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Final verdict on Pinehurst No. 2 after the U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2 was the first U.S. Open played without grassy rough and had a different look after the renovation done by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, with more waste areas and fairways brown on the edges. Here’s what was said after the final round Sunday:

“The golf course played beautifully. The golf course held up beautifully … The greens could not be healthier. They will get a nice drink tonight.”

– U.S. Golf Association executive director Mike Davis

“I think they prepared the course beautifully for us and it was a good, fair test. You had to play some good golf to shoot a good score around here.”

– Adam Scott

“It felt like a British Open. There’s a lot of the skill set needed at the British Open that’s taking place out here at Pinehurst.”

– Phil Mickelson

“It’s tough. I made nine birdies this week. I don’t see any more out there.”

– Rory McIlroy

“I never thought I would play a U.S. Open at Pinehurst when the course would be brown. That was weird.”

– Brendon Todd

“I thought the USGA did a really good job this year. I felt like it was fair. It was more fun than other U.S. Opens I remember.”

– Keegan Bradley

“I think the USGA’s done a phenomenal job on the course with regard to the setup, the playability. It’s been great.”

– Jason Day

“It was a good test. I like the normal sort of the new style of America with water and all that, but at the same time I like this.”

– amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick

“There were some more gettable pins today, but it was still tough. You still had to hit quality shots and still had to drive it good. It played tough all day.”

– Jimmy Walker

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