Nov
19
2016

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The European Tour strikes again with another can’t-miss, must-watch original video! — their video production team seriously deserves a raise, but they’ve been putting out super creative, hilarious and quality content for years now.

As a special treat on Friday, Billy, a nine-year-old who basically talks a ton of sh*t to some of the biggest names in the game and is absurdly funny, returned to grill Rory McIlroy in his latest interview. And Little Billy asks McIlroy (and other players) questions that would normally get any reporter’s press credentials revoked or possibly something involving fists and a trip to the hospital. But, thankfully, Billy is adorable and 9 years old, not to mention rather charming, so he can say whatever he wants. (Damn him! Relax, relax, only joking.)

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Nov
1
2016
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

Here we go again. My mind practically exploded when this press release landed in my inbox this afternoon.  Obviously it had to do with Tiger Woods and another comeback announcement. Woods is apparently making his return to competitive golf in December at the Hero World Challenge (Bahamas, here we come!) after a 16-month hiatus due to a back injury and multiple surgeries.

And everyone’s reaction upon hearing this or reading the press release… and apparently I can’t insert emojis! (I was trying to put the eye-roll one).

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Nov
1
2016
By Stephanie Wei under European Tour

Diehard golf fans probably know this already, but the European Tour is pretty chill and open to trying unconventional things. Well, at this week’s Turkish Airlines Open, one of the final events to the Race to Dubai (the European version of the FedExCup), the back tee of the 16th hole at Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort is located on the rooftop of a villa. Oh, and there’s a nice view of the swimming pool below, too.

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Oct
17
2016
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

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Tiger Woods is preparing for the next chapter of his life, career — whatever you want to call it. After withdrawing from last week’s PGA Tour 2016-17 season opener the Safeway Classic three days after he committed, along with the Turkish Airlines Open, which he had said last month he also hoped to play this fall, Woods’ future playing competitively again has come into question. After all, he did have three back surgeries or procedures in a span of 18 months from March 2014 to October 2015.

Woods fueled more speculation of his pending retirement with an announcement on Monday, with a blog post on his website, entittled, “Tiger’s Next Step,” which he calls “Chapter 2: my evolution as a competitor off the course.” I know we’re barely a sentence into the story, but how does that not scream, “My days competing in tournaments are over”? Or, “I’m moving up to the next stage of my life?” Wait, it basically does!

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Oct
3
2016
Toast a cold one to captain's pick, Ryan Moore, who earned his keep this week.

Toast a cold one to captain’s pick, Ryan Moore, who earned his keep this week.

There’s obviously a ton to digest after Sunday’s win by the American team at the 41st Ryder Cup, but it’s never too early (or late) to hand out some grades.

Here’s how we felt everyone graded out following the three days of competition:

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Oct
3
2016

Phil Mickelson got off to a rough start this week at the Ryder Cup, bringing up and criticizing U.S. Captain Hal Sutton in 2004 for his management of the team and pairing him with Tiger Woods with only two days’ notice. It was strange that Phil would bring up 2004 out of all the Ryder Cups he’s played (10 excluding 2016) because he made a big decision that was met with controversy when he switched equipment manufacturers a week before the matches that year.

The next day, Mickelson apologized to Sutton. But the whole thing was just weird and bizarre, especially since the last thing Phil needed was to bring more eyes toward himself after all that’s happened regarding the Ryder Cup ever since the U.S. post-loss presser at Gleneagles.

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Oct
2
2016
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

Despite the disappointing Ryder Cup loss (I’d only experienced it the other way around), the Team Europe press conference was amusing, funny and enjoyable, per usual. Even when addressing unpleasant topics, like the heckling and behavior of Saturday afternoon’s overserved fans, the players were witty and rather positive about the entire situation — they answered the questions even if it wasn’t the greatest discussion in the world.

There was only one point, where a player had a more serious critique of how things played out at the away game at Hazeltine near Minneapolis, MN. Justin Rose, who went 2-3-0, shifted the atmosphere slightly when he brought up the PGA of America’s setup of Hazeltine National Golf Club.

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Oct
2
2016
Phil Mickelson had reason to jump for joy -- his half-point Sunday was critical to the U.S. effort.

Phil Mickelson had reason to jump for joy — his half-point Sunday was critical to the U.S. effort.

The eight-year wait is over – the Ryder Cup is once again back in the hands of the United States, after a 17-11 win on Sunday at Hazeltine. The excitement died down toward the end of the day as the Americans began quickly flipping matches to their side, leaving the Europeans few outs to try and retain the Cup.

While the celebration will be a raucous one, the real litmus test for the United States in this event will come in two years when the 42nd Ryder Cup matches take place at Le Golf National in France in 2018. The United States hasn’t won a Ryder Cup on foreign soil since The Belfry in 1993 – that’s a full quarter-century. Still, it’s time to enjoy this win and look back at the Cup-clinching day:

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