The men moved out of Pinehurst, and now the women take center stage in golf. On a national sports landscape that already is overwhelmed with content, the U.S. Women’s Open is a welcome moment for the women to establish more of a presence.
It's time to start week two of these back-to-back championships, the U.S. Women’s Open, with the USGA's goal for Pinehurst No. 2 that the women play "the same clubs" into greens as did the men -- no easy achievement.
It’s not clear wheter Pinehurst No. 2 creates as much trouble for errant tee shots in the U.S. Open as officials had anticipated. USGA executive director Mike Davis had thought the sandy areas would create a clean shot one-third of the time. In Thursday's first round, a clean recovery seemed possible about 80 percent of the time.
Pinehurst is playing at 7,360 yards on Thursday, 202 yards under the scorecard. The biggest change is that tee on par-5 fifth hole has been moved up 48 yards, bringing the elusive green within reach of much of the field in two shots.
Our Bradley S. Klein has visited Pinehurst No. 2 numerous times, even playing the course twice in the last few months to get a true gauge on what the U.S. Open players will face this week. He breaks down what to expect in this video.
If there’s one green at Pinehurst No. 2 that is a candidate for going over the top, it’s that of the par-3 ninth. On the card it’s 191 yards, but the putting surface here is one of the course's smallest -- and has the most contour.
A mere seven weeks ago, it was determined that the sixth hole at Pinehurst needed to be adjusted. On Monday, players saw a new tee box that pushed them 31 yards backward, making a tough tee shot even harder.
There will be plenty of reminiscing about Payne Stewart when the U.S. Open returns to Pinehurst Resort on the 15-year anniversary of his 1999 victory. “Payne,” Golf Channel’s hour-long documentary, will show golf fans the arc of Stewart’s life.
It was nearly 15 years ago that Phil Mickelson came up just short of a U.S. Open title. He's had five such instances since. In preparation for this year's tournament, Mickelson has been working on his short game.
A good story to be told by the USGA about its forthcoming national championships is the different look at Pinehurst -- scruffier, less green, less manicured, and also firmer and faster. Luck will play more than a small role.
Executive director Mike Davis spent a lot of his time during the USGA's annual meeting explaining the upcoming back-to-back national championships at Pinehurst this June, the U.S. Open followed by the U.S. Women’s Open.