Getting In The Mood For Pine Needles

PN11t.jpgPine Needles hosts its second third* U.S. Women's Open this week and Ran Morrissett updates his profile with recent course photos (left) and praise for John Fought's restoration. It looks like a vastly improved course compared to the one we saw in 2001, highlighted by a lot more short grass around the greens and more sandy scrub areas.

Stuart Hall reminds us how old we are by writing about Morgan Pressel's return to Pine Needles six years after making her national debut there. Wasn't it just...ah forget it.

Steve DiMeglio writes about the 12-year-old playing this week, Alexis Thompson. And notes that her Nationwide Tour No. 2 on the money list brother, Nicholas, is lending his support this week.