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CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA | “You have to love this, don’t you? I mean, how can you not love this?”
John Bodenhamer, the USGA senior managing director of championships, said this while standing behind the 11th green at the Country Club of Charleston looking back 180 yards to the tee of one of the most wicked par-3s in the game, a reverse redan with a false front that looks like a two-story wall.
“A lot of players, Beth Daniel among them, would lay up on this hole,” Bodenhamer said, referring to the Hall of Famer who grew up playing the course that will host this year's U.S. Women's Open. “Can you imagine? It’s 180 yards and they’re laying up short.” Then he paused and said, “This is a special place. Really special.”
“I’m really interested in what players have to say, in knowing what they think, what they feel, what they perceive. I can’t tell you how important that is to me. We listen now and we are going to continue to listen." - John Bodenhamer...
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