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Is this now the best 3-putt ever?

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There’s a good chance you’ve seen Kelly Mitchum’s trick shot video of what was then considered the best 3-putt in the history of golf.

Now though, Mitchum, a lead instructor at the Pinehurst Golf Academy and an accomplished professional golfer, has outdone himself.

Just when you thought there was no such thing as a good 3-putt, Pinehurst’s Kelly Mitchum has proven otherwise.

Twice.

Go ahead, compare the two and see which you like better: … Continue Reading

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Michelle Wie and the Tale of the Tape

Two years ago today, when Michelle Wie came to the U.S. Women’s Open trophy presentation, she was still wearing the Kinesio tape on her legs. But when she stood with the trophy, it was gone.

What happened to it? We have the answer – and reveal her accomplice – here.

THE TAPE.

If there was one defining characteristic of Michelle Wie’s wardrobe during her triumph at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst, it was the Kinesio Tape Wie was wearing to help with the constant leg issues she was dealing with that week and the weeks leading up to it.

Wie was often asked about the tape in media sessions, and it certainly was mentioned on social media throughout the championship.

Then, Wie won, and after signing her scorecard, was ushered to the trophy presentation on the 18th green of Pinehurst No. 2. But in the photos there and after, the tape is gone.

So, did Wie take the tape off in the locker room? Maybe the scoring area?

Nope.

It happened at the trophy presentation, and we caught it with our camera. The trophy presentation was not aired live on NBC, but it’s safe here, and it’s here you’ll see what happened to the tape. (PLAY THE VIDEO ABOVE.)

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During the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst, Michelle Wie wore Kinesio Tape to help with leg issues she was dealing with. (Photo by the USGA)

OPENING: Setting the stage, let’s identify the key members on the dais. At far left, in her red Team Canada apparel, is sensation Brooke Henderson, who was the low amateur at the championship. Henderson, who recently just won her first major championship, is priceless in this for her reactions to what’s about to happen.

Middle left is Stacy Lewis, who made a tremendous charge on Sunday to put serious pressure on Wie, ultimately finishing as the championship’s runner-up. Finally, there’s Wie and then-USGA President Thomas O’Toole Jr.

On the right side of the dais are more USGA officials as well as Pinehurst officials. More on them in a minute.

:02 SECONDS Wie crosses her left leg over her right, and that’s when Lewis notices the tape is still on. With 11 wins and two major championships, Lewis is accustomed to trophy presentations. She knows Wie won’t want these legacy photographs showing the tape, and so she points it out. … Continue Reading

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2005 U.S. Open Champion? Nice, but Michael Campbell may have just topped that at Oakmont

You thought Michael Campbell holding off Tiger Woods and winning the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst was impossible?

He may have just topped that. (OK, not really, but still…check it out.)

Campbell, who has retired from golf and is working as a broadcaster for Fox Sports Asia (he’s really good, by the way), recently made an eagle 2 from the fairway of the first hole at Oakmont Country Club.

Only you HAVE to see how he did it:

We were fortunate enough to catch up with Cambo at Merion in 2013, and he was as generous, genuine and kind as he’s always been. We’re proud to have Michael as one of Pinehurst’s greatest champions.

Relive Michael’s great charge and his win over Tiger:

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At Pinehurst, USGA Championships always feel just around the corner

WRAL’s Jared Fialko visited Pinehurst recently and found that preparations are already under way for the next wave of USGA Championships:

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While it rains at Oakmont, enjoy Jordan Spieth’s new commercial

Enjoy:

Meanwhile, amazing to consider:

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Two years after history, Pinehurst No. 2 remains a standard in championship golf

After back-to-back U.S. Opens, Pinehurst No. 2 continues as not just a marker of the past, but with an eye toward the future in golf

By LEE PACE

This week the eyes and ears of the golf world have moved from the Sandhills of North Carolina in June 2014 to Pennsylvania. Instead of the whiff of pine in the nostrils of golfers competing in the U.S. Open, they’ll face the harrowing green speeds of Oakmont Country Club.

Two years later, though, the vestiges of the historic back-to-back U.S. Open and Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2 are still alive.

Even with Oakmont’s classic Open setup on display the idea of firm-and-fast playing conditions with a tinge of brown has now been established in the minds of golfers, course owners and superintendents nationwide.

The concept of easing back on course setup for the Women’s Open has been seeded after the USGA parsed a wealth of statistics from the performances of the men and women at Pinehurst in 2014.

JUNE: U.S. Open (USGA)

Sunday at the 18th hole of Pinehurst No. 2 during the 2014 U.S. Open. (Photo by the USGA)

And now members and guests at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club enjoy playing No. 2 on a pristine set of new Champion Ultra-Dwarf Bermuda greens that were installed immediately following the Women’s Open last summer and have grown in two years to top-shelf conditions. The greens roll smoothly at 9.5-to-11 on the Stimpmeter and their tendency to play bouncier and prompt pitch-and-run shots to release further than similar shots on the old bent greens adds challenge to the experience—as if it needed any more. … Continue Reading

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