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The Jack Nicklaus of Disc Golf…on Pinehurst No. 2 (VIDEO)

Ken “The Champ” Climo is a professional disc golfer and considered by many to be the best player to have ever played the game.

And so when he came to play “ball golf” on Pinehurst No. 2, we, of course, asked him to break out a disc or two.

Honestly, we couldn’t wait to see what happens when you mix elite championship golf with disc golf:

 

 

Climo has claimed 12 PDGA World Championship titles, including nine in as many years from 1990-to-1998. Climo’s dominance in the world championships is unmatched; Harold Duvall (1982, 1985), Barry Schultz (2003, 2004), Nate Doss (2005, 2007, 2011) and Paul McBeth (2012-13) are the only other golfers with more than one open world title. In addition to his world titles, Climo claimed his fifth United States Disc Golf Championship (the premier event in the game) title in 2007. Named seven times as the PDGA player of the year, Climo was inducted into the PDGA Hall of Fame in 1995. In his career he has won more than 200 tournaments and leads the lifetime PDGA money list.

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Reading Payne’s Putt – Pinehurst’s Caddies Reveal the Secret (Video)

 

Off the tee, Payne Stewart was in trouble.

Just ask legendary Pinehurst caddie Willie McRae.

Stewart’s drive leaked to the right, leaving him 196 yards to the hole and in the deep rough. McRae, who has looped for U.S. presidents, Michael Jordan and countless others for more than 70 years at Pinehurst No. 2, knew the tee shot could be fatal. (Johnny Miller thought so, too.) Stewart would have to lay up.

We all know what happened from there.

But how did Payne make the putt to win the 1999 U.S. Open?

He knew something no one else can see.

Willie McRae knows it. So does Eddie Mac.

So do all the Pinehurst caddies.

Want to make Payne’s putt?

Watch the video.

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VIDEO: Tales from the Pinehurst Caddyshack – Willie and Eddie Mac

 

What can Pinehurst legend Willie McRae, a charter member of the Pinehurst Caddie Hall of Fame, and his pal Eddie McKenzie tell you about Pinehurst No. 2?

Quite a bit.

Among the topics? How they treat every golfer at Pinehurst, the 1951 Ryder Cup and Ben Hogan, how they read putts, and where Dead City is. Willie and Eddie Mac are always willing to share, and in this video, they do.

Until the next installment From the Caddyshack (and there will be another, including how to read Payne Stewart’s famous putt on 18), feel free to tell us about your best Pinehurst Caddie experience in the comments section below. We’ll be sure to pass them along to your favorite caddie.

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Pinehurst’s Kelly Mitchum keys U.S. victory at PGA Cup (Photo Gallery)

 

The first PGA Cup was contested in 1973 at – where else? – Pinehurst No. 2.

Thus it seems apropos that 40 years later, a Pinehurst professional would prove to be the critical component in leading Team USA in its quest to retain the PGA Cup against Great Britain and Ireland in Northumberland, England, last week.

Kelly Mitchum was brilliant during the three-day event, which is modeled after the Ryder Cup and pits the nation’s top golf professionals against their counterparts abroad. Mitchum was 3-1 with partner J.C. Anderson in team play, helping set the tone as Team USA built a large lead entering singles play Sunday.

But as the GB&I team roared back with a rally not unlike Europe’s run in the Ryder Cup on American soil last year, Mitchum helped Team USA earn a critical point, sinking a 100-foot putt to rattle his European Tour veteran opponent on his way to a crucial victory that enabled a 13-13 tie between the teams and USA holding onto the Cup.

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Phil in ’14? Is Mickelson the favorite to win at Pinehurst? Crenshaw, Pelz weigh in

Phil in '14?

Phil in ’14?

Three Down, One To Go For Mickelson

By LEE PACE

Ben Crenshaw was among the millions captivated by the drama, entertainment and sheer wonder of what was unfolding on his television set early the afternoon on July 21, 2013. Six time zones away on the east coast of Scotland, Phil Mickelson marched the ancient, crusty links at Muirfield Golf Club in five-under 66 to storm from five shots behind and win the British Open going away.

Crenshaw has made golf history himself—winning two Masters and 19 PGA Tour events—and been involved from the periphery in another major story as well, captaining the United States team to victory in the 1999 Ryder Cup Match at Brookline. But watching from his home in Austin, Texas, Crenshaw was sucked into the vortex of the afternoon’s significance.

“Gosh, what a great performance,” Crenshaw says. “It was unbelievable. It was fascinating to watch. Phil made the right decisions and he played very aggressively. That second shot on 17 was one for the ages. He had confidence in that club, essentially it was a brassie, and struck it really well. It hit on the downslope and, man alive, what a great bounce, right to the middle of the green. Then he hit two beautiful shots on 18. He did so many good things. It was a special week for Phil, no question.”

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