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Dude, it’s just a hat…but we’re here to help

If you haven’t seen this video already, well, give it time. It’ll be everywhere this weekend.

As you can see in the clip, we have a spectator at the LPGA’s LOTTE Championship who has chased his wind-blown hat into the water. The beer slipping out of his pocket only adds to the insanity of it all. Finally, he grounds his face into the hazard, which of course should result in another penalty of some sort.

Now, a few things here to think about:

1. We pick up the video and he’s already waist deep in water.

This is interesting. This means the hat blew off his head somewhere on the opposite side of the fairway. So the hat goes, and then the guy seems to think it’s OK to duck under the gallery rope* and race all the way across the fairway of a professional golf tournament.

*Granted, we’re only guessing here, but considering his athletic level on display later in the clip, envisioning this guy going OVER the gallery rope is not only unlikely, but virtually impossible.

2. The beer. Let’s talk about the beer.

The beer falls out of his pocket. Judging by the way it floats, it must be empty, right? But who carries around an empty beer can in his pocket? Especially a 16-ounce can. Especially when you have to go under a gallery rope, 75 yards across a fairway and into a pond.

But then again, how does that can, if empty and after all that trauma, not crinkle? Look at it. It appears to be in perfect condition. Was it half full at one point, losing its contents during the Great Hat Chase? Did the guy, in the split-second he had to process his plight when the hat blew off, really decide pocketing the beer was his best option?

Unless it’s unopened. Which means he couldn’t possibly allow a perfectly crisp cold beer behind just for anyone to pick up, right? Who does that? Certainly not this guy. Which means he probably had just bought it, then the wind picked up, off his hat went, and he after it. His only choice was to pocket the beer.*

*After closer inspection (which took 127 isolated viewings), there’s no splash when the can falls. It has to be empty. We’ll need to test this.

3. Tom Abbott is a genius.

His call here is pitch-perfect.

4. Finally, the hat.

Most of us watching this would argue it’s not worth suffering the indignity of what ultimately transpired for a measly hat. But this is a guy who wasn’t going to leave what might have been a half-filled beer behind at the rope. So you know he HAD TO GET THAT HAT BACK.

But we get it. Guys like their hats.

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That’s just one of Pinehurst’s hat displays in the main Golf Shop. So, here’s the thing.

If for some reason this guy stumbles upon this post (and, well, can prove it’s him), we’re offering him a brand new Pinehurst hat. On us. Granted, our selection of the straw, wide-brimmed variety is limited, but we do have pretty great weatherproof bucket hats.

And they have straps.

 

 

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The new (old) Jordan Spieth commercial

Remember when we told you about our most popular Facebook post since the U.S. Opens at Pinehurst?

You know, this one:

Not a bad goal at 14 years old.

Posted by Pinehurst Resort on Sunday, April 12, 2015

Off what is proving to be one of the most popular major championship victories in some time, AT&T has taken the 14-year-old Jordan Spieth and meshed it with the Masters Champion’s pristine performance at Augusta for a new ad, which you can view above.

Yeah, it’s pretty darn good.

(H/T to Alex Myers at Golf Digest.)

Also, if you watched The Masters, you now know Spieth talks to his ball as much as you do. Here’s a fantastic compilation by Michael David Murphy of every time Spieth gave viewers in-flight commentary on Sunday:

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Pete and Alice Dye and their Pinehurst connection

Pete and Alice Dye were Pinehurst regulars long before they were famed golf course architects

By LEE PACE

Pete Dye remembers playing a practice round for the North and South Amateur in the mid-1940s and encountering two older gentlemen strolling the No. 2 course and talking to some of the competitors. One of the men was J.C. Penney, the department store magnate. The other was Donald Ross, the golf course architect.

“After the round, we were in the bar and everyone was excited about having met J.C. Penney,” Dye says. “I can’t remember a single person thinking it was special he’d met Donald Ross. That’s hard to believe looking back.”

Dye and his wife and golf design partner Alice go way back in Pinehurst.

Pete was a soldier during World War II and was stationed at Fort Bragg in nearby Fayetteville.

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Pete Dye at Pinehurst in the 1990s.

“The lieutenant colonel was an avid golfer and had a car,” Dye says. “It was a lot easier to come over here and play golf for three bucks than stay on the base and do KP duty. I had the greatest time coming over here. I’ve played that golf course more than the law should allow. I’ve looked at that thing ’till I’m blind.”

Alice O’Neal was a noted amateur golfer from Indianapolis and met Dye at Rollins College in 1946. Alice played many of the top amateur tournaments and was a regular in the Women’s North and South Amateur (and would win it in 1968). During those competitions, she developed a lifelong friendship with Richard Tufts, the president of Pinehurst Inc. and a noted golf administrator. … Continue Reading

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Jordan Spieth surprises Ben Crenshaw

The praise for Jordan Spieth seems never-ending following his popular Masters victory on Sunday, and no one seems more pleased than Spieth’s mentor, Ben Crenshaw. Spieth had a whirlwind media tour on Tuesday throughout New York, but carved out 5 minutes to surprise Crenshaw during the 2-time Masters Champion’s SiriusXM Radio show, Crenshaw on Golf.

According to the producers, who took us behind the scenes with this video, they knew Jordan was going to call in during the show, but decided not to let Ben in on that part of the rundown, introducing the caller as “Jordan from New York.”

It’s tough to hear Jordan’s end of the conversation – turn your volume all the way up and you can make out most of it – but the emotion in Gentle Ben’s voice is evident. And as the conversation continues, so too is Crenshaw’s pride. Spieth is every bit as gracious here as he has been all week, addresses “Mr. Crenshaw” and speaks about winning at Ben’s final Masters.

Finally, at around 4:20 we find out another nice detail. That green jacket? Turns out it’s also pretty comfortable.

UPDATE: Here is the video updated with with full sound:

Jordan Speith clip w/full sound

Posted by Crenshaw on Golf on Thursday, April 16, 2015

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Everybody really, REALLY likes Jordan Spieth – The Best Tweets

An odd thing happened on Sunday afternoon.

No, not Jordan Spieth’s historic Masters performance. That wasn’t odd. By Thursday afternoon, anyone who knows anything about golf probably had a feeling that it was only the beginning of what we all eventually witnessed on Sunday.

The odd thing was what happened after a simple Facebook post we made on Sunday evening, right around the time Spieth was walking up the 18th fairway. We posted a video of a 14-year-old Spieth talking about his ultimate goal – winning The Masters.

It took off.

Not a bad goal at 14 years old.

Posted by Pinehurst Resort on Sunday, April 12, 2015

 

As we wrote this, that Facebook post had been shared more than 130 times and had reached more than 55,000 Facebook users. It seems golf fans…err, patrons have a new favorite player.

So we checked Twitter again.

Yes, something is happening right before our eyes. The kid is beloved, and we are seeing the love affair blossom in real time.

Everybody really, REALLY likes Jordan Spieth. Here is just a sampling of the best tweets to prove it:

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