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Ben Crenshaw says 2015 Masters will be his last

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(Photo by John Gessner.)

Two-time Masters Champion Ben Crenshaw revealed Saturday morning on The Golf Channel that the 2015 Masters will be his last championship.

2015 will mark the 20th anniversary of his emotional 1995 Masters triumph. Crenshaw, who will be among those at center stage during the unprecedented back-to-back U.S. Opens at Pinehurst in June, also won the Masters in 1984.

It seems Gentle Ben had arrived at the decision, and then chose a special spot to tell his longtime caddie.

“I made the decision that next year is my last year,” Crenshaw said. “It is funny, on Amen Corner on the 13th hole on the first day, I hadn’t told Carl yet, but I said, ‘Carl, I’ve been thinking about this for a long time and next year would be a good year.’ I’m very, very happy with it. I’ve thought about it for a long time. A lot of times I thought that I could have stepped down earlier. It is hard. Very hard. But I have been so fortunate. I have to look at the good things that have happened. I have to pull over and watch. I’m very resigned to being an encourager for everybody as much as I can.”

Crenshaw, 62, and design partner Bill Coore led the Pinehurst No. 2 restoration in advance of 2014 Opens, which will be contested in consecutive weeks for the first time in history. Crenshaw has played in every Masters since 1972, finishing among the top 10 nine times in addition to his two victories. Next year will tie Crenshaw with Sam Snead for 7th most Masters appearances.

 

 

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Video: Michael Jordan chips in, gets excited….and we break it all down

At the 13th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at Shadow Creek Golf Club in Las Vegas this week, His Airness made a sweet, sweet chip in.

In watching the video, though, a few things stand out. So let’s break it down, Pinehurst Blog-style.

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Yes, Pinehurst is giving away U.S. Open tickets…

UPDATE: WE HAVE A WINNER!

It was an incredible week, with more than 6,500 total entries, and more than 5,000 entries into the U.S. Open tickets giveaway contest alone. We can’t thank all of you enough for engaging with us. We hope to have more giveaways very soon!

As for winners for the weekly prizes:

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Gary Player in His Words: Pinehurst’s Grand History

On his recent visit to Pinehurst, the great Gary Player took a few moments to tell us about his history with Pinehurst, what moves him most when he comes to the Cradle of American Golf (hint, it’s not the golf; it’s the people), and the true passions in his life.

Of course, we did talk some golf, including Mr. Player’s memories of Payne Stewart’s triumph at the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, and got to watch him do what he does best – recover from a bunker.

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PGA Tour Radio’s “Fairways of Life” at Pinehurst

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Matt Adams’s early morning view at Pinehurst during his broadcast of SiriusXM’s “Fairways of Life” on the PGA Tour Network.

In case you missed the interviews from Matt Adams’s first day of bringing his popular SiriusXM Radio show “Fairways of Life” from Pinehurst, below are interviews with Pinehurst Executive Vice President Tom Pashley, who will take over as Pinehurst president in October, USGA President Thomas J. O’Toole Jr., and Pinehurst Content and Social Media Manager Alex Podlogar.

 

USGA President Thomas J. O'Toole announces Payne Stewart as the 2014 Bob Jones Award recipient alongside USGA Executive Director Mike Davis (right) in Pinehurst.

USGA President Thomas J. O’Toole announces Payne Stewart as the 2014 Bob Jones Award recipient alongside USGA Executive Director Mike Davis (right) in Pinehurst.

USGA PRESIDENT THOMAS J. O’TOOLE JR.

 

PINEHURST EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT TOM PASHLEY (2 parts)

 

 

ALEX PODLOGAR, PINEHURST CONTENT AND SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

 

Also, if you hurry, you may still enter Thursday’s Twitter contest until this evening:


 

 

 

 

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