“Morning Drive” on The Golf Channel asked the question a day following the USGA’s announcement that the U.S. Open would return to Pinehurst in 2024: Why Pinehurst?
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The coverage of the USGA’s announcement that the U.S. Open will return to Pinehurst in 2024 has been tremendous, but one interview in particular has gone a little deeper on the subject.
Here, Matt Adams conducts a wide-ranging interview with Pinehurst President Tom Pashley on SiriusXM Radio’s “Fairways of Life.”
The segment reveals a more behind-the-scenes look at how the USGA arrived at its decision to return to Pinehurst in 2024, how Pinehurst No. 2 has changed and how it has been received since the historic back-to-back U.S. Opens over the last year and the impact the U.S. Open has on Pinehurst.
Pinehurst No. 2 will be home to the U.S. Open for the fourth time in 25 years when the national championship returns to Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in 2024, the United States Golf Association announced on Wednesday.
“Pinehurst has elevated itself to one of the great and historic places for golf in this country,” said Thomas J. O’Toole Jr., USGA president. “Some say it’s our St. Andrews – it’s certainly something special, and that’s why we’re going back there for the 2024 U.S. Open.”
“Pinehurst has elevated itself to one of the great and historic places for golf in this country,” – USGA President Thomas J. O’Toole Jr.
The U.S. Open’s return in 2024 will mark the first time in over a century the USGA has awarded four Opens to a single site in a span of 25 years. It will also mark the 25thanniversary of the moment Payne Stewart won the 1999 U.S. Open with a dramatic par putt to win by a stroke over Phil Mickelson.
Prior to the 2024 U.S. Open, Pinehurst will host the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship and the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship. Pinehurst hosted the historic back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships in June 2014, won by Martin Kaymer and Michelle Wie.
BY JORDAN BECK
VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. — Down two holes with two to play Friday in the championship match of the Women’s North and South Amateur, Bailey Tardy needed to dig deep.
The incoming Georgia freshman responded, making par on the final two holes while her opponent, Bethany Wu, the top-ranked junior golfer in the world, slipped up just enough to let her back in the match.
After the first sudden-death playoff hole, Tardy found enough mental strength to drain a lengthy par putt on the 376-yard par-4 second and put the pressure on Wu, who saw her 5-foot par putt rim out.
“It was just a tough match,” Tardy said. “We never conceded any holes. Nothing was conceded except for putts, short putts. I think we both played really well, and we were both exhausted. That’s golf.”
For the seventh-seeded Tardy, the victory marked an incredible run in match play that saw her defeat last year’s runner-up, Lori Beth Adams (2 and 1), in the quarterfinals, and the 2013 Junior Girl’s North and South Amateur winner, Anna Redding (4 and 2), Friday morning during the semifinals.
But the biggest test was the final round against Wu, an incoming freshman at UCLA, who looked unflappable earlier in the day when she defeated the No. 1 seed, Katelyn Dambaugh, 3 and 2.
“I’m really good friends with Beth (Wu) and I played a round with her, I think the second day, so I knew how she was hitting it and that she wasn’t going to let up anytime soon,” Tardy. “It was going to be a good match from the get-go and it was.”
Dambaugh, Wu, Tardy and Redding will vie for place in Pinehurst history
By Alex Podlogar
VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – Make par.
If there was a rallying cry as match play wore on during the 113th Women’s North & South Amateur, it was that: Make pars.
And if you happen to make a lot of pars, you’re likely to keep playing.
As Pinehurst No. 2 continued to play difficult amidst July’s warm gusts of wind, a standout field of some of the best women’s amateurs was whittled down to four on Thursday. And, for most the part, the matches were won with a steady stream of pars.
“And in some cases, even bogeys,” said Anna Redding, the 2013 North & South Girls’ Junior champion, who advanced to Friday’s semifinals. “But definitely pars. Oh, I love pars.”
Even Kaitlyn Dambaugh, the No. 1 seed from the University of South Carolina and the only player to break par on No. 2 during the week, found that attrition by par was the path to victory. She won seven holes in her afternoon match against Muchin Keh, taking five of them with pars in her 4 & 2 victory. … Continue Reading