There are a number of changes for this years US Open, there are no stands surrounding the 18th green and $14 million has been spent on a slight redesign in 2019 by Rees Jones that added more difficulty, although most of the work has been done underground including installing a new irrigation system. The most noticeable change is the moving of the par-4 17th fairway to the left, which brings the canyon more into play and there are new championship tees stretching the course to 7,765 yards.
The South course at Torrey Pines was designed by William F Bell and opened for play in 1957. Rees Jones was commissioned to undertake a redesign in 2001 so the course would be ready for the 2008 US Open Championship. Who could forget that dramatic Championship which ended with Tiger Woods beating Rocco Mediate on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff (after an 18 hole play off) and with a fractured