Tiger Woods tees off at the 14th tee at the...

Tiger Woods tees off at the 14th tee at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. (June 16, 2004) Credit: Newsday / David L. Pokress

BETHESDA, MD. -- The U.S. Golf Association will hold its annual news conference Wednesday, and is expected to announce that the U.S. Open will return to Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton in 2018.

Officials would not say anything publicly, but people who are familiar with the association's plans say that an agreement has been reached to bring back the tournament for the first time since 2004. Shinnecock Hills hosted Opens in 1986 and 1995 to good reviews, but the most recent one ended in controversy over the way the USGA allowed the course to dry out.

In recent years, several USGA officials have said specifically that the association is looking to return the Open to the course that first hosted it in 1896. All of the other Open sites through 2019 have been announced.

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