While plans continue to develop on how the back-to-back national championships will be displayed in Pinehurst’s venerable Clubhouse hallway, the first indications of the triumphant two weeks were visible on Thursday, Aug. 14, when the nameplates honoring Pinehurst’s two most recent champions – Martin Kaymer and Michelle Wie – were installed in the trophy case.
(Director Kelvin) Hutchins shot the commercial with expediency in mind, not quite telling McIlroy what was going to unfold on the range.
So when Rory shows up, every reaction is genuine.
“All Rory knew when he showed up that he was going to be involved in a skills challenge, with washing machines, against a robot,” Parente said.
What? Did you think Rory can act?
“Everything else was literally his reaction as it happened.”
And the final shot? Man, the kid is good.
Here’s Rory, after his first look at Pinehurst No. 2: