Author Archives: Stephanie Wei

Aug
24
2014

After Hunter Mahan rolled in a delicate 10-footer to save bogey on the 18th hole, he smiled out of both relief and joy. The putt sealed his two-stroke victory over Jason Day, Cameron Tringale and Stuart Appleby at The Barclays, the first of four legs of the FedExCup Playoffs — it was also his first win since 2012.

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Aug
22
2014
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup

Ernie Els hasn’t had the best season of his career — not by a long shot, but he feels like his game is finally taking a turn for the better. He’s been enduring some growing pains following a couple of changes. There’s been the equipment switch from Callaway to Adams. He’s back to using the short putter after a couple-year dalliance with the belly putter. He’s also been enduring a nagging injury to his back and ribs due to the wear of tear of too much practicing and playing.

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Aug
21
2014

Hunter Mahan has a lot to play for right now — he’s currently tied for the lead at The Barclays (with half the field still out on the course), the first of four legs of the FedExCup Playoffs, after firing a five-under 66 in the first round. Coming into the week, he’s ranked no. 62 in the points standings and he’s hoping to do some moving over the next three events and make the top 30 to qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship.

Then, there’s the Ryder Cup — the top 9 automatic berths have already been set, but there’s still one way to make the team of 12. With U.S. Captain Tom Watson pondering his three captain’s picks, which will be announced September 2, Mahan is looking to impress him in the next two events.

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Aug
17
2014
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup

Camilo Villegas wowed at Sedgefield on Sunday, firing a final round seven-under 63 to capture the Wyndham Championship, his first title in nearly 4 1/2 years (2010 Honda Classic). Villegas posted a total of 17-under for the tournament to edge out Bill Haas and Freddie Jacobson by a mere stroke. 

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Aug
15
2014
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

Ever wonder what the strategy is to play the reachable-in-two par-5 18th at Valhalla? Look no further! I caught up with Sergio Garcia, Jordan Spieth and Geoff Ogilvy during their practice rounds to inquire about their approach to the exciting finishing hole. I also spoke with Adam Scott and Jim Furyk to gather their thoughts. 

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Aug
8
2014

With the exception of Bubba Watson, who “protested” the PGA of America’s reinstatement of the Long Drive Contest, most pros joined in on the fun and gave it their best rip on the par-5 10th during Tuesday’s practice round.

In fact, a few players popped by the 10th tee just to participate in the competition. Take Rory McIlroy, for example. The world no. 1 only played nine holes, but he went out of his way to partake in the festivities, before calling it a day. (He was also knowledgeable about the historical significance of the event.)

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