Pinehurst

U.S. Open
9:50 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Listen: What It's Like To Caddy At Pinehurst For 71 Years

Willie McRae (right) with reporter Dick Gordon.
Credit Carol Jackson

Pinehurst No. 2 is one of the most revered courses in the land. It was designed by Donald Ross, who called it “the fairest test of championship golf I have ever designed.” That course is the site of this week's U.S. Open.

Willie McRae knows the place about as intimately as anyone. Willie is the longest-serving caddy at the resort. He started working there when he was 10 years old, May 19, 1943. He's caddied for "the average Joe" and the world's elite.

And he has a lot of stories to tell.

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Sports
3:41 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Remembering Payne Stewart As U.S. Open Begins

A statue of Payne Stewart is next to the 18th green at Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C., where the 114th U.S. Open is taking place this week. Stewart won the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst and struck this pose after clinching the win. (John Mummert/USGA)

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 2:42 pm

Many of the best golfers in the world are in Pinehurst, North Carolina, today for the start of the U.S. Open. The match will played on the recently restored course Pinehurst No. 2.

Fifteen years ago, a golfer named Payne Stewart won the tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., but died in a plane crash just four months later.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Jeff Tiberii of WUNC reports from Pinehurst.

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Sports
9:59 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Long Drives And Short Chips: The US Open Tees Off Today

Michael Campbell reacts to winning the 2005 U.S. Open held at the Pinehurst Resort No. 2 Course in Pinehurst, N.C., Sunday, June 19, 2005.
Credit John Mummert / USGA

The U.S. Open begins at the Pinehurst No. 2 golf course today. WUNC’s Jeff Tiberii is covering the event.

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Sports
4:27 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Competitors, Volunteers And Spectators Enjoying Pinehurst

The 16th Hole of Pinehurst No. 2
Credit John Mummert / USGA

The men's U.S. Open tees off Thursday morning in Pinehurst. One hundred and fifty six golfers from around the world are competing in America's version of a national championship.  Most of the golfers participating in the event practiced for a final time Wednesday. Hundreds of volunteers helped keep fans corralled throughout the historic Pinehurst No. 2 course.

Jeff Chaffin drove to the course from Suligent, Alabama (near the Mississippi border) for his first U.S. Open experience. He says his experience has been good so far.

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The State of Things
12:03 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

The U.S. Open Returns To Pinehurst

The Seventh Hole of Pinehurst No. 2 as seen in Pinehurst, N.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. The reintroduction of "natural areas" hearkens back to the course's origins, but is less aesthetically pleasing to many.
Credit John Mummert / USGA

The U.S. Open is back in Pinehurst, North Carolina for the third time in the last 15 years.

The first round of the tournament does not start until tomorrow, but the event has already set a few records.

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Sports
8:35 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Payne Stewart's Legacy Lives On As U.S. Open Returns To Pinehurst

A statue of Payne Stewart is next to the 18th green at Pinehurst No. 2, where the 114th US Open is taking place this week. Stewart won the 1999 US Open at Pinehurst, and struck this pose after clinching the win.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Overlooking the 18th hole at Pinehurst No. 2 is a statue of a man. He’s standing on one leg, a putter dangling in his left hand and a right fist extended straight forward, in victory. The statue preserves a moment now 15 years-old. It’s a moment more famous than any other that this course has seen, since it opened in 1907.

In his trademark knickers, Payne Stewart won the event on that misty Father’s day with a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole. He kissed his wife Tracy and celebrated his second US Open win.

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