Here is a sampling of some of the best photos from the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. Photo credit for each photo is The USGA. Tremendous work.
By capturing her first major championship at Pinehurst, Michelle Wie emphatically closed Golf’s historic first fortnight
Fifteen years ago, Payne Stewart settled over a crucial putt on the par-3 17th hole at Pinehurst No. 2, a U.S. Open championship in the balance. Stewart and Phil Mickelson were tied for the 1999 Open lead through 70 holes, with Mickelson striking his approach on 17 to 6 feet and Stewart nailing his to 4 feet. Mickelson’s putt slid past the hole and Stewart poured his into the heart of the cup, taking a one-shot lead that he preserved with his much-memorialized par on the final hole.
“It was a gimme,” caddie Mike Hicks said of the fateful birdie on 17. “Payne hadn’t missed inside 4 feet all week.”
Now it was Michelle Wie’s turn to make history on the 161-yard hole, her 8-iron nestling down 25 feet above and to the right of the front-left hole location. Wie had just double-bogeyed the 16th hole, letting a seemingly comfortable three-shot lead in the U.S. Women’s Open over Stacy Lewis shrink to a single shot. Lewis was now hitting balls on the practice range in the event of a playoff, and Wie settled into her unique table-top putting stance, where her upper torso is at 90 degrees to her long legs, the better to let her see the correct line from a head position nearer the ground.
If the 6 on 16 was giving her the shakes and sweats, she wasn’t letting on.
“I laughed it off,” she said. “Stuff like that does happen.”
The U.S. Opens have now come and gone, and with great success. Here are our 11 favorite moments (We couldn’t settle on 10) from major championship golf’s first fortnight. (And if your favorite moment isn’t listed here, feel free to add it in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you.)
Congratulations to the 69th U.S. Women’s Open Champion, Michelle Wie.
Welcome to the Pinehurst family.
2014 U.S. Women’s Open Final Round Pairings
7:10 Emma Talley (a)
7:21 Dori Carter, Andrea Lee (a)
7:32 Ilhee Lee, Carlota Ciganda
7:43 Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Chisato, Hashimoto (a)
7:54 Nikki Campbell, Gerina Piller
8:05 Mathilda Cappeliez (a), So-Young Jang
8:16 Sandra Changkija, Sue Kim
8:27 Jennifer Song, Giulia Sergas
8:38 Moriya Jutanugarn, Danielle Kang
8:49 Laura Diaz, Candie Kung
9:00 Yani Tseng, Ashleu Knoll
9:11 Lee-Anne Pace, Pernilla Lindberg
9:22 Eun Hee Ji, Belen Mozo
9:33 Rikako Morita, Hee Kyung Bae
9:44 Haeji Kang, Carolina Hedwall
9:55 Jennifer Johnson, Angela Stanford
10:06 I.K. Kim, Julieta Granada
10:17 Carolina Masson, Inbee Park
10:28 Catriona Matthew, Mina Harigae
10:39 Katherine Kirk, Se Ri Pak
10:50 Jee Young Lee, Misuzu Narita
11:01 Sandra Gal, Beatriz Recari
11:12 Sei Young Kim, Karine Icher
11:23 Ha Na Jang, Mariajo Uribe
11:34 Azahara Munoz, Lydia Ko
11:45 Jenny Shin, Shanshan feng
11:56 Brittany Lang, Brooke MacKenzie Henderson (a)
12:07 Brittany Lincicome, Yueer Cindy Feng
12:18 Meena Lee, Hee Young Park
12:29 Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer
12:40 Chella Choi, Lexi Thompson
12:51 Sakura Yokomine, Karrie Webb
1:02 So Yeon Ryu, Pornanong Phatlum
1:13 Minjee Lee (a), Na Yeon Choi
1:24 Stephanie Meadow, Juli Inkster
1:35 Michelle Wie, Amy Yang