Pinehurst Interviews Archive

VIDEO: Arnold Palmer at the 2014 U.S. Open

Arnold Palmer remembers Pinehurst as being the number one place in golf in the 1940s. He wasn’t as enamored in the 1970s with the changes made to No. 2—much of the older, natural look was plowed under by new owners who wanted green. Much of that natural look has been restored, but that didn’t help Palmer then. Perhaps his play during the old World Open underscored those feelings, as Palmer missed the cut in 1974 just days after being inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He also missed the cut in 1975.

“Pinehurst was the most elite spot in the world as far as I was concerned,” Palmer says. “It was the golfing capital of the world. No. 2 was the best golf course I had ever played. I was very disillusioned over the years with all the changes they made to No. 2. I just thought as that golf course stood in the ’40s when they had the North and South Open and North and South Amateur, that it was impeccable—it was perfect.

“Then people came in and changed it. I was just very, very sorry to see that happen, and I’m sorry today it happened. I think it’s still a wonderful golf course, but I think it lost some of the charm.”

As you can see above, Palmer is glad to see No. 2 return to its roots.-Lee Pace

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Jason Dufner on Pinehurst No. 2 – “Ball gets scootin’”

PGA Champion Jason Dufner played Pinehurst No. 2 for the first time on Thursday, June 4, to prepare for the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

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Paula Creamer previews U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst

Paula Creamer spent two days at Pinehurst this week with a couple of pre-championship practice rounds to prepare for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open on Pinehurst No. 2. Creamer said she is looking forward to doing a little scouting during the men’s week and is excited about the possibilities of back-to-back Opens.

 

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Justin Rose Looks to Defend at Pinehurst No. 2

Defending U.S. Open Champion Justin Rose previews the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 and comments about his chances to become the first back-to-back champion since Curtis Strange.

MORE FROM PINEHURST:

For our interview with Phil Mickelson, go here.

For our interview with Rory McIlroy, go here.

For our interview with Adam Scott, go here.

 

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World No. 1 Adam Scott on Pinehurst No. 2

World No. 1 Adam Scott recently played a couple of pre-championship practice rounds at Pinehurst No. 2 to prepare for the 2014 U.S. Open.

“Obviously, very different than nine years ago when I was here last,” he said. “(Coore and Crenshaw) have just done a beautiful job of restoring this golf course and presenting it. It plays lovely.”

MORE FROM PINEHURST

For our interview with Phil Mickelson, go here.

For our interview with Rory McIlroy, go here.

For our interview with Justin Rose, go here.

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