Pinehurst Interviews Archive

The King at Pinehurst

The great Arnold Palmer turned 85 this week. We take a moment to reflect on The King’s grand legacy at The Cradle of American Golf


Doris Palmer was fraught with anxiety. It was the 1954 U.S. Amateur at the Country Club of Detroit, and her 25-year-old-son, Arnold, was about to make a serious mistake. She approached Richard Tufts, the president of Pinehurst Inc. and USGA secretary, with her concerns.

“Oh, Mr. Tufts, I’m worried to death,” Mrs. Palmer said. “I’m afraid Arnold’s going to turn pro after this.”

“With that swing of his, he’ll never make it on tour.” Richard Tufts

Tufts’ primary frame of reference for young Palmer’s golf ability was the North and South Amateur, the tournament the Tufts family ran each spring on Pinehurst No. 2. Palmer never played particularly well in that event, losing by a monster score like 12-and-11 to Frank Stranahan in 1949.

“I’m sorry to hear that, Mrs. Palmer,” Tufts replied. “With that swing of his, he’ll never make it on tour.”

Palmer won the Amateur that week, did in fact turn professional and proceeded to make hash of his critics. Palmer and Tufts were reunited 14 years later in Charlotte, when Palmer spoke on Tufts’ behalf at the latter’s induction ceremony into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. They shared a laugh over Tufts’ gaffe.

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The 10 – Actually Make it 11 – Best Moments from the Pinehurst U.S. Opens


The U.S. Opens have now come and gone, and with great success. Here are our 11 favorite moments (We couldn’t settle on 10) from major championship golf’s first fortnight. (And if your favorite moment isn’t listed here, feel free to add it in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you.)


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Video: Annika Sorenstam Praises Pinehurst

Hall-of-Famer Annika Sorenstam comments about the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open on Pinehurst No. 2, and praises USGA’s decision to hold back-to-back Opens at the same site for the first time in history.

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Video: Looping with Lucy Li at the U.S. Women’s Open

Pinehurst caddie Bryan Bush is on the bag for perhaps the biggest story in the early going for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open11-year-old sensation Lucy Li. Watch as Bush takes us inside the ropes with the emerging star.

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Video: The Lucy Li Show

At just 11 years old, Lucy Li already has the golf media eating out of the palm of her hand. Here are the best clips from an engaging – and hilarious – news conference today from Pinehurst in advance of the 69th U.S. Women’s Open.

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