Pinehurst Golf News Archive

Michelle Wie Previews the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst

One to always move the needle, golf star Michelle Wie appeared on The Golf Channel’s Morning Drive on Thursday, and spent a good portion of an expansive interview chatting with hosts Gary Williams and Charlie Rhymer about the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

Here are a few of Wie’s comments about the Open at Pinehurst, which will be played the week following the men’s U.S. Open on No. 2 – the first such occurrence in U.S. Open history.

Michelle Wie

It’s an experiment Wie seems very much excited to be a part of – similar to some of the other big names on the LPGA Tour:

“I’ve thought a lot about (the back-to-back Opens). I think it’s very interesting…I think it will be great.”

“Pinehurst No. 2 has a lot of great history…and if all else fails, I hear there’s a lot of other Pinehurst (courses) to play.”*

*Yes indeed, Michelle. We know of AT LEAST SEVEN other ones you might want to try. Let us know. We’ll take care of it.

When asked whether she had concerns about No. 2 being able to handle a second Open just days after the men complete their championship:

“Pinehurst No. 2 has a lot of great history…and if all else fails, I hear there’s a lot of other Pinehurst (courses) to play.” -Michelle Wie

“I have a little bit of concerns here and there, but at the same time I know the USGA will do a great job. They’re smart, they know what they’re doing, and I’m sure when we tee off on Thursday it will be in tip-top condition and we won’t even know that the men were even there.”

Wie, also, thinking about the health of women’s golf and how the back-to-back Opens experience may help:

“Hopefully all the fans will stay after watching the first U.S. Open because I think it will be great for fans. It’s like a one-stop and two tournaments. I think we’ll have a lot bigger gallery for our  event, which is a definite plus for us.”

Will she take notes from the men the week before?

“I definitely will watch how they play, where to avoid and where to go. I’ll definitely be watching golf that weekend – which is a change for me.” (Laughs.)

Worried about driving zones since Wie is a bomber off the tee? Might there be divots in her landing zones from the week before?

“I’m not really too worried about it. I feel like if I’m worried about it now, I’ll never hit a fairway there. If it’s in the fairway, you won’t be in any divot.” (Laughs.)

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Pinehurst’s Best…
That You Didn’t See

While we continue to gear up for June, we can’t help but look back on a few forgotten gems of 2013. Before the New Year arrived, we took a look back on our most popular news posts and videos, and even at our Top 5 Instagram photos – a post that quickly needed to be updated moments after the ball dropped.

But now we’d like to give one more shot to what we believe are some of our best news items, posts and videos of 2013, but for some reason didn’t get the traction we expected or hoped.

So here they live on one more time. We hope you enjoy them….THIS TIME.*

*OK, we’re having a little fun here. Please know we appreciate our readers more than any of you will ever know. We’re proud of our content (most of it, anyway – KIDDING), and we’re thankful it has a home and such a dedicated following. So thanks to all of you for every single click. We take none of them for granted. Now, with that said…)

 

BEST VIDEOS YOU DIDN’T WATCH

At the LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship, we interviewed Natalie Gulbis, Paula Creamer, Karrie Webb and Juli Inkster.

And Stacy Lewis.

You missed one of them.

And we get it. This video appears as though it were shot in an underground bunker designed to ride out the nuclear holocaust. (What can we say? It was raining outside.)

But Lewis is America’s best player, and one of the two best players in the world. And she’s talking about the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst. And about being a golf nerd. And about the North & South Am.

OK, so it doesn’t look great. Let the audio run. Stacy Lewis is pure class, and was happy to speak with us.

How many No. 1 players in the world – in any sport – do that?

 

Only the best player in women’s golf over the last 50 years – if not ever. And this was done at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, where we also interviewed this guy and this guy.

Not a bad week, thank you very much.

But watch Annika. Please. C’mon, it’s ANNIKA.

 

Every summer the world descends on Pinehurst. This is but a sample of what it sounds like.

 

THE BEST STORIES YOU DIDN’T READ

MICHAEL CAMPBELL RELIVES THE 2005 U.S. OPEN AT PINEHURST

OK, we can kind of get this one, too. You’re still miffed somebody named Michael Campbell won the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

Fine.

But what do you really know about Campbell and his standing in golf at the time of his career highlight? Did he really come out of nowhere? How does he remember it? And Tiger? What is Campbell like now, even after his game fell apart?

He told us, and we promise one thing about this story and video:

If you watch this, you will root for Campbell to make some sort of comeback, even if it’s just for one week somewhere, anywhere.

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It’s 2014…The Opens Are Coming!

2014 has arrived.

And Pinehurst is ready.

(Featuring Curtis Strange, Sir Nick Faldo, Jason Day and Annika Sorenstam.)

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Pinehurst 2013 –
Best in Blog

As we continue to look back on 2013 at Pinehurst (and get set to turn the page to the year we’ve all been waiting for with breathless anticipation), here’s the countdown of our most popular blog posts and stories from 2013.

