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Back-To-Back U.S. Opens At Pinehurst May Prove A "Break-Even" Financial Effort
Published June 24, 2014
HIGHS & LOWS: In Raleigh, Luke DeCock reports Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore’s restoration of the No. 2 course "to the spirit of Donald Ross’ original 1907 design ... received rave reviews." The course "held up beautifully, with the greens playing as smooth and as pure on the final day of the Women’s Open as they had during the men’s practice rounds." However, an "unexpected drought this spring" left No. 2’s Bermuda grass brown in wide areas outside the middle of the fairways, "making for unattractive television viewing, albeit without impacting play." It also was "beastly hot at times during both events," and the USGA was "forced to issue vouchers for free bottled water" (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 6/24). GOLF WORLD's Jim Moriarty writes there is "a lot that could have gone wrong." The USGA "took great pains to make sure the examination Michelle Wie faced at Pinehurst No. 2 was just as fresh as the one Martin Kaymer passed so superbly." All of the hypothetical problems "seemed just that, hypothetical." The USGA prepared by "collecting 50,000 data points on both the men and women" (GOLF WORLD, 6/30 issue).