Pinehurst News

John Daly returns to Pinehurst, talks about “the shot” in 1999 U.S. Open

John Daly has never won at Pinehurst – he even once lost to a sandbagger (his word) in a made-for-TV event despite shooting 67 – but he did have one of the most memorable shots in Pinehurst lore.

After missing the 8th green in the final round of the 1999 U.S. Open, Daly three times tried to putt the ball up the hill and onto the green, only to have the ball roll back to him. Frustrated, Daly walked up as the ball was rolling back toward him a third time, famously whacking the ball as it was still moving.

It all led to an 11 on the 8th, a final round 83 and a trunk slam from Daly in the parking lot. Of course, he didn’t leave before a leveling a few shots at the USGA.

Daly apologized just days later, but, as we found out after he concluded a round on Pinehurst No. 4 during the Sheetz for the Kidz fundraiser on Monday, Daly still doesn’t like the hole location from that day.

He’s never lost his love for Pinehurst No. 2, though…or for getting a dig in whenever he can. (Although…)

We found that out, too.

(Editor’s Note: We’ll have more from Daly later this week, including the reason behind his playing barefoot. Yes, he has a reason for it. A golf reason.)

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New at the Ryder Cup Lounge

If you haven’t been to the Ryder Cup Lounge lately, you’re missing out.

The menu has been revamped to include some refreshing new salads and tasty handhelds. There’s also a delectable new dessert and seasonal cocktail, but if you’re craving the Mile-High Key Lime Pie or a Carolina Tea both are still available.

Here’s a look at the new menu items:

Farro Salad

Candied pecans, chervil, cranberries, blueberries, poached pears & berry emulsion.

Farro Salad

Green Tea Smoked Soy Chicken Salad

Napa cabbage, iceberg lettuce, bell peppers, snap pea, carrot, bean sprouts, toasted almonds, & sweet soy vinaigrette.

Green Tea Smoked Soy Chicken Salad

Strawberry Salad

Spinach and baby green blend, spiced pecans, crumbled ricotta salata, strawberry vinaigrette.

Strawberry Salad

Vegetarian Panini

Roasted mushroom, red onions, avocado, Gouda & roasted red pepper pesto, ciabatta bread. Served with French fries.

Vegetarian Panini

Hot NC

Spicy fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits, bread & butter pickles, southern slaw, green tomato jam, tobacco onions. Served with potato salad.

Hot NC

Caramel Toffee Bread Pudding

Brioche & croissant bread pudding drizzled with caramel & toffee pieces, hot buttered rum sauce.

Caramel Toffee Bread Pudding

Pomegranate Orange Crush

Tito’s Vodka, Pama pomegranate flavored liqueur, fresh orange juice and fresh pomegranate seeds.

Pomegrante Orange Crush

Now that your mouth is watering, check out the entire Ryder Cup menu here.

 

 

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Stupid Golf Video

We decided to Google “Stupid Golf Video” just to see what would come up because, well, why not?

This is what we got:

Google works.

 

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Pinehurst named as site of the 2019 U.S. Amateur

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VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (May 12, 2015) –The United States Golf Association announced on Tuesday that it has selected Pinehurst Resort and Country Club as the site of the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship. The dates of the championship are Aug. 12-18, 2019.

The 2019 championship will mark the third time Pinehurst has hosted the U.S. Amateur. Labron Harris Jr. won the 1962 U.S. Amateur while Danny Lee was victorious when the championship returned in 2008.

Both Pinehurst No. 8 and Pinehurst No. 2 will be used for stroke-play qualifying whileNo. 2 will be used for match play to determine the champion.

“We are pleased to welcome the USGA’s oldest championship to Pinehurst once again in 2019,” said Robert Dedman Jr., Pinehurst Resort and Country Club CEO and Owner. “For as long as there has been golf at Pinehurst, we have celebrated the amateur’s contribution to the game. To serve as the site of the U.S. Amateur will be an especially proud moment for Pinehurst, and it reflects the passion for amateur golf we share with the USGA.”

