Pinehurst Interviews Archive

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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Video: Sir Nick Faldo Says Yes to Sand, Previews 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst

 

Sir Nick Faldo made his second trip in the last 11 months to Pinehurst to participate in a Glenmorangie event, but took a few minutes after his golf clinic to discuss the Coore & Crenshaw restoration of Pinehurst No. 2, which will host back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2014.

Faldo said that PGA Tour players are not accustomed to playing shots out of waste areas with native grasses, but added that he believes players will welcome the myriad options they will have playing out of Pinehurst-style rough.

Faldo also said he could see golf course design mirroring Pinehurst No. 2′s restoration in the future, and reflected on his troubles – and Payne Stewart’s triumph – at the 1999 U.S. Open.

Faldo, the 6-time major champion and Hall-of-Famer? Troubles at No. 2? But why?

Because of Donald Ross – and fear.

And from Sir Nick’s last visit…Storytime at Pinehurst…

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Why Pinehurst in 2014?

 

Why Pinehurst in 2014? Why does the USGA feel like Pinehurst is the ideal setting to stage unprecedented back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2014?

It’s a question many asked when the initial announcement was made. It’s a question that continues to persist.

So over the course of the last year, we’ve asked some of the game’s best players a simple question:

Why Pinehurst?

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Pinehurst No. 2 – A Timeline of Greatness

CELEBRATING OVER 100 YEARS OF PINEHURST NO. 2

In 2007, Pinehurst Resort celebrated the Centennial of its most famed golf course, Pinehurst No. 2.  Site of more individual amateur and championship events, its history marks the story of the game itself – from early agronomy and course architecture, to the making of legends.  We invite you to share in its rich heritage.

Historic Timeline

A sand green on an early photo of Pinehurst No. 2. Photo courtesy of the Tufts Archives.

A sand green on an early photo of Pinehurst No. 2. Photo courtesy of the Tufts Archives

1907:    Pinehurst No. 2 opens as an 18-hole course for the fall season.  Total yardage:  5,860.

The Pinehurst Outlook  reports in 1907 “Pinehurst is now watched by the entire world in the affairs of golf, for it sets the fashion in this particular just as Paris is the center to which the world of fashion looks expectantly spring, summer, fall and winter.”

Donald Ross, course architect, incorporates such elements as 60 ft. square sand/clay greens, “whisker” mounds of native wire grass, cross hazards, and sand bunkers in front of the greens.

1908:    Walter Travis plays Pinehurst No. 2 in October and tells the local newspaper, “I know of no course, north or south, which provides a more thorough test or better golf, and none which gives such diversity.”

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