said in a release. “Over a six-year period, we will showcase our championship course to the world with the U.S. Women’s Open in 2026, the men’s and women’s Olympics competition in 2028 and the U.S. Open in 2031. In addition, we will celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2026. We would like to thank the USGA for their confidence and trust in us and we look forward to continuing our long relationship together in the years ahead.”

George C. Thomas designed Riviera, opening in 1927. Thomas is the same architect who constructed The Los Angeles Country Club’s North Course, site of last week’s U.S. Open.

Riviera has also hosted two PGA Championships and the 2012 NCAA Golf Championships.

The 2031 U.S. Open will mark the 17th time the championship has been held in California and only the third time in Los Angeles. Until last week, the U.S. Open hadn’t been held in L.A. since 1948 at Riviera.

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