Category Archives: PGA Tour

Mar
6
2017

First and foremost, I have to reiterate that this past week was absolutely incredible that truly didn’t disappoint. I genuinely can’t remember the last time I was this pumped-up and inspired by a non-major tournament (and it felt really good). The Mexico Championship covered everything you could ask for out of a World Golf Championship, let alone tournament — it had an amazing, star-studded leaderboard, the most thrilling and exciting golf in recent memory (especially at a non-major stroke play event) and simply first-rate hospitality and pure class from all involved.

Major kudos to the PGA Tour championship committee, tournament organizers from America, Europe and Mexico, the generous sponsor — the Salinas family seemed like they genuinely didn’t want their name attached to the event because it wasn’t about them; rather it was about representing the country, its people and the desire to grow the game — the volunteers, the fans, the great venue, and everyone and anyone involved. Well played, Mexico — your country and citizens should be very proud.

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Mar
6
2017

Wow… I didn’t think it could be done — an announcer calling golf in a way that gives thrilling moments the justice it deserves!

 

The WGC-Mexico Championship invited some of the country’s most famous broadcasters to join the team for guest commentary stints throughout the week. Lucky for fans watching the event’s national telecast, football commentator Antonio Rosique was in the booth when Justin Thomas stepped up to the tee on the par-3 13th during Saturday’s third round. You know, the hole JT where notched his 20th career ace.

And boy, Rosique didn’t disappoint with his reaction and went full football, shouting “Hoooooooooollllllllle… in one!” He didn’t stop there! Rosique continued to describe the special moment with the utmost passion, energy and animation.

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Mar
5
2017

It’s no secret that Justin Thomas has a fiery side and doesn’t hide his emotions on the golf course. Two incidents of Thomas letting clubs fly out of his hands were caught on-camera during the final round at the WGC-Mexico Championship, which he started with a one-shot lead.

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Mar
4
2017

justin thomas

If you’re an avid, longtime golfer without an ace on your resume, then Justin Thomas is the kind of player you really, really wish you could hate, but you simply because you have way too much admiration and respect for anyone who has so many hole-in-ones that he’s lost count. Thomas aced the par-3 13th with a “comfortable” 6-iron from 239 yards. He also posted a six-under 66 to take the 54-hole lead heading into the final round of a star-studded leaderboard at the WGC-Mexico Championship.

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Feb
27
2017

Billy Horschel did not qualify for this week’s World Golf Championship event in Mexico City — which is called the WGC-Mexico Championship. (Note: Sponsor threw crazy money at Tour and didn’t want even their name; simply “Mexico Championship” — no chance they’re throwing shade at the owner of the former venue, where this event was held for what feels like an eternity, right? Naw!)

However, Horschel, who went into last week ranked no. 75, might have cracked the top 50 in the world rankings had he finished second at the Honda Classic. And he almost did! — he was T3 going into the 72nd hole, but made a disappointing bogey.

Ouch, Horschel must have been crushed afterwards. I mean, who doesn’t love a no-cut event with a guaranteed (estimated) $80,000 payday! But none of that was enough to entice Billy. He told GolfChannel.com’s WIll Gray that he had already made the decision to pass on a trip to Mexico City, citing “security concerns.” 

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Feb
26
2017

Rickie Fowler began the final round of the Honda Classic with a four-shot lead. Hand him the trophy, right? Well, not necessarily. If it hadn’t been incredibly blustery at a difficult track like PGA National, with probably the most intimidating stretch of holes near the end with the Bear Trap — nos. 15-17, then, sure, it would’ve been a done deal.

But as one colleague noted, “I’ve seen this movie before,” meaning Fowler has experienced some scar tissue when he’s held the 54-hole lead and not managed to close the deal on the PGA Tour. The most recent occasion occurred at Riviera in 2016 when he led by a shot, but struggled in the final round and posted a three-over 74 to finish tied for seventh.

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Feb
14
2017
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

It was over before Jordan Spieth even hit his opening tee shot. Heck, it was over before he showed up to Pebble Beach to warm up for the final round. Spieth was not going to blow his six-shot lead through 54-holes. Not happening.

At 23 years old, he’s a grizzled veteran and as poised as they come — I should be used to his remarkable maturity and composure by now since I’ve had a front-row seat for the last four years. Can we just take a moment to remember what we were doing at 23? Our maturity level? I mean, I’m just going LOL. 

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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
9
2017

Justin Thomas won the SBS Tournament of Champions at Kapalua at 22-under, beating Hideki Matsuyama by three shots. And JT doesn’t care that the trophy pictures are the most flattering in the world because he just won the first PGA Tour event of 2017, so there. I did chuckle when I came across his Instagram post with the above picture and the caption, “Too excited for the trophy to worry about my double chin #shaka.”

Since I am now just openly refusing to write game stories/summaries for the sake of doing so — with exceptions, like I walked the round in person or it’s Tiger or it’s something really freaking interesting and cool or it’s an epic final round at a major, etc. — I will quickly tell you all you need to know, but I’m sure you already know if you’re reading this.

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Jan
4
2017
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Hi guys! Happy New Year from Maui and the Tournament of Champions!  We survived 2016 — at least some of us…barely. I feel like I’m writing a personal email to my friends, but in many ways, this website/blog/whatever the hell you want to call it has been like that. Since I started on this journey on a little Tumblr blog in spring 2009, it’s been one heck of an adventure, filled with so much joy, sweat, tears and practically every emotion that goes along with life (mostly positive, though!).

For those of you who have been along since the early days, you’ve witnessed the evolution, and thank you so much for your support, loyalty and belief in me — even your critiques because the constructive non-hater trolling feedback is what has made me work harder and improve my “craft.” In fact, I’ve always said I owe the most to the haters because the hostility and animosity lit a fire under me and inspired me even more to prove them wrong. Same goes for anyone and everyone who has been a casual, avid or occasional reader or hater.

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