SAN DIEGO – When the U.S. Open returns to Torrey Pines in June, gamers will face just about the identical course that was performed when the championship was final held on the South Course in 2008.
John Bodenhammer, the USGA’s senior managing director of championships, mentioned at Tuesday’s media day that though a lot has modified in the sport since ’08 the South Course stays a demanding take a look at.
“I think you’ll see the same golf course but that is going to depend on the weather. We will have the same fairway widths and a little less graduated rough,” Bodenhammer mentioned.
Since Tiger Woods gained the enduring 2008 championship at Torrey Pines, architect Rees Jones has added some size to the South Course with new tees at Nos. 10, 15 and 17. In complete, Bodenhammer estimates the course might play so long as 7,600 yards in June however, “we won’t ever be back that far.”
Instead, he estimates a course that will play at about 7,300 yards, which might be shorter than the 7,643 yards the structure performed in ’08.
“We are going to let Torrey be Torrey and hopefully it will play firm and fast because of the weather and if we get a little bit of a breeze,” he mentioned. “Whatever that produces is what we’re going get.”
Bodenhammer additionally mentioned that officers gained’t make any changes to the setup of the course based mostly on what Bryson DeChambeau did final fall on the U.S. Open. Although DeChambeau has threatened to revolutionize the sport with an increasing number of clubhead pace and longer drives, Bodenhammer identified that it wasn’t his driver that gained the championship at Winged Foot.
“We looked at those stats from Bryson, he was the [second-] longest player at Winged Foot, he wasn’t even the longest. But I’ll tell you what comes through with us is that what he did best was putt. There is no question he drove the ball prodigiously long, but his putting was exception,” Bodenhammer mentioned.
The greatest distinction to the setup of the course will be on the par-4 14th gap which was remodeled right into a 267-yard “drivable” gap for the fourth spherical and once more for Monday’s playoff by USGA govt director Mike Davis. Bodenhammer mentioned No. 14 will play nearer to 437 yards for this yr’s championship.
“The architect intended it to be what it was,” he mentioned. “I don’t think the architect intended the hole to played that way [short].”