US OPEN

Mike Davis: 'We need a good US Open'

Mike Davis

USGA executive director Mike Davis has stressed the importance of staging a memorable tournament after the controversies of the previous two years.

The 2015 championship at Chambers Bay was marred by the conditions of the greens – with Henrik Stenson describing them as like ‘broccoli’ among other complaints – while last year’s US Open at Oakmont was going fine until the Dustin Johnson rules debacle in the final round.

And, although Davis admits that there’s risk in going to another first-time venue, Erin Hills, he has vowed that nothing like what happened in 2015 and 2016 will occur again.

“When you look back at those two [Chambers Bay and Oakmont], I get it, people came away upset,” Davis told Golf.com in a wide-ranging Q&A.

Read more - 10 things you NEED to know about the US Open

Usopen

The Cut Line - A US Open plea to the USGA

“We're coming off two in a row where we got a little black-and-blue. But when you look back at the Chambers Bay Open, you had great drama. You had Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson. Then at Oakmont, you could not have had worse weather.

“For Dustin Johnson, for what he was put through and then for him to do what he did, that was awesome. We've learned from those events. And we've made changes to make sure nothing like that happens again.

“We really need a good US Open. But that doesn't mean we're going to get it. Going to a new course, there's more risk. We don't have experience. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't try.”

Ahead of the championship getting underway, there are already murmurings of discontent, particularly at the length of the rough. Kevin Na criticised its length in a rant on his Instagram, while Lee Westwood posted this jokey video with his caddie Billy Foster.

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
HOW MUCH HAVE CALLAWAY DRIVERS CHANGED IN 30 YEARS?
Big Bertha
play button
CAN WE SMASH IT LIKE A LONG DRIVE CHAMP?
Long Drive
play button
The Masters: What Augusta National is REALLY like
The Masters
play button
HYBRID or UTILITY IRON – Which one should you use?
Hybrid
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Kevin Craggs to caddie for Monty this week
New golf film in production starring multiple Oscar winner
COVID-19: Further relaxation of restrictions for Scottish golfers
Pro predicts “stunted” season for pandemic-hit Legends Tour
Sandy Scott forced to withdraw from GB&I Walker Cup team

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Getting your ball position spot on
Watch
play button
How to improve your balance during the golf swing
Watch
play button
How to limit your hands in the golf swing
Watch
play button
How a stronger golf grip can help you
Callaway
See all videos right arrow