Really fun show today as Furness and Puckett continued their golf week vacation! On Monday it was McCormick Woods and on Wednesday they found themselves at Chambers Bay in University Place, the site of the 2015 U.S. Open.
It's roughly a year away before the United States biggest golf tournament takes place and the two spent a majority of the show previewing the course and talking to several people who are directly involved with the tournament and one local player who hopes to play next year.
They started their day talking to said local player, University Place's own Michael Putnam. Putnam is currently on the PGA Tour and recently finished 11th at the Travelers Championship. Putnam offered a detailed look on the course and talked about it's strengths and the areas in which players will be challenged.
After Putnam joined the show, Furness and Puckett sat down with Danny Sink, who is the Championship Director for the USGA. Sink's responsibility is to move to the site of the U.S. Open three years in advance. Before moving to Tacoma, Sink and his family were living in San Francisco, the site of the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic Club.
Sink offered details on the amazing turnout of the volunteers for next years tournament, which he says blows away any U.S. Open that he's ever been a part of, and he says tickets are nearly sold out for the event.
Finally, the guys were joined by the man who puts the whole thing together, USGA Executive Director Mike Davis, better known as the "Mad Scientists" for his diabolical changes to every USGA event.
Davis talked about why Chambers Bay was the pick for the 2015 U.S. Open and what makes this Open championship so unique - really a first for it's kind in the United States. Davis also talked about the numerous changes to the course, including the revamping of four greens and whether or not they will be ready next year.
Lastly, here is a link to the full three hours of the show, including a visit from the best Northwest golf writer and really one of the best writers in the country, Todd Milles of the Tacoma News-Tribune, you can find his work here. In addition, the two talk a little NFL with Mike Holmgren.