Pinehurst 2014 U.S. Opens Archive

Michelle Wie looks back on her triumph at Pinehurst

Michelle Wie reflects on her U.S. Women’s Open triumph in this terrific video by the USGA. Really love how honest she is here about the nerves she felt down the stretch on Pinehurst No. 2:

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This Pinehurst story from Zac Blair will warm your heart

Zac Blair is one of our favorite players to follow on Twitter. And while there’s a great story involving Blair, the merchandise tent and a wedge from the 2014 U.S. Open, we were just made aware of another great story about Blair from that Open on Pinehurst No. 2. From Blair’s “My Shot” on GolfDigest.com this week:

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The long-lost Michelle Wie Sports Illustrated cover

If you were paying any attention to Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night, you may have come across the story about Sports Illustrated’s cover predicting the eventual World Champion Houston Astros of 2017. The only catch was that, despite spitting in the face of the long history of the SI Cover Jinx, that Astros cover was actually from 2014.

In fact, it was the June 30, 2014 issue of SI. And, as writer Alan Shipnuck now explains three years later, HE was supposed to have been the author of the cover story, and that cover story was SUPPOSED to be about Michelle Wie’s fulfilled promise in winning the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst.

Alas, a late editorial decision went against Shipnuck, who harbors absolutely no hard feelings (yeah, right). But now, here it is: the long lost Michelle Wie SI Cover from Pinehurst:

Always good to see a fist-pump after a big putt at Pinehurst. The cover shot – well, would-be cover shot – is from Wie’s tournament-slamming 25-foot birdie down the hill on the 17th green.

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Lucy Li looks back on her Pinehurst, 2014 U.S. Women’s Open experience

In a story by the USGA’s Lisa D. Mickey, the sweetheart of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open on Pinehurst No. 2, Lucy Li, looks back on her experiences with the championship, Pinehurst, ice cream…and Webb Simpson. (We encourage you to read the entire story by Mickey, which gives some detail on how Lucy has grown since appearing at the Open.)

Li had plenty of support at her coming-out party at Pinehurst in the 2014 Women’s Open. Fans adored her and lined up for autographs. All the while, the diminutive junior held her own at the same venue where Michelle Wie made her own splash with her first major-championship victory.

“The people at Pinehurst were so nice, the golf course was really tough and the food was really good,” said Li with her trademark laughter. “That’s what I remember. Oh, and the greens were tough.”

When asked how her experience at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open impacted her game, Li called the week “incredible,” adding what only a teen might put at the top of her highlight list for the week.

“The people at Pinehurst were so nice, the golf course was really tough and the food was really good,” said Li with her trademark laughter. “That’s what I remember. Oh, and the greens were tough, and I met Webb Simpson.”

When pressed on how that week helped her become a better player, Li paused and gave the question some thought.

“I think it helped a lot because I learned I could play under pressure with a lot of people watching me,” she said. “That was the most people I have ever played in front of, for sure.”

Li said she wasn’t intimidated by the crowds that pressed against the ropes to watch her play the challenging Pinehurst No. 2. In fact, she admitted that she didn’t really notice the massive galleries.

“It was really about me and the golf course,” she said. “I didn’t really see all of those people when I played, but when I watched it on TV later, I was like, ‘Wow! There were that many people there?’”

We’re closely following Lucy’s progress at the U.S. Girls’ Junior, and looking forward to her performance at the U.S. Women’s Amateur as well.

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Michelle Wie and the Tale of the Tape

Two years ago today, when Michelle Wie came to the U.S. Women’s Open trophy presentation, she was still wearing the Kinesio tape on her legs. But when she stood with the trophy, it was gone.

What happened to it? We have the answer – and reveal her accomplice – here.

THE TAPE.

If there was one defining characteristic of Michelle Wie’s wardrobe during her triumph at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst, it was the Kinesio Tape Wie was wearing to help with the constant leg issues she was dealing with that week and the weeks leading up to it.

Wie was often asked about the tape in media sessions, and it certainly was mentioned on social media throughout the championship.

Then, Wie won, and after signing her scorecard, was ushered to the trophy presentation on the 18th green of Pinehurst No. 2. But in the photos there and after, the tape is gone.

So, did Wie take the tape off in the locker room? Maybe the scoring area?

Nope.

It happened at the trophy presentation, and we caught it with our camera. The trophy presentation was not aired live on NBC, but it’s safe here, and it’s here you’ll see what happened to the tape. (PLAY THE VIDEO ABOVE.)

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During the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst, Michelle Wie wore Kinesio Tape to help with leg issues she was dealing with. (Photo by the USGA)

OPENING: Setting the stage, let’s identify the key members on the dais. At far left, in her red Team Canada apparel, is sensation Brooke Henderson, who was the low amateur at the championship. Henderson, who recently just won her first major championship, is priceless in this for her reactions to what’s about to happen.

Middle left is Stacy Lewis, who made a tremendous charge on Sunday to put serious pressure on Wie, ultimately finishing as the championship’s runner-up. Finally, there’s Wie and then-USGA President Thomas O’Toole Jr.

On the right side of the dais are more USGA officials as well as Pinehurst officials. More on them in a minute.

:02 SECONDS Wie crosses her left leg over her right, and that’s when Lewis notices the tape is still on. With 11 wins and two major championships, Lewis is accustomed to trophy presentations. She knows Wie won’t want these legacy photographs showing the tape, and so she points it out. … Continue Reading

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