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The Pinehurst Team-Building event for Golic & Wingo’s Leadership Retreat

You are running out of time to enter for a chance to win a spot in Golic & Wingo’s Leadership Retreat at Pinehurst, which includes airfare, premium accommodations, and rounds on famed Pinehurst No. 2 and the new short course, The Cradle.

But as the contest has been running, Mike Golic has wondered aloud about team-building events.

Well, we have one.

First, a little Pinehurst history.

As you probably know, Payne Stewart won the 1999 U.S. Open over a young Phil Mickelson after making a dramatic 15-foot putt for par. Every Sunday, Pinehurst places the hole location in that same spot to honor Payne.

For the Friday round on No. 2, we’ll have Payne’s hole location ready for the Golic & Wingo winners. Everyone can try to see if they can make the Payne Stewart putt.

Good luck.

For more info on how to enter, watch this:

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Here’s how you can join us for the Golic & Wingo Leadership Retreat

It all began with Trey shutting down Golic.

Then, Stugotz mentioned he likes having music while he plays golf.

So, we showed off The Cradle to ESPN.

Now, it’s on.

And you have a chance to join in.

Watch the video above for all the details. It was just this morning that Golic & Wingo announced the contest with Pinehurst.

How did the “Golic & Wingo Leadership Retreat” – or better known by its full name, “The Golic & Wingo Off-Site, Off-Hand Town Hall Leadership Retreat Strategy Session Golf Tournament” – come together?

It all started with this, when Golic THOUGHT he could slip a Pinehurst joke past Trey:

And now, the joke is on us.

We’ll see you at Pinehurst.

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Geoff Ogilvy has a theory about Pinehurst No. 2

Recently on The Fried Egg podcast, 2006 U.S. Open Champion Geoff Ogilvy recounted a conversation from the 2014 U.S. Open that he had with a few locals about why they love Pinehurst No. 2. Ogilvy’s reasoning for why he loves No. 2 is very different, but fits in precisely with what has allowed Donald Ross’ masterpiece to endure for more than a century. Take a listen.

Also, please take some time for both parts of The Fried Egg’s podcast with Ogilvy. It you’re a golf nut, it is definitely worth your time.

Part I with Geoff Ogilvy

Part II with Geoff Ogilvy

And finally, take a look at The Fried Egg’s detailed look at No. 2’s 8th hole. 

And if you really want a fun rabbit hole, The Fried Egg and Brandel Chamblee had an interesting Twitter debate last week around the podcast.

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Golf + Jenga = Ridiculous Trick Shot

Um, wow.

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For Tom Watson, the 62 on No. 2 was nice. But that’s not what makes Pinehurst special

Editor’s Note: In the video above, Tom Watson comments on his course record 62 on Pinehurst No. 2 from the 1973 World Open. But it isn’t that magical round that gives him fond memories of Pinehurst.

By Alex Podlogar

At times, it poured rain. At times, the wind bucked up, swaying the pine trees around him and betraying the 60-degree temperature. Honestly, it wasn’t the most picturesque day for a golf group outing at Pinehurst.

But he stood there and leaned on a 7 iron, one foot crossed in front of the other. He watched amateurs strike tee shots at the par-3 17th hole on Pinehurst No. 2, some, certainly, better than others. That’s what happens when an 8-time major champion is watching you hit golf shots.

Gosh, it rained. But the rain pelted his shoulders and bounced squarely off of him, his figure almost cutting through the mist. The genial smile remained. He asked each person his or her name, including each of the caddies. He took his time, ambling slowly about the tee, sometimes to grab the U.S. Open trophy that was on display, holding it in a way so those around him could gather in close, not feel rushed and be allowed time to read the names engraved on it.

“I got lucky once when I chipped in at a U.S. Open,” he quipped.

Tom Watson was comfortable.

“Sorry we couldn’t have a better day of weather for you, Mr. Watson,” a gentlemen intoned, sincerely.

Watson was direct. Tom Watson is always direct.

“Are you kidding?” he replied, his lips creasing to reveal that famed gap-toothed smile. “This is great.”

The game was to try to beat the pro. Watson would share a lesson, some old Tour stories, then would play the tee shot at 17, playing that day at 173 yards, sopping wet. Air was heavy. Wind was blowing. Rain falling. And Watson is 68 years old now.

“Sorry we couldn’t have a better day of weather for you, Mr. Watson,” a gentlemen intoned, sincerely.

“Are you kidding?” he replied, his lips creasing to reveal that famed gap-toothed smile. “This is great.”

The group had 15 foursomes pour through, and so Watson hit 15 tee shots in total on the day. For the first half of the groups, he lofted searing high draws with a 7 iron. As the weather worsened, he went to a 6 iron, cracked it lower and started playing the contour of the green more. “Wind keeps changing,” he muttered under his breath to himself. He did what he had to do to make the shot.

Fifteen tee shots. Each about 10-15 minutes apart with the weather changing throughout. He held the green on each and every one of them. Four of them were inside 8 feet.

Watson was beaten just once, and the caddie had to step it off. From the green, the player raised his arms in triumph. Watson, watching the pacing closely, raised his back in congratulations.

“Well, one of them got me,” he said, waiting an extra beat.

“But just one.”

He smiled again. When rain falls and wind blows and the sun hides, it’s abundantly clear:

Tom Watson wears those five British Open championships well.

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