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Nail Polish, Crying And Trash Talking At The U.S. Women’s Open

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 23:37 Tuesday, 17 June 2014 23:16

by Alfie Lau
 

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This was an actual question asked in the U.S. Open Media Centre today: “I notice sitting here in the front row that you have different nail polish on your fingers.
 
Is that to help you with your grip or is there a reason for that?”
 
It’s safe for you to assume that the object of that question was not Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson or 2014 U.S. Open Champion Martin Kaymer, but that’s how different it is during Week 2 of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
 
Michelle Wie was asked that question and answered it was just a whim that she painted her fingernails different colours on Tuesday. 

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Another Live Blog: Women's U.S. Open From Pinehurst

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 23:08 Monday, 16 June 2014 15:49

by Alfie Lau
 

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The two-week celebration of golf continues at Pinehurst, albeit in a more intimate environment.
 
The men have hightailed it for Connecticut, the next stop on the PGA TOUR, the media centre is much quieter and even the merchandise tent is halved in size.
 
The weather at Pinehurst has gotten even hotter, as temperatures are nearing 100 degrees Fahrenheit and with little to no wind, the Humidex is well over 100.
 
Perhaps it’s a good thing that the women are playing in these oven-like conditions because unlike the men, who have to wear long pants during tournament rounds, the women get to wear shorts and short skirts while swinging their clubs.

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Live Blog From Pinehurst: Martin’s March: Kaymer Goes Wire-To-Wire, Wins 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 June 2014 19:28 Sunday, 15 June 2014 17:01

by Alfie Lau
 

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Martin Kaymer’s victory parade lasted 36 holes at Pinehurst #2.
 
In one of the most dominating U.S. Open performances in the last 20 years not performed by Tiger Woods (2000) or Rory McIlroy (2011), the smooth swinging and unflappable German never saw his lead fall to less than four strokes on Sunday and he would win by 8 strokes after a final round (+1) 69 left him at (-9) for the tournament.
 
Kaymer’s margin of victory would equal McIlroy’s but still fall far short of Tiger’s 15-stroke evisceration of the field 14 years ago.

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Live Blog From Pinehurst: Change In The Air At U.S. Open

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 June 2014 10:55 Sunday, 15 June 2014 10:03

by Alfie Lau
 

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The strange sight of Natalie Gulbis pounding range balls beside Aaron Baddeley is a sign that big changes have come and will continue to come to the U.S. Open.
 
Baddeley may have been envious of Gulbis being able to wear short shorts on this swelteringly hot North Carolina afternoon, but as the men prepare to exit stage left, the women are ready to take centre stage with their National Open on the same Pinehurst #2.
 
German Sandra Gal and American Lexi Thompson soon followed and unlike most men’s tournaments, where the photogenic women getting camera time are often the wives and girlfriends of the PGA TOUR stars, these women, to quote a PGA TOUR marketing slogan, are good.

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Live Blog From Pinehurst: Martin Kaymer Continues To Lead U.S. Open By A Bundle

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 June 2014 17:27 Saturday, 14 June 2014 17:15

by Alfie Lau
 

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The chasers’ names kept changing all afternoon at Pinehurst, but the leader was the same name we’ve been seeing since Thursday afternoon.
 
German Martin Kaymer didn’t shoot a third straight 65 on the tough Pinehurst #2 Course on Saturday, but he did limit the damage with a (+2) round of 72 that leaves him at (-8) for the tournament. 
 
Kaymer started the day with a six-stroke lead and at the end of the day, he still has a five-stroke lead with only 18 holes left to play.
 
Kaymer only had two red figures on his card for the day, but they came at the most opportune times.

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