Monthly Archives: July 2012

Jul
31
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

Woods looking for a major W

Tiger Woods, along with Graeme McDowell and Adam Scott, played a practice round at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, South Carolina, on Tuesday, for next week’s final major of the year, the PGA Championship, according to the tournament’s Twitter feed (which was also confirmed by the AP).

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Jul
31
2012
By Stephanie Wei under Announcements

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I should have posted this last Saturday and we are actually open now (well, sort of), but I just really wanted to post the picture above. I needed a few R&R days before returning to the grind with two big tourneys back-to-back — the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (which will now be referred to as “Firestone”) and the final major of the year, the PGA Championship.

I doubt anyone noticed with the Olympics kicking off last weekend. I’m pretty sure at least half of you guys have been busy being outraged with NBC’s tape-delayed coverage that has forced you to ponder the unthinkable: STAYING OFF THE INTER-WEBS!

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Jul
27
2012

Sergio and Dustin in a(nother) grand, brilliant PR stunt

As you may have heard, the 2012 London Olympics officially kick off with an Opening Ceremony of epic proportionscheck out the pictures leaking onto the inter-webs in this breaking story unfolding rapidly! — that we’ll all probably watch online via YouTube and other sources of non-NBC live-stream before we actually catch the “real” version on the tape-delayed NBC broadcast (tonight at 7:30pm ET and PT <<collective groan>> — sucks an extra three hours to live on the West Coast!).

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Jul
27
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

Lethargic dictates, admits Phil

Phil Mickelson appeared on “CBS This Morning” to speak with Charlie Rose about his education project and his golf game, which hasn’t exactly been up to par the last two months. He admitted, “I haven’t played my best,” and he spent the last five days identifying the possible issues:

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Jul
26
2012
By Stephanie Wei under Behind the Scenes

Sunday practice round day at The Open

Even though I’m not finished sharing my thoughts and unloading all the tidbits from my notebook, I’m recovering from a major Open hangover, not to mention those voices chirping in my ear via talkback for about 12 hours a day. Huh? Yeah, I have a new appreciation of TV/radio people wearing an earpiece 24/7. I mean, I already have the voices in my head and then I had to separate those from the ones in my ear while I was working as a presenter/reporter for @The Open Live…GET OUT OF MY EAR. GO AWAY.

Sorry. Never mind.

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Jul
25
2012
By Stephanie Wei under The Open Championship

Royal Lytham brings Tiger to his knees

Tiger Woods had a well-thought-out game plan going into the Open Championship. Come hell (Royal Lytham’s 206 bunkers) or high water (standard Open conditions), he was going to stick to it. In the end, arguably, it wasn’t his strategy that caused him to come up short of breaking his major-less streak, it was his execution (though I think he could have been less obstinate given the changing conditions).

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Jul
25
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

Kiawah's Ocean Course in '07 at the Senior PGA

Okay, I’m already sick of the above-mentioned Dustin Johnson crack in connection to the PGA of America’s “Condition of Play” announcement for the 94th PGA Championship. Of course, the DJ-bunker joke is referencing his unfortunate mistake in 2010 at Whistling Straits, where it turned out he grounded his club in the whole “bunker-not-a-bunker” debacle, which caused him to miss out on a playoff with Bubba Watson and Martin Kaymer.

Well, the 156-player field won’t have to worry about distinguishing between bunker and waste areas at this year’s championship at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C. (held August 6-12) — all sandy areas will be regarded as “through the green” and not designated as “bunkers” in the season’s final major.

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Jul
23
2012
By Conor Nagle under Equipment

Ernie Els’ Open Championship victory appears to have reinvigorated the debate surrounding the use of so-called “belly putters”.

Speaking in the wake of the South African’s victory at Royal Lytham, R&A chief executive Peter Dawson suggested the sport’s governing bodies were poised to take definitive action in the interest of resolving the long-running controversy.

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Jul
22
2012
By Stephanie Wei under The Open Championship

Ernie: class act

I have to get back to the TV compound, but I just wanted to throw up a quick post to congratulate Mr. Theodore Ernest Els and provide a thread for your comments on Adam Scott bogeying the last four holes to lose and Ernie coming from six shots back to capture his second Claret Jug — that clutch putt for birdie on the 72nd hole was pretty bleeping sweet. Who else held their breath as he set up to what turned out to be the difference between an outright victory and playoff?

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