Pinehurst 2014 U.S. Opens Archive

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

Martin Kaymer

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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What do Arnie, Phil, Rory and Annika all have in common?

What do Arnold Palmer, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Graeme McDowell, Justin Rose and Annika Sorenstam all have in common?

Their love and appreciation for Pinehurst No. 2.

That’s a lot of majors…

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Nice year, Martin

If for some reason you haven’t warmed up yet to the thought of Martin Kaymer as the 2014 U.S. Open champion at Pinehurst, it’s time to embrace him.

We were reminded once again during singles matches of the Ryder Cup in the fashion he closed out Master Champion Bubba Watson:

As great as that was, it’s not even close to his clear shining moment in Ryder Cup history:

He’s already risen to the World No. 1 ranking once, has two major championships, and put together one of the historic U.S. Open performances in June, carding the lowest U.S. Open round on Pinehurst No. 2 not once, but twice:

Pinehurst is supremely proud to have Martin Kaymer as one of our legendary champions.

Martin Kaymer Sunday 18

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(I mean, he’s so good he inspired THIS:)

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They did it – “Kaymer Chameleon” at Pinehurst

Before the end of the 2014 Ryder Cup, you will see – and very likely HEAR – of the Guardians of the Ryder Cup.

A few weeks ago, they created their Martin Kaymer tribute, which we proudly displayed here.

We also asked whether they could get us a song about Pinehurst and Kaymer’s incredible performance in the 2014 U.S. Open.

And man, oh man, they delivered.

Thanks, guys.

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Kaymer Chameleon? Yes, Kaymer Chameleon

Yes, this exists.

Apparently this is what the Ryder Cup does to people.

That said, we’d like to ask our friends at Ryder Cup Guardians (and Your Golf Travel)…how about a Kaymer U.S. Open song? Include Pinehurst and Pinehurst No. 2. Maybe even Michelle Wie.

Go ahead, we’ll wait. UPDATE: They did it!

Oh, and there are more. Lots more.

 

And it looks like we might have our own Kaymer song soon:

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