Jan
14
2011
Introducing Happy Hour With Jess and Steph at TourPlayers.com
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

The video above is a compilation of outtakes from the first taping of a weekly golf show shown exclusively on TourPlayers.com, starring Jess Marksbury of Golf.com and me (duh). Basically, we drink wine and talk shop!

What is TourPlayers.com? It’s where the pros hang out away from the golf course. (The alpha version of the website launched yesterday, so excuse the bugs.) Tom Auclair, the founder of InsideTheRopes.com, started the project to give an inside look at the players’ lives off the golf course. The tour staff includes Paul Casey, Luke Donald, Camilo Villegas, Ben Crane, Ryuji Imada, Steve Marino, Justin Rose, Vijay Singh and Bo Van Pelt, and more will be announced soon.

The site focuses on fans getting an inside look at the games the pros play away from the golf course. Of course, the site won’t ignore what they do on the course.

“It’s obviously been in works for a long time,” said Tom. “With all the growing restrictions with what we’re allowed to do on-site to promote the game, TourPlayers.com allows us the opportunity to reach a younger audience and hopefully actually grow the game.

“Currently, on InsideTheRopes.com, we can only show two minutes of video per day and it has to be taken down in 24 hours. InsideTheRopes.com will still cover the Tour. We got 50 seconds with Stuart Appleby and 35 seconds with Justin Rose today that will be gone tomorrow. But if you want an in-depth look into the personalities of players, you go to TourPlayers.com.”

Auclair established InsideTheRopes.com 15 years ago. A few years later, he was the first to do video in golf. He covered 433 PGA Tour events in a row, which means he went over a decade without missing one. His streak was broken when he missed a tournament to attend his daughter Katelyn’s college graduation.

Check out the videos of various players on TourPlayers.com. You can also find the first episode of “Happy Hour With Jess and Steph.”