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Mickelson described Pebble Beach as the best US Open venue he'd seen and thanked the USGA
for allowing the players to showcase the talents and making them rather than the course the story.
But after all the calamities of previous years, the USGA
did not take it to the edge and risk disaster, which could have happened had they gone for scary weekend pins and had the wind or rain descended.
Asked how important it is to avoid such problems at Pebble Beach, John Bodenhamer, the USGA
's senior managing director of championships, said: "I think it's critical.
Asked about the report, USGA
chief executive Mike Davis said: "I read it but we have decided to take the high road on it."
As a result, this year is the first since 2004 in which USGA
chief executive Mike Davis has stepped aside from course set-up duties, promoting John Bodenhamer, who has been responsible for the organiser's amateur championship courses since 2011.
David Fay said he would have "lobbied for disqualification" if a similar incident had occurred while he was executive director of the USGA
, adding: "I think the current language of (rule) 14-5 is too friendly."
officials were also pilloried last year at Shinnecock Hills, when chief executive Mike Davis admitted their zeal to make the US Open the "ultimate" test in golf backfired as higher than expected winds dried out the sloping greens in Saturday's third round.
The tournament has been hit by problems in recent years and organisers the USGA
admitted they went "too far" with the set up of Shinnecock Hills last year.
Thomas, who went on to win the USPGA in 2017, had public run-ins with the USGA
over the unfair set-up of last year's US Open venue Shinnecock Hills - but he is adamant he wasn't part of the boycott group in 2016.
Amateur Four-Ball continues to be one of our most popular championships and provides for a spirited and dynamic team competition," said John Bodenhamer, USGA
senior managing director of championships, in a news release.
officials said they picked the course for its elevation changes, which pose difficulty to golfers, and a layout that allows spectators to see up to four holes in one location.