Mike Davis, who has been the lead setup person for the U.S. Open and other USGA championships, has been named the new executive director of the U.S. Golf Association. He replaces David Fay, who retired on Christmas Eve.
Davis led a move to graduated rough and genuinely less penal layouts following the debacle at Shinnecock Hills in 2004. He has been enthusiastic about returning the Open to Shinnecock, whch might happen as soon as 2018.
He will continue to be the lead course setup official for the men's Open. He said a few minutes ago during his conference call, "I've said publicly I would actually pay the USGA to allow me to do this." Davis won't be able to do the setup for other championships.
He has been at the USGA for 21 years, having worked closely with Fay. He said that succeeding the executive director (the one who brought the Open to a municipal course, Bethpage Black, for the first time), Davis said it is "like succeeding John Wooden."