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The 5 Greatest Rounds in Pinehurst No. 2 History


What are the 5 greatest rounds in Pinehurst No. 2 lore? Historian Lee Pace examines


It’s difficult to compare golf scores on the same course over three-quarters of a century. The equipment changes too much, the agronomy and course conditioning practices evolve and new tees are stuck in the woods to lengthen the course.


The back-to-back 65s posted in the first two rounds of the U.S. Open by Martin Kaymer certainly rank among the finest rounds ever played on the course first designed by Donald Ross in 1907 and completed in its current configuration in 1935. Just look at all the history Kaymer has made in two days here.

Kaymer’s rounds came on a course more than 7,500 yards long with greens putting in the 12-plus neighborhood on the Stimpmeter. No one playing No. 2 in 1940s through the 1970s played a course that long or that slippery. But Ben Hogan and Tom Watson, authors of two great rounds in No. 2’s history, were playing with persimmon drivers and balls comatose by today’s standards.

Still, the exercise can be fun to compare rounds throughout the ages. Here, then, are five more of the finest rounds ever on Pinehurst No. 2:

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2014 U.S. Open Third Round Pairings

Martin Kaymer plays his second shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Friday, June 13, 2014. (Copyright USGA/John Mummert)


9:22 a.m.: Nicholas Lindheim

9:33 a.m.: Billy Hurley III, Zach Johnson

9:44 a.m.: Zac Blair, Toru Taniguchi

9:55 a.m.: Paul Casey, Justin Leonard

10:06 a.m.: Kevin Stadler, Clayton Rask

10:17 a.m.: Russell Henley, a-Matthew Fitzpatrick

10:28 a.m.: Boo Weekley, Sergio Garcia

10:39 a.m.: Ryan Moore, Cody Gribble

10:50 a.m.: Kevin Tway, Bo Van Pelt

11:01 a.m.: Retief Goosen, Louis Oosthuizen

11:12 a.m.: Ernie Els, Harris English

11:23 a.m.: Stewart Cink, Bill Haas

11:34 a.m.: Alex Cejka, Shiv Kapur

11:45 a.m.: Kenny Perry, Billy Horschel

11:56 a.m.: Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson

12:07 p.m. Patrick Reed, Scott Langley

12:18 p.m. Daniel Berger, Gary Woodland

12:29 p.m. Jim Furyk, Garth Mulroy

12:40 p.m. Graeme McDowell, Lucas Bjerregaard

12:51 p.m. Fran Quinn, Seung-Yul Noh

1:02 p.m. Victor Dubuisson, Jimmy Walker

1:13 p.m. Aaron Baddeley, Justin Rose

1:24 p.m. Jason Day, Marcel Siem

1:35 p.m. Danny Willett, J.B. Holmes

1:46 p.m. Steve Stricker, Rickie Fowler

1:57 p.m. Hedeki Matsuyama, Ian Poulter

2:08 p.m. Erik Compton, Francesco Molinari

2:19 p.m. Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth

2:30 p.m. Chris Kirk, Rory McIlroy

2:41 p.m. Matt Kuchar, Henrik Stenson

2:52 p.m. Keegan Bradley, Brendon de Jonge

3:03 p.m. Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka

3:14 p.m. Brandt Snedeker, Kevin Na

3:25 p.m. Brendon Todd, Martin Kaymer

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Lefty and the Putter Boy

A balky putter in the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open cost Phil Mickelson dearly. Perhaps some advice from the Putter Boy would’ve helped.

He was close enough while warming up.

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A U.S. Open Experience…for the littlest of fans

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C.J. Lowder, 3, (left) plays a round on Pinehurst’s Thistle Dhu putting course. | Photo by Billy Liggett

Golf gained another fan for life this week.

Minutes after walking through the gates at Pinehurst Resort to watch the U.S. Open, 3-year-old C.J. Lowder saw his first pro golfer tee off from the 12th. He looked up at his dad, Chris Lowder of Aberdeen, and smiled big.

“I want to do that,” he declared.

And so he did.


Thistle Dhu

Photo by John Gessner

New to the U.S. Open experience at Pinehurst is a 12-hole putting green for children and young teens, Thistle Du. Located between the 13th green and the 14th tee box on Pinehurst No. 2, the rolling green is named for the country’s first official miniature golf course, created in Pinehurst back in 1919 by James Wells Barber. (The name, “Thistle Du,” is a play on the first words Barber muttered upon the completion of his garden course … “This’ll do.” Outside of U.S. Open weeks, the course is open to members and resort guests and plays to a full 18 holes.)

The new version was brimming Tuesday with kids from C.J.’s age to middle schoolers, many of them learning proper technique from their moms or dads.


Photo by John Gessner

“I think this is a great thing,” Chris Lowder said as his son chased putts around him. “It gets children excited and involved. It’s already great that the Open lets kids this age in free. This is a great age to get them started.” - By Billy Liggett

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Pinehurst crews do their own “rain” restoration of No. 2

Most published reports Friday morning indicated the Pinehurst area received about two-thirds of an inch.

That’s not entirely true, at least as it pertains to the 2014 U.S. Open.

Pinehurst Resort Director of Grounds and Golf Course Maintenance Bob Farren says No. 2 took on about an inch of rain in a span of just 30 minutes. Crews began work in a hurry to do their own restoration of the course. The images in the above video – compared to the images on the television broadcast Friday – are startling.

Farren discusses here what impacts the rain will have on play Friday and says his staff was up to the challenge to provide elite championship conditions in a matter of a few hours.

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