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VIDEO: Rory McIlroy gets his first look at Pinehurst No. 2

Rory McIlroy, the 2011 U.S. Open Champion, played Pinehurst No. 2 for the first time on Monday during a pre-championship practice round to prepare for the 2014 U.S. Open.

These are Rory’s first comments about Pinehurst No. 2.

And he tried the Payne Putt. Watch here.

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Rory McIlroy Takes – And Makes – Payne’s Putt

Rory McIlroy played a practice round Pinehurst No. 2 this week, and at 18, had to try the famed Payne Stewart putt that won the 1999 U.S. Open in such iconic fashion.

McIlroy, like all the pros coming through, had hole-shaped saucers he could place on the greens to mimic likely hole locations. The USGA announced at Media Day in April that in Sunday’s final round of the 2014 U.S. Open, at 18 – like every Sunday at Pinehurst – the hole location would be in the same spot as when Payne made his memorable putt to clip Phil Mickelson.

Rory, at the advice of local Pinehurst caddie Thomas Trinchitella, dropped a ball to try the putt. The first was one short, but the second was a perfect roll. After a less-than-enthusiastic Payne fist-pump, Rory took another swipe and came through with a model Payne Stewart pose.

More coming with Rory later today, including a video with his thoughts of No. 2 in advance of the U.S. Open.

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VIDEO: Phil Mickelson Reviews Pinehurst No. 2

There’s little denying the most hopeful story for many of our readers and those around Pinehurst is for Phil Mickelson to finally capture the elusive U.S. Open, and to do it at Pinehurst No. 2, site of the 2014 U.S. Open. On Monday, June 2, Mickelson came off the 18th green of No. 2 all smiles and raving about the Coore & Crenshaw Restoration.

Sure sounds like he’s ready.

MORE FROM PINEHURST

For our interview with Rory McIlroy, go here.

For our interview with Adam Scott, go here.

For our interview with Justin Rose, go here.

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Video: Zach Johnson reviews No. 2 restoration, previews U.S. Open

Masters Champion Zach Johnson describes his feelings about the Pinehurst No. 2 restoration, previews the 2014 U.S. Open and reveals what it would mean to him to win at Pinehurst. (Hint: It has to do with Payne…)

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Tiger Woods is out of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst

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Next time, Tiger. Next time.

Get well.

Woods announced on his website that he would be skipping the U.S. Open in two weeks.

“Unfortunately, I won’t be there because I’m not yet physically able to play competitive golf,” said Woods, who will miss his sixth major due to injury as a professional. “I’d like to convey my regrets to the USGA leadership, the volunteers and the fans that I won’t be at Pinehurst.

“The U.S. Open is very important to me and I know it’s going to be a great week. Despite missing the first two majors, and several other important tournaments, I remain very optimistic about this year and my future.”

Woods finished third in the 1999 U.S. Open and second to Michael Campbell in 2005 at Pinehurst.

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