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Golf Australia Express : June 2014
What the men and women think about back-to-back majors at Pinehurst No.2. OPENINGUP I T'S the match-up you didn't realise you'd been waiting for. Finally we'll have (dubiously) conclusive proof that the best female golfers in the world would beat the pants off some of the men masquerading as the game's elite. When the LPGA Tour's best hit off their Monday practice rounds at the US Open, it could be just hours after the men finish their 18-hole playoff on the same tees and greens, should the men's Open end in a tie on Sunday. That's the beauty of playing the US men's and women's Opens back-to- back at the glorious Pinehurst No.2 course — a memorable first union that has the potential to happen with more regularity. It's not like the idea of hosting the men's and women's US Open events at the same course in consecutive weeks is a new one. Australia's own Victorian Open had the blokes and gals playing right alongside each other in alternating groups down at 13th Beach in Barwon Heads. Beat that, Yanks. But the fact the events will be run back-to-back does add a level of intrigue and a source of interest that promises to make both tournaments eminently watchable. When Sergio Garcia has a back- nine meltdown and snaps his driver over his knee at the 16th, we can all watch as Stacy Lewis calmly makes par on exactly the same grass the following day. Can the women compensate for their comparative lack of spin and still target the same pin placements that Adam Scott and his mates can? Time will tell. Words by Adrian Ballantyne the preview