The PGA Tour hits 3 US Open Courses in a row on the west coast swing and as the fields get weaker every year, no one seems to care.

In recent years you could always count on Phil Mickelson on being at most west coast events and Tiger at Torrey. After this years early exit for both in San Diego you wonder what the future holds. With the wrap around schedule and stars like Rory and Adam Scott regularly starting their years in Florida, the tour needs to realize that this is a time of year that should be embraced by all. Although Torrey Pines doesn’t have the architectural pedigree of Pebble or Riviera, it produces great finishes and champions regularly. And it clearly is capable of producing one hell of a US Open

Riviera is truly a national treasure and is one of the most unique golf courses on the planet. Hogans Alley has hosted the LA Open annually along with 1 US and 2 PGA Championships Hogan on #1

From the opening tee shot with the clubhouse looming to the approach on 18 Riviera requires shotmaking and respect on practically every swing. Pebble Beach is always near or at the top of any greatest course list produced. The most beautiful course in the world produces tournaments as dramatic as the scenery the course is set on.
Two of the greatest shots in golf history were produced on the incredible par 3 17th. Jack Nicklaus ripping a 1 iron off the flag to 6 inches

And Tom Watson calling his shot with the chip in on 17.
Both on Sunday with the Open hanging in the balance.

With the TV coverage filled with more commercials and less shots by the young golfers who will support the future of the game as a whole, let alone the west coast swing. One can only hope we can see a change of course by the tour to embrace this quality stretch.