Pinehurst 2014 U.S. Opens Archive

[VIDEO] Michael Campbell relives the 2005 U.S. Open – “It changed my world.”

Michael Campbell’s pitch to the 18th green on Sunday, June 19, 2005, was 77 yards from the pin – the exact same yardage Payne Stewart had for his third into the finishing hole in 1999.

“The bells are ringing,” NBC on-course analyst Dottie Pepper said of the nearby Village Chapel chimes. “It’s pretty eerie out here.”

“Yup, same spot Payne laid it up to,” Johnny Miller added. “Payne left it 15 feet under the hole, and made that putt.”

Campbell knocked his to 3 feet.

Two putts later – we failed to mention Campbell left his pitch above the hole – one of the more unlikely U.S. Open champions put the finishing touches on a remarkable performance. Michael Campbell, the 2005 U.S. Open Champion, held off a furious charge by pre-fire hydrant Tiger Woods at Pinehurst No. 2, making birdies at 10, 13 and finally, on 17, to clinch the national championship. He finished in even par 280, two strokes better than who Campbell calls the best player “we’ve ever seen.”

“The heart of the week was holding off Tiger,” Campbell told us of winning the Open. “I had the best player in the world chasing me down.”

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[Video] Rickie Fowler recalls ’08 Amateur, looks ahead to 2014 U.S. Open

Rickie Fowler, PGA Tour star and 2010 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, took a break while working on his game at the U.S. Open at Merion to not only preview the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, but to recall his experience at the 2008 U.S. Amateur on Pinehurst No. 2.

Here, Fowler discusses what he remembers from that week – he reached match play – and what he thinks of the Open returning to Pinehurst.

“I’m definitely looking forward to getting there to Pinehurst next year,” he said.

(As an aside, we must say we were pleased to interview half of the Golf Boys during the U.S. Open at Merion. We promise we’ll shoot for Hunter and Ben as best we can to complete the foursome.)

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[Video] Annika Sorenstam: “Pinehurst is a Mecca of Golf”

Annika Sorenstam stopped by Merion on Friday to sign autographs at the Lexus spectator tent and was happy to spend a little time chatting about Pinehurst and the unprecedented back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2014.

Sorenstam, enshrined in the LPGA Hall of Fame in 2003, finished her incredible career with 73 tournament wins – third all-time – with 10 major championships, including three U.S. Open victories.

Sorenstam has a soft spot in her heart for Pinehurst, commenting, “Pinehurst is a Mecca for golf.” As for the back-to-back Opens, Mrs. 59 is completely on board with the USGA’s decision.

“My spontaneous reaction was, ‘Wow, that’s fantastic.’”

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[Video] Bubba Watson Previews the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst

Masters Champion Bubba Watson previews the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, explaining why winning there would be special for him.

Also, don’t miss the Bonus Bubba footage.

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VIDEO: Natalie Gulbis Excited for Back-to-Back U.S. Opens at Pinehurst

LPGA Tour star Natalie Gulbis talks to Pinehurst Resort and previews the back-to-back U.S. Opens at Pinehurst in 2014.

“It’s going to be great for golf, great for us, and especially great for all those fans.”

Gulbis is excited about the USGA’s unique decision to have Pinehurst host back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2014, and after closing the interview, said off camera: “It’s only 13 months? Wow, that’s coming up fast. Can’t wait, though.”

Gulbis and the other 95 of the top 100 ranked players in the world – including Paula Creamer, who’s also looking forward to the Open on Pinehurst No. 2 – are playing the LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Va.

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