“Obviously, very different than nine years ago when I was here last,” he said. “(Coore and Crenshaw) have just done a beautiful job of restoring this golf course and presenting it. It plays lovely.”
Whatever you do today, make time to watch this. Brilliant work by ESPN’s Hannah Storm for ESPN’s Nine for IX series.
Love & Payne
“I have known Tracey Stewart since doing an interview with her shortly after the loss of her husband. At that time, and still today, I was struck by Tracey’s uncommon combination of both strength and support, a wife happy to be in the background of a charismatic, talented man, who would not have achieved his personal or professional success without her. … ‘Love & Payne’ is above all, a love story that resonates beyond the tragedy, beyond golf; one that I hope will touch and inspire those who watch the film.” — Hannah Storm
Rory McIlroy, the 2011 U.S. Open Champion, played Pinehurst No. 2 for the first time on Monday during a pre-championship practice round to prepare for the 2014 U.S. Open.
These are Rory’s first comments about Pinehurst No. 2.
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Rory McIlroy played a practice round Pinehurst No. 2 this week, and at 18, had to try the famed Payne Stewart putt that won the 1999 U.S. Open in such iconic fashion.
McIlroy, like all the pros coming through, had hole-shaped saucers he could place on the greens to mimic likely hole locations. The USGA announced at Media Day in April that in Sunday’s final round of the 2014 U.S. Open, at 18 – like every Sunday at Pinehurst – the hole location would be in the same spot as when Payne made his memorable putt to clip Phil Mickelson.
Rory, at the advice of local Pinehurst caddie Thomas Trinchitella, dropped a ball to try the putt. The first was one short, but the second was a perfect roll. After a less-than-enthusiastic Payne fist-pump, Rory took another swipe and came through with a model Payne Stewart pose.
More coming with Rory later today, including a video with his thoughts of No. 2 in advance of the U.S. Open.
There’s little denying the most hopeful story for many of our readers and those around Pinehurst is for Phil Mickelson to finally capture the elusive U.S. Open, and to do it at Pinehurst No. 2, site of the 2014 U.S. Open. On Monday, June 2, Mickelson came off the 18th green of No. 2 all smiles and raving about the Coore & Crenshaw Restoration.
Sure sounds like he’s ready.