Monday, January 1, 2007
10 Major Reasons To Visit The Home Of American Golf
Pinehurst, North Carolina
7 Major Moments In Pinehurst
1. 1936 PGA Championship
Prior to the tournament, the #2 course converts its greens from sand to grass. Danny Shute finishes on top.
2. 1940 North And South Open
27-year-old Ben Hogan, winless in seven years on Tour, finally defeats his demons (and the rest of the field) to capture his first professional victory at Pinehurst’s #2 course. Sam Snead is runner up.
3. 1959 North And South Amateur
19-year-old Columbus, Ohio-native Jack Nicklaus captures one of his biggest tournaments to date. 26 years later, Nicklaus’s son Jackie bests the field at Pinehurst’s #2 to win the same tourney.
4. 1996 U.S. Women’s Open
Annika Sorenstam dominates the field at Pine Needles, shooting eight-under par to capture her second straight U.S. Women’s Open. It’s her last Open victory until 2006, when she wins in a playoff at Newport Country Club in Rhode Island.
5. 1999 U.S. Open
After Payne Stewart drains a 15-foot par putt on the 18th green at Pinehurst’s #2 course to defeat Phil Mickelson, he pumps his fist and leaps into his caddy’s arms. Four months later, Stewart dies in a tragic plane crash. Today his victory celebration is immortalized in bronze at the clubhouse.
6. 2001 U.S. Women’s Open
26-year-old Aussie Karrie Webb becomes the seventh woman to repeat as U.S. Open champ, and blows away the field by eight shots in the process.
7. 2005 U.S. Open
After Gore and Goosen collapse, New Zealander Michael Campbell squeaks out a win over the hard-charging Tiger Woods.
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