Pinehurst Interviews Archive

[Video] Rickie Fowler recalls ’08 Amateur, looks ahead to 2014 U.S. Open

Rickie Fowler, PGA Tour star and 2010 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, took a break while working on his game at the U.S. Open at Merion to not only preview the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, but to recall his experience at the 2008 U.S. Amateur on Pinehurst No. 2.

Here, Fowler discusses what he remembers from that week – he reached match play – and what he thinks of the Open returning to Pinehurst.

“I’m definitely looking forward to getting there to Pinehurst next year,” he said.

(As an aside, we must say we were pleased to interview half of the Golf Boys during the U.S. Open at Merion. We promise we’ll shoot for Hunter and Ben as best we can to complete the foursome.)

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[Video] Annika Sorenstam: “Pinehurst is a Mecca of Golf”

Annika Sorenstam stopped by Merion on Friday to sign autographs at the Lexus spectator tent and was happy to spend a little time chatting about Pinehurst and the unprecedented back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2014.

Sorenstam, enshrined in the LPGA Hall of Fame in 2003, finished her incredible career with 73 tournament wins – third all-time – with 10 major championships, including three U.S. Open victories.

Sorenstam has a soft spot in her heart for Pinehurst, commenting, “Pinehurst is a Mecca for golf.” As for the back-to-back Opens, Mrs. 59 is completely on board with the USGA’s decision.

“My spontaneous reaction was, ‘Wow, that’s fantastic.’”

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[Video] Bubba Watson Previews the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst

Masters Champion Bubba Watson previews the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, explaining why winning there would be special for him.

Also, don’t miss the Bonus Bubba footage.

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[Video] Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora dishes on Pinehurst, golf and coaching – and the 2013 UNC season

 

North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora stopped by Pinehurst as part of the Rams Club Tar Heel Tour last week and took a moment to speak with Pinehurst about a variety of topics, including his introduction to Pinehurst, the football position most like a golfer, how coaching and golf course management are intertwined, and of course, about the upcoming Heels’ football season.

Oh, and we stumped him on one question, though he did manage to come up with a name…

 

 

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[VIDEO]: Roy Williams talks golf, Dean Smith, Michael Jordan – and timeouts

Roy Williams, the Hall of Fame basketball coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels who has led UNC to two national championships, visited Pinehurst recently and took a few moments to explain how basketball and golf can be intertwined.

Not only that, Williams chatted about rounds at Pinehurst with Dean Smith – including his favorite Dean Smith golf story – what it’s like to play a round of golf with Michael Jordan and revealed to us the best golfer among his former Tar Heels (not necessarily His Airness).

Lastly, we got a little more basketball in there as well, with Williams explaining just what it takes for him to break down and burn a timeout.

(Hint: A lot. As Roy says, “If I get to go to Heaven and there’s a blessing for timeouts, I’m going to be the favorite son up there.”)

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