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.)
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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.
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.
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.”
David Feherty is well known for his sharp wit, whether it’s on the golf broadcast for CBS, or on his acclaimed show, Feherty, on the Golf Channel.
But what may not be as well known is Feherty’s charitable side, which was evident in a moving speech on behalf of the Linden Lodge Foundation in Pinehurst. Feherty also took time to speak with Pinehurst Resort in advance of his speech, discussing the restoration of Pinehurst No. 2, why it’s in good hands with Ben Crenshaw and how the Open will play differently in 2014 than we’ve seen in the past. Feherty also spoke passionately about mental illness awareness and his organization, Feherty’s Troops First Foundation. And you don’t want to miss his comments on what makes Pinehurst special.
Please be advised that there is some strong language in this podcast. We pick up with Feherty’s thoughts on Ben Crenshaw and Pinehurst No. 2.
Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, whose firm oversaw the restoration of Pinehurst No. 2 in preparation for the back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2014, took a moment on Aug. 15, 2012, while visiting Pinehurst Resort to discuss the maturation of the famed Donald Ross masterpiece since its restoration.
There is a lot of interesting information from the two here, including their contact with the USGA, what they were looking for in this visit, how the Pinehurst Opens will differ from any other Open in history, and thoughts on how No. 2 will play when it is firm and fast. Both Coore and Crenshaw believe the restoration is perfectly in line with not only what the USGA is looking for in 2014, but with what legendary designer Donald Ross intended when he originally put his lifelong touches on No. 2.
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