For more Best of Pinehurst, check out our countdowns in…

VIDEO

INSTAGRAM

For the Best in 2012, go here.

The Best You Didn’t See or Read in 2013

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Tar Heels Coach Roy Williams Talks Golf…And Timeouts

Hall of Fame basketball coach Roy Williams has always had an affinity for golf, so at his most recent Pinehurst visit, we chatted with him about how golf and basketball might be linked (Scroll to 1:45 in the above video). But we also asked what rounds of golf were like with Michael Jordan and Dean Smith, and even heard Roy’s best story about golfing with Coach Smith – and it happened right here on Pinehurst No. 2 (3:45).

But once we asked about Roy Williams’ philosophy concerning taking timeouts – or, in reality, NOT TAKING timeouts – that’s when the post hit the message boards and began to spread like wildfire. (Scroll to 5:45.)

 

U.S. Open Champion Jim Furyk: “You’re looking at a brand new golf course.”

Jim Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open Champion and 16-time PGA Tour winner, visited Pinehurst with friends to play a casual round on the restored Pinehurst No. 2.

An animated Furyk came away impressed – and even marveled at the thought of adding his name to the walls of the historic Pinehurst Resort Clubhouse.

 

TOP 5 PINEHURST STORIES

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No. 5. Augusta and Pinehurst – What Might Have Been

One of our best additions to the Pinehurst Blog this year has been the writing of acclaimed author Lee Pace, as valuable a historian on Pinehurst and its place in golf as you will find anywhere on the planet. Lee authored several intriguing posts for us this year, and will continue to do so leading up to the U.S. Opens in 2014.

Here, Pace tells the story of how Bobby Jones came to choose Alister MacKenzie over the famed Donald Ross to design Augusta National – and breaking a supposed handshake agreement with Ross in the process. Read the role the fate of golf – and losing – played into Jones’ decision, and the legendary impact the decision made on Ross and his vision for what No. 2 could become.

 

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Nick Stafford wins rain-shortened Donald Ross Junior

Nick Stafford won a three-player, three-hole aggregate playoff on Pinehurst No. 2 to capture the 66th Donald Ross Junior Championship.

Nick Stafford won a three-player, three-hole aggregate playoff on Pinehurst No. 2 to capture the 66th Donald Ross Junior Championship.

RESULTS

With over an inch of rain falling overnight and continuing, heavy at times, until 11:30 a.m., the 66th Donald Ross Junior Championship was shortened to an 18-hole tournament on Sunday.

Still, the champion was decided on Pinehurst No. 2.

First round results were used to determine award winners, with the 15-18-year-old Boys division being split into two separate events (No. 4, No. 5). A playoff however, was held for the leaders of both 15-18 Boys division leaders to determine the overall 66th Donald Ross Jr. Champion.

Nick Stafford of Belmont, N.C., came out on top of the three-player, three-hole aggregate playoff held on the famed Pinehurst No. 2, host of the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens in 2014. The three-hole loop of holes 1, 17, 18 were used and Stafford played those holes in 1-over par to seal his victory and a name plate in Pinehurst’s legendary hall of champions. Having played course No. 5 in the first round, Stafford was tied with Ian Hildebrand of Purcellville, Va., who both shot 70. On Pinehurst No. 4, Hunter Oxford and his score of 69 that earned him a spot in the three-man playoff.

Rounding out the top five from No. 5 results was second-place finishers and two-time defending champion Joshua Martin of Pinehurst, N.C., Peter Knade of Easton, Md., and Christian Salzer of Sumter, S.C. Tied for 5th place was Joshua Stockwell (West End, N.C.) and Kenny Park (Cumming, Ga).

Course No. 4 top finishers aside from Stafford and Hildebrand were T3 finishers Patrick Stephenson (Four Oaks, N.C.) S.M. Lee (Buford, Ga.), Thomas Eldridge (Raleigh, N.C.) and Timothy Conover (Holly Springs, N.C.).

Winston Margaritis won the 12-14-year-old division of the Donald Ross Junior.

Winston Margaritis won the 12-14-year-old division of the Donald Ross Junior.

Wintson Margaritis (Collierville, Tenn.), won the 12-14-year old age group with his score of 67 while in the 11 & Under it was 2012 runner-up Akshay Bhatia (Wake Forest, N.C.) who took home the trophy in his division with an outstanding round of 66.

Akshay Bhatia

Akshay Bhatia won the 11-and-Under division of the Donald Ross Junior.

The Championship for boys under age 18, separated in three divisions (11 and under, 12-14, and 15-18 provided the 18-year old is still in high school), is always scheduled the week between Christmas and New Year’s.  The 11 and Under, and 12-14 Divisions play Pinehurst No. 1.  The 15-18 Division plays Pinehurst No. 4 and Pinehurst No. 5, typically rotating courses after the first round.

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