Pinehurst 2014 U.S. Opens Archive

Our Top 10 Tweets of 2014

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We learned a few things when we started looking at our top tweets of 2014.

First, you all were REALLY excited about the back-to-back U.S. Open championships. Our tweets leading up to historic event were some of the most popular of the year and the tweets sent out during the tournaments went viral with hundreds of retweets and favorites.

Rickie Fowler’s fashion tribute to golf great Payne Stewart spread like wildfire on social media, becoming one of the most talked about moments of 2014.

Another lesson: Scotty McCreery has awesome fans. When the American Idol winner played Pinehurst No. 2 for the first time back in April, his loyal followers flocked to our blog to see what the singer thought about the Donald Ross course. Oh, and he sang a few bars.

Golf’s leading ladies also got plenty of love on our Twitter feed this year. It seemed any tweet mentioning tween Lucy Li turned to gold and Michelle Wie became a newsmaker when she won her first major title at Pinehurst.

Take a look our top 10 tweets of the year and be sure to follow us in 2015.

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The Biggest Laugh of the Year

We think the best sound bite in all of golf in 2014 came from Pinehurst.

And it was just one word.

“No.”

Then, raucous laughter, and, if you watch the full clip here, you’ll hear it…clapping.

The biggest story entering the 69th U.S. Women’s Open – bigger than whether Pinehurst No. 2 would hold up (it did, which we heard first from Michelle Wie during the first player news conference of the women’s week) – was how 11-year-old Lucy Li would fare on the world stage in the biggest women’s golf event of the year.

Her team – basically just her mother and father – did not grant interviews before the tournament week, and settled on one media meeting before the tournament – in the large media center interview room on Wednesday. In less than 2 minutes, the little girl had charmed the entire room, breaking up seasoned journalists with quips about her favorite golfers, and in this memorable moment, her dad’s game.

“Can your dad beat you?”

Li giggles, and can barely get the word out.

“No.”

That was it. From there, Lucy Li owned the first few days of the U.S. Women’s Open.

Watch: Lucy Li talking Donald Ross and No. 2…while eating ice cream. #USWomensOpen #Eleven

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And her caddie, Pinehurst’s own Bryan Bush, wasn’t bad either:

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Back-to-back U.S. Opens one of Golf World’s Newsmakers of the Year

 

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It’s a first no one will ever forget. 

The USGA’s decision to host the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst during consecutive weeks was a risk worth the reward. Executive Director Mike Davis said the two-week experiment will “rank right up there with the best ever.”

It’s no surprise Gold World has named the historic back-to-back championships one of its Newsmakers of the Year.

“A few years from now, I think we’ll look back and say it was a seminal moment in the game of golf and championship golf and (for) sustainability of the game,” Davis told Golf World. “It’s going to be hard to give these two weeks enough accolades for what they’re going to mean.”

Davis shares more of his thoughts in a previous post.

Dave Shedloski, who wrote the piece for Gold World, said the championships also were successful on a “sub-plot level” because of the course conditions, which included sandy native areas brought to life during a restoration by architects Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

Rory McIlroy, who joined Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players to have won four majors by age 25,  tops Golf World’s list of the top newsmakers. See the full list online.

We talked to Rory during a practice round before the U.S. Open got underway. Here’s his take on Pinehurst No. 2:

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Payne and Rickie…

We had a lot of memorable moments in 2014. This one is near the top of the list.Thank you, Rickie Fowler.

(See the full video here.)

From Vine:

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PGA’s Best Golf Images of 2014 includes new U.S. Open photos

PGA.com has put together an extensive collection of the Best Golf Images of 2014. We’re happy to report Pinehurst Resort appears in 16 of the 116 photos.

Many of the images, which were shot during the historic back-to-back U.S. Open championships in June, are new to us. Take a look below and check out the entire gallery over at pga.com.

As 2014 winds down, this is a great way to look back at a memorable year here in Pinehurst.

 

Martin Kaymer of Germany celebrates with the trophy after his eight-stroke victory during the final round of the U.S. Open. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Martin Kaymer of Germany celebrates with the trophy after his eight-stroke victory during the final round of the U.S. Open. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Eleven-year old Amateur Lucy Li hits a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the U.S. Women's Open. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Eleven-year old Amateur Lucy Li hits a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the U.S. Women’s Open. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Michelle Wie poses with the trophy after her two-stroke victory at the 69th U.S. Women's Open. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Michelle Wie poses with the trophy after her two-stroke victory at the 69th U.S. Women’s Open. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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