Monthly Archives: August 2012

Aug
31
2012
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup

Found: Tiger's putting stroke

Ah, what a glorious way to kick off the Deutsche Bank Championship and stir up some excitement in the second leg of the FedExCup PLAYOFFS, heading into the long weekend (reminder: traditionally, this event runs from Friday-Monday due to Labor Day). Of course I’m referring to Tiger Woods, who cruised to a seven-under 64 in the first round on Friday to share the early lead with Jeff Overton.

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Aug
30
2012

Surprise? Shock? Both?

Similar to last week at The Barclays, the first of four legs in the FedExCup playoffs, there’s more than just a tournament to follow at the Deutsche Bank Championship, which includes the top-100 finishers in points — there’s the race for the top 70 to advance to the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick.

For all the pomp and money (and more) that’s on the line, the atmosphere has certainly been relaxed. In fact, I can’t remember the last time vibe felt this relaxed. May? April? I know it’s early in the week and the tournament has started, and I expect tensions to mount as the week progresses, but so far, it’s not exactly what you might expect for the pressure-packed PLAYOFFS.

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Aug
29
2012

Notah and his little bro

Well, no ones cares about the atmosphere on Wednesday at the Deutsche Bank Championship and other interesting tidbits, aka gossip on the range. like the handful of Americans who have one last week to make a case and impress Team USA captain Davis Love III before he announces his four wildcard picks on Tuesday morning… right?

Okay, that’s what I thought, but in case you do, the short version: pretty chill and most relaxed and friendly I’ve seen it in months, with the exception of the half-dozen guys who are freaking out about making the Ryder Cup.

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Aug
27
2012

Now that's what I call a reaction

First of all, apologies for making anyone worry about my absence the last few days. I had to deal with some more health issues and I’m still not 100%, but it’s nothing too serious and I’ll be fine. Thanks for the emails and tweets and I’m sorry I wasn’t able to attend the final round of The Barclays at Bethpage Black (one of my favorite venues bar none).

Well, I heard the Tour watered the greens on Saturday, so the course was “playable,” yet the Black is still one hell of a test. Congrats to Nick Watney on his victory at The Barclays, the first leg of the FedExCup playoffs. Watney, who previously had somewhat of a forgettable season for a player of his caliber, shot a two-under 69 to overcome a two-stroke deficit going into the final round and win by a three-shot margin over Brandt Snedeker.

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Aug
24
2012

That, folks, is what it looks like when you try to play golf with serious lower back pain

Tiger Woods walked with a limp and grimaced in pain (as seen above), but he managed to play through it — and very well — and shot an excellent two-under 69 on Friday afternoon at Bethpage Black. The golf course showed its real face in the second round of The Barclays and conditions were firm and fast (almost major-like with shades of the ’09 U.S. Open).

Coincidentally enough, while Tiger’s back was ailing him, I wasn’t at Bethpage because I spent the day at the doctor’s office getting treatment for my crappy back condition, so that — no joke — I could walk without a limp. I feel your pain, Tiger! I really do. I recommend muscle trigger therapy. I can refer you to my doc in the city.

Well, just let me know, Tig!

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Aug
24
2012

The new BFFs

Since this was meant to be published yesterday, I’ll keep this concise and try to add to what you’ve already read and know. I was posting a bunch of my real-time opinions and analysis on Twitter. You know, like Tiger stepping out of the Port O’ Potty and not receiving a standing ovation like he did in 2002 for the same movement — the important details.

“I got a few claps, though,” Woods quipped after posting a scrappy three-under 68.

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Aug
23
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Tiger and Rory, sitting in a tree...

Rory and Tiger. Tiger and Rory. The past and the future are playing together in the first two rounds of The Barclays, at Bethpage Black, no less.

Sit back, kick your feet up and get ready to watch some fun — and hopefully great — golf. And no, it won’t be awkward.

Sorry, folks, but the dynamic between Tiger and Rory is more like a bromance than a rivalry.

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Aug
22
2012
By Stephanie Wei under The Open Championship

I’m not sure what exactly I was trying to find on YouTube, but in the process I came across the below interviews from the Open Championship, where I worked as a presenter for @The Open Live, the official behind-the-scenes online broadcast of the championship.

I started with the one I liked better (not the player, silly), which was Zach Johnson, fresh off his second victory on the PGA Tour in 2012 at the John Deere Classic.

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Aug
21
2012

I usually like to wait until after the spot is over before I tell people that I’ll be on TV (at least these days), but for some reason, I felt inclined to post. Maybe it’ll make me perform better for you all since as you know, I’ve been feeling extra feisty the past few days (and it’s almost drained, but I can muster up one last boost).

OK, here are the details: I’ll be on CNN International’s World Sport talking with Amanda Davies on…what else – yes, Augusta National opening its doors to its first women members. I’m told I’ll be on-air around noon (12:18 to be, exact).

Catch me if you can. Crap, what am I going to wear?!

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