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18 green No. 2 Aug. 12, 2014

The 18th green of Pinehurst No. 2 on Aug. 12, 2014.

It’s been another two weeks, so it’s time again to provide an update on how the Bermuda grass continues to thrive on Pinehurst No. 2′s greens.

And after a few inches of rain over the last few weeks, “thrive” is the right word.

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So, just how dark was the finish of the PGA Championship? This dark…

Pretty dark:

 

As you can see from @Bill_Michaels, this photo was POSTED at 8:24 p.m., which means it had to be snapped a few minutes before that.

And yet, Rory was still able to do this:

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Video: Behind the scenes at Pinehurst – Phil & Rickie play a game

OK, look, we’ll admit this off the top – there’s not a whole lot of action in this video.

But we still think it’s pretty cool.

This is from our cutting room floor, if you will. Back on Monday, June 2 – a week before the first practice round at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler – bros til the end – played a casual pre-championship practice round together. Only about 30 people were around since No. 2 was closed. No media was there.

At the 18th green, after playing their approach shots, and after carefully studying the famed green Payne Stewart made his own, Phil motioned for Rickie to come over to the side in front of the massive grandstand.

Clearly, they had a game going. Likely, that game wasn’t free.

But while there isn’t much action here, it’s still kind of fun to look back on, especially considering the year Fowler has had, the U.S. Open performance he gave at Pinehurst, and the fact that he and Lefty are playing together in the final round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla.

 

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Here’s Clarkie, with our favorite trick shot…EVER

You know us – we loooooove trick shots.

But we may have just found our favorite trick shot…EVER.

That’s 11-year-old Clarkie Carroll in the video above, and if you watch it, you’ll learn Clarkie has battled a rare bone cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma. Clarkie had half of his right femur removed (that’s where the tumor was), which was replaced by a titanium prosthesis. This resulted in his right leg being a few inches longer than his left.

Clarkie, clearly, loves golf (lacrosse, too), and he performed this trick shot at another Donald Ross course, at Glen Falls Country Club in New York. Clarkie’s grandparents, Tom and Joan Moynihan, live at Pinehurst No. 7.

He also did it after just completing 10 months of chemotherapy.

We’ll pause to let that sink in.

Clarkie’s doing well today, but he’ll be scanned quarterly for the next 5 years. He’s one tough – and talented – little kid.

His dad, Dave, put Clarkie’s toughness into words for us:

“10 months of chemo.

17 Rounds.

54 Treatments.

Zero Complaints.”

To which, we’ll add…

One GREAT golf swing.

Play well, Clarkie.

*For more about how you can help families affected by Ewing’s Sarcoma, go here.

UPDATE: Perhaps you caught Clarkie on The Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” on Aug. 26:

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Top 5 Events You Better Not Miss at the Pinehurst Food & Wine Festival

It’s annually one of the best weekends of the year in Pinehurst.

And let’s face it, that’s really saying something.

The Pinehurst Food & Wine Festival returns for its 26th season on Labor Day weekend from Aug. 29-Sept. 1. It’s a huge value considering the myriad events going on in that short 3-day span, so take a moment and get a look at all of them here.

That said, here are one connoisseur’s 5 events you

Absolutely.

Shouldn’t.

Miss.*

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