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Steve Elkington’s Secret Golf recalls the 1951 Ryder Cup at Pinehurst

 

A year ago, Steve Elkington’s golf show, Secret Golf, profiled legendary Pinehurst caddie Willie McRae. During the filming, Elkington called his longtime mentor Jack Burke, and McRae and Burke reconnected…for the first time since the 1951 Ryder Cup.

McRae and Burke are the last two living participants from the 1951 Ryder Cup. McRae, now 83, has been caddying at Pinehurst since he was 10 years old, and at 18, caddied for Fred Daly during the matches on No. 2. (Ben Hogan was in the same group.) Burke, now 93, was the youngest player in the victorious United States team, at 28.

A month ago, Elkington saw to it that McRae and Burke would meet one more time, and this week, released his show recalling the 1951 Ryder Cup online. There’s so much here, including a match between Elkington and the great broadcaster Peter Oosterhuis, played on Pinehurst No. 2. Elkington, to his great credit, has allowed us to post the show for you to watch free of charge for the next few days. We hope you enjoy it.

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Pinehurst No. 2 flag flies at The Old Course

St Andrews, the Home of Golf, has honored the Ryder Cup Wager, and today is flying Pinehurst No. 2’s pin flag on the 18th hole of The Old Course.

What a sight to see.

Here is a beautiful photo of the flag flying proudly after Team USA won the Ryder Cup:

The maintenance crew was ready first thing this beautiful Scottish morning to roll out to the 18th hole.

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In 1951, Pinehurst No. 2 was the site of the Ryder Cup, very much a different event then than it is today. The Americans, led by Sam Snead and Ben Hogan, had little trouble dispatching the British team 9 ½-2 ½.

Obviously, things have changed.

While it has been 65 years since Pinehurst hosted the Ryder Cup, we still feel a lasting attachment to one of golf’s greatest events. It’s a proud moment in the storied history of Pinehurst.

Now, though, came a chance at another Ryder Cup moment for Pinehurst – and for The Old Course at St Andrews.

It was the RYDER CUP WAGER.

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WE WON!

With the Team USA Ryder Cup win, Pinehurst has won the Ryder Cup Wager. On Monday, the Pinehurst No. 2 flag will fly on the 18th hole of The Old Course of St Andrews.

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St Andrews accepts wager, and Pinehurst No. 2 flag appears on Swilcan Bridge

On Wednesday, Pinehurst proffered a wager to St Andrews and The Old Course:

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And later in the day, St Andrews accepted. Then they got something in the mail:

It’s on.

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No. 2 and The Old Course – The Ryder Cup Wager

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In 1951, Pinehurst No. 2 was the site of the Ryder Cup, very much a different event then than it is today. The Americans, led by Sam Snead and Ben Hogan, had little trouble dispatching the British team 9 ½-2 ½.

Obviously, things have changed.

While it has been 65 years since Pinehurst hosted the Ryder Cup, we still feel a lasting attachment to one of golf’s greatest events. It’s a proud moment in the storied history of Pinehurst.

Now, though, comes a chance at another Ryder Cup moment for Pinehurst – and for The Old Course at St Andrews.

It is the RYDER CUP WAGER.

Here are the particulars, and St. Andrews has accepted:

  • If Team USA wins, The Old Course at St. Andrews will fly a Pinehurst No. 2 pin flag on the 18th hole on Monday after the Ryder Cup is decided.
  • If Team Europe wins, Pinehurst No. 2 will fly an Old Course 18th hole flag on its 18th for that Monday.

Two years ago, we admit, we watched with pride as 2014 U.S. Open Champion Martin Kaymer was one of Europe’s best players.

Now though? Well, let’s just say there’s a little more on the line.

We’d love to see the Pinehurst No. 2 pin flag fly on the 18th hole of The Old Course for a day. Imagine the photos.

And of course, we’ll happily oblige in honoring our end of the bet should the Americans fall short, and fly The Old Course flag on 18 of No. 2.

But we all know that won’t happen, right?

Right?

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