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VIDEO: When the fog lifts at Pinehurst…

Pinehurst is serene every day, but something magical happens when a morning’s waning fog finally begins to lift.

 

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LPGA Commish Mike Whan: 2014 Open presents “Opportunity”

Mike Whan LPGA

LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan appeared on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive on Tuesday – less than a week after Michelle Wie sat in the same spot and gushed about the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst, to be played the week immediately following the men’s U.S. Open on Pinehurst No. 2 in June.

It is a grand experiment that has many - LPGA players included – wondering how the USGA is going to make it all work.

But Whan is on board. Here are his comments about the Open at Pinehurst.*

*Once Golf Channel posts video of Whan’s Pinehurst comments, we’ll post it here.

More from Whan:

“I’m a fan of change. With change provides opportunity. I think a lot of people in the world are going to watch the U.S. Women’s Open who may not have watched simply because of this back-to-back situation.”

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Why Bill Coore?

Bill Coore

Bill Coore (Photo by John Gessner)

When Pinehurst officials decided to restore Pinehurst No. 2 to the way famed designer Donald Ross originally intended, the choice to lead the giant undertaking was clear.

Here’s why.

 

By LEE PACE

Fifty years later, Bill Coore can easily conjure up the sights and sounds of a summer day spent playing golf at Pinehurst. As a boy growing up in Davidson County just an hour northwest of Pinehurst, Coore would often travel with an adult golf mentor or a group of junior golf buddies to play Pinehurst No. 2, then as now one of the top courses in the nation.

“This was the foundation of my introduction to golf architecture.” – Bill Coore

“We’d tee off at daybreak,” Coore says. “It was five dollars. You got a little tag, a paper tag to put on your bag. We would start walking and playing. Far more than a few times we’d play fifty-four holes in one day, carrying our bag, on the No. 2 course. That was my earliest memory. It’s just an incredible place.”

Coore, established in 2010 as one of the top architects in the game of golf, pauses to reflect on the influence Donald Ross and No. 2 have had on his life and career.

“This was the foundation of my introduction to golf architecture,” he says.

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Payne Stewart’s Open Sunday Scorecard

Payne Stewart Scorecard

In January, a photo of Jack Nicklaus’ first professional paycheck began making the rounds on the ol’ interwebs.

Pretty cool, right? A whole $33.33.

Obviously, there would be more of those to follow.

Along those lines, we thought it might be kind of interesting to show off one of the coolest things Pinehurst has on display in its legendary clubhouse:

Payne Stewart’s Sunday scorecard from the final round of the 1999 U.S. Open.

Look at it again. Notice how deeply written, how bold the “2″ on 17 and the “4″ on 18 are marked.

Gives us chills.

Now, look again, at the bottom left.

Can you figure out that marker’s signature?

More chills, right?

 

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Place your bets: Who’s the favorite to win the 2014 U.S. Open?

Online sports book Bovada has released its odds for the upcoming majors season.

So who’s the favorite to win the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst?

Big surprise, right?

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2014 U.S. Open
Tiger Woods 6/1
Rory McIlroy 14/1
Adam Scott 16/1
Phil Mickelson 18/1
Justin Rose 20/1
Henrik Stenson 22/1

 

In fact, Woods is considered the favorite in all four majors.

The most interesting number? Perhaps the left-handed guy?

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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