Pinehurst 2014 U.S. Opens Archive

Michelle Wie’s triumph is one for the ages

By capturing her first major championship at Pinehurst, Michelle Wie emphatically closed Golf’s historic first fortnight

By LEE PACE

Fifteen years ago, Payne Stewart settled over a crucial putt on the par-3 17th hole at Pinehurst No. 2, a U.S. Open championship in the balance. Stewart and Phil Mickelson were tied for the 1999 Open lead through 70 holes, with Mickelson striking his approach on 17 to 6 feet and Stewart nailing his to 4 feet. Mickelson’s putt slid past the hole and Stewart poured his into the heart of the cup, taking a one-shot lead that he preserved with his much-memorialized par on the final hole.

“It was a gimme,” caddie Mike Hicks said of the fateful birdie on 17. “Payne hadn’t missed inside 4 feet all week.”

Now it was Michelle Wie’s turn to make history on the 161-yard hole, her 8-iron nestling down 25 feet above and to the right of the front-left hole location. Wie had just double-bogeyed the 16th hole, letting a seemingly comfortable three-shot lead in the U.S. Women’s Open over Stacy Lewis shrink to a single shot. Lewis was now hitting balls on the practice range in the event of a playoff, and Wie settled into her unique table-top putting stance, where her upper torso is at 90 degrees to her long legs, the better to let her see the correct line from a head position nearer the ground.

If the 6 on 16 was giving her the shakes and sweats, she wasn’t letting on.

“I laughed it off,” she said. “Stuff like that does happen.”

 

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The 10 – Actually Make it 11 – Best Moments from the Pinehurst U.S. Opens

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The U.S. Opens have now come and gone, and with great success. Here are our 11 favorite moments (We couldn’t settle on 10) from major championship golf’s first fortnight. (And if your favorite moment isn’t listed here, feel free to add it in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you.)

 

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Our Champion, Michelle Wie

Congratulations to the 69th U.S. Women’s Open Champion, Michelle Wie.

Welcome to the Pinehurst family.

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Video: Annika Sorenstam Praises Pinehurst

Hall-of-Famer Annika Sorenstam comments about the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open on Pinehurst No. 2, and praises USGA’s decision to hold back-to-back Opens at the same site for the first time in history.

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One Last Lucy Li Post (for now)

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Lucy Li putts out to close her second round of the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2. (Photo by The USGA)

OK, as we shift to the weekend to decide the 69th U.S. Women’s Open champion on Pinehurst No. 2, let’s take one last look (for now) at what Lucy Li accomplished in the first two rounds of the Open.

We promise to be concise.

In fact, we’ll rein ourselves in by using our Twitter feed for this post. So, one more time, let’s take a step back and marvel at what this brilliant little 11-year-old did this week:

 

 

 

 

Amazing. Truly amazing.

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