Pinehurst 2014 U.S. Opens Archive

Video: Justin Rose Honors Payne Stewart with Pose

Justin Rose has class.

Putting out to close his final round of the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, Rose made his putt – with the cup in the same location as Payne’s fateful 15-footer in 1999 – and then struck the famous Payne Stewart pose, which is immortalized in bronze just a few steps away from No. 2′s 18th green. (CLICK THIS. SERIOUSLY. IT’S THE CUTEST THING EVER.)

(NOTE: If you cannot view the video above, go here.)

This was no surprise coming from Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open Champion. Consider what happened during a pre-U.S. Open practice round on Monday, June 2.

Playing with legendary Pinehurst caddie Willie McRae, and his own caddie, Rose stepped off the first green and headed for the second tee nearby.

Just then, the Village Chapel, just across the street from No. 2 in the Village of Pinehurst, began to chime on the hour. The song? “God Save the Queen.”

Rose and his caddie, both Brits, immediately stopped. They turned toward the chimes, removed their caps, placed their hands over their hearts…AND SANG.

Pinehurst Caddiemaster Jimmy Smith was with the group, and witnessed the moment. Unfortunately, his phone was on his desk in the caddyshack, charging.

“It would’ve been the greatest video,” Smith said.

No worries, Jimmy. Now we’ve got this one.

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Martin Kaymer Belongs With Pinehurst’s Greatest Champions

Martin Kaymer Trophy

Photo by The USGA

BY LEE PACE

The sun was tucking behind some clouds into the western horizon over Pinehurst Sunday evening and casting a soft, golden glow over the proceedings just in front of the 18th green on the No. 2 course. If Martin Kaymer had turned and looked over his right shoulder, through the pine trees he could have seen the steeple of the Village Chapel a few hundred yards away; the chapel clarion was now softly pelting out eight notes at the top of the hour.

USGA President Thomas O’Toole stood at the podium and spoke of the previous champions at Pinehurst—of Ben Hogan and Sam Snead from the sepia-toned era and Payne Stewart and Michael Campbell from the modern epoch—and welcomed the newly anointed U.S. Open champion from Germany to the same heady fraternity.

USGA Executive Director Mike Davis marveled at how Kaymer’s 271 total and eight-stroke victory were forged not only with precise and consistent shots but the planning that went into each of them and the mental fortitude that helped him escape from the few dalliances with trouble he encountered over four days of No. 2.

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Our Champion, Martin Kaymer

Martin Kaymer 18

Congratulations to Martin Kaymer on a historic performance in winning the 114th U.S. Open on Pinehurst No. 2.

We are proud to welcome a such a great Champion to our halls. Your class, poise and tremendous talent only add to our legacy in golf.

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Happy Father’s Day from Pinehurst

Payne has always said it best.

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The History of Pinehurst’s Iconic Putter Boy

Photo by USGA's John Mummert

Photo by USGA’s John Mummert

BY LEE PACE

They’ve stood sentinel over the practice putting greens at Pinehurst for decades. They’ve traveled the world on the shirts and caps of golfers. They’ve lured guests to Pinehurst from the pages of newspapers and magazines for a century. And they’ve been the centerpieces of handsome marks for Pinehurst’s chapters in the U.S. Open.

“The Golf Lad” and his offspring pal, “The Putter Boy,” are certainly among the most famous inanimate figures in the game of golf.

Frank Presbrey, Pinehurst’s first advertising counselor, in the early 1900s created a young boy that appeared in the resort’s early advertising and calendars who was called “The Golf Lad,” “The Golf Boy,” or “The Golf Calendar Lad.” Later he was replaced on the calendars sent annually to hotel guests by photos of Donald Ross playing the Pinehurst golf courses.

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