— TaylorMade Golf (@TaylorMadeGolf) June 10, 2014
The Golf Blog says: Perhaps the most memorable US Open hosted by the famed Pinehurst No. 2 course was back in 1999, where the late Payne Stewart bested a young Phil Mickelson in a playoff (when he was still the best player never to win a major). Now, some 15 years later, Pinehurst has been transformed from a U.S.-styled course with turtle greens, fairways, and rough to a course where the rough has been entirely replaced with brown–very noticeably brown–vegetation. It looks more like a British-style links course, although we’ll see whether it plays like one.
Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore did the redesign of Pinehurst No. 2, which has been dubbed as a “restoration” to the style of course apparently originally designed by the original architect, Donald Ross.
Phil Mickelson suggested that experience in playing Pinehurst won’t help that much any longer, given the new (old) design. “I don’t think that the experience of playing in the U.S. Open here in the past years is very helpful, other than knowing how to play the golf course, where to miss it and what places you need to be careful of.”
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 10, 2014