U.S. Open To Return To Oakmont

Tim KingCorrespondent IJune 17, 2009

OAKMONT, PA - JUNE 17:  Angel Cabrera of Argentina waves to the gallery after completing his round with a one-under par 69 in the final round of the 107th U.S. Open Championship at Oakmont Country Club on June 17, 2007 in Oakmont, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Golf fans in Western Pennsylvania won't have to wait another 13 years to see Tiger Woods compete in the US Open. 

The United States Golf Association announced Wednesday morning that it had accepted an invitation from Oakmont Country Club to host the championship in 2016.  It will be the ninth time the club has hosted the US Open, more than any other golf course. 

Woods finished second to Angel Cabrera when the Open was last contested at Oakmont in 2007.

The USGA and Oakmont officials found themselves in a dispute over a wider pedestrian bridge over the Pennsylvania Turnpike that lasted for almost a decade and prevented the championship from returning between 1994 and 2007.  The dispute ended when Oakmont member and former Steeler suitor Stanley Druckenmiller offered to pay for construction of a second bridge that met USGA standards. 

In a press conference this morning USGA President Jim Vernon said "The course is a wonderful and complete test of golf" and thanked Oakmont officials for the invitation. 

The 2016 Open will be the 16th national championship conducted at Oakmont including next summer's US Women's Open.

The 2016 US Open will be contested June 13-19.