Dec
4
2017
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

I’m fairly certain that headline makes zero sense, and what’s worse, it is so basic that it makes me want to seethe in a bath of self-loathing sewer water. Okay, I can’t believe I just typed those words together because I am physically cringing and cowering at the thought. But in this rare occasion, I don’t care if the headline is dumb and trite because I like it.

What a week! Rickie Fowler went absolutely nuts in the final round at Albany Golf Club, kicking off the day with seven straight birdies and posting an eight-under 28 on the front nine. Fowler cooled off a bit on the back nine, but still fired an 11-under 61, setting a new course record, tournament record, and his personal career-low score. Rickie ran away with the victory by four shots.

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Dec
2
2017

Tiger Woods got off to a rough start in Saturday’s third round of the Hero World Challenge, posting a four-over 40 on the front nine, but he finished strong, playing the last five holes at two-under to shoot three-over 75.

EVERYONE TAKE A DEEP BREATH — it’s going to be OK! Tiger was bound to have an “off” day; almost every player, including the eventual winner, has one round over four days that feels more like a grind. The difference is usually how the player manages to contain the damage. And the conditions were tougher, with the wind up from the previous days. In fact, the scoring average of the field was three shots higher.

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Dec
1
2017

Even Tiger Woods thinks punters need to chill out with their bets for him to win the 2018 Masters. Before Woods teed off at the 18-player, no-cut Hero World Challenge on Thursday, the odds for the 14-time major champion were set at 50-1 to win at Augusta National. By the time he rounded the front nine on Friday with an impressive five-under 31 at Albany in the second round, the odds for Woods to win the Masters had gone to 15-1.

No doubt Woods impressed once again in just his second competitive round in over 300 days after another long layoff due to injury. He eclipsed his performance from Thursday, posting a solid four-under 68 for a 36-hole total of seven-under. Asked to describe the day in one word, a smiling Woods said, “Successful.”

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Nov
30
2017
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

After 301 days away from competitive golf, Tiger Woods returned at the 18-player, no cut invitational the Hero World Challenge, an event where he also plays hosts. Tiger didn’t disappoint in what was an encouraging display of golf, hitting 11 greens in regulation, seven fairways and rounding it out with 27 putts.

As he played the par-4 18th, there was a double rainbow looming over the hole at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas. It felt like a good omen. And it was — Woods holed a seven-footer to save par and posted a three-under 69 to kick off his latest comeback.

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Nov
28
2017

Hello from the Albany in the Bahamas! It’s partly sunny, mostly cloudy and rather breezy, but it’s still around 80 degrees. It’s only been “cold” in NYC for a couple of weeks or maybe a month, and I’ll probably regret saying this, but the humidity actually felt nice.

It’s been a rather quiet day at the Hero World Challenge — there were around a handful of guys practicing, but the big event took place mid-morning when tournament host Tiger Woods held his press conference. (I’m not 100% certain, but I’m pretty sure the last time he had an official (solo) presser was in February ahead of the Dubai Desert Classic, and that unfortunately didn’t turn out well (which was IMHO predictable).

The biggest takeaway: Tiger Woods seems genuinely really happy. He was gregarious, all smiles and only once did he give a one-word answer. The past seven years for Tiger has been a rollercoaster and I’ve definitely seen the good, the bad and the ugly, but I don’t recall the last time he was this affable and open. He gave lengthy, thoughtful and honest (as far as I could tell) answers and sometimes even went beyond the scope of the original question. 

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Nov
21
2017

 

I caught up with legendary looper Kip Henley on Monday afternoon who was still on cloud nine after the RSM Classic at Sea Island. Kip had been bouncing around the past three years because his former boss Brian Gay had been injured and he was recommended to Cook by a mutual friend. They started working together for the Web.com Tour Finals.

Kip reflects on the past few months and talks about Austin’s game and personality, along with their player-caddie relationship. And of course, he also shares insights on how impressed he is with Austin’s composure and maturity. I mean, this kid sounds like an all-around solid individual, not to mention really solid golfer.

Listen below or on iTunes and SUBSCRIBE.

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Nov
15
2017

On Tuesday I popped by Paramount CC, where I am very fortunate to be an unofficial honorary member, in Rockland County, NY, about an hour from my ‘hood in NYC, to work on my short game and putting because it’s not like I didn’t do enough of that between 1995 and 2005! No, it’s freaking cold af, and on a related note, I was hoping for another Indian Summer, but I have a feeling we’re in for a particularly brutal winter.

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Oct
26
2017
By Stephanie Wei under Architecture

Fishers Island

Welcome to the first part of a very special series of episodes with friend of the pod and regular guest Patrick Koenig, who chatted with me about his solo and buddies trips to Ireland and Scotland this summer. When we recorded the pod, I mentioned he needed to come out to the NYC area and I claimed I could arrange tee times at Fishers Island, National Golf Links of America and Shinnecock.

Well, I lied and failed. I was only successful with NGLA (October 10) and Fishers Island (October 11), but we did get a bonus nine holes into the mix at Hay Harbor, the “other,” arguably the more exclusive club on FI, so we were told. Well, I’m not sure if Patrick has forgiven me yet, but hopefully he will soon.

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Oct
2
2017

The 2017 U.S. Presidents Cup team has been hailed as perhaps the strongest and most perfect squad of players. Led by Captain Steve Stricker, the Americans dominated from the start to finish — which wasn’t exactly a huge surprise given the lopsided (and relatively short) history of these biennial matches, with the U.S. winning 10 of the 12 times its been staged.

There were fleeting moments that were thrilling because, well, two words: Match play. But it was pretty much over after Friday with the Americans . In fact, the Americans nearly clinched the Cup on Saturday, but Anirban Lahiri and Si Woo Kim managed to fend off Charley Hoffmann and Kevin Chappell to win 1-up — it was the only full point clinched by the International Team during both sessions on Saturday.

Still. Sunday didn’t matter. Don’t take it from me — several American players voiced that in the boozy, extremely entertaining winning presser.

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Sep
30
2017

One thing we can always count on in golf: Awkward celebrations (with the exception of Beef).

The Internationals finally won their second full point in afternoon four-ball matches to keep the Americans from clinching the Cup…by a point. At the end of Day 3 at the Presidents Cup, the Americans lead the Internationals 14.5 to 3.5. Ouch.

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