Category Archives: Tiger Woods

Mar
31
2017

No surprises here. In fact, I’m sure most of my colleagues pre-wrote their stories, as they waited for Tiger Woods to formally announce he would not be playing in the Masters. After all, it’s been fairly obvious that the situation with his back is rather serious and he would not be ready to compete at the Masters — if anytime in the near future or perhaps even ever again. And we’re very familiar with Woods enjoying to release significant news (usually, they’re about not playing and/or not competing/withdrawing, etc.) on Friday evening as it doesn’t generate as much “buzz” right before the weekend.

But, I mean, 7:30pm ET, T-Dubs? After our friendly encounter at your book signing (which crap, that reminds me, I still haven’t written up that fun and absurd event, though I documented the experience across multiple social media platforms), I thought we were like, best buddies now. Like, nickname status! (And I’m still expecting one the next time I ask you a question at a presser. Unfortunately, I won’t be at Augusta National next week, so who knows when that will be, but I’m looking forward to it.) My biggest takeaway from last Monday in NYC was that he seemed genuinely happy; he looked like he was in a good place and that’s what’s most important at this point. 

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Mar
17
2017
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

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I was starting to miss this tradition — it felt like it had been a while. I’m sure there have been others the past few months, but I obviously haven’t been paying close attention, as there are some more important, potentially life-altering late-night breaking news that happens almost daily now. However, we can’t blame tonight’s Tiger news dump on Team Tiger, though, and the most significant part did come out on Thursday, so I guess it’s more accurate to call this “WUP’s Friday night Tiger news dump.” Minor details.

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Feb
23
2017

I will remember February 23rd as the day where WUP’s theme was “chill out, everyone” to all golf-related news. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been so preoccupied with the real news the past few months that my perspective is different than when my entire world was golf 24/7. Well, I loathe myself a little that I’m joining the masses in commenting on the latest Tiger-related circus because I’ve been over it for years, yet I have felt forced to partake in the mass media frenzy over everything Tiger Woods.

I’m not in denial that he moves the needle. I know he’s helped golf become more popular to the mainstream and non-golf fans are more likely to watch when he’s in contention or I guess these days if he’s simply playing any kind of competitive round. He has revolutionized the game. He inspired this new, current generation of young and exciting golfers who grew up worshipping him — the same group of guys I wish we could focus on talking about instead of hanging on to ghosts from the past. It’s doing everyone a disservice.

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Feb
5
2017
By Stephanie Wei under European Tour

Pardon the absence and the late take, but caught a bad virus a few days ago and I’ve been laid up — the only positive part of all this is that I have been unable to follow the ongoing national (and global) reality horror show since Wednesday. (So I might as well just blame my illness on our almighty leader President Trump.)

But I digress: Tiger Woods shot a five-over 77 in the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic. He made five bogeys and zero birdies at Emirates GC, and most disturbingly, he appeared to be in agony throughout this effort on Thursday.

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Jan
31
2017

We’ve been in the twilight zone for quite some time now — at the very least 11 days now, but I’d argue far longer. I know we’ve truly entered golf’s WTF era when I heard the news (first reported by ESPN.com’s Bob Harig) that Tiger Woods took a COMMERCIAL FLIGHT — not a PRIVATE JET — from LAX to Dubai! (However, he did take take a private plane from San Diego to LA.) It was the first time in probably 10 years, he told ESPN. 

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Jan
27
2017
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

I didn’t want to say it before the first round finished. I didn’t want to get attacked and called a “Tiger hater,” even though that’s never a good reason not to write and/or publish anything — more accurate would be “feel like.” I wanted to give him a chance. Now, only ONE official round has been posted for Tiger Woods in 2017, so…wait for it, GIVE HIM A CHANCE. It’s early! It’s only been one round! Let the guy get his feet under him and some reps before we’re too quick to write him off.

For the love of God. I’m in my seventh year at this, and trust me, I’ve been there and I know how it feels to hope and want something (or someone) to go back to what it once was SO badly because that nostalgia and that AWESOMENESS that went along with it was SO FREAKING GREAT.

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Jan
26
2017
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

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Big news on the Tiger Woods front this week: Well, first of all, he’s making his 42nd comeback to competitive golf at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, where he’s won eight times — seven of these PGA Tour titles and one U.S. Open (on a broken leg!). This event is much more significant than that little tournament in the Bahamas with 17 people in the field, where Woods placed 15th, last month.

It will mark Woods’ return to the PGA Tour in 17 months after enduring several back surgeries and procedures in 2015. He says he feels different, though, and he’s also thrown in some new clubs into the bag — since his sponsor Nike Golf announced last year that it will no longer manufacture golf clubs. 

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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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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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Sep
15
2016

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Tiger Woods might be involved in a Chicago lakefront golf project — a vision NBC/Golf Channel commentator Mark Rolfing has long considered a dream concept, “combining the Jackson Park and South Shore golf courses to create a South Side mecca near the site of the planned Obama library,” according to my boy Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune. Given it’s a heavyweight project featuring bold-faced names, naturally, Mike Keiser, the mastermind behind the popular Bandon Dunes Resort on the coast of Oregon, is also involved as an adviser. 

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