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A new favorite comes with a price – Tales From the PGA Tour

Pinehurst's Darron Stiles of the PGA Tour.

Pinehurst’s Darron Stiles of the PGA Tour.

Pinehurst member Darron Stiles is the Web.Com Tour’s all-time career money-winner, which people who don’t know any better would say makes him the Crash Davis of golf. That isn’t accurate, of course, because Stiles has had five seasons on the PGA Tour, and the Web.com Tour success has translated to more than $1.8 million in earnings. Stiles has also earned more than $1.4 million in his five PGA Tour seasons.

Here’s his latest installment to the Pinehurst Blog:

Well, after a much-needed break from a long six weeks on the road, my first trip to Harbour Town for the RBC Heritage was a success.

I had been looking forward to playing Harbour Town for so many years, and now I can’t wait to get back there next year. The golf course is as perfect for my game as a course can get. Length is not an advantage; you must be accurate from the tee and with your irons. That is my formula for success. That being said, my accuracy with irons was not quite as good as I would have liked. Fortunately, my short game was spot on for the week.

I was very happy to leave Harbour Town with a T24 finish and a decent move on both the money list and Fed Ex Cup list.

Last week, I was off to one of my favorite events, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. I have always enjoyed the Big Easy and the courses we have played. We were back to TPC Louisiana again this year, site of my only hole-in-one on Tour.

Unfortunately, the little bug I caught in Hilton Head traveled with me to New Orleans. My ears never popped from my flight on Monday, and generally I felt awful all week.

My golf game suffered a cold as well. I could only manage three birdies in the two rounds for the week, and as of writing this, will miss the cut by a wide margin. It was back to Pinehurst for a little R&R.

Now, though, it’s off to Charlotte and one our best courses all year – Quail Hollow Country Club!

Talk to you soon.

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Gary McCord talks Pinehurst [Video]

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CBS Sports’s Gary McCord visited Pinehurst recently and talked about his first visit to the iconic golf course in 1974 before previewing the back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2014.

And yes, he used a small comb for the ‘stache before going on camera…

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Running Diary: USGA News Conference at Pinehurst [Video]

As expected, several media outlets covered the news conference. Here are links to some of that coverage:

Joedy McCreary of the Associated Press has all bases covered.

John Dell of The Winston-Salem Journal looks at U.S. Opens that will be played with no rough.

Brian Mull of The Wilmington Star-News writes the comparison will be on between the men and women at the 2014 U.S. Opens.

Steve DeVane of The Fayetteville Observer and Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News and Observer look at how the USGA will handle security at the Opens.

Stephen Schramm of The Fayetteville Observer says the countdown has begun in Pinehurst.

Below, Pinehurst offers the most in-depth coverage of the news conference you will find anywhere with it’s running diary of the day:

Today, USGA Executive Director Mike Davis will be joined by U.S. Open Championship Director Reg Jones and Pinehurst Resort and Country Club President Don Padgett II for a news conference to preview the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships at Pinehurst No. 2.

The news conference will begin at 1 p.m. and the Pinehurst Blog will provide a live, running diary of the event. Refresh this page often to get a behind-the-scenes look at the news conference as we report live from Pinehurst.

The stage is set for today's USGA news conference to preview the 2014 back-to-back U.S. Opens in Pinehurst.

The stage is set for today’s USGA news conference to preview the 2014 back-to-back U.S. Opens in Pinehurst.

7 a.m. Already tables, chairs, staging and video are in place for the news conference, which is still six hours away. Media are expected to arrive around noon.

Today's centerpiece at each table.

Today’s centerpiece at each table.

10:37 a.m. While Reg Jones takes a moment to practice – and pantomime – his prepared remarks at the podium in a dimmed St. Andrews Room, the Pinehurst staff works on putting the finishing touches at each table, including a centerpiece that can only be found at Pinehurst.

1 p.m.

Reg Jones: “We just want to send our thoughts and prayers to everyone in Boston.”

USGA U.S. Open Championship Director Reg Jones speaks at a news conference previewing the 2014 back-to-back U.S. Opens in Pinehurst. USGA Executive Director Mike Davis (center) and Pinehurst President Don Padgett II (right) look on.

USGA U.S. Open Championship Director Reg Jones speaks at a news conference previewing the 2014 back-to-back U.S. Opens in Pinehurst. USGA Executive Director Mike Davis (center) and Pinehurst President Don Padgett II (right) look on.

“Pinehurst has become the benchmark for our championships.”

“It’s not because it makes things easier for our team inside and outside the ropes. This was not a decision that was financially motivated.”

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[VIDEO] 5 Good Minutes at Pinehurst with Tony Kornheiser and Jay Bilas

ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser and Jay Bilas enjoyed their rounds on Pinehurst No. 2 so much recently they took a few good-spirited – and untrue – jabs at their caddies.

Here, Pinehurst goes 5 Good Minutes (and change) with Mr. Tony and Bilas, who talk about their rounds, the joy of being able to play a U.S. Open course, Tony’s favorite golf story he’s ever covered and even an Old Guy Radio song choice specifically for Pinehurst.

Good night, Canada.

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The North and South Open: ‘The Masters before there was a Masters’

Pinehurst No. 2

Pinehurst No. 2

The Late, Lamented North and South Open

BY LEE PACE

Earlier in the week we wondered how The Masters and Augusta National might have evolved and look today had Bobby Jones actually hired Donald Ross, as he initially planned to do, instead of Alister MacKenzie to design his new golf course on the outskirts of Augusta.

Continuing these Masters week “what if” scenarios, it’s an interesting exercise to wonder what the PGA Tour might look like today had Pinehurst’s Richard Tufts not decided in 1952 to eliminate the half-century long tradition of one of the day’s premier events, the North and South Open.

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