Category Archives: US Open

Jun
19
2017
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

At the start of the final round of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills, we thought we might be in for a thriller and perhaps even that dreaded “p-word,” but Brooks Koepka separated himself from the field on the back nine and cruised to a four-shot victory. Koepka’s 16-under total tied the tournament record for lowest total under par, which was set by Rory McIlroy in 2011 at Congressional — which quite a few players and caddies predicted as a possibility before championship commenced.

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Jun
16
2017

We’ve been big fans of Seamus Golf for years. I caught up with co-founder Akbar Christi on Wednesday afternoon in the U.S. Open Merchandise Tent at Erin Hills.

The Oregon-based company’s specialty products have been a huge hit at the U.S. Open the past few years — which comes as no surprise given the care they put into their classic yet chic designs. Some of their hand-forged items can be personalized on the spot. Check it out!

Jun
15
2017

Nikki B and I check in to talk about the action after the morning wave finished. She walked nine holes with two different groups, so we discussed her observations, and of course, go on random tangents. Check it out!

FYI: We tried out a new app called Bumpers just for kicks and it was pretty cool, but it’s probably not a format we’ll use normally since we can’t upload it and send it out on our RSS feed that distributes our podcast to the proper channels. But it’s definitely a fun, easy-to-use app to record a pod! Enjoy!

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Jun
14
2017

In this episode, Craig “The Wee Man” Connelly chats with Steph and Nikki about how he became a caddy, pranks and camaraderie between caddies on tour, what it’s like being on the bag for Martin Kaymer, and his thoughts on the infamous US Open fescue. Jump to the 4:30 mark if you don’t want to hear Steph and Nikki blubber about how much they enjoyed chatting with The Wee Man. Grab a glass of wine or cold beer, sit back, and enjoy the Scottish lad’s hilarious quips and stories.

Listen here:

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Jun
14
2017

We spoke with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Gary D’Amato, who penned the intriguing seven-part series about the various twists-and-turns that took place to carve out Erin Hills from a plot of farmland and how the USGA decided to bring the U.S. Open to this new venue. It’s a must-read.

Tune in after the jump:

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Jun
13
2017

Nikki B and Steph

It’s finally here. I know the anticipation has been killing you — the debut of our podcast. Stephanie Wei and Nikki B are at Erin Hills for the 2017 U.S. Open. In this episode, the co-hosts introduce themselves and chat about how they met, their vision for the podcast, their plans, and just entertaining banter. Tune in for details. Email us — WUPpod@gmail.com — your thoughts, send us questions for a mailbag episode.

Check it out after the jump!

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Jun
13
2017

Hello from the U.S. Open at Erin Hills! Due to popular demand after the WUP Masters Pool, I’ve organized another one for our national championship this week.

More good news: Same deal as last time — it’s FREE to join. Better news: Awesome golf swag again!

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Jun
8
2017

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On Thursday the USGA announced the first- and second-round pairings and tee times for next week’s U.S. Open at Erin Hills, which is a bigly golf course, measuring out at 7,741 yards. With the venue set to host its first major professional event, there are a lot of unknowns about Erin Hills, but one thing’s for sure: It’s LONG; really, really long.

I played there in 2010 during the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and found it delightful (because I played well), but many of my colleagues complained about the heavy hay, which was thicker than usual since the course had just reopened after the costly renovations. Wind will be a factor. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s a “links” course; maybe “faux links” or “links-inspired,” but Americans incorrectly identifying inland courses as “links” is very high (if not no. 1) on my list of pet peeves in golf. 

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May
11
2017

I’ve been meaning to use this Tony Romo zinger for over a month, or heck, I likely used a version of this in jest back in 2010 or 2012, but it was better that I waited so long after the fact because it works better in this context. Last month, it was announced that Romo, 14-year veteran quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, was officially retiring and joining CBS as the lead game analyst, where he’ll have the pleasure of sharing the booth with lead announcer Jim Nantz.

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