With 2 months to go, Pinehurst ready for double dip of US opens in June

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Mike Davis, right, Executive Director of the United States Golf Association, speaks as USGA President Thomas J. O'Toole, left, listens at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club during media day for the upcoming back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open golf championships to be held this June in Pinehurst, N.C., Monday, April 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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By JOEDY McCREARY, AP Sports Writer

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) — Pinehurst No. 2 is ready for its double dip of U.S. opens.

In less than two months, it will play host to the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open in consecutive weeks.

USGA Executive Director Mike Davis said Monday that he is expecting "a challenging test of golf, but ... a great test of golf" on the course designed by Donald Ross and recently restored to his specifications by Ben Crenshaw.

When the men tee it up June 12-15 and the women follow a week later, they'll find wider fairways, no rough and only two cuts of grass — green and fairway.

Davis says the course is "going to give the best players in the world some shots that they simply haven't had to make in past U.S. opens"

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