Pinehurst Interviews Archive

Rickie Fowler has won our hearts

If there was a mist falling among the overcast skies early Thursday morning, it was probably from our tears.

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Photo Courtesy of the USGA

Thanks, Rickie Fowler. To see knickers near the Putter Boy this morning, 15 years after the great Payne Stewart triumphed on Pinehurst No. 2, well, all we can say is you’ve won our hearts.

 

 

Play well.

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Video: Webb Simpson – The one trophy that got away

Webb Simpson may be a U.S. Open Champion, but there’s one trophy he wishes he had – and it’s too late now.

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Video: Phil Mickelson tells the world: “Pinehurst. Is. AWESOME.”

Phil Mickelson couldn’t stop raving about Pinehurst No. 2 during his USGA news conference Tuesday.

“This place is AWESOME.”

That’s how he opened the proceeding.

We agree, Phil.

Play well.

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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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