Category Archives: European Tour

Jul
16
2017

I caught up with Andrew “Beef” Johnston (and his agent Shaun Reddin) on Saturday evening following the third round of the Scottish Open over drinks and dinner at their hotel restaurant in Ayrshire, about 15 miles down the road from Dundonald Links.

Now, this type of thing doesn’t happen every week (or ever)–it’s not exactly normal for an agent to agree to a last-minute podcast recording the night before the final round of a tournament, especially when the player is on the first page of the leaderboard! But Beef and Shaun aren’t your average tour player and agent, respectively, and that’s why we love them– they’re just ordinary blokes.

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Jul
9
2017

Jon Rahm added to his growing legend with his runaway six-shot victory at the Irish Open at Portstewart GC. The 22-year-old Spaniard fired an impressive seven-under 65 in the final round — and he even missed a three-footer on the 72nd hole — to post 24-under for the championship, breaking the tournament scoring record by three strokes.

Rahm started the final round tied for the lead with American Daniel Im, both of whom posted 54-hole totals of 17-under. But Rahm quickly took control on the front nine, beginning with a hole-out eagle from the fairway on the par-5 4th hole to take the outright lead by two.

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May
28
2017

As Alex Noren prepared to hit a five-footer for eagle on the par-5 18th at Wentworth, his hands were shaking so much that he couldn’t even line up the putt. He managed to get a hold of his nerves and gently stroked the delicate downhill curling left-to-right putt — center cup all the way.

Noren fired a scorching ten-under 62 to set a new course record at Wentworth. He posted a tournament total of 11-under to take the lead at the BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour’s flagship event, separating him from the pack at nine-under, most of whom had most of the back nine left to play. The waiting game began and the torrential showers followed shortly thereafter.

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May
28
2017
By Stephanie Wei under European Tour

four girls at wentworth

On Sunday morning at Wentworth during the final round of the BMW PGA Championship, Sky Sports organized a foursome of ladies in the golf media — Henni Goya (Sky), Anna Whiteley (Golfing World), Di Dougherty and yours truly — for a bit of banter and speed putting challenge that was captured via Facebook Live.

I know what you’re thinking, there are four women in the golf media?!?! (I had the same exact reaction.) We had a great time and it was definitely a refreshing change from the norm, not to mention the usual suspects (all of whom are lovely, but I desperately crave much-needed girl time since it’s ever so rare).

Watch the replay after the jump!

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May
27
2017

When Lee Westwood holed his putt on the 18th Saturday afternoon to complete a hat trick of birdies to close out for an even-par 72 at Wentworth, the first words longtime caddie Billy Foster uttered were not what you’d per se expect, like, “Well played,” “Good finish,” or even, “Great putt.”

Instead, Foster, with a big smile on his face, exclaimed, “23 putts!”

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May
27
2017

The European Tour’s digital team — the best in golf across all platforms — delivers yet another amazing production, while also giving priceless birthday surprise for nine-year-old Aaron.

I don’t remember what I got on my ninth birthday, but I would bet all the money in the world it wasn’t anything close to the present Aaron received, thanks to his dad, the European Tour, and four of the biggest names in golf. Aaron’s dad emailed the European Tour and asked if they could do anything special to help celebrate his golf-fanatic son’s birthday, the Tour not only answered, but they went above and beyond to ensure Aaron would enjoy the most incredible birthday surprise ever.

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May
26
2017

I have to say that you wouldn’t believe the self-restraint I’ve exercised in not using a headline playing off the pun, “Grace under fire.” Because it’s definitely staring me down at the moment. I mean, it’s RIGHT there for the taking, but no, I refuse to give in and I don’t want to talk 30 minutes working it into the *perfect* way to describe Branden Grace’s “controversial” drop in a bunker during the first round of the BMW PGA Championship.

There was quite a bit of outrage from viewers, commentators and players who watched the situation play out on par-4 13th hole at Wentworth Thursday evening. Grace hit his approach into a greenside bunker, which left him with a plugged lie on the upslope — it was less than ideal and I doubt the best bunker player in the world could’ve done anything but make contact with the sand and hope it rolled back to a normal lie in the bunker.

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May
25
2017

I’ve just gotta start out by saying that any time you pull up to a venue and the parking is right next door to the media center, you’re automatically in a good mood and feel great about the tournament. I learned this two years ago — I was a bit shocked actually that media parking was almost too good to be true at the European Tour’s flagship event at Wentworth. It was great to return two years later and find that nothing had changed. I know this is random stupid #golfmediaproblems, but it definitely doesn’t hurt that this Tour takes really good care of the media when it comes to the small details. Shuttle buses are automatic buzzkills.

But enough about the amazing media parking at Wentworth! Well, it was a shame to once again come down with a stomach virus and miss Tuesday and Wednesday — as you know, those days are when I’m able to capture WUP gold and once the tourney starts, it’s a bit, okay, whatever. I’m not kidding when I say that the only person with a worse immune system than me is Jason Day. Unfortunately, that’s been a struggle for me the past two-plus years.

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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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