Sep
22
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing
Coming "Home" on no. 18!

Coming “Home” on no. 18!

When I walked from the car park onto the grounds at Carnoustie Golf Links, I immediately knew it was going to be a memorable experience. I was about to play a course that’s obviously in the Open Championship rota, so that immediately makes it special, but when you step onto a major championship golf course, you can feel something particularly distinct in the air.

The atmosphere at Carnoustie is welcoming and relaxed, but there’s a grandeur to the venue. After covering nearly every major over the last four years, you can sense that feeling right away. (Then again, you also show up at some major venues and don’t get that vibe, but I won’t go into naming some of those places.)

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Sep
21
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing

Golf Club House Elie

Just a bit off the beaten path in a picturesque old town along the water — though only about 15 miles from St Andrews — lies The Golf House Club at Elie, a quaint course played across classic links terrain. The game has been played at Elie since the 15th century and you can tell with the rich history seen in the clubhouse, starting with the row of old lockers lining the walls of the main entrance.

It’s not a course that will wow you or awe you the way some other gems in Scotland will, like North Berwick or Royal Dornoch (my two favorites), but it will certainly charm the heck out of you and want you coming back for more. In short, Elie was a fair and fun test, not to mention memorable. 

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Sep
21
2014
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour
Rory: The future of the Irish Open

Rory: The future of the Irish Open

On Sunday Rory McIlroy announced his plans to significantly increase his commitment to the European Tour’s Irish Open. His role will also expand, with his charitable foundation, The Rory Foundation, becoming the official tournament host starting next year. 

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Sep
19
2014
Fivesome!

Our fivesome!

I wasn’t going to let a little whiplash or a sore back stop me from playing in the ment’or BKB charity outing at Liberty National on Monday, which featured famed chefs, including Thomas Keller, Jerome Bocuse, Chris Jaeckle, Scott Anderson and Mike Anthony.

It was an early start for me as I had to take the first flight out of Atlanta back to Newark (oh, and I didn’t have a confirmed seat, but no big deal). However, I managed to drop off my luggage at home in NYC and catch a car back to Jersey in time for breakfast and a quick warmup at the esteemed club that’s best known for its magnificent views of the city skyline and Statue of Liberty.

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Sep
18
2014

Women now allowed in R&A!

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club has voted in favor of allowing female members for the first time in its 260-year history. The St Andrews-based club consists of approximately 2,400 members worldwide, all of whom were entitled to vote — 75% of the membership took part in the ballot, with 85% opting to change its outdated policy. 

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Sep
14
2014

American Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson announced his wildcard picks in a glitzy press conference in New York City the day after the conclusion of the Deutsche Bank Championship. Just a day earlier, Billy Horschel had the chance to tie clubhouse leader Chris Kirk with a birdie on the par-5 18th, but he chunked his second shot into the hazard guarding the green (and it was so bad that it almost came up short). That probably didn’t give Watson the best impression of Horschel.

However, less than a week later, Horschel redeemed himself with a two-shot victory over Bubba Watson at the BMW Championship. That likely caught Watson’s attention, but unfortunately, it was a few days too late. Or maybe it wouldn’t have. After all, he didn’t pick Chris Kirk, who played alongside the world no. 1 Rory McIlroy over the weekend at TPC Boston and came out victorious at the DBC. So perhaps it still wouldn’t have been enough to sway Watson (though it should’ve)

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Sep
14
2014

When Billy Horschel was younger, he would have strange dreams and they’d come true. For instance, when he was 10 years old, he dreamt he would get hit in the face with a baseball bat. It ended up happening. As he walked up the 18th hole, Horschel told his caddie Micah Fugitt that earlier this year he had a dream he would win the FedExCup.

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