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Pinehurst’s Top 10 of 2012 – The Honorable Mentions

At Pinehurst, we’re not worried about the Mayans.

Instead, we continue to look forward to bringing you the best golf America has to offer. And to celebrate a different kind of countdown – less than 18 months and counting until the 2014 U.S. Open on Pinehurst No. 2 – we would like to present what you felt was the best news, notes, photos and videos to come out of Pinehurst this year.

And so beginning on Dec. 21 – take that, Mayans! – we’ll reveal on Facebook and Twitter  a countdown of the Top 10 Pinehurst Resort Blog posts and the Top 10 Pinehurst Resort Videos from 2012.

The top 10 is determined by your visits, views and comments.

To whet your appetite (and to tempt those pesky Mayans even further), here are some honorable mentions that didn’t quite make the cut.

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Phil Ford at Pinehurst

North Carolina Tar Heel Legend and College Basketball Hall of Famer Phil Ford was the featured speaker at the Acura Alumni Team Championship dinner on Nov. 4 at Pinehurst Resort. Among the highlights of a speech given around the moment of kickoff of the highly anticipated college football game between Alabama and LSU, Ford recounted his high school days playing basketball, football and baseball and what cut his career short in the two sports he’s not known for. He also talked about his recruitment by Dean Smith and the not-so-subtle way his mother let him know that North Carolina was the right choice for “Little Phil.”

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Storytime with Sir Nick Faldo at Pinehurst [Video]

Six-time major championship winner Sir Nick Faldo recently led a golf clinic at Pinehurst Resort. In between incredible insight and golf instruction, Faldo mixed in anecdotes from his world of golf, including stories about Ernie Els, Sam Snead, Ivan Corona and all of us hackers. (HINT: There’s playing in the wind for Nick Faldo, and playing in the wind for the rest of us.)

If you missed Pinehurst’s exclusive interview with Faldo, where he commented on Pinehurst No. 2, fear of chipping here and the controversy surrounding anchored putters, go here.

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Sir Nick Faldo Visits Pinehurst [Video]

Sir Nick Faldo, a six-time major championship winner, recently visited Pinehurst as part of a BMW function, running about 15-to-20 minutes extra on what was supposed to be a 1-hour golf clinic. He also took the time to chat with Pinehurst Resort (despite blistering wind as Hurricane Sandy was near the Carolina coast) about the perils of playing Pinehurst No. 2, the fear involved in chipping here, and also gave his opinion on the controversy surrounding banning anchored putters and talked his new book, an updated version of A Swing for Life, which will hit stores on Nov. 6.
For STORYTIME WITH SIR NICK AT PINEHURST, go here.

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Jason Day: “It’s going to be a very, very tough U.S. Open in 2014.”

So often when a PGA Tour player comes to Pinehurst, he has a history with the historic venue and famed Pinehurst No. 2.

But for 24-year-old Aussie Jason Day, Sept. 26, 2012, marked the first time he’s ever been to Pinehurst and the first look he’s ever gotten at Pinehurst No. 2.

And he liked what he saw.

“The immediate thought was how tough it was around the greens,” he said. “I was trying to get through my head how they will make this course so firm and keep it playable because it’s so tough around the greens.”

Day is an accomplished player already, and at 18 was the youngest player to win on what was then the Nationwide Tour. He was ranked as high as seventh in the world following second-place finishes at the 2011 Masters and U.S. Open and became the youngest Australian to win a PGA Tour event when he won Byron Nelson Championship in May 2010. He finished ninth of the PGA Tour money list in 2011.

Jason Day

Jason Day

Day was a big fan of the Coore and Crenshaw restoration, mentioning the 35 acres of rough removed from the golf course and the expansion of the natural waste areas with wire grass and love grass. Day expects a unique U.S. Open venue in 2014.

“If you hit it in that waste area, you can either get lucky or you can get very unlucky, depending on if you go into the tufts of grass,” he said. “It’s going to be a very, very tough U.S. Open in 2014.”

“Just think, if you miss a fairway, it’s just pretty much luck on where your ball is going to finish,” he added. “Your ball may finish into the wire grass. It may finish in the open, but you may have an awkward stance. There might be some erosion in there. Right now, it looks so natural, it’s very patchy, but it works well with the golf course. It’s all luck when you hit it in there. It’s all luck.”

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