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Arrival Of Female Golfers To Pinehurst Generates Buzz On Final Day Of U.S. Open
Published June 16, 2014
THE REVIEWS ARE IN: In North Carolina, Mike Purkey writes Pinehurst No. 2 "comported itself with aplomb and to the cheers of most every player in the field." The USGA and the Pinehurst greens staff "kept the course on the razor’s edge all week without going off the reservation, especially because it was necessary to save the course for the Women’s Open." Phil Mickelson said, "I just loved the golf course, the setup, how it played, how fair it was." Adam Scott added, "I think they prepared the course beautifully for us and it was a good, fair test. You had to play some pretty good golf to shoot a good score around here" (Southern Pines PILOT, 6/16). But in DC, Sally Jenkins writes, "It would have been nice if the U.S. Open had been played on a traditional U.S. Open course because maybe then someone could have stayed awake to watch it." It was a "failed experiment for the tournament, which became a classroom lesson in botany and was about as interesting" (WASHINGTON POST, 6/16). In Cincinnati, Paul Daugherty writes it is "understood" that the USGA "wants to torture Open contestants in the name of protecting par." But it is "less clear why the USGA wants to do the same to the rest of us." Daugherty: "We having fun yet? ... Drama happens through screwing up, not succeeding greatly. Not much fun in that. If you're looking for fun major championships, dial back the calendar a few months. See: Masters, The" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 6/16).
ON TO THE NEXT ONE: In Seattle, Scott Hanson notes following the tournament, the "baton was passed" from Pinehurst to Chambers Bay outside of Tacoma, Wash., which hosts the event next year. Buildup for the '15 U.S. Open could "be the biggest in the history of the event for many reasons," including that it will be the "first to be played in the Northwest" (SEATTLE TIMES, 6/16).