Pinehurst News

Why barefoot? John Daly explains

If there’s been one question we’ve been asked more than any other since we posted our interview with John Daly, it’s been this:

Why is he playing Pinehurst No. 4 barefoot?

Turns out Long John has an explanation for that.



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Is this Mickelson’s year to win the U.S. Open?

After six runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open, some may be wondering if Phil Mickelson is still a contender.

Don’t write Lefty off just yet.

Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner predicts Mickelson will land in the top three alongside Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth. But Lavner goes a step further to say Mickelson could take the win thanks to his mental prowess. Check out his entire analysis in the video above. 

Of course, we’re fans of Mickelson. The duel between he and the late Payne Stewart during the final round of the 1999 U.S. Open is one of the most memorable moments in Pinehurst history.

Mickelson had hoped to complete a career Grand Slam by winning the Open when it returned to Pinehurst No. 2 last year, but victor Martin Kaymer was untouchable. As his quest continues, the world keeps watching.

In a recent Golf World article, writer Jaime Diaz pointed out “Mickelson is more than just a sentimental favorite.”

“There won’t be any question about Mickelson’s motivation at Chambers Bay, where he will turn 45 just before the first round,” Diaz writes. “If it’s right, he’ll produce another sudden spike that might be enough.”

Read his story to see why he thinks Mickelson still has a chance to secure a U.S. Open win.

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John Daly returns to Pinehurst, talks about “the shot” in 1999 U.S. Open

John Daly has never won at Pinehurst – he even once lost to a sandbagger (his word) in a made-for-TV event despite shooting 67 – but he did have one of the most memorable shots in Pinehurst lore.

After missing the 8th green in the final round of the 1999 U.S. Open, Daly three times tried to putt the ball up the hill and onto the green, only to have the ball roll back to him. Frustrated, Daly walked up as the ball was rolling back toward him a third time, famously whacking the ball as it was still moving.

It all led to an 11 on the 8th, a final round 83 and a trunk slam from Daly in the parking lot. Of course, he didn’t leave before a leveling a few shots at the USGA.

Daly apologized just days later, but, as we found out after he concluded a round on Pinehurst No. 4 during the Sheetz for the Kidz fundraiser on Monday, Daly still doesn’t like the hole location from that day.

He’s never lost his love for Pinehurst No. 2, though…or for getting a dig in whenever he can.

We found that out, too.

(Editor’s Note: We have more from Daly here, including the reason behind his playing barefoot. Yes, he has a reason for it. A golf reason.)

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New at the Ryder Cup Lounge

If you haven’t been to the Ryder Cup Lounge lately, you’re missing out.

The menu has been revamped to include some refreshing new salads and tasty handhelds. There’s also a delectable new dessert and seasonal cocktail, but if you’re craving the Mile-High Key Lime Pie or a Carolina Tea both are still available.

Here’s a look at the new menu items:

Farro Salad

Candied pecans, chervil, cranberries, blueberries, poached pears & berry emulsion.

Farro Salad

Green Tea Smoked Soy Chicken Salad

Napa cabbage, iceberg lettuce, bell peppers, snap pea, carrot, bean sprouts, toasted almonds, & sweet soy vinaigrette.

Green Tea Smoked Soy Chicken Salad

Strawberry Salad

Spinach and baby green blend, spiced pecans, crumbled ricotta salata, strawberry vinaigrette.

Strawberry Salad

Vegetarian Panini

Roasted mushroom, red onions, avocado, Gouda & roasted red pepper pesto, ciabatta bread. Served with French fries.

Vegetarian Panini

Hot NC

Spicy fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits, bread & butter pickles, southern slaw, green tomato jam, tobacco onions. Served with potato salad.

Hot NC

Caramel Toffee Bread Pudding

Brioche & croissant bread pudding drizzled with caramel & toffee pieces, hot buttered rum sauce.

Caramel Toffee Bread Pudding

Pomegranate Orange Crush

Tito’s Vodka, Pama pomegranate flavored liqueur, fresh orange juice and fresh pomegranate seeds.

Pomegrante Orange Crush

Now that your mouth is watering, check out the entire Ryder Cup menu here.



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Stupid Golf Video

We decided to Google “Stupid Golf Video” just to see what would come up because, well, why not?

This is what we got:

Google works.


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