Tag Archives: Ernie Els

Jul
28
2016
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

I am about to throw both my iPhone and Macbook against the wall or out of a moving car. Talk about a bad stretch to have all your technology start acting up. But this is not the time and place for me to vent about my #firstworldproblems. Well, I just kind of did. Again, I digress.

Alright, this is going to be a ton of information that I’ll be throwing out at you, but I wanted to get it all out there. I mean, I didn’t spend 12-14 hours a day at Baltusrol in the blistering heat the last three days to not share the info I collected — I’ve done plenty of that already this year! Let’s get this golf geek party started.

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Jun
3
2016

Ian Poulter will be sidelined from golf for the next four months, as he has been suffering from an arthritic joint in his right foot for over two years, according to the AP. The injury has worsened recently and it’s reached a point where it’s too painful for the Englishman to walk and practice.

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May
12
2016

On a rare day at TPC Sawgrass where the greens were soft, the wind was barely existent and the heat was causing the golf ball to soar longer than normal, the players with morning tee times at The Players Championship took advantage of the ideal scoring conditions.

Especially world no. 1 Jason Day, who shot a scorching nine-under 63 to tie the course record previously set by Fred Couples (1992), Greg Norman (1994), Roberto Castro (2013) and Martin Kaymer (2014). With the other half of the field still on the golf course, Day currently has a two-shot lead over a handful of players.

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Apr
7
2016
By Stephanie Wei under The Masters

Unfortunately, that headline is not an exaggeration. Ernie Els lived a real-life nightmare on the first hole to kick off his 2016 Masters campaign, making a sextuple-bogey 10 quintuple-bogey 9* on the par 4 to post the highest number there in the history of the tournament by two one shot. Worst of all, he needed seven six putts from short range.

Watch at your own risk of catching the yips:

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Mar
16
2016
By Stephanie Wei under Behind the Scenes

For the majority of his young career on the PGA Tour, Rory McIlroy didn’t play the Arnold Palmer Invitational. It had just never fit into his schedule. But prior to last year’s event, Palmer basically called McIlroy out and told him to figure out how to make it work. And respectfully, that’s exactly what the former world no. 1 golfer did. He did quite well, as a matter of fact, finishing T11th in his first start at Bay Hill.

In fact, now, McIlroy wishes he would have added this event to his schedule years ago.

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Mar
7
2016

FowlerAce

Rickie Fowler came through in the clutch on Monday, holing out from 111 yards with a pitching wedge — which he had borrowed from Luke Donald — in a special 19th hole charity challenge at Old Palm Golf Club that benefited the Ernie Els for Autism event. Oh, yeah, and it was worth $1 million. Yep, Fowler’s ace raised a million bucks for Els’ charity.

The reaction to the moment — in a video captured by Old Palm assistant pro Derek Swoboda — is priceless:

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Jun
22
2015
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

 

All week there was chatter about the poor condition of the greens at Chambers Bay. The pros expected better, especially at a U.S. Open, one of the four major championships in golf.

I learned in 2010 at the first U.S. Open I covered that talking to players on Sunday after they’re finished enduring what’s deemed as the toughest test of golf  is one of the most amusing days of the year — because they tend to vent and rant. However, this time around, there was plenty of complaints about the greens throughout the week. 

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May
27
2015

Get excited for the Irish Open to kick off Thursday morning at Royal County Down Golf Club, a brilliant test of golf with a spectacular layout and scenery — no wonder it’s one of the world’s greatest courses. Not enough is said about the venue, which has that “it” factor and special atmosphere that only the best major championship sites possess. In other words, RCD, which is located about an hour from Belfast in Northern Ireland,  feels like it could host an Open Championship and this event feels notably distinct.

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May
20
2015
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

Timing is always everything, isn’t it? I was walking back to the media center from a nearly empty range when I saw Ernie Els, one of two players still practicing on the eve of the European Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship. I almost kept going, but I figured golf fans would love to see The Big Easy hitting balls. In other words, it was a perfect moment to use Periscope — and it turned out to be even better than I thought.

Ernie, who was in charge of the redesign at Wentworth, the event’s venue, saw me watching him and pointing my phone at him, so he said hello and asked what I was doing (mostly, I think he was surprised to see me on this side of the pond because there isn’t much American media here). I started to explain Periscope to him and his interest piqued. I mean, he got really into it — he answered questions, demonstrated a swing tip, showed off his clubs and more.

You can watch the video above, but you should really download Periscope if you can and watch it on the app for the full effect because you can see all the comments and how Ernie was interacting with fans.

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