On her first visit to Pinehurst, Michelle Wie is getting chills and goosebumps. She’s also found a perfect golf course ready for a second consecutive U.S. Open, which has her hoping the LPGA Tour will be featured in back-to-back events again.
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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.)
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.
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.
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.