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2012 U.S. Open at San Francisco's Historic Olympic Club: Will Tiger Be Back?

Now that the 2011 U.S. Open has come and gone, it's time to look ahead at next year's National championship, and it's coming to the Bay. Thats right folks, the 2012 U.S. Open is being held at Daly City's historic Olympic Country Club. Make the jump to find out more about the tournament and how to get tickets.

Designed by the legendary Sam Whiting, The Olympic Club's Lake Course was originally opened in 1927.  The 1958 U.S. Amateur and 1981 U.S. Amateur championships were played at the club, won by Charles Coe and Nathanial Crosby, son of the legendary entertainer Bing Crosby.   

The 2012 Championship is scheduled from June 14-17 and will be the fifth Open held at the Olympic Club in it's history.The most recent Open at the Olympic Club was back in 1998, won by Lee Janzen.  Other Opens at the Olympic Club include 1955, won by Jack Fleck, Billy Casper in 1966 and Scott Simpson in 1987. The Olympic Club was also the site of the 2007 U.S. Amateur.

But without Tiger, the game of golf is struggling a bit. According to MSNBC's Darren Rovell viewership was down 35 percent on Sunday during the U.S. Open, a huge constituency of people who likely only tune in to see the one and only Tiger Woods. But hopefully by next year Tiger will be back at full health and playing well enough to continue his march towards Jack Nicklaus' Major Championship record 18 wins. I's sure the whole world will be tuning in next year to see how it all turns out by the Bay, 

For more on the tournament check out USGA.com ticket information, click here