Pinehurst Golf News Archive

Video: Finally, how to beat Rory McIlroy…

Chances are you’ve seen this video before – it has more than 4 million views on YouTube and was part of a commercial.

But it’s worth calling back to it for two things:

  1. The Martin Kaymer line, which, obviously, means a little more to us at Pinehurst now than it did a year ago.
  2. The only thing that might be able to beat Rory right now is a robot. And even then, Rory held his own.

And OK, one more thing – are there words to express just how likable Rory is in this? For a behind-the-scenes look at how the shoot was conducted, go here (it’s worth your time), where you’ll find that Rory went into the skills competition pretty blind, and had no idea the mouth the robot had on it. And yet he ran with it.

From that linked article:

(Director Kelvin) Hutchins shot the commercial with expediency in mind, not quite telling McIlroy what was going to unfold on the range.
So when Rory shows up, every reaction is genuine.
“All Rory knew when he showed up that he was going to be involved in a skills challenge, with washing machines, against a robot,” Parente said.
What? Did you think Rory can act?
“Everything else was literally his reaction as it happened.”


And the final shot? Man, the kid is good.

Here’s Rory, after his first look at Pinehurst No. 2:

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18 green No. 2 Aug. 12, 2014

The 18th green of Pinehurst No. 2 on Aug. 12, 2014.

It’s been another two weeks, so it’s time again to provide an update on how the Bermuda grass continues to thrive on Pinehurst No. 2’s greens.

And after a few inches of rain over the last few weeks, “thrive” is the right word.

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So, just how dark was the finish of the PGA Championship? This dark…

Pretty dark:


As you can see from @Bill_Michaels, this photo was POSTED at 8:24 p.m., which means it had to be snapped a few minutes before that.

And yet, Rory was still able to do this:

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Video: Behind the scenes at Pinehurst – Phil & Rickie play a game

OK, look, we’ll admit this off the top – there’s not a whole lot of action in this video.

But we still think it’s pretty cool.

This is from our cutting room floor, if you will. Back on Monday, June 2 – a week before the first practice round at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler – bros til the end – played a casual pre-championship practice round together. Only about 30 people were around since No. 2 was closed. No media was there.

At the 18th green, after playing their approach shots, and after carefully studying the famed green Payne Stewart made his own, Phil motioned for Rickie to come over to the side in front of the massive grandstand.

Clearly, they had a game going. Likely, that game wasn’t free.

But while there isn’t much action here, it’s still kind of fun to look back on, especially considering the year Fowler has had, the U.S. Open performance he gave at Pinehurst, and the fact that he and Lefty are playing together in the final round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla.


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Here’s Clarkie, with our favorite trick shot…EVER

You know us – we loooooove trick shots.

But we may have just found our favorite trick shot…EVER.

That’s 11-year-old Clarkie Carroll in the video above, and if you watch it, you’ll learn Clarkie has battled a rare bone cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma. Clarkie had half of his right femur removed (that’s where the tumor was), which was replaced by a titanium prosthesis. This resulted in his right leg being a few inches longer than his left.

Clarkie, clearly, loves golf (lacrosse, too), and he performed this trick shot at another Donald Ross course, at Glen Falls Country Club in New York. Clarkie’s grandparents, Tom and Joan Moynihan, live at Pinehurst No. 7.

He also did it after just completing 10 months of chemotherapy.

We’ll pause to let that sink in.

Clarkie’s doing well today, but he’ll be scanned quarterly for the next 5 years. He’s one tough – and talented – little kid.

His dad, Dave, put Clarkie’s toughness into words for us:

“10 months of chemo.

17 Rounds.

54 Treatments.

Zero Complaints.”

To which, we’ll add…

One GREAT golf swing.

Play well, Clarkie.

*For more about how you can help families affected by Ewing’s Sarcoma, go here.

UPDATE: Perhaps you caught Clarkie on The Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” on Aug. 26:

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