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We miss you, Payne

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It’s been almost 15 years since we lost Payne Stewart. Tomorrow marks the anniversary of his death, but he had one heck of a life.

Take a look back on Stewart’s personal and professional trials and triumphs by watching “Love & Payne.” The short documentary by ESPN’s Hannah Storm offers an intimate glance at the golf legend’s life and unexpected death.

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Video: Lewis Black at Pinehurst

Grammy-winning comedian Lewis Black has returned to Pinehurst as part of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Ultimate Golf Experience, and took a few minutes to chat with us about his feelings about golf, some of those who play it, and Donald Ross, who clearly, Lewis says, had a sense of humor.

We begin with Lewis ranting about what he feels are the worst kinds of golfers (Are you listening, Donald?):

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Breast cancer survivors get pampered at Pinehurst

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Breast cancer survivors Melissa Hedrick and Jane Erwin relax by the pool Monday during Pinehurst Resort’s Pink in Pinehurst Day. The women enjoyed free massages as part of the event, which celebrates survivors and promotes awareness.

It’s been a tough year for Melissa Hedrick, but you couldn’t tell it Monday.

Nope, Monday was all about bliss.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer last Christmas Eve, Hedrick has undergone surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

Those months of grueling treatment made her cancer free by Labor Day, but as a mother of two she hasn’t had much time to celebrate. Monday’s outing to The Spa at Pinehurst gave her a chance to do just that.

After an hour-long massage, Hedrick threw on a cozy bathrobe and lounged poolside with newfound friend Jane Erwin.

“This is so relaxing,” said Hedrick, who lives in Chester, S.C.

“Everybody in here has survived, they deserve to be pampered.” -Jane Erwin

The women have a common bond, both are breast cancer survivors. Monday was made for them. It marked the fifth time Pinehurst Resort has hosted Pink in Pinehurst Day, an event that celebrates breast cancer survivors and promotes awareness about the disease.

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Pinehurst’s Back-to-Back Opens – and what they mean for the game of golf

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Martin Kaymer celebrates after winning the 2014 U.S. Open on Pinehurst No. 2. (Photo by the USGA)

When the USGA’s Mike Davis looks back on the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst, what does he see? Two of the most important weeks in the long history of the U.S. Open and the USGA

By LEE PACE

USGA Executive Director Mike Davis is a keen historian of golf and says when asked to talk about the most memorable and important U.S. Opens in history, he thinks of 1900 at Chicago Golf Club, where Harry Vardon won his first Open—“That was the one that took the Open from a small, mostly regional event into a national and international competition,” Davis says.

He thinks of 1913 at Brookline, when American Francis Ouimet bested the top players from Great Britain —“The game had been dominated by players from the U.K., and here an unknown American wins. It was the kickoff of the great American golfer,” Davis says.

He thinks of Arnold Palmer winning at Cherry Hills in 1960, beating an aging Ben Hogan and a young Jack Nicklaus; of Nicklaus and Tom Watson winning at Pebble in 1972 and ’82, respectively; and of Tiger Woods’ playoff win over Rocco Mediate on a broken leg at Torrey Pines in 2008.

“In a few years from now, I think we’ll look back on the 114th U.S. Open and the 69th Women’s Open and say that in a lot of ways, it was a seminal moment in the game of golf.” – Mike Davis, USGA Executive Director

And he’ll now think of the two weeks in June 2014 at Pinehurst No. 2, when Martin Kaymer and Michelle Wie won back-to-back the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open.

“We saw this year we don’t have to have real narrow fairways, we don’t have to have to have long, rough grass to have successful U.S. Opens,” Davis says. “In a few years from now, I think we’ll look back on the 114th U.S. Open and the 69th Women’s Open and say that in a lot of ways, it was a seminal moment in the game of golf and championship golf and sustainability of the game. These two weeks will rank right up there with the best ever.

“We have to celebrate how well Martin Kaymer played and how Michelle Wie won her first major championship. It was a great story on water use and a great story of the restoration of one of the great golf courses in the country—in the world, for that matter. It’s going to be hard to give these two weeks enough accolades for what they’re going to mean to the game.”

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Golf is easy if you follow these rules…

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…Or so writes (and illustrates) a 9-year-old girl, whose father posted these simple golf rules to live by.

Hard to argue, really.

And as host to the U.S. Kids World Championships, we sometimes find that kids really are the best ones to take golf advice from.

 

 

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