Newsmakers of the Year: Back-to-back U.S. Opens


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It’s a first no one will ever forget. 

The USGA’s decision to host the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst during consecutive weeks was a risk worth the reward. Executive Director Mike Davis said the two-week experiment will “rank right up there with the best ever.”

It’s no surprise Gold World and Golf Digest have named the historic back-to-back championships one of its Newsmakers of the Year.

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“A few years from now, I think we’ll look back and say it was a seminal moment in the game of golf and championship golf and (for) sustainability of the game,” Davis told Golf World. “It’s going to be hard to give these two weeks enough accolades for what they’re going to mean.”

Davis shares more of his thoughts in a previous post.

Dave Shedloski, who wrote the piece for Gold World, said the championships also were successful on a “sub-plot level” because of the course conditions, which included sandy native areas brought to life during a restoration by architects Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

Rory McIlroy, who joined Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players to have won four majors by age 25,  tops both magazines’ list of the newsmakers.

We talked to Rory during a practice round before the U.S. Open got underway. Here’s his take on Pinehurst No. 2: