Pinehurst Golf News Archive

Pinehurst’s Kelly Mitchum pitches in for birdie at RBC Heritage Classic


In the opening round of the 2016 RBC Heritage, Kelly Mitchum, a lead instructor at the Pinehurst Golf Academy, holes a downhill pitch shot from 27 feet for birdie on the par-3 7th hole.


Guess that shouldn’t be TOO surprising. After all, Kelly is the guy who did this:

And this:

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Spieth’s caddie Greller reflects on Masters and Spieth’s character

Michael Geller, Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth listens as caddie Michael Greller speaks to him during a practice round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. (Photo by the USGA/No usage without permission)

Michael Greller, Jordan Spieth’s caddie, wrote a heartfelt message on his Facebook wall this week about The Masters, which, as you are all well aware, Spieth…well, do we really need to say anything more?

Anyway, Greller gave writer Stephanie Wei permission to post his message on her site, and it’s a wonderful read. We suggest you read it in full because it gives a window into Spieth’s personality not just today, but over the years, dating back to 2011. As a golf fan, it is well worth your time.

As for The Masters, here is what Greller writes:

The 2016 Masters stung. Hats off to Danny Willett for an incredible final round, and more importantly, becoming a father. We have received an outpouring of support and thoughtful messages. But don’t feel sorry or sad for us. We won’t get stuck in this moment, nor should you. We will work harder, fight harder and be better for it. We will bounce back as we have done many times.

Winning shows your character and losing shows ALL your character. -Michael Greller

At the end of the day, golf is a sport. I am especially thankful to have an unconditionally loving wife Ellie Greller, family and friends who treat us the exact same regardless of wins and losses. This isn’t life and death stuff. There are far greater struggles that exist in this world than not winning The Masters. We are beyond blessed to do what we do. We are grateful to work alongside the greatest golfers and caddies in the world. It is a challenge we relish.

A wise coach reminded me recently, winning shows your character and losing shows ALL your character. Jordan continues to model grace and humility through wins and especially losses. The student continues to teach the teacher, and now millions others, just like he did at Erin Hills.

Jordan Spieth is the same genuine, grounded and humble person he was five years ago, in victory or defeat.

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Golf in New York City? You have to see “Tiger Hood”

Love golf?

Feel free to love it even more after watching ESPN’s latest 30 For 30 short. (NOTE: If you can’t view the film on this page, please go here.)

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Poor Ernie

Ernie Els made the wrong type of history Thursday when he carded a 9 on the first hole — the highest score to start a Masters.

And yes, that’s six putts.

Sadly, we’ve seen it before.

UPDATE: And then we saw it again on the first hole of Friday’s round:

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When the shot didn’t fall for North Carolina – in golf

North Carolina came agonizingly close to winning a national championship in basketball this season, only to see its hopes ripped away by Villanova’s Kris Jenkins at the buzzer.

As gut-wrenching a moment as it was for the Tar Heels’ faithful, the finish calls to mind another heartbreaking Heels finish, but one that comes from the world of golf.

And it includes none other than Arnold Palmer.

Perhaps no player has had a greater impact on golf than Arnold Palmer. But his lone win at Pinehurst is a difficult one to find. It’s not the North & South Amateur, which he laments, and where he lost twice in the semifinals. Palmer turned professional in 1954, so he missed the North & South Open, and he was past his prime for the PGA Tour events at Pinehurst in the 1970s and the U.S. Senior Open in 1994.

“It was a great shot that scared me to death, let’s just say that.” -Arnold Palmer

But there is a win at Pinehurst in the Palmer ledger, and he recalls it fondly. But it was a crushing near-miss for the Tar Heels and their star, Harvie Ward.

In 1948, Palmer was a freshman sensation at Wake Forest, competing in the Southern Conference, a precursor to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Near the close of the second round on Pinehurst No. 2, Palmer found himself ahead of his friend and rival Ward. But Ward still had the famed 18th to play, and was comfortably in the fairway.


Arnold Palmer and Harvie Ward at Pinehurst in the late 1940s.

Palmer should’ve been confident. Ward would need to hole his approach shot just to tie.

But with the ball in the air, Palmer’s heart sank.

“Harvie needed to hole his second shot to tie me,” Palmer said in 2014 before the U.S. Open. “He left it about 3 inches from the hole. I didn’t think it had a chance, but he damn near made it.”

Palmer won the conference championship by a stroke. It’s his only documented Pinehurst win.

“It would’ve dismayed me quite a bit,” Palmer says now of Ward’s shot. “It was a great shot that scared me to death, let’s just say that.”

Neither Wake Forest nor North Carolina won the Southern Conference team championship, though.

Who did?


Of course.

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