Pinehurst 2014 U.S. Opens Archive

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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Newsmakers of the Year: Back-to-back U.S. Opens

 

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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 and Golf Digest have named the historic back-to-back championships one of its Newsmakers of the Year.

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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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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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