Pinehurst 2014 U.S. Opens Archive

Phil in ’14? Is Mickelson the favorite to win at Pinehurst? Crenshaw, Pelz weigh in

Phil in '14?

Phil in ’14?

Three Down, One To Go For Mickelson

By LEE PACE

Ben Crenshaw was among the millions captivated by the drama, entertainment and sheer wonder of what was unfolding on his television set early the afternoon on July 21, 2013. Six time zones away on the east coast of Scotland, Phil Mickelson marched the ancient, crusty links at Muirfield Golf Club in five-under 66 to storm from five shots behind and win the British Open going away.

Crenshaw has made golf history himself—winning two Masters and 19 PGA Tour events—and been involved from the periphery in another major story as well, captaining the United States team to victory in the 1999 Ryder Cup Match at Brookline. But watching from his home in Austin, Texas, Crenshaw was sucked into the vortex of the afternoon’s significance.

“Gosh, what a great performance,” Crenshaw says. “It was unbelievable. It was fascinating to watch. Phil made the right decisions and he played very aggressively. That second shot on 17 was one for the ages. He had confidence in that club, essentially it was a brassie, and struck it really well. It hit on the downslope and, man alive, what a great bounce, right to the middle of the green. Then he hit two beautiful shots on 18. He did so many good things. It was a special week for Phil, no question.”

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Video: Sir Nick Faldo Says Yes to Sand, Previews 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst

 

Sir Nick Faldo made his second trip in the last 11 months to Pinehurst to participate in a Glenmorangie event, but took a few minutes after his golf clinic to discuss the Coore & Crenshaw restoration of Pinehurst No. 2, which will host back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2014.

Faldo said that PGA Tour players are not accustomed to playing shots out of waste areas with native grasses, but added that he believes players will welcome the myriad options they will have playing out of Pinehurst-style rough.

Faldo also said he could see golf course design mirroring Pinehurst No. 2′s restoration in the future, and reflected on his troubles – and Payne Stewart’s triumph – at the 1999 U.S. Open.

Faldo, the 6-time major champion and Hall-of-Famer? Troubles at No. 2? But why?

Because of Donald Ross – and fear.

And from Sir Nick’s last visit…Storytime at Pinehurst…

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Why Pinehurst in 2014?

 

Why Pinehurst in 2014? Why does the USGA feel like Pinehurst is the ideal setting to stage unprecedented back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2014?

It’s a question many asked when the initial announcement was made. It’s a question that continues to persist.

So over the course of the last year, we’ve asked some of the game’s best players a simple question:

Why Pinehurst?

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VIDEO: Gov. Pat McCrory talks Pinehurst – and a shank off a Masters Champion

 

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory took a few minutes after his round in the Wyndham Championship’s Pro-Am to chat about Pinehurst Resort, the 2014 U.S. Opens and their place in the economic development for North Carolina.

(Side note: That Masters champion he’s talking about plunking with his ball? It was this guy.

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Congrats, Phil. See you in 2014.

 

We can think of no place better for Phil Mickelson to complete the career Grand Slam than with us in 2014.

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