Fun, hands-on activities often trump sitting at a desk or reading a thick textbook when it comes to learning. The same applies to teachers as students. The same even applies at the U.S. Open.
On Thursday morning, just like I did on Thursday of last week, I made the right turn off Plank Road in the southwestern corner of Lee County to drive to Pinehurst and watch a few holes of the U.S. Open.
It was a pretty day on Thursday at Pinehurst No. 2. The sun was shining. There wasn't much cloud cover. It was a nice, hot North Carolina summer day.
Donald Ross, designer of Pinehurst No. 2, said a true championship golf course should "present competitors with a variety of problems that will test every type of shot which a golfer of championship ability should be qualified to play."
When Ally McDonald won her first berth into a U.S. Women’s Open Championship at Carolina Trace Country Club three weeks ago, she knew a summer only a select few collegiate golfers ever get to experience was ahead.
- The first round of the championship begins at 6:45 a.m.
- Gates open at 6 a.m.
Juli Inkster made the cut in her first U.S. Women's Open when she was an 18-year-old amateur. She finished 10 shots behind Hollis Stacy. JoAnne Carner was a runner-up. That was in 1978, back when Willie McCovey was still playing first base for the San Francisco Giants.
In the months, even years, leading up to Pinehurst No. 2 welcoming both U.S. Opens on consecutive weeks, the survival and playability of the course for the second week - the U.S. Women's Open - has been a constant topic and concern.
Scouting a golf course usually involves going out and playing practice rounds, trying different shots and putts.
The USGA has taken several precautionary measures in response to expected elevated temperatures throughout the week.
Inbee Park has taken the biggest strength of her game - her putting - back to how it was when she won last year's U.S. Women's Open.
There are many busy schedules all over Pinehurst for these two weeks of having the golf world set up shop in the Sandhills.
- Practice rounds begin at about 6:45 a.m.
- Gates open at 6 a.m.
Here’s what you probably already know about Michelle Wie:
Eleven-year-old Lucy Li will play in the U.S. Women's Open Championship beginning Thursday.
Fresh off her first major victory, 19-year-old Lexi Thompson is extremely confident headed into the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2 this week.
Lucy Li took her seat at the table in front of the assembled media two days before the U.S. Women's Open, her pony tails resting on either side of her lime green visor, looking almost like any other golfer.
The USGA has taken several precautionary measures in response to expected elevated temperatures throughout the week
Thursday's and Friday's groupings and start times
WHAT THE CHAMP SAID
"When you lead such a big tournament
Pinehurst Resort and Country Club golf pro Kelly Mitchum already owns an incredible list of titles and accolades in the sport.
Erik Compton received four standing ovations along the 72nd hole of the U.S. Open Championship Sunday evening. Only new champion Martin Kaymer had earned more applause for the golf he'd played throughout the four days at Pinehurst No. 2.
Fran Quinn’s Father’s Day weekend was a pretty good one, by all accounts. He got to play on Sunday at the U.S. Open, a tournament which he led at one point in the first round and got to four under par at one point in the second round.
His putter dropped milliseconds before the ball and he leaned forward a bit, appearing a little overwhelmed. Normal reaction from a guy who doesn’t show too much emotion. There didn’t need to be.
Martin Kaymer's walk through the pines to his first U.S. Open Championship title was never threatened Sunday afternoon as the national championship concluded at Pinehurst No. 2.