Pinehurst 2014 U.S. Opens Archive

5 Reasons the U.S. Women’s Open is (GASP!) Better?

2014 U.S. Women's Open

11-year-old sensation Luci Li tees off during a practice round for the U.S. Women’s Open as Pinehurst caddie Bryan Bush looks on. (Photo by the USGA)

A simple fact is the U.S. Women’s Open does not draw as much attention as the men’s U.S. Open Championship.

But, listen…the Women’s Open might be even better.

Here are a few reasons:

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VIDEO: The 2014 U.S. Open Final Round – In Under 2 minutes

Watch a time lapse of the entire final round of the 2014 U.S. Open at the 18th green of Pinehurst No. 2.

Note: View in an expanded screen, and watch for champion Martin Kaymer’s open hands celebration, which was caught by our time lapse camera. And check out the looping Goodyear blimp.

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With Shannon Scott, women’s game continues to thrive at Pinehurst

Shannon Scott. Photo by Abbi O'Leary

Shannon Scott. Photo by Abbi O’Leary

The Fayetteville Observer’s Stephen Schramm has a wonderful column about Pinehurst Resort head golf professional Shannon Scott, who proves that women’s golf at Pinehurst will continue to thrive long after the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open completes play this weekend. We encourage you read the entire column here, but here a couple of notable pullouts:

Last week, she was helping oversee the shuttles that ran players from the clubhouse to the 10th tee. On Monday, she was the starter at the first tee. For the rest of this week she’ll be heading up the crew running the players’ locker room, meaning she’s part tour guide, part concierge and an occasional opponent on the room’s popular ping pong table.
“I’ve got a little match coming up this afternoon,” Scott said Tuesday. “I need to practice a little bit. I can’t say that I’m a ping pong champion.”


Scott says many U.S. Women’s Open players have shown a huge interest in Scott’s position at Pinehurst:

Scott, 27, is the head golf professional for Pinehurst Nos. 1-5, a rarity in a male-dominated profession. She heads a staff of three assistants, two of which also are women.
“They’re like ‘Oh my God that’s awesome! You have three female pros here,'” Scott said of most players’ reaction.

Again, make sure you check out the entire piece.


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Video: The Lucy Li Show

At just 11 years old, Lucy Li already has the golf media eating out of the palm of her hand. Here are the best clips from an engaging – and hilarious – news conference today from Pinehurst in advance of the 69th U.S. Women’s Open.

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The U.S. Open Ping Pong Autographs

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Matt Kuchar, like several other players, autographed the Pinehurst Resort ping pong table in the locker room during the U.S. Opens.

So what do golfers like to do in their down time?

Play ping pong, of course.

And so Pinehurst Resort made sure that in the locker room for both weeks, a ping pong table (are we supposed to be calling it table tennis?) was made available. And it seems that the players are not only playing during breaks, they are also signing it.

Here are a few of the more notable autographs, and we’ll be sure to add more photos as the table continues to get covered.

Note: One name we couldn’t find: Martin Kaymer. Guess he had other things on his mind, or something.

Another note: Word from inside the locker room is that Matt Kuchar owned the locker room on the table.

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