Pinehurst defends its title in no uncertain terms

Updated: June 17, 2005, 10:52 PM ET
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

PINEHURST, N.C. -- After two rounds of the U.S. Open, your leader in the clubhouse is a dead Scotsman.

Donald Ross spun in nearly 60 years ago, but he left behind 413 different courses bearing his design signature, including one of his absolute faves, Pinehurst No. 2. The Donald adored No. 2 so much he almost asked it to Senior Prom. And the USGA might do the same if the 98-year-old layout continues causing the world's best golfers to assume the fetal position.

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