May
25
2017

I’ve just gotta start out by saying that any time you pull up to a venue and the parking is right next door to the media center, you’re automatically in a good mood and feel great about the tournament. I learned this two years ago — I was a bit shocked actually that media parking was almost too good to be true at the European Tour’s flagship event at Wentworth. It was great to return two years later and find that nothing had changed. I know this is random stupid #golfmediaproblems, but it definitely doesn’t hurt that this Tour takes really good care of the media when it comes to the small details. Shuttle buses are automatic buzzkills.

But enough about the amazing media parking at Wentworth! Well, it was a shame to once again come down with a stomach virus and miss Tuesday and Wednesday — as you know, those days are when I’m able to capture WUP gold and once the tourney starts, it’s a bit, okay, whatever. I’m not kidding when I say that the only person with a worse immune system than me is Jason Day. Unfortunately, that’s been a struggle for me the past two-plus years.

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May
25
2017
Via NJ.com

Eric Trump, Lydia Ko & Jesse Watters, via NJ.com

U.S. Women’s Media Day took place at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Wednesday, with Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump present. I’ve voiced my thoughts on the most prestigious national Women’s golf championship taking place at this golf course that will likely be hailed as the “White House of the North” or something to that extent in the upcoming summer months. President Trump spends A LOT of time here. He even has a residence on the property.

NJ.com’s Steve Politi attended the press conference that featured USGA Executive Director/CEO Mike Davis, USGA President Diana Murphy, USGA Championship Director Shannon Rouillard, and naturally, The Trump Organization Executive Vice President Eric Trump, and he didn’t mince words. The USGA has already come up with its company line to respond to the bevy of media scrutiny it will face as the U.S. Women’s Open approaches in July. 

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May
25
2017
By Stephanie Wei under Golf Courses

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For most of the past few weeks, I was working on a very intriguing story about the current state of golf in China for the National Golf Foundation’s newsletter. It was a fun challenge, as obviously most of my sources live in Asia, so I was up at all hours connecting with many industry insiders and experts. I could’ve written 3,000-plus words on the topic and my first draft was about 2,500 words, which was more than two-times too long, but golf and China have a long and complicated relationship. 

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May
23
2017
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Photo via Golf Channel

Billy Horschel and Jason Day went head-to-head in a thrilling battle down the stretch that extended to a playoff before Horschel defeated Day on the extra hole to capture his first victory at the Byron Nelson since winning the 2014 Tour Championship, along with the season-long FedExCup bonus.

In his post-win presser, Horschel was visibly emotional and alluded to factors off the course that contributed to this title feeling more poignant.

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May
16
2017
By Stephanie Wei under Rory McIlroy

Following the final round of The Players, Rory McIlroy returned to Northern Ireland Monday morning and had an MRI after experiencing mild pain and discomfort in his back in the same area from a previous injury earlier this year.

Good news: The scan showed no evidence of a new injury. The bad: The stress fracture to a rib that was diagnosed in January has not completely healed.

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May
14
2017

Here we go again. I know this is like standard operating procedure these days, but I’m no longer in my 20s (that ship sailed a while ago), and while I used to be able to multitask and do the job of eight people, that simply was not sustainable. I need to do a better job at adapting or adjusting to the times now that I’m no longer the new kid on the block. Yeah, I’m one of those grizzled, cynical veterans now! OK, not totally, but for longtime readers, you know what I mean.

Oh, so it’s now 1am and I’m in yet another delirious, exhausted, probably slightly-dehydrated state, which, as we know, results in rambling nonsensical garble and I should stop right now and delete, but you guys seemed to enjoy the … “entertaining” crap that I produced earlier this week, so I’m here to give the people what they want!

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May
12
2017

Early this year, Rory McIlroy was forced to bench himself after dealing with back pain at the South Africa Open, where he lost in a playoff. He was then diagnosed with a stress fracture to a rib and missed four tournaments over the next seven weeks.

McIlroy rolled in a 10-footer for birdie on the par-5 9th, his final hole in the second round, managing to overcome the stiffness in his back to post a one-under 71 in difficult conditions — though milder in the morning compared to what the afternoon wave faced (per usual)– at an already challenging TPC Sawgrass. Afterwards, he told the press he planned to get an MRI on Monday when he returns to Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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May
11
2017

Jordan Spieth pulled his phone out of his golf bag on no. 1 at TPC Sawgrass after his ball came to rest on an especially crappy lie in a bunker that hadn’t been raked properly. He snapped a picture to provide proof to the PGA Tour staff. And then, he went on to double-bogey the hole, his 10th in the opening round of The Players.

Just to be clear, bunker-raking etiquette is taken *very* seriously on Tour. Perhaps Spieth was being slightly dramatic, but I don’t blame him and actually applaud him for taking the picture — these days, “evidence” is everything and when the technology is so easily accessible, it’s almost the only way to make a valid case.

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May
11
2017

Sergio Garcia is certainly having a year to remember! 2017 continues to be the year of Sergio, where he just keeps winning, and after all those years of bad bounces and “ghosts,” the golf gods are finally trying to level things out.

In his first start following his Masters victory last month, Garcia aced the iconic par-3 17th in the first round of The Players Championship, the PGA Tour’s flagship event. It marked only the eighth hole-in-one in tournament history. For Garcia, it was the 12th ace of his life — he’s made five in competition and seven in practice.

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May
11
2017

Oh man, I actually have a decent amount of random notes, observations, and fun inside-the-ropes type of stuff to share, but alas, it’s almost 3am (WTF??) and I just finished a very important (that was way too long) post on Tony Romo and his golf pursuits — dude has game.

And then I have no one to blame but myself that I allowed myself to get lost in the abyss of catching up with what I missed during the Wednesday news cycle. I understandably spent the entire day talking to players, caddies, swing coaches, etc. to provide you with random but good info that you won’t find elsewhere, but wow, I spent way too much time in the Florida heat.

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