U.S. Open

Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2)

The Loop

Wines and whines on the PGA Tour

August 31, 2009

It was announced on Monday that Beringer Vineyards has signed on to become "the Official Wine of the PGA Tour," distinguishing it from the unofficial whine of the PGA Tour -- that every new golf course it plays is an abomination. Or so it sometimes seems, when listening to the players.

OK, so Liberty National Golf Club's greens were tougher to read than Latin. The course still produced an entertaining show featuring some of the best players in the world and one notable interloper, winner Heath Slocum.

It's interesting to note that Slocum embraced the course and its nuances (see Sam Weinman's column on the matter here), while so many around him spent the week bemoaning the assorted swales and bumps that rejected imprecision.

-- John Strege