Jan
18
2017

When I met up with Robert Rock on Tuesday morning at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, he was finishing up a chat with a gentleman who had handed him a stack of papers, which turned out to be the new “Green Book.” Instead of a normal-sized yardage book that we’re accustomed to seeing the pros carry and tuck in their back pockets, Rock was holding some loose A4-sized papers (the UK’s standard letter size, like our version of 8×11) with map-like diagrams of greens.

I probably gave him a weird and confused look, like WTF is going on here? Or I made a snarky remark. Or both. But before I even had the chance to ask, he started to explain. I stopped him — “WAIT!”, and quickly unlocked my iPhone (which is naturally glued to my hand during a practice round day) and started rolling the video. “OK, go ahead.” Watch above… you golf geeks are going to love these, but there’s one obvious concern that you will likely identify, as well. 

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Jan
17
2017

After 18 hours of travel across the planet, I was pretty much giddy when the plane landed in Abu Dhabi. I had finally made it to the Middle East, a region of the world I had yet to visit, and as someone who enjoys exploring new places and cultures, I was beyond excited. Then, I turned on my phone and first thing I saw was an email announcing Rory McIlroy had withdrawn from this week’s tournament due to a rib injury — a stress fracture, to be exact. Which, to my understanding, is extremely frustrating because the only prescription at this point is straight-up rest for an average of 4-6 weeks.

Talk about a buzz kill. My reaction is summed up pretty well in the photo above. But hey, I wasn’t going to let that minor detail — like the main draw of the tournament, which boasts the best field on the European Tour all year, pulling out! After all, I’m in Abu Dhabi!

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Jan
9
2017

Justin Thomas won the SBS Tournament of Champions at Kapalua at 22-under, beating Hideki Matsuyama by three shots. And JT doesn’t care that the trophy pictures are the most flattering in the world because he just won the first PGA Tour event of 2017, so there. I did chuckle when I came across his Instagram post with the above picture and the caption, “Too excited for the trophy to worry about my double chin #shaka.”

Since I am now just openly refusing to write game stories/summaries for the sake of doing so — with exceptions, like I walked the round in person or it’s Tiger or it’s something really freaking interesting and cool or it’s an epic final round at a major, etc. — I will quickly tell you all you need to know, but I’m sure you already know if you’re reading this.

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Jan
8
2017
By Stephanie Wei under Rory McIlroy

 

I don’t care what anyone says, but Rory McIlroy is just the best. As members of the media, we’re “supposed” to be “non-partisan,” but please, if you are actually naive to believe that *every* single journalist does not have bias, then I’m sorry to be the one to break this to you: EVERYONE DOES. Sure, you can write a piece without any bias — a straight-up report or game story, but I’ll guarantee you that it was boring as hell and you may even dose off before finishing getting through the whole article.

So I will not deny that Rory is my favorite player to cover on Tour. He’s an all-around genuinely good individual and treats people with respect (even the media). He is a rarity amongst not only golfers but professional athletes. And if you’re going to hold that against me, then you’re reading the wrong website. (I can point you to many others that will write the same old boring cliched BS.)

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Jan
4
2017
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Hi guys! Happy New Year from Maui and the Tournament of Champions!  We survived 2016 — at least some of us…barely. I feel like I’m writing a personal email to my friends, but in many ways, this website/blog/whatever the hell you want to call it has been like that. Since I started on this journey on a little Tumblr blog in spring 2009, it’s been one heck of an adventure, filled with so much joy, sweat, tears and practically every emotion that goes along with life (mostly positive, though!).

For those of you who have been along since the early days, you’ve witnessed the evolution, and thank you so much for your support, loyalty and belief in me — even your critiques because the constructive non-hater trolling feedback is what has made me work harder and improve my “craft.” In fact, I’ve always said I owe the most to the haters because the hostility and animosity lit a fire under me and inspired me even more to prove them wrong. Same goes for anyone and everyone who has been a casual, avid or occasional reader or hater.

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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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