THREE PEBBLE, Calif. – The players, some of them very badly, talked about the inconsistent job, if not incompetent, that USGA has done in recent years in establishing a course for US Openings.
A year ago by Shinnecock, the USGA lost control over green twins that were dried because of wind and were not able to play them.
In recent weeks, there has been migration from the players. Phil Mickelson said, for example, two weeks ago that every US is applying for the USGA. Open, and the rain was the only "governor."
On Wednesday, in his annual state-of-the-art press conference before the US Opening, USGA officials defended themselves.
“We are hearing a lot,” said USGA executive director Mike Davis. “We're talking to lots of players.”
“I think we listen resolutely, '' said John Bodenhamer, senior managing director of a championship, who is in charge of the implementation of the course. “I know I have had individual conversations with some of our previous champions. We prefer to listen to these perspectives, and we deal with them. Everyone has an idea of how the course should play. We are listening to it, we have taken some of that feedback and incorporated some openly.
Bodenhamer insisted that the USGA philosophy did not change the establishment of courses.
“We will continue to seek the most demanding test, the ultimate test, the most comprehensive test, whatever you want to provide, and only create something in which a shot is tested, mental solution, physical stamina their players; he said. “We're not going to lose that. Going into this year, certainly, we looked at what happened in Shinnecock last year, we deeply believe that, we understand it. And we didn't have enough water on the green at the back of the last nine years, so simple.
“We have safeguards in place this year. No guarantees. There are no commitments. The weather can change here on the Monterey Peninsula. But we feel good about the plan, feel good about the strategy, and we have a number of safeguards in place that we will use proactively if they need them.
Due to the issues that the USGA had in several Openings in recent years, Bodenhamer surrendered to “it is vital” that there would be a controversial free Opening this year.
“I think it's important not only for the USGA but for the game and what we do for the game, 'he said. “We feel good about our plan. We feel well on what you see on the golf course and what will be presented to players as a hard but real test.
One of the contingency plans in place is that green green will be inadmissible, as is the case in No. 13 at Shinnecock last year, the USGA will pour water into the lock during play if necessary.
Davis said under scrutiny: “The rise and exhaustion has been over the years. Student Open is only required.
The universal view of the players this week is highly commended for their implementation.
“The place is impeccable,” Mickelson said.
“I think this edition is awesome,” said Rory McIlroy. “The locks are perfect, the usual ways are great, the rough is thick, it's tough, but if you hit it offline, you have to punish. But it is fair. I think it's very fair. ''
A cold story about the cafe this week for Australia's Marcus Fraser: He is a former Australian Ruler of Football, named Brendon Goddard.
Fraser, 40, who won a European Tour event, plays a quarter of the United States. Open this week and is playing for the first time at Pebble Beach. Goddard is a big star in Australia and is very impressed with his Pebble Beach experience.
“Brendon loves more golf than I do; it's a tragic golf, a competitive man and it encourages me a lot of hard, ”said Fraser.
Goddard, who retired from football last year after a 334-game career with St Kilda and Essendon, who has more dowry for him, was asked to play in front of 100,000 fans or chewing at the US Open.
“Sure on the first tee at Pebble Beach as a chaddy,” Goddard said. “I am a little out of my comfort zone; I felt more natural for me to be on the foot field over 100,000 fans. But it is great the butterflies and the anxiety that feel again. ”