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We still miss you, Payne

Oct. 25, 1999.

We still miss you, Payne.

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Phil Mickelson to scale back schedule to focus on U.S. Open in Pinehurst

 

Phil Mickelson said Wednesday he plans to scale back his tournament schedule to narrow his focus on winning the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

“There is no hiding the fact that winning the U.S. Open would be my career goal, completing the career grand slam,” Mickelson said before the PGA Tour’s CIMB Classic in Malaysia.

 

 

Mickelson has finished as the U.S. Open runner-up six times – famously finishing a shot back of Payne Stewart to place second for the first time in 1999. After winning the Open Championship in July, Mickelson is aiming to become only the sixth player in history to complete the career Grand Slam.

His first chance to etch his name further into history comes at Donald Ross’s famed Pinehurst No. 2 in June 2014. Pinehurst will add to its storied history itself when it hosts the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens in consecutive weeks.

“I want to give myself opportunities to play and compete in the big tournaments, mainly saying the majors, and I’m putting less importance on other events,” Mickelson said.

Mickelson appeared in 20 tournaments last season. For comparison, Tiger Woods, who typically approaches a season focused heavily on performing in major championships, competed in 16 tournaments.

Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen andWoods are the five to win the career slam.

 

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VIDEO: Jim Furyk on No. 2 – “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.

Furyk came away impressed by the new look of the course on which he made the cut in both 1999 and 2005, and marveled at the thought of adding his name to the walls of the historic Pinehurst Resort Clubhouse.

“This a place where time stands still,” he says.

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The Jack Nicklaus of Disc Golf…on Pinehurst No. 2 (VIDEO)

Ken “The Champ” Climo is a professional disc golfer and considered by many to be the best player to have ever played the game.

And so when he came to play “ball golf” on Pinehurst No. 2, we, of course, asked him to break out a disc or two.

Honestly, we couldn’t wait to see what happens when you mix elite championship golf with disc golf:

 

 

Climo has claimed 12 PDGA World Championship titles, including nine in as many years from 1990-to-1998. Climo’s dominance in the world championships is unmatched; Harold Duvall (1982, 1985), Barry Schultz (2003, 2004), Nate Doss (2005, 2007, 2011) and Paul McBeth (2012-13) are the only other golfers with more than one open world title. In addition to his world titles, Climo claimed his fifth United States Disc Golf Championship (the premier event in the game) title in 2007. Named seven times as the PDGA player of the year, Climo was inducted into the PDGA Hall of Fame in 1995. In his career he has won more than 200 tournaments and leads the lifetime PDGA money list.

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Reading Payne’s Putt – Pinehurst’s Caddies Reveal the Secret (Video)

 

Off the tee, Payne Stewart was in trouble.

Just ask legendary Pinehurst caddie Willie McRae.

Stewart’s drive leaked to the right, leaving him 196 yards to the hole and in the deep rough. McRae, who has looped for U.S. presidents, Michael Jordan and countless others for more than 70 years at Pinehurst No. 2, knew the tee shot could be fatal. (Johnny Miller thought so, too.) Stewart would have to lay up.

We all know what happened from there.

But how did Payne make the putt to win the 1999 U.S. Open?

He knew something no one else can see.

Willie McRae knows it. So does Eddie Mac.

So do all the Pinehurst caddies.

Want to make Payne’s putt?

Watch the video.

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