It is not quite a war of words, but some of the world’s best golfers – ones who have United States Open titles to their resumes – have not taken too kindly to USGA executive director Mike Davis’ assurances of what it will take to capture the national open at Chambers Bay.
In short, Davis remarked that if a golfer shows up during U.S. Open week looking at yardage books, and expecting a caddie to do all the legwork - he has no chance of winning the year’s second major.
So after Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy wrapped up a seven-shot victory Sunday at the Wells Fargo Championship – his second win on the PGA Tour in three weeks – the world’s best player was the latest to be asked what he thought of Davis’ comments a few weeks ago.
“What’s Mike Davis’ handicap?” McIlroy said.
For the record, Davis is a 5-handicap golfer – but considered a “scratch” evaluator of golf courses.
“With the way the (PGA) Tour is, no one is going to go out there (to University Place, Washington) and play 10 practice rounds,” McIlroy said. “I’m going to go up a little early. I’m going to play a couple practice rounds the weekend before, and then I’ll probably play another, you know, 18 holes.
“At the end of the day, there’s going to be someone lifting the trophy at the end of the week. (Chambers Bay) is a bit of an unknown to most people, so you have to prepare – but ... I think you can fall into the trap of trying to overprepare.
“If you don’t go out there and execute the shots that week, all that preparation doesn’t mean anything. So I’d much rather have my game in good shape going in there and play practice rounds the way I usually would. I think that will do well for me.”