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.
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.
A shocking upset of the world’s best player may have changed the course of golf history
BY LEE PACE
Pinehurst and Augusta National each have lofty and secure niches in the game of golf. Pinehurst was America’s first true golf destination and its venerable No. 2 course as of 2014 will have been the battle ground for three U.S. Opens, one U.S. Women’s Open, one PGA Championship, one Ryder Cup Match and two U.S. Amateurs. And Augusta National is the home of the golf tournament that each April generates more goose pimples, gallery decibels and history fodder than any other venue in the game.
But it’s entertaining as The Masters Tournament rolls around each April to wonder just what Augusta and Pinehurst might look like today had the great Bobby Jones not inexplicably lost his first round match of the 1929 U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach to an obscure player by the name of Johnny Goodman.
After not getting into the event in Tampa, I headed off to Broussard, La., near Lafayette, for the Web.Com Tour event.
This was my 17th consecutive year playing in Lafayette. I know that sounds a little odd with having been on the PGA Tour for six years, but with the way the scheduling has taken place over the years, Lafayette has been opposite either the Players Championship, or in this case, the Arnold Palmer Invitational. I have not been fortunate enough to play in either one of those events, so off to Lafayette for great food and great people.