Author Archives: Stephanie Wei

Mar
2
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

It’s been a long, arduous road back to the winner’s circle for Padraig Harrington, whose last victory on the PGA Tour came at the 2008 PGA Championship. Similar to the past seven or so years, Harrington’s journey was filled with ups and downs before he closed out Daniel Berger on the second playoff hole to capture the Honda Classic on Monday. 

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Feb
28
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Good news: You didn’t miss a whole lot. Bad news: You didn’t miss a whole lot.

Due to the delays during the first two rounds of the Honda Classic, half the field finished their second round on Saturday morning. Unfortunately, 51 minutes after the third round began, play was suspended at 12:51pm due to a dangerous weather situation (e.g. high winds, torrential rain, thunderstorms in the area, etc.).

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Feb
27
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Following an opening eight-over 78, it looked like Brooks Koepka was probably going to take an early exit and miss weekend play at the Honda Classic. It appeared more probable after he made a bogey on his second hole, no. 11, in the downpour at PGA National. However, he was saved by the horn, so to speak. After a long delay, Koepka reeled off eight birdies and posted a six-under 64 — 14 shots better than a day prior — in tough conditions to save his weekend plans.

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Feb
27
2015

Rory McIlroy surprised everyone, including himself, with his poor performance at his 2015 debut on the PGA Tour. The world no. 1 certainly didn’t play up to his standards in the first round of the Honda Classic, posting a three-over 73, and he was unable to turn it around during the rainy, weather-delayed second round at PGA National. In fact, he actually shot one stroke worse on Friday, carding a four-over 74 for a seven-over total, which puts him well outside the cut line.

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Feb
26
2015

Rory McIlroy’s 2015 debut on U.S. soil wasn’t exactly what anyone expected from the no. 1 player in the world. Battling extremely tough conditions and swirling winds at the already difficult PGA National, McIlroy posted a three-over 73 (eight shots off the lead) in the opening round of the Honda Classic.

Believe it or not — it was actually a pretty good score all things considered. McIlroy showed some fight at the end of his round, finishing with back-to-back birdies on the last two holes. But, it still wasn’t up to par, so to speak, for him.

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Feb
25
2015

Heading into his debut on the PGA Tour at this week’s Honda Classic, Rory McIlroy is atop of the golfing world, holding a firm grasp on the no. 1 spot in the world rankings for over a year.

He’s starting his year in America without any outside distractions, whether it may be legal or personal. He’s already won once in 2015, capturing the Omega Dubai Desert Classic earlier this month in his second start on the European Tour. (He finished second in his season opener at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in January.) 

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Feb
24
2015
Members of the PGA's Ryder Cup task force join to announce Love as captain

Members of the PGA’s Ryder Cup task force join to announce Love as captain

Davis Love was officially named the U.S Ryder Cup captain at a media conference at the PGA of America’s headquarters on Tuesday at PGA National, site of this week’s Honda Classic. Six members of the PGA’s Ryder Cup task force were present for the announcement, including PGA CEO Pete Bavacqua, president Derek Sprague, vice president Paul Levy, Phil Mickelson, Tom Lehman Rickie Fowler, and of course, Love. The PGA also revealed changes to the captain selection process and qualifying system for U.S. players. 

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Feb
22
2015

James Hahn’s story is straight out of Hollywood. Just a little less than a decade ago, Hahn was selling shoes at Nordstrom’s. Now, he’s a PGA Tour winner, after beating two stars — or at least two more well-known players — Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey in a playoff on the third extra hole at Riviera.

Hahn remembered a subtlety in the break of a 25-foot putt on the par-3 no. 14 and he drained it for birdie. He shook his fist in the air several times, but Johnson, who had hit it closer, still had yet to give his attempt a go. Hahn couldn’t watch when Johnson stepped up to the putt. However, after Johnson missed, Hahn had snagged his maiden PGA Tour victory at the Northern Trust Open.

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Feb
20
2015
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

Jack Nicklaus has been in the same scary, dark place that Tiger Woods appears to be dealing with at the moment — the chipping yips. Nicklaus, who was a guest on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive on Friday, said he endured similar short-game struggles in 1979, and he was actually putting it around bunkers because he couldn’t chip it.

Now, with Tiger’s leave of absence almost certainly extending into late March at the very least, everyone is wondering how (and even if) Woods’ ailing game will return to competitive form. Nicklaus believes Woods’ issues are mental, rather than physical or technical, per se.

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