BoycottThe criticism has been fierce and unrelenting this decade, to the point where players have even mooted the idea of boycotting the US Open. As a result, this year is the first since 2004 in which USGA chief executive Mike Davis has stepped aside from course set-up duties, promoting John Bodenhamer, who has been responsible for the organiser’s amateur championship courses since 2011. How much of a difference it will make, with Davis overseeing operations, and Bodenhamer insisting it’s “imperative for us to keep our DNA of being tough, stern and challenging”, will only be known come Thursday’s tee-off.
Rory McIlroy won his first Major at the US Open back in 201 but, after struggling in recent years with multiple scores over par, he says this year’s tournament is a chance for the USGA to redeem themselves. “They’re trying to do as good a job as they can. I think they’ll admit they’ve made a couple of mistakes over the last couple of years. Everyone does,” said the Northern Irishman, who won the Canadian Open on Sunday. “We should give them the chance to redeem themselves. If they can’t redeem themselves at Pebble Beach, there could be a problem.”