Pinehurst 2014 U.S. Opens Archive

Michelle Wie’s very cool time-lapse painting – and shoes

2014 U.S. Open Champion Michelle Wie has been off the golf course lately battling an injury, but it isn’t slowing down one of her other passions – painting.

Wie just posted a pretty cool time lapse of her work on Instagram, which can be viewed above.

Pretty dope. (Sorry, couldn’t help it. Forgive us.)

Also, check out the new shoes Michelle got from Nike. Pretty cool. #USOpenChamp
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Martin and Michelle…Welcome (back) to Pinehurst

Trophy Case 1

Photo by John Gessner – Click to Enlarge

While the historic – and fervent – two weeks of the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open have passed, it’s still really busy at Pinehurst.

While plans continue to develop on how the back-to-back national championships will be displayed in Pinehurst’s venerable Clubhouse hallway, the first indications of the triumphant two weeks were visible on Thursday, Aug. 14, when the nameplates honoring Pinehurst’s two most recent champions – Martin Kaymer and Michelle Wie – were installed in the trophy case.

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Video: Behind the scenes at Pinehurst – Phil & Rickie play a game

OK, look, we’ll admit this off the top – there’s not a whole lot of action in this video.

But we still think it’s pretty cool.

This is from our cutting room floor, if you will. Back on Monday, June 2 – a week before the first practice round at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler – bros til the end – played a casual pre-championship practice round together. Only about 30 people were around since No. 2 was closed. No media was there.

At the 18th green, after playing their approach shots, and after carefully studying the famed green Payne Stewart made his own, Phil motioned for Rickie to come over to the side in front of the massive grandstand.

Clearly, they had a game going. Likely, that game wasn’t free.

But while there isn’t much action here, it’s still kind of fun to look back on, especially considering the year Fowler has had, the U.S. Open performance he gave at Pinehurst, and the fact that he and Lefty are playing together in the final round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla.

 

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The No. 2 Starter’s Box…and what it means

“Of all the golf centers in the world, there is perhaps only one that comes close to sharing the ideas and aspirations of St. Andrews – ‘Pinehurst.’”

Links Trust, 1998

Ahead of the 2014 back-to-back U.S. Opens, Pinehurst further solidified its relationship with the Old Course at St. Andrews with the dedication of the No. 2 Starter’s Box, built to resemble the longtime starter’s box that once stood at the first tee on Old Course.

But while it’s one thing for Pinehurst to say it enjoys ties to St. Andrews, it’s another for St. Andrews to reaffirm that relationship. And upon seeing the new No. 2 starter’s box before a round at the U.S. Open, that’s exactly what St. Andrews Links Trust Chief Executive Euan Loudon did in the video above.

And for us, that feels pretty special.

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The Best in Photos from the 2014 U.S. Open

Here is a sampling of some of the best photos from the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. Photo credit for each photo is The USGA. Tremendous work.

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