Pinehurst 2014 U.S. Opens Archive

We agree, Geoff

Geoff Ogilvy of Australia hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the first round of the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 on June 12, 2014 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. (June 11, 2014 - Source: Andrew Redington/Getty Images North America)

Geoff Ogilvy of Australia hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the first round of the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 on June 12, 2014 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. (June 11, 2014 – Source: Andrew Redington/Getty Images North America)

Geoff Ogilvy’s My Shot in Golf Digest this month is beginning to create some buzz, and now you can add Pinehurst to the list willing to share the 2006 U.S. Open Champion’s thoughts about the world of golf.

Ogilvy doesn’t waste any time getting around to mentioning Pinehurst and the 2014 U.S. Open, and why he feels No. 2′s setup is perfect for the growth and future of golf:

I’VE ALWAYS THOUGHT tall, dense grass is the least attractive hazard in golf. Slowly we seem to be moving toward shorter, lighter rough, even at the U.S. Open, which more than any championship was defined by penal setups that permitted little in the way of recoveries. Was the setup at Pinehurst for the U.S. Open not wonderful? Did not the best player that week [Martin Kaymer] win? To the last holdouts for deep rough, I’d ask this: If Bubba Watson were in tall, dense grass to the right of the 10th hole at the 2012 Masters and had to pitch out, would that have been a good thing? Wasn’t the attempt at a bold recovery great to see? Would you have rather watched Phil Mickelson reflexively lay up on the 13th hole in 2010 instead of having a go from the pine straw? Case closed.

 

We agree, Geoff. We agree.

After all, remember this?

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Pinehurst No. 2 honored with Golf Digest’s Green Star Award

Martin Kaymer reacts on the 18th hole after winning the 2014 U.S. Open on Pinehurst No. 2. (Photo by the USGA)

Martin Kaymer reacts on the 18th hole after winning the 2014 U.S. Open on Pinehurst No. 2. (Photo by the USGA)

After successful back-to-back U.S. Opens, Pinehurst earns recognition for outstanding environmental practices

Pinehurst No. 2, which hosted the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in consecutive weeks this summer, has received Golf Digest’s 2014 Green Star Award for Outstanding Environmental Practices.

No. 2 was honored with the award because it has “implemented water reduction programs in startling and instructive ways.” In 2014, in fact, Pinehurst No. 2 will use about 73% less water than in 2009 – the last full year prior to the beginning of a major restoration project that eliminated Bermuda rough and reintroduced sand and native wiregrass.

“We’re thrilled to receive this honor from Golf Digest,” said Bob Farren, Pinehurst’s Director of Golf Course and Grounds Management. “We didn’t set out for this, but I think it shows that we’ve brought Pinehurst No. 2 back to the way it was meant to be played, with firm and fast conditions that reflect the natural terrain of the North Carolina Sandhills.”

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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.

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

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