USGA Says It Tried to Get Winged Foot ‘A Little Bit Simpler’ for 2020 US Begin

Tiger Woods watches his shot off the fourth tee during practice before the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament at Winged Foot Golf Club, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Mamaroneck, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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Followers who were conserving an discover on the route at Winged Foot Golf Club have not any query chanced on themselves awed by the slickness of the greens and the depths of the rough and bunkers.

It looks the problem of the route intimidated the USGA a minute bit sooner than the U.S. Begin, too.

“We kept having a discover at ways [to] make the golf route a minute bit more uncomplicated because right here’s this form of mountainous test,” USGA CEO Mike Davis told ESPN’s Slit Pietruszkiewicz Wednesday. “It puts the premium on everything.”

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The greens at Winged Foot are defective. 😳


The U.S. Begin has a protracted history of attempting to spoil the major focal level and composure of the field.

After Gary Woodland obtained the tournament at 13-beneath par in 2019—the second-lowest rating in the tournament on file—the USGA is returning to discover with a setup sure to discover some high rounds. Especially in the hole days.

“Will maintain to you contemplate about a number of the mountainous U.S. Begin players of all time—Bob Jones, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods—you never heard them bitch,” Davis stated. “They permitted the topic. They knew—if fact be told, in some ways, they knew when others were complaining, it gave them a bonus. Section of the lore of a U.S. Begin is it is miles a extraordinarily tricky golf route, with any luck prepare in a vivid but a stern manner.”

Calling Winged Foot “stern” is terribly a at ease sentiment in itself.

When Geoff Ogilvy obtained the closing U.S. Begin held on the route in 2006, he did so at 5 over par. Woods infamously uncared for the minimize that year after posting again-to-again rounds of 76 to total at 12 over par.

Of the 5 old U.S. Begin tournaments held on the Unique York route, four saw the winner discontinue over par.

The 2020 major might maybe presumably perhaps presumably bring extra of the same.

John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director, place it merely when talking to Pietruszkiewicz.

He desires to let Winged Foot be Winged Foot.