Pinehurst Interviews Archive

Inside the Ropes with Payne’s caddie at the 1999 U.S. Open

Mike Hicks, who won three major championships as Payne Stewart’s caddie, recently spoke at Pinehurst for the Partner Team Championship, taking a few moments to tell us what was going through his and Payne Stewart’s minds down the stretch of the 1999 U.S. Open against Phil Mickelson.

We start with Stewart’s incredible par save at the par-4 16th hole:

 

 

On to 17, where Stewart made his move:

 

 

Trouble at 18 off the tee:

 

 

The Pitch – And don’t go long:

 

 

One Moment in Time – The Read:

 

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VIDEO: Jim Furyk on No. 2 – “You’re looking at a brand new golf course.”

 

Jim Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open Champion and 16-time PGA Tour winner, visited Pinehurst with friends to play a casual round on the restored Pinehurst No. 2.

Furyk came away impressed by the new look of the course on which he made the cut in both 1999 and 2005, and marveled at the thought of adding his name to the walls of the historic Pinehurst Resort Clubhouse.

“This a place where time stands still,” he says.

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The Jack Nicklaus of Disc Golf…on Pinehurst No. 2 (VIDEO)

Ken “The Champ” Climo is a professional disc golfer and considered by many to be the best player to have ever played the game.

And so when he came to play “ball golf” on Pinehurst No. 2, we, of course, asked him to break out a disc or two.

Honestly, we couldn’t wait to see what happens when you mix elite championship golf with disc golf:

 

 

Climo has claimed 12 PDGA World Championship titles, including nine in as many years from 1990-to-1998. Climo’s dominance in the world championships is unmatched; Harold Duvall (1982, 1985), Barry Schultz (2003, 2004), Nate Doss (2005, 2007, 2011) and Paul McBeth (2012-13) are the only other golfers with more than one open world title. In addition to his world titles, Climo claimed his fifth United States Disc Golf Championship (the premier event in the game) title in 2007. Named seven times as the PDGA player of the year, Climo was inducted into the PDGA Hall of Fame in 1995. In his career he has won more than 200 tournaments and leads the lifetime PDGA money list.

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Reading Payne’s Putt – Pinehurst’s Caddies Reveal the Secret (Video)

 

Off the tee, Payne Stewart was in trouble.

Just ask legendary Pinehurst caddie Willie McRae.

Stewart’s drive leaked to the right, leaving him 196 yards to the hole and in the deep rough. McRae, who has looped for U.S. presidents, Michael Jordan and countless others for more than 70 years at Pinehurst No. 2, knew the tee shot could be fatal. (Johnny Miller thought so, too.) Stewart would have to lay up.

We all know what happened from there.

But how did Payne make the putt to win the 1999 U.S. Open?

He knew something no one else can see.

Willie McRae knows it. So does Eddie Mac.

So do all the Pinehurst caddies.

Want to make Payne’s putt?

Watch the video.

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VIDEO: Tales from the Pinehurst Caddyshack – Willie and Eddie Mac

 

What can Pinehurst legend Willie McRae, a charter member of the Pinehurst Caddie Hall of Fame, and his pal Eddie McKenzie tell you about Pinehurst No. 2?

Quite a bit.

Among the topics? How they treat every golfer at Pinehurst, the 1951 Ryder Cup and Ben Hogan, how they read putts, and where Dead City is. Willie and Eddie Mac are always willing to share, and in this video, they do.

Until the next installment From the Caddyshack (and there will be another, including how to read Payne Stewart’s famous putt on 18), feel free to tell us about your best Pinehurst Caddie experience in the comments section below. We’ll be sure to pass them along to your favorite caddie.

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