Aug
26
2016

Nice job by AT&T and Jordan Spieth for making this fun and cool opportunity happen. I especially love this because I’m a massive Spelling Bee nerd — ever since I was a little kid, but clearly didn’t have the abilities of the best in the country!

But I digress. After 13-year-old Jairam Hathwar was crowned co-champion of the National Spelling Bee Contest, Jordan heard that golf was Jairam’s favorite sport and that he was his favorite player.  So, he invited him out to The Barclays at Bethpage Black in Jairam’s home state of New York –- and to participate in a friendly putting/spelling competition.

Spoiler: Good thing Jordan is such a great putter!!!

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Aug
7
2016

As if it hadn’t been a thrilling enough summer in golf (well, at least for the massive fans) — Jim Furyk took it up another notch on Sunday in the final round of the Travelers Championship, posting a record-setting 12-under 58, the lowest round ever in PGA Tour history.

Furyk, who began the day 16 shots behind 54-leader Daniel Berger, teed off early — almost six hours before the last pairing. The 46-year-old veteran (who will perhaps now be dubbed, “Mr. 58) got off to a sizzling start, making six birdies and an eagle to shoot eight-under 27 on the front nine. Forget that magical “59” number, which, mind you, Furyk already achieved at the 2013 BMW Championship at Conway Farms.

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Jul
31
2016

Even on Monday ahead of the PGA Championship, the vibe at Baltusrol GC was a bit strange,
with scorching heat and grounds were rather quiet for the first day of a major championship week. It turned out to be the hottest day of the week–with temperatures reaching at least 96 degrees at 4pm (but it “felt like” 119 degrees), but it’s not like Tuesday and Wednesday’s heat index provided much relief from the sweltering sun and suffocating humidity.

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Jul
31
2016

It’s been an interesting — perhaps the better word is “strange” — turn of events this weekend at the PGA Championship. With play suspended due to inclement weather in the area around 2pm Saturday, only 37 players finished the third round, with around 50 either still on the course or yet to tee off, including the last 5 groups (i.e. top 10 players on the leaderboard).

Players and media questioned the PGA of America’s decision to *not* start the third round with threesomes teeing off both nos. 1 and 10, given the forecast Saturday looked extremely questionable with a high chance of thunderstorms. However, PGA of America Championships Officer (set-up man) Kerry Haigh defended the decision, claiming that the weather was supposed to be similar to the first two rounds.

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Jul
30
2016

Saturday at the PGA Championship was basically just about a total wash-out, with only 37 out of 86 players posting scores in the third round. At around 2:15pm, the horn sounded across Baltusrol GC, suspending play for what turned out to be the rest of the day. However, it was not officially called until 5:46pm — which was frustrating for everyone from the media to the players and the caddies, especially since it seemed clear that would be the case hours earlier.

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Jul
29
2016

Here are the top best/worst of moments, happenings and quotes from the second round of the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club. In other words, my random thoughts and ramblings from the day. Don’t forget to keep up with the latest and most current behind-the-scenes updates this week(end) via social media channels–Twitter, Instagram and Facebook–especially SnapChat (username: stephwei — don’t need to be active on the app, but download it)!

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Jul
29
2016
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

As you may have heard by now, Jordan Spieth had quite an eventful time on the seventh hole (his 16th, started on 10) after pushing his drive right into a puddle on a gravel cart path in the second round of the PGA Championship. I’m going to do my best to explain this overly complicated situation.

After discussing his options with PGA rules official Brad Gregory and attempting at least four drops — which only took 10 minutes — Spieth took relief from casual water and placed the ball (which is the rule after you attempt to drop it twice and it rolls outside of a club length or closer to the hole, etc.). At that point, he was given the green light to hit his shot after making the “best drop of his life.

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Jul
28
2016
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

I am about to throw both my iPhone and Macbook against the wall or out of a moving car. Talk about a bad stretch to have all your technology start acting up. But this is not the time and place for me to vent about my #firstworldproblems. Well, I just kind of did. Again, I digress.

Alright, this is going to be a ton of information that I’ll be throwing out at you, but I wanted to get it all out there. I mean, I didn’t spend 12-14 hours a day at Baltusrol in the blistering heat the last three days to not share the info I collected — I’ve done plenty of that already this year! Let’s get this golf geek party started.

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Jul
28
2016

There’s about a 99% chance if you’re even reading this now that you are fully aware I’ve developed what some might consider an unhealthy obsession with SnapChat. Go ahead, judge me, but I bet you’ve never even tried it and have no idea how it works. Am I rite? Or am I rite? Yep, that’s what I thought. Well, IMHO, I think it’s a fun and informative way to bring you guys inside the ropes and FEEL LIKE YOU’RE HERE.

Now if you missed these Snaps (because they expire after 24 hours), then that sucks because it’s way better to experience these scenes on the app, but hey, this is better than nothing. Check it out…if you want — who knows what you might learn or see or perhaps you’ll end up wishing you could have x-minutes of your life that you’ll never get back.

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Jul
28
2016
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

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For a Tuesday night during the week of the PGA Championship, this one was certainly much more amusing and eventful than usual and/or expected. It had been a productive day (though it feels like I don’t have enough to show for it unless you follow ALL my social media platforms *hint-hint*…), but I stayed later than I’d like to admit so I could finish uploading/formatting the various forms of content to share them on this site.

Sadly enough, my buddy Jon McCarthy from the Toronto Sun and I were the only two left standing in the media center just after 9pm. (Ugh, it’s even more humiliating to type out.)

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