Nov
18
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods
Lindsey has her man's back!

Lindsey has her man’s back!

Tiger Woods nearly broke the internet Tuesday afternoon when he posted a column on Derek Jeter’s new website, the Players’ Tribune, which blasted a column in the December issue of Golf Digest for a satirical fake interview with Woods that was penned by distinguished writer Dan Jenkins. Lindsey Vonn, who is training in Vail, Colorado, for her World Cup skiing comeback, is glad her boyfriend took a strong stance, according to a USA Today report.

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Nov
18
2014

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In the December issue of Golf Digest, legendary sportswriter Dan Jenkins pens a satirical piece of him interviewing Tiger Woods. Having read the FAKE Q&A only bits of it (excuse: my mailbox key is broken, so I can’t access my issue and it’s not online in full yet — but I’m told it will be shortly), it’s fairly funny, but if anything, it’s harmless. No surprise, Tiger and his people didn’t think so, though.

So, how did Team Tiger respond? Oh, you know, probably the way Jenkins would have written it — Tiger (or his PR flak) penned a first-person column on Derek Jeter’s new website, The Players’ Tribune, blasting Digest, Jenkins and the satirical piece. You could call it a slight overreaction (they even wrote a letter to the magazine). 

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Nov
16
2014
By Stephanie Wei under LPGA
Viva la Mexico!

Viva la Mexico!

Christina Kim’s victory at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational might not be the biggest story of the LPGA’s blockbuster season, but in my book, it’s certainly the best one, not to mention the most feel-good (tissue, anyone?). It’s also definitely a fan favorite, as Kim wins hearts and minds everywhere she goes, whether it be an exchange on Twitter or an encounter at a tournament — she’s one of the most popular figures in women’s golf.

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Nov
16
2014
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

Brooks Koepka fired a final-round, seven-under 65 to overcome a two-shot deficit and secure his maiden victory on the European Tour at the Turkish Airlines Open. The 24-year-old American posted an tournament total 17-under to edge out Ian Poulter by a shot.

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Nov
13
2014
By Stephanie Wei under College Golf

Phil Mickelson has found a way to spend part of his offseason. Mickelson has been named the interim assistant golf coach to Arizona State University. The connection is that he’s obviously a former Sun Devil, where he won three individual NCAA titles, but also, his brother Tim is the head coach of the men’s golf team.

Golfweek, which first reported the arrangement, says Phil’s role isn’t expected to be long-term.

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Nov
13
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Equipment
TaylorMade's latest driver

TaylorMade’s latest driver

Images of TaylorMade’s new R15 driver (the Japanese version, which is slightly different than the American edition) were leaked on the interwebs on Thursday.

We have confirmed that TaylorMade is launching an R15 driver – offered in black and white. Like previous R series TaylorMade drivers, this one appears to be fully adjustable, evidenced by the two sliding weights and loft sleeve technology.

I’m attending an event introducing the product tonight, so stay tuned for more details…

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Nov
12
2014
Flagstick monitoring tool

Prototype of the device

If you follow me on any of my social media outlets, Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook (and if you don’t, you should shameless self-promotion), then you know I attended the USGA’s Pace of Play Symposium today, where I’ve gleaned a bunch of interesting information — some of which I’ve shared with you in snippets already.

We all hate slow play and have our ideas and opinions on its causes and solutions to try to eradicate it. However, one of the main things that stood out at the Symposium was the prototype device the USGA introduced, the Flagstick Monitoring Tool (pictured above), which is intended to help address slow play at the recreational level at some point in the near future. 

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Nov
10
2014

Canada’s long drought is over — thanks to Nick Taylor, who fired a final-round, six-under 66 en route to a two-shot victory at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi. The rookie and graduate of the Web.com Tour overcame a four-shot deficit on Sunday to become the first Canadian-born player since Mike Weir in 2007 to win a PGA Tour event.

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Nov
9
2014
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
Wowza!

Wowza!

Bubba Watson has pulled off seemingly impossible shots throughout his career (e.g., 2011 Masters) — it’s his MO. Watson wowed and impressed once again, but this time in Shanghai at Sheshan International Golf Club in the final round of the WGC-HSBC Champions.

After Watson snagged the solo lead on the back nine, he ran into trouble on nos. 16 and 17 with a bogey and double-bogey, respectively. And just like that, he had dropped three shots. Heading into the 18th with a two-shot deficit to Tim Clark, who was safely in the clubhouse, Watson needed an eagle on the par-5 final hole to force a playoff.

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