Sep
25
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

Here at Gleneagles, we’re all waiting for the pairings to be announced (which are highly predictable at least on the American side), along with Friday’s first session fourball matches. However, because the Opening Ceremony is dragging on way too long (surprise, surprise, I know!), I was browsing through the pictures from last night’s Ryder Cup Gala when I came across this beyond amazing gem.

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Sep
24
2014

While American captain Tom Watson continues to play coy about Friday’s pairings, it appears as if they’ve already been long decided. The U.S. Ryder Cup team went out in the same three set of foursomes in Wednesday’s practice round as it did on Tuesday. Playing from the ninth tee in the morning, the first group out for the Americans included Zach Johnson, Hunter Mahan, Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson.

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Sep
24
2014

Oh, it’s Phil just being Phil again, but at least he created some stir on an otherwise rather slow news day in the longest ever lead-up to the Ryder Cup, which officially kicks off Friday at Gleneagles in Scotland.

In his pre-match press conference on Wednesday, Mickelson took a shot at the European team, specifically Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, when he was asked the oh-so-predictable question about whether the American players don’t get along or play together as well as the Europeans.

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Sep
23
2014

Per usual for every major or massive golf event, there’s a bevy of various bets you can place. You know, if it were legal in the United States of America (land of the free!). Oh wait, but it is here in Scotland, so I’ll be making my second donation of the year to the British economy (not like I already haven’t basically been robbed by the European Tour via the Merchandise Tent)! 

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Sep
23
2014

It’s no secret that the relationship between Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy has drastically changed over the past few years. While it doesn’t seem that long ago when McDowell was watching proudly by the 18th green on Sunday at Congressional as McIlroy walked up the fairway on the way to his first major victory at the 2011 U.S. Open, the little-brother/big-brother dynamic between them no longer exists.

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Sep
23
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

As you can see in the above photo that he posted on his Instagram on Sunday, Rickie Fowler decided to show his team spirit and passion for the Ryder Cup via a new haircut. Prior to boarding the charter plane to Scotland, the American had “USA” shaved into the side of his head.

Captain Tom Watson was quite supportive of Fowler’s new hairdo. 

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Sep
22
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing
Coming "Home" on no. 18!

Coming “Home” on no. 18!

When I walked from the car park onto the grounds at Carnoustie Golf Links, I immediately knew it was going to be a memorable experience. I was about to play a course that’s obviously in the Open Championship rota, so that immediately makes it special, but when you step onto a major championship golf course, you can feel something particularly distinct in the air.

The atmosphere at Carnoustie is welcoming and relaxed, but there’s a grandeur to the venue. After covering nearly every major over the last four years, you can sense that feeling right away. (Then again, you also show up at some major venues and don’t get that vibe, but I won’t go into naming some of those places.)

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Sep
21
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Wei Goes Golfing

Golf Club House Elie

Just a bit off the beaten path in a picturesque old town along the water — though only about 15 miles from St Andrews — lies The Golf House Club at Elie, a quaint course played across classic links terrain. The game has been played at Elie since the 15th century and you can tell with the rich history seen in the clubhouse, starting with the row of old lockers lining the walls of the main entrance.

It’s not a course that will wow you or awe you the way some other gems in Scotland will, like North Berwick or Royal Dornoch (my two favorites), but it will certainly charm the heck out of you and want you coming back for more. In short, Elie was a fair and fun test, not to mention memorable. 

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