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Labron Harris Jr. reacts to winning the 1962 U.S. Amateur on Pinehurst No. 2. (Photo courtesy of the Tufts Archives)

Pinehurst No. 2, the venerable Donald Ross design, was restored by the team of Coore and Crenshaw in 2010. The course has served as the site of more single golf championships than any destination in America, and in 2014, became the first course to serve as the host of the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in consecutive weeks. The 2019 U.S. Amateur will be the 10th USGA championship to be hosted by the club and the ninth since 1989, more than any other site in the United States. Pinehurst will also serve as host to the 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship.

“The USGA is thrilled to continue the strong and cherished tradition of the U.S. Amateur Championship at Pinehurst, a proven partner in supporting USGA championships,” said Diana Murphy, USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman. “We are confident this renowned course will once again provide a worthy test and an enjoyable experience for all when it hosts the world’s top amateur players for a third time in 2019.”

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Danny Lee triumphed at Pinehurst in the 2008 U.S. Amateur.

Pinehurst has a long and storied history with amateur championships, hosting the North and South Men’s Amateur since 1901 and the North and South Women’s Amateur since 1903. Past winners of the North and South Amateur include many of the USGA’s greatest champions, including Walter Travis, Francis Ouimet, Harvie Ward, Jack Nicklaus, Curtis Strange, Hal Sutton and Corey Pavin.

“The USGA is thrilled to continue the strong and cherished tradition of the U.S. Amateur Championship at Pinehurst, a proven partner in supporting USGA championships.” Diana Murphy, USGA

“Pinehurst celebrates amateur golf every day,” said Pinehurst President Tom Pashley. “It’s an honor and a privilege to do so on the world stage by hosting the 2019 U.S. Amateur. We take great pride in our relationship with the USGA and will have hosted 10 national championships at the conclusion of the U.S. Amateur. It wouldn’t be possible without the support of our dedicated members and volunteers, the Village of Pinehurst and the state of North Carolina.”

Pinehurst No. 2 is the only course to have hosted all five of the USGA’s most important events: U.S. Open (1999, 2005, 2014), U.S. Women’s Open (2014), U.S. Amateur (1962, 2008, 2019), U.S. Women’s Amateur (1989) and U.S. Senior Open (1994).

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The 14th hole of Pinehurst No. 8.

The U.S. Amateur will be the first USGA championship conducted on No. 8, a Tom Fazio design that opened in 1996 to commemorate Pinehurst’s centennial. Also known as the Centennial Course, No. 8 previously hosted the 1997 and 1998 PGA Professional National Championships.

The U.S. Amateur Championship is open to amateur golfers with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 2.4. Throughout its history, the U.S. Amateur has been the most coveted of all amateur titles, with notable champions such as five-time champion Bob Jones, three-time champion Tiger Woods, two-time winner Jack Nicklaus, Gene Littler, Arnold Palmer, Lanny Wadkins, Craig Stadler, Jerry Pate, Mark O’Meara, Hal Sutton and Phil Mickelson.

Upcoming U.S. Amateur Championships will be contested Aug. 17-23, 2015 at Olympia Fields Country Club, in Olympia Fields, Ill.; Aug. 15-21, 2016 at Oakland Hills Country Club, in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; Aug. 14-20, 2017 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.; and Aug. 13-19, 2018 at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif.

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Pinehurst No. 2

USGA Championships at Pinehurst

1962 U.S. Amateur – Labron Harris Jr.

1989 U.S. Women’s Amateur – Vicki Goetze-Ackerman

1994 U.S. Senior Open – Simon Hobday

1999 U.S. Open – Payne Stewart

2005 U.S. Open – Michael Campbell

2008 U.S. Amateur – Danny Lee

2014 U.S. Open – Martin Kaymer

2014 U.S. Women’s Open – Michelle Wie

2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, May 27-31, 2017

2019 U.S. Amateur, Aug. 12-18, 2019

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Rick-ie! Rick-ie! Rick-ie!

It’s been a tremendous year for golf already in 2015, especially in recent weeks after the Jordan Speith love affair and the Rory McIlroy reaffirmation.

And now, Rickie.

That’s a great video by the PGA TOUR, and it pretty much sums up what we all witnessed on Sunday. We had a fun day on Twitter during the final round of The Players Championship, and judging by the engagement with our followers, so did everyone else. And, we can’t lie….we liked seeing Rickie win, obviously.

Hello, Golf.

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