Pinehurst Interviews Archive

Gary McCord talks Pinehurst [Video]

CBS Sports’s Gary McCord visited Pinehurst recently and talked about his first visit to the iconic golf course in 1974 before previewing the back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2014.

And yes, he used a small comb for the ‘stache before going on camera…

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Running Diary: USGA News Conference at Pinehurst [Video]

As expected, several media outlets covered the news conference. Here are links to some of that coverage:

Joedy McCreary of the Associated Press has all bases covered.

John Dell of The Winston-Salem Journal looks at U.S. Opens that will be played with no rough.

Brian Mull of The Wilmington Star-News writes the comparison will be on between the men and women at the 2014 U.S. Opens.

Steve DeVane of The Fayetteville Observer and Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News and Observer look at how the USGA will handle security at the Opens.

Stephen Schramm of The Fayetteville Observer says the countdown has begun in Pinehurst.

Below, Pinehurst offers the most in-depth coverage of the news conference you will find anywhere with it’s running diary of the day:

Today, USGA Executive Director Mike Davis will be joined by U.S. Open Championship Director Reg Jones and Pinehurst Resort and Country Club President Don Padgett II for a news conference to preview the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships at Pinehurst No. 2.

The news conference will begin at 1 p.m. and the Pinehurst Blog will provide a live, running diary of the event. Refresh this page often to get a behind-the-scenes look at the news conference as we report live from Pinehurst.

The stage is set for today's USGA news conference to preview the 2014 back-to-back U.S. Opens in Pinehurst.

The stage is set for today’s USGA news conference to preview the 2014 back-to-back U.S. Opens in Pinehurst.

7 a.m. Already tables, chairs, staging and video are in place for the news conference, which is still six hours away. Media are expected to arrive around noon.

Today's centerpiece at each table.

Today’s centerpiece at each table.

10:37 a.m. While Reg Jones takes a moment to practice – and pantomime – his prepared remarks at the podium in a dimmed St. Andrews Room, the Pinehurst staff works on putting the finishing touches at each table, including a centerpiece that can only be found at Pinehurst.

1 p.m.

Reg Jones: “We just want to send our thoughts and prayers to everyone in Boston.”

USGA U.S. Open Championship Director Reg Jones speaks at a news conference previewing the 2014 back-to-back U.S. Opens in Pinehurst. USGA Executive Director Mike Davis (center) and Pinehurst President Don Padgett II (right) look on.

USGA U.S. Open Championship Director Reg Jones speaks at a news conference previewing the 2014 back-to-back U.S. Opens in Pinehurst. USGA Executive Director Mike Davis (center) and Pinehurst President Don Padgett II (right) look on.

“Pinehurst has become the benchmark for our championships.”

“It’s not because it makes things easier for our team inside and outside the ropes. This was not a decision that was financially motivated.”

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[VIDEO] 5 Good Minutes at Pinehurst with Tony Kornheiser and Jay Bilas

ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser and Jay Bilas enjoyed their rounds on Pinehurst No. 2 so much recently they took a few good-spirited – and untrue – jabs at their caddies.

Here, Pinehurst goes 5 Good Minutes (and change) with Mr. Tony and Bilas, who talk about their rounds, the joy of being able to play a U.S. Open course, Tony’s favorite golf story he’s ever covered and even an Old Guy Radio song choice specifically for Pinehurst.

Good night, Canada.

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[VIDEO] Curtis Strange talks Pinehurst No. 2, previews 2014 U.S. Opens

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about Pinehurst.

The two-time U.S. Open champion knows a little something about Open venues as well.

So when Strange got his first look at the Pinehurst No. 2 restoration during the recent Liberty Mutual Invitational, the man who won two North and South Amateur titles while starring at Wake Forest in the mid-1970s could easily envision how the course and the championship would mesh together.

Few, in fact, could do it better.

And Curtis Strange liked what he saw.

“When I first see this, it takes me back to the 70s to my old North and South days, because it’s very similar to the way it used to be,” Strange said.

Strange is also a fan of one of the most significant changes to the USGA’s U.S. Open preparation of No. 2 – the switching of the fourth hole to a long par-4 and the fifth to a daunting par-5, complete with new back tee boxes.

“You know, the back tee, it looks pretty doggone good. I like it. I really do,” Strange said.

Pinehurst is a special place for the World Golf Hall of Famer. Strange won the prestigious North and South Amateur in 1975 and 1976 and earned his PGA Tour card in 1977 after qualifying on No. 2. Strange went on to win 17 times on Tour, including the 1988 and ’89 U.S. Opens, becoming the first man since Ben Hogan to win back-to-back Opens.

“It’s golf,” Strange said of Pinehurst. “If I had six days before the Good Lord took me, I’d want to come here and play golf.”

*Curtis Strange appeared at Pinehurst on behalf of Liberty Mutual Insurance.

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Arnold Palmer at Pinehurst [VIDEO]

When the King speaks, golf fans tend to stop and listen.

In advance of the 2007 celebration surrounding the centennial of Pinehurst No. 2, Arnold Palmer visited the area he so often enjoyed in his youth with his father, and took a few minutes to chat about his own special history at Pinehurst and on No. 2.

The King’s comments were captured on video, and have been rarely seen or heard.

Until now.

Palmer has a perspective on Pinehurst like few alive today. Not only is he one of the greatest and most important players in the game’s long history, Palmer’s fascination with Pinehurst is intertwined with the memory of his father Deacon, who visited Pinehurst often in the 1930s and 1940s. Arnold would occasionally join him and eventually enroll at Wake Forest College in the late 1940s, winning the Southern Conference Championship on Pinehurst No. 2 in dramatic fashion over Harvie Ward.

He recounts those memories here.

Stunningly, that college championship was The King’s only victory in Pinehurst. Palmer never advanced past the semifinals of the North and South Amateur, even losing 12 & 11 to Frank Stranahan in the 1949 event. He also missed the cut at the World Open in 1974 only days after being enshrined in the Golf Hall of Fame, then missed the cut again in 1975.

But those misfires never dampened Palmer’s love for Pinehurst and its most celebrated golf course.

“I have great memories of visiting Pinehurst in the old days,” he said in 1994. “For a kid from Latrobe to visit the golf capital of the world was a special treat.”

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