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VIDEO: Hunter Mahan Previews “Old School” U.S. Open at Pinehurst

Already with five PGA Tour wins in his career, Hunter Mahan appears on the precipice of breaking through in a major way. Last year at Merion, Mahan made a serious run at capturing a U.S. Open championship, playing in the final pairing on Sunday with Phil Mickelson before finishing in a tie for fourth.

Mahan came to Pinehurst over the weekend to get an early look at Pinehurst No. 2, the site of unprecedented back-to-back U.S. Open championships in June. He came away impressed by the Coore and Crenshaw restoration of No. 2, and, as he said, is eager to think his way around the U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

“It’s going to be interesting,” Mahan told us in the video above. “You can get some really good breaks out of there and … it could be easier than a sand shot; you could have pretty easy access to the greens. And then you can be in real trouble and (have to) think your way around it… I think you’ll see a lot of great shots out of there and a lot of terrible shots.”

“The USGA is going to have a lot of fun with it,” Mahan added.

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Your Tiger Woods 2014 U.S. Open Update

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UPDATE: OK, now we know a little more.

Well, at least The Golf Channel does, which can be found here.

Looking like the target is The Open…

The British Open.

 

April 24, 2014:

He’s doing “light chipping and putting.”

That’s all we got.

Hurry back, Tiger.

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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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