Mike Davis Steps Away From Role as U.S. Open Course Setup Chief


Mike Davis, the oft-criticized Executive Director of the USGA, will be relinquishing his duties related to course setups – including the U.S. Open, in order to focus more on the business affairs of the golf rules-making organization.


The move, Davis said, has been under consideration for several years and is not in response to several recent controversies at the U.S. Open, including the third round of the 2018 tournament at Shinnecock Hills, where an admitted miscalculation of the wind by the USGA led to soaring scores and numerous complaints from players.

Davis, 55, who has been with the USGA since 1990 and in charge of the organization since 2011, is handing the course setup duties to John Bodenhamer, who has run USGA amateur championships since 2011. Bodenhamer’s new title is senior managing director of championships, while Jeff Hall remains managing director of rules and Open championships.



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