Mike Davis Wants to Make Penalty Stiffer


FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Mike Davis believes that the penalty for hitting into a greenside bunker on the PGA Tour is not stiff enough. But make no mistake, the vast, deep bunkers at Bethpage Black, site of this year's U.S. Open, are not your average bunkers.
'We really do try and make the bunkers hazards,' said Davis, senior director of rules and competition for the USGA. 'The players are not going to want to get in the bunkers at Bethpage. As far as U.S. Open venues go, these are probably the most challenging we have.'
The USGA will purposely make the sand play very soft and fluffy, adding to the difficulties the players will encounter at Bethpage. 'Well, I'm going to have to stay out of them,' said defending U.S. Open champ Tiger Woods. 'They're going to be like Augusta's. They make them more fluffy and cakey. They're hard to get out of because they take away guys' ability to spin the ball.'