Apr
5
2009
By Stephanie Wei under General

I am disappointed, but at the same time, I felt like i played pretty well. It was awfully hard out there. i made a few key little putts. i needed another birdie, but instead, I bogeyed the last three holes. But, I’m happy with the way I played, obviously, I had a lot of people out there supporting me, but I just couldn’t make many birdies today. It was just too tough.

I wasn’t tired on the 16th green and then after I three-putted, I was exhausted and now I’m finished. I haven’t played 54 holes in that short of span in a long time. I’m pretty tired, and my back is holding up so that’s a good sign.

Well, I felt pretty good about my swing. I’ve worked hard on it for the last seven days since I got here in town. I’m going to get ready [for Augusta]. I look forward to next week; it’s my all-time favorite place.

Fred Couples, on his performance at the Shell Houston Open.

Apr
5
2009
By Stephanie Wei under General

This is why I love Stuart Appleby: he’s got a great attitude. He is still smiling and joking with his caddy after shooting four-over-par, 76.

Apr
5
2009
By Stephanie Wei under General

That screen must be distracting, but at the same time, these guys are pros! Couples missed his putt for par on #17 to fall two behind Casey, the leader.

Apr
5
2009
By Stephanie Wei under General

Freddie Couples pipes his drive on #17. Albeit it ended up in the left rough, there’s a reason why his nickname is “Boom-Boom.”

Apr
5
2009
By Stephanie Wei under General

Paul Casey’s tee shot on #14 at the Shell Houston Open lands in the bunker; moments after he birdies #13 to take the lead by 1 over Fred Couples.

Apr
4
2009
By Stephanie Wei under General

Look! Stewart Cink isn’t the only PGA Tour pro on Twitter!

Apr
4
2009
By Stephanie Wei under General

Play this week’s at the Shell Houston Open at Redstone Golf Club hasn’t been ideal, to say the least. It’s never fun, but you gotta play with the cards you’re dealt, right?

Suspended play. Tough weather and playing conditions. Long days. No big deal; at least not for Freddie Couples.

Freddie sure isn’t playing like a seasoned PGA Tour vet who is nearing his 50th birthday. He’s currently tied for SECOND PLACE (after 45 holes)!!! I couldn’t be more excited (especially because he’s always been a source of inspiration for me), and I’m sure my elation is shared by many other fans.

There’s been quite a bit of banter about Freddie moving on to the Champions Tour. Sure, he’s getting to that age and he struggles with back pain, but he’s showing everyone this week that he’s still got game.

However, the question now is: can he sustain it for the next 27 holes? I’m going to take a leap and say, yes, he can. Freddie is playing better than he has in quite a while. The odds might be against him, but he has the momentum and the fan support. Also, he obviously knows and likes the golf course – he finished T4 last year.

Not to mention, during Wednesday’s press conference, Couples compared the similarities between Redstone and Augusta, emphasizing how playing this week was a good tune-up for the much anticipated Master’s next week. And, we all know about Freddie’s love affair with Augusta.

How great would it be to see Freddie finish at the top of the leaderboard tomorrow? It would be mind-blowing. It would be exciting. It would be pretty damn awesome.

Apr
3
2009
By Stephanie Wei under General

The video above is Walker Manzke speaking with CNN about his venture while he hits Madoff golf balls at the Chelsea Piers Driving Range in NYC.

Wouldn’t a lot of you like to take a whack at sleazy Bernie Madoff with a golf club? Now you can! Manzke’s mother was one of the victims in Madoff’s Ponzi Scheme. To deal with his anger, he started Sleazeball LLC. That’s what I call a clever endeavor.

[Photo of Sleazeball Madoff Golf Ball]

Apr
3
2009
By Stephanie Wei under General

Geoff Ogilvy sinks his birdie putt on the 8th hole (his 17th hole because he started on the back nine) for back to back birdies.  On the back nine of his second round, Ogilvy shot 30, which included 7 birdies! He’s on fire!

Ogilvy is the current leader in the field at the ShellHouston Open after completion of play today. Because of turbulent weather conditions, play was suspended yesterday and half the field has yet to start their second round.

Apr
2
2009
By Stephanie Wei under General

There’s a new generation of superstars ready to take over the leaderboards on the PGA Tour. That comes with no surprise. It’s not going to happen overnight, but at some point, there are going to be younger players replacing their older, wiser peers, such as Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, and even Tiger Woods, who have been in the top ten world rankings for years. The vets are still forces to be reckoned with, but it also stems from years of experience playing on Tour.

I like the hype around Rory Mcilroy. He’s the 19-year-old teen phenom from Ireland  he surprised the field by reaching the quarterfinals at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play. The pundits are calling McIlroy Golf’s Next Big Thing, a tough title to live up to, but from what I’ve seen, he’s got what it takes.

Why? He’s confident yet not cocky. He’s calm and charismatic. He’s poised under all the pressure and publicity. He’s a breath of fresh air. Not to mention, he has a regularly updated homepage and blog, which wins him extra points for interacting with his fans via Web 2.0. Now, if we can get him to start Twitter, he’s all set..

Mcilroy’s first win may not come this week or the next, but if he keeps playing his game, it won’t be long ‘til he becomes the PGA Tour’s youngest winner.