Tag Archives: 2017 Masters

Apr
25
2017

When reports popped up Monday about the USGA and R&A making a big announcement about a rules change after the massive backlash resulting from Lexi Thompson’s unfortunate four-stroke penalty in the final round of the ANA Inspiration that ultimately cost her the major title.

Naturally, Golf Twitter responded in real time with utter outrage and disbelief, and then, of course, a flood of articles and columns dissecting the incident, Rules of Golf, TV vigilantism, etc. followed for days, which is the norm after such a controversial incident, but this was a special scenario because the women’s first major occurs the week right before the Masters. And usually, once Monday rolls around — the official start of Masters week — any coverage of the ladies’ major gets buried and forgotten because all eyes turn toward Augusta National.

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Apr
14
2017

Wow, last week’s intensity, especially Sunday afternoon, where I was clearly a glass box of emotions, was exhausting (in a super positive way) that it drove me and my immune system into the ground (not literally — also not the best analogy, but cut me some slack, still on the road to recovery). I apologize for the radio silence and not getting this post out Monday or even Tuesday, as I’d originally promised.

Many congrats again to Sergio Garcia and his family and team, along with Justin Rose, who showed pure class (as always and expected), and low-am Stewart Hagestad (whom apparently all my college buddies in finance know or through a friend in some shape or form, which isn’t surprising, since it’s a small world). More important, though, of course, congrats to the top-three finishers of the WUP Masters Pool, along with the three winners of the Friends of WUP Platinum Club — and yes, I just made that up.

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Apr
9
2017

In case you no longer believed in miracles and/or fairytale endings…

Sergio Garcia, your 2017 Masters Champion. Of all the places to win that elusive first major championship, Garcia finally overcame the “ghosts,” demons, scar tissue and most importantly, he got out of his own way and his head. His worldview and perspective changed the last few years.

The way Sergio has described his attitude and mentality on life and golf all week (and in the past year) has been very Zen-like, as if he’s been spending time in Buddhist monasteries or simply by chance his outlook has parallels with its philosophy. Or maybe he just found a really great therapist. Or perhaps it’s as simple as he said: He has great people around him who have sat him down and helped him see the light and stay in the present (easier said than done).

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Apr
9
2017
By Stephanie Wei under The Masters

It’s been hours since the last putt dropped at Augusta National to close out the third round of the Masters, yet every time I look up at my TV (which has the 54-hole leaderboard on the screen) and catch a glance, I’m still getting goosebumps and wowed by all the star power. LIKE I’M SEEING IT FOR THE FIRST TIME ALL OVER AGAIN. Sorry for the caps lock; that was unnecessary.

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Apr
8
2017

Holy crap. I knew I should have quit while I was already behind. Somehow I managed to delete and/or lose the few thousand words I spent crafting as an ode to Fred Couples over the past two-three hours. It really was one of *those* days — I started calling it “Freaky Friday” before noon. Ugh. This hurts so much more than usual because it was about Freddie, my childhood hero and fellow Seattle native. I mean, the first-ever post I published on this site, which started as a Tumblr blog and “hobby” in 2009, was about Couples and how he inspired me to take up golf.

This one hurts. I’ll stop complaining, but if you’ve ever worked on something for hours and put a ton of heart and energy into a project that you felt strongly about and probably dedicated more time than needed — and in my case, too many words, as well — because you just felt like it, then you know that pit in your stomach when you idiotically press the wrong combo of buttons and the screen suddenly becomes blank.

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Apr
7
2017

As I wholeheartedly warned everyone, I’m winging everything with regard to my Masters coverage this week and trying to be “adventurous,” but I guess I haven’t really done anything crazy yet and I’m not sure how that necessarily deviates from my playbook at past majors in recent history. So far, I’m using the same platforms I have in the past, but I’m just not physically in Augusta, so I’m not sharing a house with my colleagues/media buddies, whom I can force to participate in some shape or form with the live streams.

However, I was definitely hit with a strong dose and much-needed self-awareness check when I reflected on my post-round live stream via Periscope. Two things stand out: 1) Wow, I am really good at talking about nothing for lengthy periods; 2) My ADHD is escalated as I’m obviously easily distracted by the comments and change topics mid-thought when I see a question or comment that piques my interest.

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Apr
6
2017

The conditions in the first round of The Masters were less than ideal. It was cold (high of low 60s) and the 20-30mph winds — with gusts up to 40mph — swirled around Augusta National. It was a bit tamer for the players who teed off in the morning wave and it was at its worst when the guys in the afternoon draw were starting their rounds.

We saw tons of guys backing off shots (things moved at a very slow pace, but that’s expected with such difficult conditions), misjudging the sneaky whirling winds and gusts, and making a a couple big numbers on holes — the most significant, of course, was Jordan Spieth’s quadruple-bogey 9 on no. 15 — but we also witnessed some pretty impressive play when Augusta National bore all of its teeth as the afternoon rolled around and the wind picked up notably. 

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Apr
6
2017

After the shocking news Wednesday afternoon that Dustin Johnson had fallen down the stairs and landed hard on his lower back, which was causing extreme discomfort, it didn’t sound promising that the world no. 1 and pre-tournament favorite would be able to tee off and complete the first round of the Masters.

However, DJ arrived at Augusta National Thursday afternoon, saying he was “going to give it a try.” He warmed up and hit balls at the range, where it looked like he was swinging tentatively and with limited motion. DJ walked over to the first tee right before his starting time, but then turned around and withdrew from the Masters.

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Apr
5
2017

Good news for just about everyone because I know most of you selected Dustin Johnson in your various and multiple bets, match-ups, pools and contests for the Masters: I’ve put together a WUP pool with awesome prizes at the last minute and you can select your players based on this knowledge of DJ’s freak accident and uncertain status to start Thursday afternoon, not to mention the crazy weather forecasted for the first two rounds.

Best part: It’s free to join (but if you’d like to make a small donation, it would be greatly appreciated) and since it’s last minute, there’s probably a greater chance for you to win cool stuff, like a Mizuno driver and/or signed flag by a recent major champion, etc. 

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Apr
5
2017

Dustin Johnson had a freak accident at his rental home in Augusta on Wednesday afternoon. He slipped and fell down the stairs and injured his lower back. As of now, it’s unclear if he’ll be able to play, but it sounds like he will try.

I can’t think of much to say, except, “Wow, crazy, holy sh*t.” I’m seriously pretty speechless. I mean, really, DJ??? This is seriously unbelievable news. And this is not a joke. My second thought was how it probably screwed up a lot of people’s pools, picks, bets, etc. because DJ was the betting favorite, of course. One friend said he had DJ in four different match-ups or something. That sucks, but obviously, those things are of little importance — his health and wellbeing is our main concern, of course.

Here’s the statement released by his agent David Winkle:

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