Fret not, I’m back…
By Stephanie Wei under General

Hello, friends! My apologies for the long respite from WUP — I can’t even remember if I put up a post to give you guys a heads up that I’d be away for a few weeks. If you follow me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, then you know I was in Thailand to attend a relative’s wedding in Chiang Mai, which was extended into a family vacation.

The above photo collage is a glimpse of my adventures in the wonderful country. (Had to be there, but the weird, cheesy and demented “family photo” with the tiger is awesome and hysterical–Christmas card material?!) It was our first trip to Thailand, and I’m already itching to go back. Everything you’ve heard about it is true. The food is amazing, the people are friendly, the service is beyond top-notch, the culture is colorful, and perhaps most important, the U.S. dollar goes a long way.

Anyway, as you can see, I played with tigers and went on an elephant ride in the jungle. Check out the album I put together on Facebook (which needs to be edited, but running short on time at the moment).

I planned on putting together a more extensive posts of my musings and thoughts on the latest golf news, but I have to run to an appointment (trying to catch up on all those things normal people do while I’m actually at home!). I’m excited to be back and I’m refreshed, so stay tuned this weekend for your regular WUP programming to resume.

As you know, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, the final event of the Fall Series, is underway. It’s a significant week for some players who are teetering around No. 125 or 150 on the money list — it’s the last chance for the bubble boys to either move into the top 125 on the money list and retain their Tour cards for 2013, or to fall out of it and make the trip back to Q-school. Also, for some, they’re just trying to get into the top 150 on the money list because Nos. 126-150 receive conditional status (which isn’t great but it’s something) and earn an exemption into Q-school finals.

For instance, entering the week, Camilo Villegas was No. 150. He signed up for second stage just to be safe, but he’s playing well (currently T2 in second round), so hopefully at worst he’ll have ot go to finals. Kinda weird, huh? His worst career finish on the money list was No. 77 in 2011. Ah, gotta love golf!

I’m a huge nerd (and a sucker for the underdog), and I actually find this tournament quite compelling because the players of fighting for their jobs. There’s always a Cinderella tale or two, along with a few sob stories. I’ll expand tomorrow and/or Sunday.

For now, I’ll leave you with the interview that Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods did together — it was recorded a few weeks ago (there was nonstop promotion for it on CNN while I was in Thailand), but aired yesterday. And yes, Rory and Tiger are now conducting joint interviews. It’s worth the watch.

Enjoy and Happy Friday!