For some reason this quote from Harris English today fascinated me.
Talked w/dozen or so players this morning & liked the way @Harris_English described course: "It's like the British Open w/Augusta greens."— Stephanie Wei (@StephanieWei) June 10, 2014
It's clear that without Tiger Woods Pinehurst No. 2 and Phil Mickelson are the two clear-cut stars of the 2014 US Open week.
The course itself is going to be so unique, both in person and on TV. It doesn't look as aesthetically-pleasing as it did back in 2005 (at all) but it's going to play like such a classic track.
One of the redesigners, Bill Coore, addressed the willingness of Pinehurs to let them take the course back to its origins.
"They had a business model that was not broken. They didn't have to do this. They did this because they believed it was the right thing for Pinehurst No. 2 and as we all did."
Ben Crenshaw, another redesigner, also weighed in.
"In doing our research, the writings, there's so many wonderful writers who wrote so many wonderful things about this place and Charlie Price was just a particular favorite. He was here forever. He just wrote a very simple thing, he said he remembered the course as being the fairways being oasises encased in sand."
That is what it looks like -- very British Open-like in that sense but those greens, oh those greens are going to produce so many three and four-putts it's going to be sad.
If you don't believe me, believe Ben.
Ben Crenshaw on Pinehurst greens that are only 5,500 square feet: "They play like 3." You mean 300 feet? "No, I mean 3 feet." Ouch.— Dave Shedloski (@DaveShedloski) June 7, 2014
The British Open with a touch of Augusta.
I can't wait.