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5 Best Spots to Watch the 2014 U.S. Open

You’ve probably heard it said before that Pinehurst No. 2 is a relatively easy golf course to walk. And while that’s true, it’s always good to take a break and sit for a while. Also, it gives you a chance to watch several groups come through rather than follow a few players.

With enough seating for 25,000 people, though, it might get a little overwhelming about which spots might be best.

So that’s where we come in.

Here are our favorite 5 spots to sit and watch the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open.

If we don’t list your favorite, leave a comment below to help out your fellow spectators. (Or don’t in the hopes of saving your seat…)

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Tuesday Practice Round Tee Times

1st tee USGA

NOTE: These are subject to change. More players may be added to this list throughout the day, and then again, they may not necessarily be released in time for the player to tee off. Follow us on Twitter @PinehurstResort for updates throughout the day.

First Tee

6:45 Wiesberger, B.; Stuard, B.; Mulroy, G.

6:56 Collins, C.; Fisher, O.; Storm, G.

7:07 Blair, Z.; Baddeley, A.; Lowry, S.; McDowell, G.

7:18 Wilson, C.; Sutherland, K.

7:29 Henley, R.; Walker, J.; Watson, B.

7:40 Thomas, J.; Spieth, J.; Fowler, R.; Mickelson, P.

7:51 Na, K.; Kim, H.; Oh, D.; Matsuyama, H.

8:02 English, H.; Swafford, H; Whitsett, C.; Shelton, R.

8:13 Bradley, K.; Donald, L.; Doak, C.; Johnson, D.

8:24 Leonard, J.; Gribble, C.; Hurley III, B.; Wilson, M.

8:35 Miyazato, K.; Yano, A.; Noh, S.; Yang, Y.

8:46 Kirk, C.; Todd, B.; Constable, D.; Rask, C.

8:57 Glover, L.; Cink, S.; Johnson, Z.; Furyk, J.

 

12:30 Watney, N.; Stricker, S.Mahan, H.; Streelman, K.

12:41 Mason, N.; Alker, S.; Allenby, R.

12:52 Cejka, A.; Cabrera, A.; Berger, D.; Compton, E.

1:03 Perry, K.; Grimmer, W.

1:14 Westwood, L.; Clarke, D.; Bjerregaard, L.; Poulter, I.

1:25 Liang, W.; Kapur, S.; Jaidee, T.

1:36 Ogilvy, G.; Van Pelt, B.

1:47 Tway, K.

1:58 Gates, B.

2:31 Gossett, D.; Kuchar, M.; Toms, D.; Woodland, G.

2:42 Liindheim, N.

 

10th tee USGA

10th Tee

6:45 Colsaerts, N.

6:56 Stadler, K.; Price, A.; Dobyns, M.; Jones, M.

7:07 Reed, P.; Lee, K.

7:18 Snedeker, B.; McIver, B; Haas, B.; DeJonge, B.

7:29 Willett, D.; Gallacher, S.; Casey, P.; Koepka, B.

7:40 Barlow, C; Quinn, F.

7:51 Scott, A.

8:02 Kaufman, S.; Castor, R.; DeLaet, G.; Blixt, J.

8:13 Dufner, J.; Goosen, R.; Palmer, R.

8:24 Taniguchi, T.; Fasth, N.; Holmes, J.; Stewart, H.

8:35 Duke, K.; Larrazabal, P.; Jimenez, M.; Pampling, R.;

8:46 Dorn, A.; Love, S.; Weekley, B.; McNealy, M.

8:57 Pavan, A.; Molinari, F.; Fernandez-Castano, G.; Donaldson, J.

 

12:30 Guthrie, L.; Campbell, B.; Blaum, R.; Points, D.

12:41 Horschel, B.; Every, M.; Stegmaier, B.; Senden, J.

12:52 Stenson, H.; Norlander, H.; Whittenberg, C.

1:03 Kieffer, M.; Kaymer, M.; Echavarria, A.

1:14 Simpson, W.; Langley, S.

1:58 Lewis, T.

2:42 Day, J.; Goss, O.

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The Building of Pinehurst No. 2′s 18th Hole Grandstand – in 75 seconds

Construction of the 18th hole grandstand on Pinehurst No. 2 began on May 14. Over the course of about two weeks, we took 850 images at 10-minute intervals. You can see the results.

Great thanks to photographer John Gessner for putting this together for us.

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VIDEO: Arnold Palmer at the 2014 U.S. Open

Arnold Palmer remembers Pinehurst as being the number one place in golf in the 1940s. He wasn’t as enamored in the 1970s with the changes made to No. 2—much of the older, natural look was plowed under by new owners who wanted green. Much of that natural look has been restored, but that didn’t help Palmer then. Perhaps his play during the old World Open underscored those feelings, as Palmer missed the cut in 1974 just days after being inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. He also missed the cut in 1975.

“Pinehurst was the most elite spot in the world as far as I was concerned,” Palmer says. “It was the golfing capital of the world. No. 2 was the best golf course I had ever played. I was very disillusioned over the years with all the changes they made to No. 2. I just thought as that golf course stood in the ’40s when they had the North and South Open and North and South Amateur, that it was impeccable—it was perfect.

“Then people came in and changed it. I was just very, very sorry to see that happen, and I’m sorry today it happened. I think it’s still a wonderful golf course, but I think it lost some of the charm.”

As you can see above, Palmer is glad to see No. 2 return to its roots.-Lee Pace

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No. 2: ‘It’s brown, and it’s fabulous’

A beaming Bill Coore walks a few holes of No. 2 and finds it exactly as he and Ben Crenshaw envisioned

By LEE PACE

Bill Coore received a text message from USGA Executive Director Mike Davis over the weekend. “It’s brown, it’s fabulous,” Davis said.

“And he wrote it in all capitals,” Coore says.

Coore found out for himself Monday morning on a quick stroll around three holes of No. 2 between media interviews. What began more than four years ago as a project to restore the width, bounciness and natural ambiance of Donald Ross’s design has now come to its ultimate curtain call: The National Open in three days.

“Golf was meant to be played in nature—not in a pristine garden.” – Bill Coore

“It’s certainly the most dramatically different presentation of championship golf we’ve seen in many years,” Coore said, looking at the burnished fairways and kaleidoscope of colors, textures and plant life in the native rough areas. “This look is more in keeping with the origins of the game. Golf was meant to be played in nature—not in a pristine garden. It will be interesting to see these next two weeks how that comes across.”

Though the weather forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms throughout the week, at least on Monday the fairways are taut and the edges evolve from various shades of green in the middle to brown tints along the edges. That was a look Coore and design partner Ben Crenshaw listed as a priority during their 2010-12 restoration of the course.

“It looks so fantastic, the way the fairways bleed from the bright green to brown to all the different shades of brown,” Coore says. “They’re green where they’re supposed to be green. If we get some rain, the rest of it will green-up some. That’s fine. That’s natural. If Mother Nature wants to green the course up, okay. But it’s not manufactured.”

“If Mother Nature wants to green the course up, okay. But it’s not manufactured.” – Bill Coore

Coore pauses by the huge, gnarly bunker along the right side of the 18th fairway, a hazard that Coore has said from the beginning of the restoration is the “best looking” bunker on the course.

“Gosh, that turned out well,” he said. “We thought about trying to move it up the fairway, but that would have been a mistake. It looks so natural and so weathered. It would have been impossible to replicate it.

“I agree with Mike—it’s fabulous,” Coore said.

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