'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.'