Mar
30
2009
By Stephanie Wei under General

The Chanel Golf Bag is for the true bag snobs whose obsession runs so deep that even their golf bag has to be absurdly extravagant. With the golf season in full swing, it’s the perfect gift (or excuse to purchase) for a Stepford Wife.

Mar
30
2009
By Stephanie Wei under General

I was giddy when I found @stewartcink on Twitter last week! I was able “follow” his insights on how he played (like the update above), which club he chose, and what he did in between rounds of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Cink periodically tweeted about hockey and March Madness, weather updates on the conditions and discussed his preference on Trucks. Get this, he also enjoys celebrity gossip!

I’m a fan of Cink, and following his tweets only made me love him more. He’s a funny guy.

Why aren’t more PGA, LPGA and Nationwide Tour players on Twitter? They should be encouraged to start. It’d be a simple social media strategy to increase their online presence – which would be beneficial to both the individual players and the game. Why? Here are a few thoughts:

-Generate a larger fan following for golf.

-Increase interaction and discussion with fans

-Platform to share their opinions and passions

-Make them more relatable and showcase their personalities

-Build their brand and public profile

Come one, come all! I can’t wait to “follow” more Pros on Twitter!

Mar
30
2009
By Stephanie Wei under General

Tiger Woods drains a clutch birdie on the 72nd hole to claim victory at the 2009 Arnold Palmer Invitational, his sixth at the event.

The putt that shook the world; followed by the signature double-fist pump we all love.

You gotta love this game.

Mar
29
2009

Even if you’re playing to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational, a major professional tournament, like Sean O’Hair was today, you have to concentrate on your own game. Without a doubt, all eyes were on Tiger Woods to stage the mind-blowing comeback that he did. O’Hair had all the odds stacked against him. And, it couldn’t have been easy playing with Tiger in the final round, but he maintained a professional attitude about the disappointing outcome.

During the press conference, O’Hair said, “It’s not like it’s The Tiger Show and I’m just out there to watch him. And I think that’s the one thing the media thinks about the guys out here, and it’s not about that. We’re trying to win golf tournaments, and he just happens to be that good. But just because he’s good doesn’t mean we’re out there watching him.  And then obviously on that putt I was expecting him to probably make it […] You know, I was out there trying to win a golf tournament out there, and I just think sometimes the media tries to make it, hey, we’re just out here and Tiger is just kind of doing his thing. I mean, we’re all, including Tiger, trying to win a golf tournament. And that’s it.”

Well said.

O’Hair lost this one, but it happens. In awe of Tiger’s dramatic victory, everyone seems to have disregarded that O’Hair has THREE top-5 finishes in 2009 already. I’d keep an eye out for O’Hair to win his third PGA tournament in the next few weeks; perhaps even as soon as the Masters.

Mar
29
2009
By Stephanie Wei under General

This is a photo of Jason Gore and Sean O’Hair sharing a laugh during Day 3 of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Contrary to what some may believe, you can have fun while playing a competitive round and still card a stellar score. I’d like to see more moments like this!

Golf requires focus while you’re about to hit the ball, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time and a bit of banter in between each shot. Otherwise, you’re in for a long, drawn-out 4 hours of 18 holes. But, that’s just my opinion.

Mar
29
2009

Yup, he did it again. Was anyone really that surprised? No way.

With Tiger Woods’ thrilling comeback win in the final holes of the 2009 Arnold Palmer Invitational, Golf’s One-Man Stimulus Plan: “Tiger” Asset Relief Program (TARP) is officially in play.  Because I (almost) always root for the underdog, I was pulling for Sean O’Hair (who went into the final round with a 5-stroke lead) to win the duel.  However, I was somewhat indifferent, knowing that either way, it would be an exciting outcome and great for the Tour.

I wrote this post back in February during Tiger’s much anticipated return to competition at the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship. If we thought that the PGA’s stimulus package had arrived then, imagine what Tiger’s win today means.

Thank you, Tiger.

Mar
28
2009
By Stephanie Wei under General

Round 3 of Arnold Palmer Invitational: This is when Jason Gore’s caddy tripped over the sprinkler. FAIL. Seconds later, Gore missed his par putt. It happens to the best of the best.

Mar
28
2009
By Stephanie Wei under General

Where did it go?!? Even the search party can’t find Tiger’s ball.

Mar
27
2009
By Stephanie Wei under General

Golf fashion has gotten a bad rap for years.  During my competitive golf days, I couldn’t wait to ditch the bland polos and unflattering shorts/slacks after the round.  But, thanks to the new generation of young golfers, like Camilo Villegas, who have both game and style, clothing sponsors are designing more appealing gear.  It’s about time.

Villegas is setting a good precedent for golf fashion (albeit it’s a tad too European for most).  He never hesitates to drop into his trademark “Spidey” move on the putting green, where he kneels into a half-squat, half-pushup position to drop his eyes to almost green level.  And what about those biceps that just make women swoon (myself included)?

I’m satisfied with watching a beautiful swing, but sadly, it’s sometimes not enough for fairweather fans.  Point being, players like Villegas are attracting a wider fan base to the Tour.

Mar
27
2009
By Stephanie Wei under General

This is the BEST golf commercial I’ve ever seen; mostly because there’s a bit of truth behind it.  The locker room scene is a great depiction of the actual camaderie between the players.  Tip of the hat to Anthony Kim, Trevor Immelman, Justin Leonard, Stewart Cink and of course, Tiger Woods.

And oh yeah, nice work, Nike!