Report Pinehurst to host 2014 mens and womens US Open

By Doug FergusonJune 14, 2009, 4:00 pm
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USGAFARMINGDALE, N.Y. ' This might be as close as golf gets to a doubleheader.
 
The USGA said Monday the U.S. Open and U.S. Womens Open will be held over consecutive weeks in 2014 at Pinehurst No. 2, the first time in golf that women have a chance to share the stage with the men.
 
Its a big opportunity, said USGA executive director David Fay, who came up with the idea. I really do think this will generate some buzz for womens golf and the Womens Open. And I think a lot of people will take advantage.
 
The U.S. Open already was scheduled to return to Pinehurst in 2014 for the third time in 15 years. The Womens Open has been held three times at nearby Pine Needles since 1996, but never at the fabled No. 2 course at Pinehurst.
 
Tiger Woods was surprised to hear the news Monday, immediately curious how the course will play.
 
Fay said Pinehurst No. 2 would be a perfect fit for this doubleheader, mainly because there is no rough around the turtleback greens that Donald Ross design. He said the greens would be slightly softer, and the course would play shorter for the women.
 
It seems like a good move, David Duval said. The course is already set up and ready to play. And their tee boxes will be that much more pristine.
 
Holding back-to-back championships on the same course should save time and money. The USGA already will have tents in place for corporate hospitality, concessions and the media. The ropes already will line the fairway. And there will be no need to tear down, transport and rebuild grandstands and scoreboards.
 
Its a lot like tennis tournaments, Geoff Ogilvy said. I think theres a lot of interest in the U.S. Womens Open. You might have people who had to choose between one or the other now stay for two weeks and watch both of them.
 
Even so, not even Fay knows what to expect.
 
He is confident the USGA can find a large enough volunteer base to devote time over two weeks to provide transportation, scoring and to work as marshals. Officials have five years to develop a creative ticketing plan for those wanting to stay two weeks.
 
There is some concern that grandstands wont be nearly as full for the U.S. Womens Open, or the gallery behind the ropes as large. Fay said the grandstands would remain, even if they were not full.
 
Lets say youre watching a womens basketball game between Duke and Carolina, Fay said. You cant help but see empty seats. We wont fill up the seats, but for the people watching on TV, theyll have some tight shots.
 
As for the practice rounds?
 
The U.S. Womens Open is the one tournament where women can arrive early to prepare over the weekend. That wont work at Pinehurst in 2014 with the men competing for a major.
 
And if theres an 18-hole playoff Monday? The women might not be able to play a full practice round until Tuesday.
 
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    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

    Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

    Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

    Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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    Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

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    Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

    While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

    The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

    So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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    Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

    By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

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    As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

    Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

    And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

    And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

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    When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

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    McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

    Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

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    European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

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    The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

    Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

    And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

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    More bulletin board material, too.

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