Around Pinehurst: Time to kill? Time to eat

By Ryan LavnerJune 14, 2014, 6:13 pm

PINEHURST, N.C. – There was time to kill – lots of it – between the end of the second round and the start of the third here at the 114th U.S. Open. By 1:10 p.m. ET Friday, Martin Kaymer had signed his card and staked himself to an eight-shot lead. He wouldn’t strike another meaningful shot for 26-plus hours, so, like Martin, we waited. And waited.

Some scribes passed the time by working out. Others watched TV, read a book, video-chatted with their family, or played golf at one of the many spectacular venues in a 10-mile radius.

Well, I preferred to eat.

Let’s be clear: This post isn’t a cry for help. This isn’t a subtle way of saying that I eat only when I’m bored. Not that at all. It’s just that when I’m on the road 12-15 weeks per year, I enjoy sampling the town’s local flavor. You know, literally.

So, after our work was done Friday night, the crew pulled our Nissan Versa into the Full Moon Oyster Bar, a wannabe dive in the middle of a shopping center in Southern Pines. When it comes to seafood I typically enact The 50-Mile Rule (from a body of water), but in this case I made an exception because, well, there were oysters involved.

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Though my metabolism has caught up a bit in recent years, I can still consume an ungodly amount of food and not pack on much, if any, weight onto my 5-foot-10-inch, 165-pound frame. With that in mind, The Full Moon platter seemed a no-brainer: crab legs and shrimp and scallops and mussels and clams and oysters, all in one heap. “Enough for two!” the menu boasted, though by the end of the night, trust me, it proved enough for one famished, 27-year-old male, too. (Not to mention the key lime pie for dessert.)

When my cellphone buzzed at 8 a.m. Saturday, the final group of Kaymer and Brendon Todd was still 7 1/2 hours away from beginning its third round ... in other words, plenty of time for a hearty lunch.

At about 12:30 p.m., we made the 10-minute walk from the media center to the village of Pinehurst, where elderly women zipped around the streets in golf carts, church bells rang on schedule, the Goodyear blimp idled overhead.

Since this midday break wasn’t about sightseeing, however, we soon headed down the brick-paved street of Market Square. There was Dugans, a Pinehurst staple, an Irish pub with a friendly staff, a packed bar and, of course, a menu featuring fish and chips. Sure, it was a heavy lunch before an afternoon of walking and scribbling, but I can safely assume it was better fuel than the media-center fare. (Today’s featured item: chicken sliders.)

Third-round play will conclude at about 8 p.m. tonight, and our team here will leave Pinehurst sometime after 10. Once again, there’ll be plenty of time to kill before the leaders go off Sunday afternoon. Hey, you know what that means.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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