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Cuts and Qualifiers – Tales From 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.

Take that, Nuke.

Stiles has already seen his share of highs and lows this 2013 PGA Tour season. On occasion here at the Pinehurst Blog, he’ll recount those highs and lows – and cuts.

Take a ride with Stiles inside the PGA Tour with his second installment – “Cuts and Qualifiers”

Read Darron’s first installment, “Fight or Flight,” here.

Darron Stiles of the PGA Tour.

Darron Stiles of the PGA Tour.

Well, the last couple of weeks have proved to be very frustrating.

First, let’s start with my jaunt down to Puerto Rico.

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[VIDEO] Curtis Strange talks Pinehurst No. 2, previews 2014 U.S. Opens

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about Pinehurst.

The two-time U.S. Open champion knows a little something about Open venues as well.

So when Strange got his first look at the Pinehurst No. 2 restoration during the recent Liberty Mutual Invitational, the man who won two North and South Amateur titles while starring at Wake Forest in the mid-1970s could easily envision how the course and the championship would mesh together.

Few, in fact, could do it better.

And Curtis Strange liked what he saw.

“When I first see this, it takes me back to the 70s to my old North and South days, because it’s very similar to the way it used to be,” Strange said.

Strange is also a fan of one of the most significant changes to the USGA’s U.S. Open preparation of No. 2 – the switching of the fourth hole to a long par-4 and the fifth to a daunting par-5, complete with new back tee boxes.

“You know, the back tee, it looks pretty doggone good. I like it. I really do,” Strange said.

Pinehurst is a special place for the World Golf Hall of Famer. Strange won the prestigious North and South Amateur in 1975 and 1976 and earned his PGA Tour card in 1977 after qualifying on No. 2. Strange went on to win 17 times on Tour, including the 1988 and ’89 U.S. Opens, becoming the first man since Ben Hogan to win back-to-back Opens.

“It’s golf,” Strange said of Pinehurst. “If I had six days before the Good Lord took me, I’d want to come here and play golf.”

*Curtis Strange appeared at Pinehurst on behalf of Liberty Mutual Insurance.

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Pinehurst Restored – First No. 2, now Donald Ross himself

Art Conservator Shane Bufmeyer (right) and an assistant remove the Donald Ross portrait from Pinehurst's Resort Club on Thursday. The portrait will be restored this month.

Art Conservator Shane Bufmeyer (right) and an assistant remove the Donald Ross portrait from Pinehurst’s Resort Club on Thursday. The portrait will be restored this month.

Donald Ross’ famed Pinehurst No. 2 got its restoration a couple of years ago.

It’s his turn this time.

You see Ross’ touches everywhere at Pinehurst. There’s even the restaurant at Pinehurst Resort that bears his name – the Donald Ross Grill. (Fun Fact: In addition to golf course designer and head professional, Donald Ross also served as Grill Manager during part of his tenure at Pinehurst. Multitasker.)

And typically, he’s watching over you in a close-to-lifesize portrait.

But for the next few weeks you may notice something different about the Grill.

A blank space remains for the time being at Pinehurst's Donald Ross Grill while the portrait of the famed golf course architect is restored this month.

A blank space remains for the time being at Pinehurst’s Donald Ross Grill while the portrait of the famed golf course architect is restored this month.

You know, like that 4×6-foot blank space on the wall.

The 1971 Anthony F. Weddington portrait of the legendary golf course architect is in the careful hands of art conservator Shane Bufmeyer for the next few weeks, getting some much-needed R & R – Retouching & Restoration.

“It’s not in terrible shape – there are no tears and it’s not like the canvas has big holes in it,” Bufmeyer says of the portrait, “but it does have some water damage and needs work.

“It’s just time for a facelift.”

As Bufmeyer and an assistant removed the portrait from the Grill on Thursday, long water marks streaming down the length of the canvas became visible in the sunlight. “Apparently there was a planter above it – above the lamp – once upon a time,” says Bufmeyer, whose grandfather taught him the trade. “There’s clearly evidence of that.”

Just how much work needs to be done on the portrait remains to be seen until Bufmeyer can get it into his shop.

“All of these projects are the same, but all of them are different, too,” he says. “There are certain things we have to do with every work like this, but you do have to play detective.”

The Donald Ross portrait that adorns the wall of the Pinehurst restaurant that bears his name is removed for restoration.

The Donald Ross portrait that adorns the wall of the Pinehurst restaurant that bears his name is removed for restoration.

That means varying degrees of cleaning, of retouching, or, if needed, the relining of original brushstrokes, and adding varnish. The project may take two weeks, or it may take four, depending on the amount of restoration is needed.

Fear not, however. Mr. Ross is in careful hands.

“A piece this large and this important, I’ll close down my shop for the next few weeks,” Bufmeyer says. “I don’t want anything else coming in while I focus on this piece.”

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Fight or Flight – Tales from the PGA Tour

Pinehurst's Darron Stiles is optimistic about his start to the 2013 PGA Tour season.

Pinehurst’s Darron Stiles is optimistic about his start to the 2013 PGA Tour season.

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.

Take that, Nuke.

Stiles has already seen his share of highs and lows early through the Western Swing for the 2013 PGA Tour season. On occasion here at the Pinehurst Blog, he’ll recount those highs and lows, what “reshuffling” means to PGA Tour players and everything in between.

Take a ride with Stiles inside the PGA Tour with his first installment – “Fight or Flight”

FIGHT OR FLIGHT

BY DARRON STILES

PGA TOUR PLAYER

Welcome to a new feature for me. This is the first post of the year for my blog about life on the PGA Tour.

I hope you enjoy the weekly updates and random thoughts about the game in general. Once my web site is up and running, I will be able to answer any questions you may have, or if you have any suggestions for topics to discuss, that would be great as well.

Let’s start with a recap of my season up until the Honda Classic.

As always, the PGA Tour season starts with the annual visit to the Aloha State – Hawaii. This year Hawaii had special meaning to me. Back in 2009, my wife, Kim and I were there for the first event of the season, when upon completion of my opening round of 78, we found out my father had suffered a massive heart attack and was on his way to the hospital.

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The Golf Boys – “2.Oh”

 

Time for a little fun on the Pinehurst blog.

And so we give you, The Golf Boys 2.Oh.

So, down the middle of the fairway, or OB? Thoughts? Favorite line? Better than the first?

(Need help with the lyrics? Grantland’s Rembert Browne can help.)

 

 

And are the Golf Boys good for golf? What do you think? Good, bad, or ugly?

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