When the USGA's US Amateur returns to Pinehurst Resort in August, history will be made at the cradle of American golf once again -- in more ways than one.
For the 36-hole final of the championship, the two rounds will be played for the first time on two separate golf courses. The morning 18 will be played on the Gil Hanse-reenvisioned Pinehurst No. 4. Then in the afternoon, the finalists will go across the way to Pinehurst No. 2, which was restored lovingly in 2010 by Coore and Crenshaw to the original Donald Ross design.
The first two days of the competition will unfold on Pinehurst No. 2 and No. 4, with the 312-player field split each day into 156-player fields to compete on each course. After each player gets one round on both courses, the field will be cut down to the top 64 players for match play in a bracket-style tournament. For the first five rounds of match play, played from Aug. 14-17, the bracket will compete exclusively on Pinehurst No. 2.
Then on Aug. 18, the final match will be played out in a unique style not seen in the 118 previous US Amateurs.
“We are so pleased that competitors will have the opportunity to play the 2019 U.S. Amateur on No. 2, one of the most revered tests in the game, and No. 4, which will present players with a new set of challenges,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director of championships. “Pinehurst is one of the world’s leading championship venues and we are very excited to watch the entire event unfold over these two wonderful courses.”
Once again, Pinehurst makes history in golf, as they did in 2014, when they hosted the US Open and US Women's Open on the same No. 2 course in consecutive weeks. Martin Kaymer ran away with the US Open, with Michelle Wie capturing her first major title the next week in the US Women's Open.