Pinehurst Golf News Archive

Nice year, Martin

If for some reason you haven’t warmed up yet to the thought of Martin Kaymer as the 2014 U.S. Open champion at Pinehurst, it’s time to embrace him.

We were reminded once again during singles matches of the Ryder Cup in the fashion he closed out Master Champion Bubba Watson:

As great as that was, it’s not even close to his clear shining moment in Ryder Cup history:

He’s already risen to the World No. 1 ranking once, has two major championships, and put together one of the historic U.S. Open performances in June, carding the lowest U.S. Open round on Pinehurst No. 2 not once, but twice:

Pinehurst is supremely proud to have Martin Kaymer as one of our legendary champions.

Martin Kaymer Sunday 18




(I mean, he’s so good he inspired THIS:)

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They did it – “Kaymer Chameleon” at Pinehurst

Before the end of the 2014 Ryder Cup, you will see – and very likely HEAR – of the Guardians of the Ryder Cup.

A few weeks ago, they created their Martin Kaymer tribute, which we proudly displayed here.

We also asked whether they could get us a song about Pinehurst and Kaymer’s incredible performance in the 2014 U.S. Open.

And man, oh man, they delivered.

Thanks, guys.

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Video: The Top 10 Pressure Putts in Ryder Cup History

Here is a list of the top 10 pressure putts in Ryder Cup history.

Not all of them were made putts.

But we do like No. 1…

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You call this football? Bollocks!

Desmond Hackett of the London Daily Express was one of just six total international correspondents sent to Pinehurst to cover the 1951 Ryder Cup. For the first time in the event’s history, the competition halted play between the fourball and singles matches. Why? Because eventual national champion Tennessee was scheduled to play nearby North Carolina in a college football game on Saturday, Nov. 3, in Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill.

And so, the PGA arranged for the golfers, VIPs and media to travel 70 miles north to take in the game. College football in the south. It was sure to be a spectacle for all.

Only Mr. Hackett wasn’t impressed.

And he wrote about it. At least he liked the stadium’s surroundings…

Here is Hackett’s piece, which first appeared in the Nov. 16, 1951 issue of Golf World.

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We Interrupt this Ryder Cup…For Football?

1951 Ryder Cup

A modest gallery follows Sam Snead and Max Faullkner in the 1951 Ryder Cup. Snead is putting on the 17th hole of Pinehurst No. 2. Max Faulkner stands in the right foreground.


Consider the cacophony surrounding the biennial Ryder Cup Matches of the last three decades—galleries swelling to 45,000, a press building with desks for 400 writers, wall-to-wall television coverage, frayed nerves and guttural rally cries and bombastic fist pumps.

Sounds a little like a college football game.

In that context it’s most amusing to revisit the quaint little event held at Pinehurst nearly six decades ago.

“They said, ‘In North Carolina when Carolina plays Tennessee in a football game on Saturday, nobody watches golf.’ So they took the day off and we all went to the football game.” -Skip Alexander

The PGA of America brought the 1951 Ryder Cup to Pinehurst No. 2 for the ninth rendition of the event launched in 1927 and originally sponsored by English seed merchant and entrepreneur Samuel Ryder. There was a modest media delegation of some 30 correspondents, including at least three from London and three from Scotland.

And what’s most amazing is that the PGA scheduled a day off from competition on Saturday, Nov. 3, for golfers on both teams, VIPs and media to travel 70 miles north to Chapel Hill for the University of North Carolina vs. Tennessee football game, won 27-0 by the Volunteers.

“They said, ‘In North Carolina when Carolina plays Tennessee in a football game on Saturday, nobody watches golf,’” said Skip Alexander, a member of the U.S. team who was a star at Duke. “So they took the day off and we all went to the football game.”

Well, not everyone. American team captain Sam Snead said no thanks to the football, instead driving to Florence, S.C., for an exhibition.

Snead was not the only one left unimpressed.

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