OAKMONT, Pa. – Mike Davis may be the most noteworthy figure in major championship golf outside of Tiger Woods in this era.
The brilliance and imagination of the U.S. Golf Association senior director of rules and competition's setups are on full display again this week at Oakmont.
With a new forward teeing ground, the second hole at the U.S. Women's Open is compelling in the final round, making this little par 4 drive-able at 252 yards. It is one of two drive-able par 4s today with the 17th also reachable.
Amy Yang in the final pairing saw just how brutal short par 4s can be. She just made double bogey trying to drive the green. She pulled her tee shot just short and left of the green in deep rough, hacked over the green into a hellacious greenside bunker. With no chance to go at the pin, she blasted to a far corner of the green and then three putted.
Creamer made a nice and safe par laying up. Yang started four back of Creamer and is now six back. Both of Creamer's fellow competitors have blown up with big numbers early.