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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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Augusta and Pinehurst – What might have been

Pinehurst No. 2 and Augusta National

Pinehurst No. 2 and Augusta National

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.

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The Spa at Pinehurst – Relax, Refresh, Rejuvenate [VIDEO]

 

You’ll feel tension fall away as you enter The Spa at Pinehurst, awarded Four-Stars by Forbes Travel Guide. Whether you choose one treatment or a full day package, we invite you to relax in one of our comfort zones and take as much time as you have to enjoy complete tranquility.

 

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Tales from the PGA Tour – Good days, Bad days, and dreams of playing catch with my son

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.

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 – triumphs and cuts.

Read Stiles first two installments here and here.

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.

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“Dufnering” at Pinehurst

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Pinehurst employee partner Evan Lease works hard. And sometimes he needs a break.

What can you say? He was tired. His back hurt from sitting at his desk and his boss was talking about how Evan needed to relax and focus.

So he did both.

At Pinehurst.

 

 

Evan ponders the coming U.S. Opens to Pinehurst in 2014.

Evan ponders the coming U.S. Opens to Pinehurst in 2014.

 

Evan sure wishes his back didn't hurt. He'd like to play Pinehurst No. 2. Especially the famed 18th hole.

Evan sure wishes his back didn’t hurt. He’d like to play Pinehurst No. 2. Especially the famed 18th hole.

 

Evan can't even hit on the range at Maniac Hill.

Evan can’t even hit on the range at Maniac Hill.

 

Evan sure would like to eat lunch today.

Evan sure would like to eat lunch today.

 

Evan thinks this looks familiar. He knows how Jason Dufner feels.

Evan thinks this looks familiar. He knows how Jason Dufner feels.

 

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