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US Open goes to Torrey Pines in 2008

The 2008 U.S. Open was awarded to the South Course at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif., by the U.S. Golf Association on Saturday, pending approval of the San Diego City Council.

It would be the second public course to host the tournament.

The Black Course at the Bethpage State Park in New York, where this year's U.S. Open was played, is the only public layout to have been the site of the championship.

Torrey Pines, site of a PGA Tour event each year, was designed by William Bell Sr.

U.S. Open champions Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson have won tournaments at Torrey Pines.

The Open has been played in California nine times, most recently at Pebble Beach Golf Links in 2000. The Open was last played in southern California in 1948 at Riviera Country Club.

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