Feb
14
2017
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

It was over before Jordan Spieth even hit his opening tee shot. Heck, it was over before he showed up to Pebble Beach to warm up for the final round. Spieth was not going to blow his six-shot lead through 54-holes. Not happening.

At 23 years old, he’s a grizzled veteran and as poised as they come — I should be used to his remarkable maturity and composure by now since I’ve had a front-row seat for the last four years. Can we just take a moment to remember what we were doing at 23? Our maturity level? I mean, I’m just going LOL. 

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Feb
5
2017
By Stephanie Wei under European Tour

Sergio Garcia capped off his wire-to-wire victory in impressive fashion, with a three-under 69, 19-under total at the Dubai Desert Classic. This is Garcia’s first victory on the European Tour since 2014 (but he won last year at the PGA Tour’s Byron Nelson Championship).

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Feb
5
2017

Ahhhhh… So I guess I missed kind of a lot while I was sick, huh? This is certainly not the type of news anyone likes to see, though, especially when it involves one of our favorite PGA Tour tweeters and an all-round good dude who has been through…well, a lot, already in 33 years.

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Feb
5
2017
By Stephanie Wei under European Tour

Pardon the absence and the late take, but caught a bad virus a few days ago and I’ve been laid up — the only positive part of all this is that I have been unable to follow the ongoing national (and global) reality horror show since Wednesday. (So I might as well just blame my illness on our almighty leader President Trump.)

But I digress: Tiger Woods shot a five-over 77 in the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic. He made five bogeys and zero birdies at Emirates GC, and most disturbingly, he appeared to be in agony throughout this effort on Thursday.

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Jan
31
2017

We’ve been in the twilight zone for quite some time now — at the very least 11 days now, but I’d argue far longer. I know we’ve truly entered golf’s WTF era when I heard the news (first reported by ESPN.com’s Bob Harig) that Tiger Woods took a COMMERCIAL FLIGHT — not a PRIVATE JET — from LAX to Dubai! (However, he did take take a private plane from San Diego to LA.) It was the first time in probably 10 years, he told ESPN. 

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Jan
27
2017
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

I didn’t want to say it before the first round finished. I didn’t want to get attacked and called a “Tiger hater,” even though that’s never a good reason not to write and/or publish anything — more accurate would be “feel like.” I wanted to give him a chance. Now, only ONE official round has been posted for Tiger Woods in 2017, so…wait for it, GIVE HIM A CHANCE. It’s early! It’s only been one round! Let the guy get his feet under him and some reps before we’re too quick to write him off.

For the love of God. I’m in my seventh year at this, and trust me, I’ve been there and I know how it feels to hope and want something (or someone) to go back to what it once was SO badly because that nostalgia and that AWESOMENESS that went along with it was SO FREAKING GREAT.

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Jan
26
2017
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

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Big news on the Tiger Woods front this week: Well, first of all, he’s making his 42nd comeback to competitive golf at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, where he’s won eight times — seven of these PGA Tour titles and one U.S. Open (on a broken leg!). This event is much more significant than that little tournament in the Bahamas with 17 people in the field, where Woods placed 15th, last month.

It will mark Woods’ return to the PGA Tour in 17 months after enduring several back surgeries and procedures in 2015. He says he feels different, though, and he’s also thrown in some new clubs into the bag — since his sponsor Nike Golf announced last year that it will no longer manufacture golf clubs. 

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Jan
26
2017

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Despite winning the Electoral College vote to claim the highest office of the land as President of the United States, Donald Trump apparently still can’t get over the fact that he lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million to Hillary Clinton. It’s strange, considering the President and his supporters can’t seem to get enough of emphasizing that HE WON (even when it really shouldn’t be able winning vs. losing at this point when there are intelligence reports by multiple agencies asserting that it’s likely Russia interfered with our democratic process during the campaign).

In a meeting on Monday, Trump reasserted his debunked claim that he would have won the popular vote by 3-5 million had it not been for “illegals,” according to the New York Times. The President followed up on this affirmation via his favorite outlet Twitter, saying he was calling for a major investigation into voter fraud. (Which leaves many perplexed and wondering if that’s the best way to spend our tax dollars, especially since he, you know, won.)

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Jan
26
2017
By Stephanie Wei under European Tour

Because in the Middle East, the work week is from Sunday through Thursday, so it’s technically the start of the weekend here. After hours of reading every newspaper back in America, just thought it would nice to lighten the mood and try not to think about walls, alleged voter fraud, xenophobic, anti-immigrant policies, etc. Here’s just part of a conversation that I had with Robert Rock last week in Abu Dhabi, where he was explaining the new Green Books and eventually it led to a light-heated conversation about slow play and watching a golf telecast:

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Jan
22
2017

After Tommy Fleetwood rolled in a four-footer for birdie on the par-5 18th to get to 17-under for the tournament, he took a two-shot lead and essentially clinched the win. But he still had to wait for three more players to finish, as he was in the penultimate group in the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship that featured a star-studded field.

Only Pablo Larrazábal had a chance of catching Fleetwood to force a playoff, but he needed an eagle. Larrazábal missed the green short left and needed a small miracle to pitch in to match Fleetwood at 17-under. His attempt fell short, but even before that, it felt like the champion had been already crowned — which was when Fleetwood made his putt for birdie.

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