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Planning Going As Expected For Pinehurst Opens  

AP's Joedy McCreary reports from Thursday's press conference at Pinehurst to promote next year's U.S. Open/U.S. Women's Open combo platter.

It seems green speeds will be the same for both men and women...

The course will be slightly longer for the men and the greens will be a touch softer a week later for the women.

Davis says No. 2 will play at roughly 7,500 yards for the men’s event and approximately 6,800 yards for the women. Par will be 70 for both. He says the greens will be roughly 11½ to 12 on the stimpmeter.

“Our goal really is to have the women hitting roughly the same kind of shot into the greens and roughly the same kind of shot off the tees,” Davis said.

Also interesting is the lack of consideration (for now) given to a joint Opens sequel.

"There has not been discussion in-house about, 'Let's name another back-to-back Open site,'" Davis said. "I really do think we want to see how this goes and take it from there. It could be a giant hit and we say, 'This is great for the game.'

"There's things that can go wrong on this, too," he added. "I do think we're very bullish on this. There's a lot more upside to this than downside, but there certainly are risks and we knew going into it."

John Dell also covered the day and focused on what will be one of the first Opens with hardly any rough as we've come to know it at the U.S. Open.

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Reader Comments (10)

Well ladies, be careful not to trip up in those divot holes.

I'm sure they've got their comparative distances all worked out but it's hard not to conclude the women could be faced with a few additional 'hazards'.
course will be 'slightly' longer for the men.... quite the obvious understatement there
04.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn C
If the men's event results in a playoff, the golf course will get no 'rest' as the playoff will have to be played on Monday, already 'taken away' from the women participants. Having these two events back-to-back on the same golf course might be one of the least thought out decisions the USGA has made since they took Shinnicock over the edge, i.e., Goosen's win!. What were they thinking? Hotel rooms will be cut 50% or more from to week of the men's championship for the week of the women's championship. Not much attention from local businesses re: the women's championship backing up the men's event. And the divots? Landing areas will be the 'same' as described to us by a USGA representative due to the tees being moved up for the women! And the greens? What about the condition of the greens? IF the USGA takes them to the edge like they like to do, what kind of condition will the ladies have to face on the putting surfaces? OUCH!
Why not a week off to let the course rest and remove a few grandstands?
04.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark
I think the "same kind of shot" doesn't mean the same distance, so divots shouldn't be plentiful in the typical landing zones for women. For example, a 180 yard approach for the men (say a 6-8 iron on average), may be a 160 yard approach for women. No doubt there will be some divots in the women's landing zone, as some women aren't that long and will be in the "men's" landing zone, and some men are extremely long, and will be in the "women's" landing zones. But I've been to some previous BMW (Western) opens where the course was open to public play the week prior to the event, and there were likely more divots all over the course from normal play than there would be from one week of play by the men at Pinehurst.
04.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve
Boy he's not shy in front in front of a camera...
04.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmen Coroner
So, the USGA, who always show their far reaching thought processes,
must run a US Open and NOT kill the greens in an effort to protect par,
in order to HAVE greens for the Women's Open.
Yup, can't see any problems with this.

With any luck, two days of summer thunderstorms and a 3 way playoff finishing on Weds.
04.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHMMM
Horrible decision IMO by Davis and the USGA. All they had to do was award the Women's Open to Pine Needles down the road. It would have been PKB's likely last one and she deserved it. She is understandably hurt by the snub from the USGA.
04.22.2013 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
If they wanted to truly do something outside the box, they should have madenice with Bethpage and then held the Men's AND Women's Opens the same week. The men on the Black and the women on the Red... They could have sold 100,000 tickets then...
04.22.2013 | Unregistered Commenterphil the author
@ ol Harv ... couldn't agree with you more.

It's a while since we were there but we thoroughly enjoyed playing both courses and remains to this day the cosiest, most welcoming clubhouse I've ever visited.

Hosting another US Women's Open would have been a fitting tribute to someone who ardently supported junior golf.

Incidentally, there is only one name on any of the ladies' lockers ... Peggy Kirk Bell.

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