Famed San Francisco course hosted 1998 Open

PINEHURST, N.C. -- The U.S. Open is heading back to the
Olympic Club.

The USGA announced Wednesday that the course near San Francisco
would host the tournament for the fifth time in 2012 -- and the
first time since 1998.

That year, Payne Stewart and others complained mightily about
the hole location at the 18th hole in the second round. Stewart
three-putted from 8 feet -- his attempt at birdie left him with a
25-footer for par -- and Kirk Triplett stopped his ball with his
putter as it rolled down the slope, incurring a two-stroke penalty.

But Walter Driver, the president of the U.S. Championship
Committee, denied the USGA asked the club to change the green.

"Olympic is a great venue, has a wonderful history of national
championships and it's a fine golf course, and the membership and
the community are very much in favor of having the Open there,''
Driver said. "We're pleased with the changes they made at the golf
course in terms of opening it up for air movement. But we don't
dictate changes in the golf course usually as a condition for
having the Open.''

Olympic's Lake Course opened in 1927 and has hosted nine USGA
championships, including the U.S. Junior Amateur last year.