Masters Champion Zach Johnson describes his feelings about the Pinehurst No. 2 restoration, previews the 2014 U.S. Open and reveals what it would mean to him to win at Pinehurst. (Hint: It has to do with Payne…)
Pinehurst 2014 U.S. Opens Archive
Woods announced on his website that he would be skipping the U.S. Open in two weeks.
“Unfortunately, I won’t be there because I’m not yet physically able to play competitive golf,” said Woods, who will miss his sixth major due to injury as a professional. “I’d like to convey my regrets to the USGA leadership, the volunteers and the fans that I won’t be at Pinehurst.
“The U.S. Open is very important to me and I know it’s going to be a great week. Despite missing the first two majors, and several other important tournaments, I remain very optimistic about this year and my future.”
Woods finished third in the 1999 U.S. Open and second to Michael Campbell in 2005 at Pinehurst.
McDowell, gracious as always with his time, spent a few minutes talking with us to give us his sense of No. 2 (feels like home), the 2014 U.S. Open (it’s going to be hard)- and a possible winning score (higher than you might think).
(Apologies for some of the audio.)
But Phil Mickelson? We never go crazy over that. Naaaaahhhhh.
“I’m going to win a bunch of tournaments. I’m going to win at least one U.S. Open, maybe two.” – Phil Mickelson
OK, OK, so we like hearing about Phil and Tiger when it relates to the U.S. Open.
Thing is, Lefty always delivers.
Mickelson and Rick Reilly spent some time together recently, and obviously, the career Grand Slam and the U.S. Open came up.
“I’m going to win a bunch of tournaments. I’m going to win at least one U.S. Open, maybe two,” Mickelson said.
And in two weeks, he might be right.
Payne Stewart’s and Michael Campbell’s journeys to their respective U.S. Open Championships at Pinehurst were similar in many ways
Sadly neither of Pinehurst’s U.S. Open champions will grace the fairways of No. 2 on June 12 when the 2014 championship begins. Payne Stewart lost his life in an airplane mishap only three months after winning the 1999 Open, and Michael Campbell’s game peaked with his triumph in June 2005 and he recently announced that injuries and personal troubles would prevent his entry this year.
But for one week in the American national championship, they were the very best in the business, this Missourian with the plus-fours and graceful swing and this gritty New Zealander with steel nerves over a 4-iron and razor-sharp putter.
Each had paid his dues in professional golf by the time the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Opens came to Pinehurst No. 2. Stewart was 42 with eleven PGA Tour wins, Campbell was 36 with six victories on the European Tour. Both were married and the father of two children.