Here's an early primer on the next U.S. Open at Bethpage: Don't hold your breath.
First of all, the Open is getting booked fast and furious. Erin Hills for 2017 and Pebble Beach in 2019. But also, USGA President Jim Hyler just said that his group likes to go to courses that are firm and fast, which is how Pebble Beach is playing this week. The past two Opens at Bethpage were quite soggy.
Hyler was very polite in speaking of Bethpage, but he did mention that Craig Currier the superintendent was gone and Dave Catalano, the park director, won't be there forever.
"Bethpage is such a powerful course venue, that, yeah, we want to go back there at some point," Hyler said.
Just don't hold your breath.