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Another Tiger Woods Update

Tiger Woods reads his putt during the final round of the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst. Photo By Bob Donnan-US

Tiger Woods reads his putt during the final round of the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
Photo By Bob Donnan

Tiger Woods posted a blog post Monday morning. It is 1,662 words.

None of those 1,662 words include “Pinehurst.”

But he does mention the U.S. Open:

  • “After Quicken, there’s Greenbrier and The Open Championship, and of the course the U.S. Open is about six weeks away. You can understand why I want to hurry up and get better. I’d also like to play in the FedExCup Playoffs and the Ryder Cup.”

“After Quicken, there’s Greenbrier and The Open Championship, and of the course the U.S. Open is about six weeks away. You can understand why I want to hurry up and get better. I’d also like to play in the FedExCup Playoffs and the Ryder Cup.”

Woods does not indicate a timetable for a return, but does have some insight to his recovery:

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Best trick shot (involving a football and basketball hoop) ever?

 

William Rainey is pretty good with a golf ball.

But give him a football, a basketball hoop, a lob wedge, and sometimes, a breadstick from Olive Garden, and he’s money.

So money.

Rainey is a freshman golfer at the College of Charleston. He is from Charlotte and went to South Mecklenburg High School.

And he might be college golf’s best trick shot artist.

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ARE YOU READY?

WE ARE.

You will be, too, after watching this.

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Payne, the 1998 U.S. Open, and The Divot

Payne Stewart walks down the fairway during the 1999 U.S. Open in this image captured by Peter Franchella.

Payne Stewart walks down the fairway during the 1999 U.S. Open in this image captured by Peter Franchella.

By LEE PACE

Payne Stewart made a remarkable personal metamorphosis over the 1990s. Always a graceful and talented performer on the course, Stewart as a young tour pro wasn’t universally embraced away from the course as his somewhat bratty, churlish ways rubbed many he encountered the wrong way.

A variety of circumstances and lessons conspired over the 1990s to soften and smooth the edges, and the 42-year-old Stewart who came to Pinehurst for the 1999 U.S. Open was significantly more humble and likeable than the one who won the 1991 Open at Hazeltine.

“Payne had really come full circle from the person I knew when I first met him. He was quite a man.” -Caddie Mike Hicks

Payne II, wrote John Garrity in Sports Illustrated, was “a quieter version of Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas morning.”

“Payne had really come full circle from the person I knew when I first met him,” adds caddie Mike Hicks, who worked for Stewart from 1988 through Stewart’s death in the fall of 1999. “He was quite a man.”

That evolution of Payne Stewart is perhaps best illustrated in the story of the divots of Olympic 1998 and Pinehurst 1999.

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VIDEO: Hunter Mahan Previews “Old School” U.S. Open at Pinehurst

Already with five PGA Tour wins in his career, Hunter Mahan appears on the precipice of breaking through in a major way. Last year at Merion, Mahan made a serious run at capturing a U.S. Open championship, playing in the final pairing on Sunday with Phil Mickelson before finishing in a tie for fourth.

Mahan came to Pinehurst over the weekend to get an early look at Pinehurst No. 2, the site of unprecedented back-to-back U.S. Open championships in June. He came away impressed by the Coore and Crenshaw restoration of No. 2, and, as he said, is eager to think his way around the U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

“It’s going to be interesting,” Mahan told us in the video above. “You can get some really good breaks out of there and … it could be easier than a sand shot; you could have pretty easy access to the greens. And then you can be in real trouble and (have to) think your way around it… I think you’ll see a lot of great shots out of there and a lot of terrible shots.”

“The USGA is going to have a lot of fun with it,” Mahan added.

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