And so as the Masters concludes, Pinehurst approaches history – again.
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.
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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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.