“Another important door opened to women in golf,” reported Randall Mell of GolfChannel.com in recent days. “This is women getting to play their national championship on one of the most historic venues in the game.”
On October 24 the United States Golf Association (USGA) announced that Pebble Beach Golf Links will be the site of the 2023 U.S. Women’s Open. That’s a first.
There have been 11 USGA championships at Pebble Beach. Two more were scheduled: the 2018 U.S. Amateur and the 2019 U.S. Open. Meanwhile, until this USGA announcement, the women had been waiting what seemed like forever to play their national open at the famous links on the Monterey Peninsula.
“We are incredibly proud to bring the U.S. Women’s Open to Pebble Beach for the first time,” USGA President Diana Murphy said in a statement. “The USGA is committed to bringing our championships to golf’s greatest venues and the opportunity to have the best players in the world, female and male, compete at this iconic course will provide a fantastic showcase of the game.”
“It’s great news,” two-time U.S. Women’s Open champion Juli Inkster told GolfChannel.com. “It’s great for women’s golf.”
“I think, for a long time, women should have played a U.S. Women’s Open at Pebble Beach,” said Hall of Famer and golf analyst Judy Rankin. “So much, historically, has happened there in men’s golf. This gives credence to women’s golf.”
The deal was a long time coming, according to GolfChannel.com. Discussions began a decade ago about bringing the women’s open to Pebble. There will be nearly six more years of waiting, but it will happen and it will be good for the game.
“People have watched majors [at Pebble Beach]over the years,” Inkster added, “and they want to see how the women will play it.”