By RANDY YOUNGMAN
Validating rumors that have been circulating for months, the United States Golf Association will soon announce that the U.S. Open Golf Championship will be returning to Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles in 2031.
The agreement was reached months ago, but Riviera officials were told not to comment so as not to divert attention from the 2023 U.S. Open at nearby Los Angeles Country Club, which opens on the North Course on Thursday, June 15.
The only U.S. Open at Riviera Country Club was contested in 1948, 75 years ago, when Ben Hogan won the title. Riviera also hosted the 1983 and 1995 PGA Championships, as well as the 1998 U.S. Senior Open, the 2012 men’s NCAA Division I National Championship and the 2017 U.S. Amateur Championship.
In addition, Riviera has been selected as the host venue for the 2026 U.S. Women’s Open Championship, coinciding with the private club’s 100th anniversary, and will host men’s and women’s golf competition during the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
Representatives from the USGA and Riviera Country Club declined comment on Wednesday.