Back to Back Pinehurst Opens Provide Stage for Surprising New Study

For the second year, Bill Yates worked with the USGA behind the scenes to manage and improve the pace of play at the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open. The Championships took place June 12-15 and June 19-22 at Pinehurst Golf Resort, NC, Course #2, marking the first time a course has hosted these back-to-back Championships.

 

Yates has been consulting with the United States Golf Association in its campaign to improve the pace of play, sharing his knowledge and his decades of expertise in eliminating slow play on golf courses and in tournaments. He has also consulted with the Royal & Ancient Golf Club, assisting them in managing the pace of play for the British Open and British Amateur Championships.

 

NEW!  Using the same course for both Championships provided a one-time opportunity: to compare how men and women approach championship play, and why. Bill worked with USGA officials to gather unique and critical data that he will summarize and present at the USGA Pace of Play Symposium in November 2014.

"Pinehurst provided the perfect "laboratory" to reveal the differences and similarities - some very surprising - between men's and women's play at this level," said Yates. "The fndings and analysis of this study will be used to manage and improve future Championships."

 

L-R: Second place tie Rickie Fowler on Hole #16; Bill Yates gathering data on 17th green; Paula Creamer on Hole #6; Women's Open Champion Michelle Wie on Hole #16

 

 

Click here to view some of Bill’s articles featured on the USGA’s online Pace of Play Resource Center.

Click here to read the case study of Bill's work with Pebble Beach Golf Links, featured on the USGA website.

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