Mar
3
2017

Regardless of the result or nearly anything that happens this weekend in Mexico City — short of a bunch of golfers getting mugged and robbed, which isn’t likely, anyway, considering the security and most aren’t known to be the most adventurous in the world — the WGC-Mexico Championship is already a huge success. Golf claps for the PGA Tour, the Championship committee and our generous and gracious hosts! Let me tell you, no expense has been spared.

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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
25
2017
March 2015 at Trump Doral

Reality show: When Trump staged scene on range to give Rory his 3-iron back after a scuba-diver fished it out of pond that Rory tossed it in during the second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral at Trump Doral

Rory McIlroy played 18 holes with Donald Trump last Sunday and received an absurd amount of backlash from the British press and everyone with a Twitter account and WiFi connection. I already defended Rory on this issue and told the critics to chill out because I, of all people, thought it was an overreaction. Rory came out to “clarify” the situation (even though the outrage and criticisms were seriously out of control). McIlroy, who has been nursing a rib injury, wanted to set the record straight, so on Friday, he posted a statement on Twitter (and I can’t confirm at the moment, but I’m fairly certain he actually wrote it himself–):

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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
23
2017

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t — this is obviously a constant “life lesson” theme and one that I’ve faced all too often in the golf media. (I guess it also comes with the territory when you happen to speak your mind.) It appears to also have been a theme for Rory McIlroy — and no, I’m in no way comparing myself to one of the best golfers in the world — that’s apples and oranges, so to speak.

McIlroy, who hails from Northern Ireland, played 18 holes with President Trump this past Sunday at Trump International. According to our friends at No Laying Up, Rory got the invitation via a phone call until Saturday night and hadn’t been planning to tee it up this weekend as he’s still nursing a rib injury:

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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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Feb
5
2017
By Stephanie Wei under European Tour

Sergio Garcia capped off his wire-to-wire victory in impressive fashion, with a three-under 69, 19-under total at the Dubai Desert Classic. This is Garcia’s first victory on the European Tour since 2014 (but he won last year at the PGA Tour’s Byron Nelson Championship).

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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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