U.S. Open Champ Graeme McDowell went to Pinehurst last week to see the changes being made by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. In this concise video (2:26), McDowell does a good job of explaining why the course needed changes and what the changes will mean for you and me.
"So when the amateur golfer comes here to Pinehurst No. 2, they'll be able to play more of the U.S. Open setup. In 2005, there was no way you can set up a course like that every week. It was no fun to play."
The U.S. Open comes back to No. 2 in 2014. In 2005, McDowell had no fun shooting 74-74-72-81 for a T80. That was 21 shots behind Michael Campbell, who has since played like an amateur, so he might like the changes to No. 2 as well.