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
10
2017
By Stephanie Wei under Humor

Attention divots across the planet: Beware — Charl Schwartzel may flick you off with his index finger if he’s frustrated after a mishit that will likely lead to a bogey.

Heading into the par-3 8th (his 17th of the day) at TPC Southwind in the second round of the St. Jude Classic, Schwartzel was bogey-free and had managed to get to 10-under for the tournament. Then, this happened:

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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
30
2017

[*Update: I moved the mug shot after the jump because I couldn’t bear seeing it…]

It’s been more than 12 hours since I first heard Tiger Woods had been arrested in the wee hours of Memorial Day near his home in Jupiter, Florida, on suspicion of drunk driving, and I’m still not sure what to say or think. Really, though, when I saw Tiger’s mug shot, the first word that came to mind — and remains at the forefront — was and is, sad.

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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

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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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