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Pinehurst Madness – The Final Fore

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And now, we’re down to four.

Our Final Fore, if you will. Last week, we opened up the first Pinehurst Madness bracket, because as we stated at the dawn of the 2015 NCAA Tournament, in North Carolina, there are three things we can always argue: Golf, College Basketball and Barbecue.

This, though, is a tournament to decide which Pinehurst Resort golf course is the best. We’ve taken the liberty of seeding the tournament, and we’ve also removed Pinehurst No. 2 from the bracket. We figure after back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2014, it’s a pretty clear winner in its own right.

A few notes about the first round:

  • For a week, there was an upset looming, all day, every day. Pinehurst No. 6, as a 5th seed, took an early lead on Pinehurst’s most recently added course to the stable, Pinehurst No. 9. But the Jack Nicklaus Signature Design closed the gap, making it a neck-and-neck race that seemed to change hands every hour. Finally, when polling closed Wednesday night, No. 9, the 4th seed, proved victorious…by 1 single vote.
  • Pinehurst No. 3, no matter how beloved by Ben Crenshaw, could never muster a great challenge to Pinehurst No. 7. The same was true for Pinehurst No.1 and Pinehurst No. 5, courses that found themselves up against top seeds Pinehurst No. 4 and No. 8, respectively.

Now, though, it’s time to determine our final.

NOTE: Vote by clicking on the course of your choice. Votes are tallied automatically.

No. 1 seed Pinehurst No. 4 vs. No. 4 seed Pinehurst No. 9

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Most agree Tom Fazio elevated a good course to a great one with his work on No. 4. Indeed, it was selected as the co-site of the 2008 U.S. Amateur. Meanwhile, Jack stays alive at the Dance. The area's only Jack Nicklaus Signature Design is Pinehurst No. 9, added to the Pinehurst stable in 2014.
 
Pinehurst No. 4
13 Vote
Pinehurst No. 9
2 Vote

 

No. 2 seed Pinehurst No. 8 vs. No. 3 seed Pinehurst No. 7

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Some feel that No. 8 synthesizes all the elements of the Pinehurst golf experience into one layout better than any of the other courses, and many mid- and higher-handicappers find it the most enjoyable track to play. The Rees Jones monster of Pinehurst No. 7 is considered one of the toughest tracks in the area, and there is history as well: No. 7 was built on the site of a forgotten 9-hole employee course.
 
Pinehurst No. 8
10 Vote
Pinehurst No. 7
5 Vote

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Paul Azinger talks about his money game with Payne, Lefty and Gentle Ben

You have to hear this one.

Paul Azinger, talking to the great Matt Adams, tells a crazy story about a serious money game at Bay Hill between teams of Phil Mickelson and Ben Crenshaw and Azinger and Payne Stewart.

 

That’s a lot of Pinehurst history in that game (Payne and Phil, Crenshaw AND Azinger, who also won here). And it’s telling to hear Payne’s confidence in Mickelson.

Enjoy.

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From Ross to Haney – A Century of Golf Instruction at Pinehurst

By LEE PACE

The concepts of golf instruction and practice were slow to evolve as the game developed a head of steam in America in the early 1900s. Richard Tufts, grandson of Pinehurst founder James W. Tufts, once observed: “I always thought it very strange that Walter Travis persisted in practicing chip shots, putting and even full shots when a vacant fairway was available. Why should he, of all golfers, need to waste time practicing?”

Pinehurst had three golf courses open by 1910 but no dedicated practice facility. Early lessons were conducted in the Scottish style of the teacher accompanying the student onto the golf course. But in the spring and summer of 1913, club pro and course architect Donald Ross allocated the ground covered by the first, second and 18th holes of course No. 1 exclusively for practice and built replacement holes on course No. 1 further southward from the clubhouse. The “Maniac Hill” practice range was the first of its kind in the country and remains a haven for resort guests and members to hone their swings.

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The Pinehurst Golf Academy

Various iterations of what exists today as the Pinehurst Golf Academy have been a constant fixture on the vast practice facility.

Frank Palumbo was one of the first to take the golf instruction baton at Pinehurst while serving as a staff pro for many years in the mid-1900s up through the 1980s. Palumbo created junior golf schools at Pinehurst and was assisted in his teaching efforts at various times by former PGA Tour golfer Johnny Palmer, who lived one county to the west in Stanley County. The Palumbo Cup is an annual match-play tournament played among the staff golf pros at Pinehurst.

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Golf Channel remembers Hogan’s breakthrough win at Pinehurst

If you were out enjoying the first weekend of spring, you may have missed two great Golf Channel pieces about Ben Hogan’s breakthrough win at Pinehurst.

Saturday marked the 75th anniversary of Hogan’s first professional win on Pinehurst No. 2. The historic victory broke a seven-year winless streak and set in motion one of the most successful careers of all time.

Hogan proceeded to win the Greater Greensboro Open and the Land of the Sky Open in Asheville. He went on to become one of just four golfers to win a career grand slam.

Pinehurst No. 2′s starters will be celebrating Hogan’s win all month long by donning Hogan-style caps. They’ll share his story with the players who are about to walk the fairways Hogan dominated in 1940.

Be sure to take 5 minutes out of your day to watch both of these videos and head over to PinehurstStories.com to learn more about Hogan.

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Watch madness inflict Georgia State’s golf team

If you thought Ron Hunter’s reaction to Georgia State’s upset stunner of Baylor was insane, check out the Georgia State golf team:

Ah, college…

 

And if Georgia State has irrevocably busted your bracket, well, you have options:

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