MADISON (WKOW) -- The United States Golf Association announced Wednesday that Erin Hills Golf Course will host the 2017 U.S. Open Championship, the first time the event will be held in Wisconsin.
"Hosting the U.S. Open will be an incredible economic opportunity for Wisconsin," Governor Jim Doyle said. "In Wisconsin we have shown that we know how to put on a successful major golf championship, and we've seen the positive economic impacts that come with hosting one."
According to an independent analysis, the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines generated about $160 million to the San Diego area. About 80 million people in more than 100 countries are estimated to watch the tournament.
"We are thrilled to bring our national championship to this exciting venue in the heartland of our nation," said Jim Hyler, president of the USGA. "It's a spectacular course that is sure to provide an outstanding challenge to the world's best golfers."
This isn't the first major golf championship for Wisconsin. In 2004, Whistling Straits hosted the PGA Championship, selling more than 94,000 tickets, spending $77 million at area hotels, restaurants and businesses.
Whistling Straits will host the 92nd PGA Championship from August 9-15, 2010 as well as the PGA Championship in 2015 and the Ryder Cup in 2020.