Pinehurst Golf News Archive

The theme of U.S. Open Media Day? This one’s different

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Bill Coore addresses a throng of reporters opn U.S. Open Media Day on the first tee of the restored Pinehurst No. 2, site of back-to-back U.S. Opens in June.

By Lee Pace

Some 200 media members, USGA officials and Pinehurst staff members gathered in the St. Andrews Room at the Pinehurst Resort Clubhouse on Monday to look ahead seven weeks to the unprecedented running of the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open on consecutive weeks, the venue being the renowned No. 2 course.

The thread running throughout: There is going to be a different taste, feel and flavor of Open championships in June 2014.

  • The prospects for the third Open to be held on No. 2 following Payne Stewart’s win in 1999 and Michael Campbell’s victory in 2005 were discussed. “I think one of the older players, a guy with some maturity who can let the bad breaks roll off his back might have a good chance,” said Bill Coore, who along with partner Ben Crenshaw restored the course in 2010-12. “Patience will be a very important quality to have the week of the Open.”
  • The logistics of ending the men’s competition on Sunday June 15, perhaps staging an 18-hole playoff on Monday and then transitioning into the Women’s Open week were addressed. Ben Kimball, the USGA official in charge of the Women’s Open, said that a playoff in the men’s championship would begin at Noon local time on Monday and the course would be open for practice rounds for the ladies at 6:45 a.m. “A Monday playoff will set up the possibility of the men’s and women’s competitors hitting balls side by side, which will only add to the excitement of this event,” Kimball said. “I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens come this June.”

 

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Scotty McCreery Plays Pinehurst No. 2…And Sings

Scotty McCreery finally made it…and lived to sing about it.

He finally made it onto Pinehurst No. 2.

And after a round under glorious Carolina blue skies (sorry, Wolfpackers; have to call it like it is) at U.S. Open Media Day, the platinum-selling country music star and American Idol winner took a few minutes to tell us about his first round on No. 2, his recollections of attending the 1999 U.S. Open as a “youngster,” and then added a few bars of the song he most associates with Pinehurst.

You don’t want to miss that.

 

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VIDEO: Golfer stung 20 times by hornet swarm, then makes birdie, shoots 68

European Tour player Pablo Larrazabal was hovering around the cut line of the Maybank Malaysia Open when he was swarmed by hornets.

He was stung more than 20 times, jumped into a lake to try to escape, and after getting a shot from doctors, insisted he play on.

Seriously.

Wait, though, it gets better.

The next shot Larrazabal hit was remarkable, leading to a birdie. He finished with what we have to believe is the best 68 shot on any golf course this year – or any year – done while donning soaked pants. He did have a chance to change into a dry shirt. (More images and the full story can be found here.)

Larrazabal spoke to reporters about the incident after the round:

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Talking Pinehurst…on the 12th green at The Masters


It’s amazing where – and when – Pinehurst comes up in conversation.

“You know, I have the funniest story,” Bubba Watson revealed today on The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive in an interview with Tim Rosaforte. “I have to share this story.”

Settle in, y’all. This one is SO GOOD.

After a masterful putt from off the back of the treacherous 12th green during the final round of The Masters on Sunday, Bubba Watson and his caddie Ted Scott had an interesting conversation after Bubba marked his ball 2 feet from the cup.

With a second green jacket still hanging in the balance, Scott didn’t have the slippery par putt on his mind.

No, he was thinking ahead.

Way ahead.

To Pinehurst.

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We’re Next

Congrats to Bubba Watson, who’s been looking forward to the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst for some time.

And so as the Masters concludes, Pinehurst approaches history – again.

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