Apr
6
2009
By Stephanie Wei under General

This is a slideshow of Camilo Villegas at various tournaments getting down his signature “Spiderman” pose when he reads the green before putting. You have to watch it! It’s an absolutely awesome video, especially with the Spiderman soundtrack playing in the background!

Apr
5
2009
By Stephanie Wei under General

Paul Casey embraces his caddy after winning the Shell Houston Open in a thrilling sudden death play-off with J.B. Holmes. Congrats!

Subsequent to securing his first PGA Tour victory, Casey said, “This is fantastic. I can’t believe we’ve got bagpipes playing. I love the Masters. I feel it’s my best opportunity at a major. The golf course sets up very, very well for me. Winning this week isn’t a jinx like winning a par 3 contest. Phil Mickelson has won the week before and gone on to win Augusta. Sandy Lyle has done it as well. It’d be nice to be another Brit to do that.”

Casey definitely has momentum going into the first major of the year, the Masters, BUT what about the pressure he’s facing now? Can he handle it?

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.