Monthly Archives: January 2013

Jan
31
2013
It's going in, it's going in...and...never mind.

It’s going in, it’s going in…and…never mind.

The groan heard around TPC Scottsdale was Phil Mickelson’s 25-foot putt on No. 9 (his 18th) for birdie an golf’s magic number — 59 — looking like it was good all the way, until it did a near-360 around the cup and lipped out. Jim “Bones” Mackay, Mickelson’s longtime caddie fell to the ground in despair.

Phil, who started walking toward the hole and raising his putter up in anticipation of a celebration, was left with a tap-in for an 11-under 60. Which is still an excellent round, but he was naturally disappointed and called it “heartbreaking.” 

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Jan
30
2013

I know I should know better and use Word instead of WordPress to write my posts, but old habits die hard. The internet timed out and I just lost the last hour’s worth of work–which is always fun–but it’s my own fault. Anyway! It was a busy yet fun (and kind of weird) day on Wednesday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Above, you can watch the #WUPHangout that I did earlier this evening. What did we talk about?

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Jan
30
2013
By WUP Staff under By the Numbers
Driver the key to Tiger's success on the way to his 75th PGA Tour victory

Driver the key to Tiger’s success on the way to his 75th PGA Tour victory

Welcome to By the Numbers, Farmers Insurance Open Edition. As you may have guessed, the column this week will be very Tiger Woods centric. Hey, you notch it your 75th win on the PGA Tour, you can have your own Numbers column, too. Without further ado, your Tiger at Torrey Pines Edition:

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Jan
29
2013
Deer in headlights

Deer in headlights!

Vijay Singh, known for his intense work ethic on the golf course and in the gym, is one of the athletes who have used a banned substance from a two-man company run in the back of a gym in Alabama called S.W.A.T.S. — Sports With Alternatives to Steroids, according to a fascinating Sports Illustrated story.

Christopher Key and Mitch Ross sell products like deer antler spray, hologram chips and “negatively charged” water that claim to help enhance an athlete’s performance. The deer antler spray contains IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor), a “natural anabolic hormone that stimulates muscle growth,” which is banned by the NCAA and every major pro league. 

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Jan
29
2013
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
Diamond and Gold for Tiger

Diamond and Gold for Tiger

Tiger Woods looked like he lost interest — or rather, patience and concentration — on his way to a four-shot victory at the Farmers Insurance Open, in what was a long, drawn-out Monday finish, where play was so slow that you could take a solid power nap without missing a shot. You think I’m exaggerating? Hardly.

At one point, Woods held an eight-shot lead and for obvious reasons, like the fact he’s never missed a cut in 13 starts at this event, or that he had already won the PGA Tour tourney seven previous times, not to mention his eighth victory at Torrey Pines, counting the 2008 U.S. Open, his last major (number 14), in a dramatic 18-hole playoff against Rocco Mediate. 

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Jan
28
2013
A global game and a global tour

A global game and a global tour

The LPGA has created a new event that appears to be its own version of the Presidents Cup on the men’s tour. The ladies have the Solheim Cup (biennial matches between the U.S and. Europe, like the Ryder Cup), but the game, especially on the LPGA tour, is an international affair.

Last week the LPGA announced the International Crown, “a first-of-its-kind, biennial, global match play competition commencing in 2014 that will feature teams from eight countries battling for the right to be ‘Crowned’ the world’s best golf nation,” according to the press release. 

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Jan
27
2013
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
Tiger in cruise control

Tiger in cruise control

Tiger Woods continues to cruise on what will very likely be his seventh victory at the Farmers Insurance Open (and his eight at Torrey Pines when you include the 2008 U.S. Open) and his 75th on the PGA Tour, which will occur on Monday afternoon Eastern Standard Time.

Saturday was a wash-out due to fog — err, excuse me, the marine layer.

With eleven holes left to play in the final round, Woods has a seven-shot lead, with defending champion Brandt Snedeker and Nick Watney as his closest contenders. 

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Jan
25
2013
By Stephanie Wei under WUPHangout

Check out our second-ever (!!!) Google+ Hangout. Thanks to Jesse and Shoshana (@shosheak) for helping out and everyone for submitting questions via Twitter or elsewhere. In the future, I think we might use the hashtag “WUPHangout” or something to keep track of tweets. We’ll also invite some of you to “Hangout” in the room with us (there will be a selection process), but let’s take not rush into things.

Love this format and interacting with people! So much that we might (at least I’d like to if you guys are in!) have a Hangout on Saturday and Sunday.

We’re still new to the medium, so please bear with us as we work out the kinks. Remember: it’s a process. And good news is — at least I’d hope — is to get better with each rep! Feedback and constructive criticism is always welcome — i.e.. what would you like to see going forward? Thanks again.