Category Archives: General

Jul
17
2016
By Stephanie Wei under General

Henrik Stenson is 18 holes away from winning his first major championship– not to mention becoming the first Swede in history. Stenson, 40, is arguably the best player in the game without a major, and obviously you don’t secure such a distinguished tag without a number of close calls (including a runner-up finish in 2013 to Phil Mickelson).

(Stenson and Mickelson have separated themselves from the field as Stenson has a six-shot advantage over the next competitor. At this point, it is most likely too many shots to make up, especially at Royal Troon…)

For those who aren’t aware of what a legend Stenson is — which appears to be the case for the average American fan — ever wonder what’s he really like? Maybe not, but you should. And who better to ask the questions than Henrik himself? Yes, no joke. Just watch the above video from 2011. 

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Jul
13
2016
By Stephanie Wei under General


[Ed note: The sun is coming up and I haven’t slept (instead I’ve been meaning to write my epic rant in defense of Rory McIlroy’s comments during his presser at Royal Troon on Tuesday and the ensuing overreaction/misinterpreation/oversight, but instead I engaged in debates with people on Twitter for the last 3-4 hours (I really should know better at this point), and I have a very important engagement in three hours. In other words, I’m not going to be able to write my full takedown on why everyone needs to back off and shed some light on why perhaps McIlroy has developed a bit of disdain for Olympic golf Hint: How many other players have been asked regularly for the last five years (at least) which country they are going to represent in the Olympics? And if you don’t understand the implications and history, here is a detailed explanation and an excellent breakdown written by one of contributors who happens to be Irish back in 2012.]

First, I have just a few housekeeping notes to mention. I’m absolutely fed up with the topic of golf in the Olympics (I mean, I haven’t really been enthused since they announced the format–72-hole stroke play, making it an entirely individual competition), and the whole situation has gotten so absurd that I don’t even want to mention, talk or write about it, but I do feel strongly enough about my take on what’s turned into an absolute debacle, along with defending Rory McIlroy’s remarks in his Tuesday presser at Royal Troon ahead of the Open Championship this week.

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Mar
22
2016
By Stephanie Wei under General

Unfortunately, due to a family medical emergency, I will not be able to cover the WGC-Match Play Championship. I was very much looking forward to this event and visiting Austin. I will be back to my regular posting schedule as soon as I can. 

I appreciate all the concerned messages, tweets and emails that I’ve received so far — it truly means a lot at a difficult time like this. Thank you for your continued support of WUP. 

Feb
24
2016
By Stephanie Wei under General

It’s been a strange day, but not to worry, there’s plenty to report from Wednesday at the Honda Classic. I guess pro-am days are always kind of weird and things are rather hectic, and with so many players who live here, it seems like a lot of guys went to their private, super sick clubs to practice because the range was pretty dead today.

I have some fantastic tidbits on Jeff Knox, the Augusta National club champion who often plays as a marker during the tournament, but — this is mean for me to bring it up and then do this — I can’t share them because they’re for a story for a different publication. But I will say this: More than one player told me that Knox is by far the best putter in the world on Augusta’s greens.

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Jan
20
2016

It’s been a big couple of days in sponsorship news on the PGA Tour. <<snooze alert>> I know, most of you don’t care who the title sponsor is of an event. How much does it really matter for fans, anyway?

Well, for those who do have a skin in the game, here’s the latest from the past few days: Northern Trust will sponsor its last event at Riviera Country Club next month, and going forward, the financial institution will become the title sponsor for the tournament formerly known as The Barclays, which is held annually in the New York/New Jersey area.

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Dec
10
2015
By Stephanie Wei under General

Welcome to this year’s edition of the WUP Holiday Gift Guide for Golfers. If you have a golfer on your gift list, then you’ve come to the right place for some ideas and/or inspiration. As someone who has lots of golf-crazed friends and family, these are the items that they’ll probably be unwrapping this holiday season. Once again, I’ve tried to mix it up from brands, price range and gender, as well as adding my own creative editorial vision.

Good luck shopping over the next couple of weeks. And don’t worry, you’re not alone — I’ve been experiencing major anxiety every time I approach a store and/or trying to figure out how to tackle getting everyone on my list the best present on the planet.

Happy Holidays!

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Aug
31
2015

@fairmontstandrews #uagolf #golphinforkids #TommyMorrissey #zerohandicap #nolimits #4yroldonearmgolfer

Posted by Tommy Morrissey 4yr Old One Arm Golfer on Friday, August 28, 2015

 

Some of you may already be familiar with Tommy Morrissey, a four-year-old golfing prodigy who was born without part of his right arm below the elbow. Tommy is clearly a very inspiring and special young man.

The video above shows him hitting a drive at the Fairmont St Andrews in Scotland. It’ll probably make you want to smile and cry (because you’ll never have as good of a swing as he does) both at the same time, but mostly the former.

Happy Monday! 

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Jul
17
2015
By Stephanie Wei under British Open

Torrential downpour delayed the second round of the Open Championship by three hours and 14 minutes. Small ponds formed around the Old Course’s fairways and greens — a weird sight to see at a links course. The grounds crew worked frantically squeegeeing and pumping the standing water to make the course playable. With the rain easing off, the R&A announced that play would resume at 10:00am local time. However, that called for a long day for all, with first-round leader Dustin Johnson not teeing off until 5:48pm, alongside Jordan Spieth, the Masters and U.S. Open champion, and Hideki Matsuyama.

Weather you like it or not, here are winners and losers from Friday at St Andrews. (#sorrynotsorry)
 

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Jul
7
2015
By Stephanie Wei under General

Donald Trump

Add ESPN to the growing list of companies to cut ties with Donald Trump, following his derogatory remarks about Mexican immigrants in his presidential launch speech. The World Wide Leader has decided to move next week’s ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic from Trump National Golf Club to Pelican Hill Golf Club on July 14. 

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Jul
3
2015

Donald Trump

Donald Trump, who is (seriously) running for president (yes, of THE COUNTRY), has many ties in the golf world and business relationships with golf’s major organizations, including the USGA, the PGA of America, the PGA Tour, the LPGA and the R&A. Don’t get me wrong, Trump has been a strong supporter of golf, but perhaps the industry should consider distancing themselves from the mogul now that he’s declared Mexican immigrants as criminals, drug dealers and rapists

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