Feb
5
2016
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

36-hole leader James Hahn sat down in the man-of-the-hour chair in the interview room at the Phoenix Open Friday evening and quipped, “You know I’m not Danny Lee…right?” Hey, totally fair comment from him — I mean, they do kind of look alike! Maybe? They’re both Asian? But I digress. I’m late for dinner and there are probably about three people who are going to read this (Hi, Dad!), so I’m going to try and make this as speedy as possible. Fingers crossed!

Hahn, who essentially lives down the street from TPC Scottsdale at Greyhawk, fired a six-under 65 in the second round for a two-day total of 10-under to take a one-shot lead over Rickie Fowler and his twin Danny Lee. The 34-year-old American, who secured his maiden victory on the PGA Tour last year at Riviera, is a member here and played and practiced at the facility until recently. He feels so comfortable at TPC Scottsdale that he didn’t even play a single hole in practice this week. 

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Feb
5
2016
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Ian Poulter putting one-handed (via CBSSports.com)

Ian Poulter pulled somewhat of a risky move in front of the rowdy fans on the par-3 16th during the second round of the Phoenix Open. Well, he actually might have been trying to show off, but it unfortunately back-fired on him.

Poulter knocked his tee shot to about eight feet. He, then, put his left hand in his pocket and kept the right hand on the putter grip and rolled the putt just like that. Yes, one-handed! He missed. You can only imagine the crowd’s reaction.

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Feb
5
2016
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Over the years, Bubba Watson has had a well-documented habit of putting his foot in his mouth. Earlier this week in his pre-tournament presser at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the two-time Masters champion said he didn’t like the golf course (TPC Scottsdale) and he was only playing in the event “because of my sponsors.

Following his second straight two-under 69 Friday, Watson, who happens to have an excellent record at this venue, apologized for his comments.

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Feb
3
2016

Phoenix Open

Hello from the Phoenix Open! It’s a little chillier than we’d like as it was only in the high 50s today. Okay, okay, I can feel the dirty looks from everyone who is buried in the snow and cold. It was indeed a beautiful day at TPC Scottsdale — as long as you were in the sun.

The crowds and drunks were out in full force at the famed — or notorious — par-3 16th Stadium hole. It was especially crazy for a Wednesday, but per usual, the atmosphere was absolutely electrifying. Before I launch into some odds and ends from the day, let’s start with the juiciest (or most obnoxious, depending on how you see it) of them all…

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Feb
1
2016
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Playing in the inclement, nearly unplayable conditions at Torrey Pines, Brandt Snedeker had one of the best rounds of the year — even though we’re barely into 2016. Snedeker, who had the good fortune of finishing the fourth round at the weather-delayed Farmers Insurance Open, posted a brilliant three-under 69 Sunday, making him the only player to break par.

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Jan
25
2016
(Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

OK, so this was a really fun weekend in golf, especially for January. I was actually captivated by the action on both tours and excited about them, despite football playoffs happening at the same time. I guess that’s mostly because the Seahawks have been eliminated, but that’s a different subject.

When I went to bed Saturday night, I was already pretty disappointed that I wasn’t going to get to see the final round of the Abu Dhabi Championship. When I woke up in the morning and checked the leaderboard, I was even more bummed that I had missed what sounded like a riveting finish with four of the top players in the world all in the mix (to some extent) Sunday. And I was actually kind of surprised (without seeing anyone hit a shot in that round) that it was Rickie Fowler who rose to the top in what I can only imagine as a mesmerizing display of golf to clinch the title. Fowler held off challenges from Thomas Pieters, Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson.

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Jan
22
2016

Tour players accidentally hit fans sometimes with an errant shot. It happens. We just hope that no one gets seriously injured.

Well, on Friday at the suspended second round of the Abu Dhabi Championship, Jordan Spieth pulled his drive left on the 9th hole. He yelled “FORE” and pointed left, and a couple of fans in the vicinity ducked, but one guy couldn’t avoid the ball hitting him square in the rear end. However, the fan’s behind acted like a barrier and prevented Spieth’s drive from going into the water hazard, where it was definitely headed before divine intervention came into play.

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Jan
20
2016

It’s been a big couple of days in sponsorship news on the PGA Tour. <<snooze alert>> I know, most of you don’t care who the title sponsor is of an event. How much does it really matter for fans, anyway?

Well, for those who do have a skin in the game, here’s the latest from the past few days: Northern Trust will sponsor its last event at Riviera Country Club next month, and going forward, the financial institution will become the title sponsor for the tournament formerly known as The Barclays, which is held annually in the New York/New Jersey area.

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Jan
20
2016
By Stephanie Wei under European Tour

Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship - Previews

Many are hailing this week’s Abu Dhabi Championship as the first big battle of 2016, particularly between Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, the world’s nos. 1 and 3, respectively. The two headliners are paired together for the first two rounds, along with world no. 6 Rickie Fowler. 

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