Hole by hole guide to Pinehurst No. 2

Thu Jun 5, 2014 2:56pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) - Pinehurst's fabled No. 2 Course in North Carolina, widely regarded as Donald Ross's masterpiece design, will host the U.S. Open for the third time next week, 15 years after the major championship was first played there.

Opened as an 18-hole layout in 1907, the course was fine-tuned by Scotland-born Ross several times until 1946. Rees Jones made further renovations ahead of the 1999 U.S. Open and the bunkering was modified in 2004, ahead of the 2005 Open.

The par-70 course has since undergone further renovations by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore to restore it to Ross's initial specifications and it now measures 7,562 yards off the back tees, making it the third longest venue to host a U.S. Open.

Renowned for its inverted-saucer greens, Pinehurst's No. 2 Course has staged several leading tournaments, including the 1951 Ryder Cup, the 1962 U.S. Amateur, won by Labron Harris Jr., and the 1994 U.S. Senior Open, clinched by Simon Hobday.

The late Payne Stewart won the first U.S. Open staged there in 1999, triumphing by a shot over fellow American Phil Mickelson after holing a 15-foot par putt on the final hole.

New Zealand's Michael Campbell clinched the 2005 edition, holding off a final-round charge by Tiger Woods to land his only major title by two strokes.

The No. 2 Course, which will have wide fairways and no rough for the U.S. Open, will host the U.S. Women's Open for the first time just one week later, from June 19-22.

Here is a hole-by-hole look at the course:   Continued...