Author Archives: Stephanie Wei

Jan
27
2015

A defiant Robert Allenby met with the media on Tuesday morning at TPC Scottsdale, where he’ll play in the Waste Management Phoenix Open, an event perhaps more well known for its rowdy crowds and parties than for the golf. With many questions left unanswered, including reportedly a visit to a strip club, and contradicting accounts over his story about getting beaten, robbed and kidnapped in Honolulu, Allenby stood by his original tale, and then blamed the media for his ensuing travails and speculation (which was really not a good tatic).

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Jan
27
2015
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods, who is making his first start in 2015 on the PGA Tour at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, was in good spirits when he met with the media on Tuesday morning at TPC Scottsdale. Woods discussed a variety of topics, but let’s first address the one that’s most intriguing: The incident involving his missing tooth last week while he was watching his girlfriend Lindsey Vonn set the all-time record for World Cup wins with 63. 

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Jan
26
2015
Allenby's busted face: Beaten or fallen?

Allenby’s busted face: Beaten or fallen?

Robert Allenby’s traumatic story of getting beaten, robbed and kidnapped after missing the cut at the Sony Open continues to get weirder — as in, the more reporters investigate, the more holes there are with his original story.

One thing’s for sure: Allenby was robbed of most his credit cards, about $800 in cash and his phone, according to GolfChannel.com’s Rex Hoggard

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Jan
22
2015

Robert Allenby

Robert Allenby’s story of getting beaten, robbed and kidnapped last week in Honolulu has taken several twists and turns since it was first reported during the Sony Open. Several witnesses have brought Allenby’s account into question and contradicted it with their own versions of the events that they saw unfold. 

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Jan
18
2015

Jimmy Walker wasn’t going to let a second tournament slip through his fingers in the same week. After losing in a playoff to Patrick Reed at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Monday, Walker got redemption on Sunday, firing an impressive bogey-free, seven-under 63.

Not only did he successfully defend his title at the Sony Open, he ran away from the field, posting a 23-under total at Waialae Country Club en route to a nine-shot victory over Scott Piercy. The record for the largest margin of victory at this event was previously seven strokes, which was held by Paul Azinger in 2000. 

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Jan
17
2015
Photo via Golf Channel

Photo via Golf Channel

Robert Allenby says he was beaten, robbed and kidnapped before he was dumped in a park more than six miles from where he was taken in Honolulu on Friday night.

After missing the cut at the Sony Open, Allenby went to dinner with his good friend Anthony Puntoriero and his caddie Mick Middlemo. From there, they went to Amuse Wine Bar near Ala Moana in Honolulu, not far from Waikiki. 

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Jan
16
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Belly putter, what? Who needs that crutch anymore (especially with the USGA ban on anchoring coming into effect in less than a year)? Not Webb Simpson! — the 2012 U.S. Open champion is using a conventional length putter for the first time on the PGA Tour at this week’s Sony Open and it’s working pretty well for him so far. At the halfway mark, Simpson is 12-under and tied for a three-way share of the lead with Matt Kuchar and rookie Justin Thomas.

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Jan
16
2015

Matt Every was disqualified from the Sony Open during the second round for playing with a non-conforming golf club in competition. Every said he bent his 4-iron “out of frustration” on the 18th hole on Thursday at Waialae Country Club and accidentally used it on the same hole (which was his 9th of the day) on Friday.

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Jan
15
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

For the first time on the PGA Tour, Webb Simpson played with a conventional-length putter on Thursday. Simpson, who had used a belly putter since college in 2004, fired an eight-under 62 at Waialae Country Club to take a share of the early first-round lead at the Sony Open.

He was nervous for his Tour debut with the short putter and he owed the big man upstairs for helping him get through this difficult obstacle. 

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Jan
15
2015
Padraig Harrington kicks a football into the crowd on no. 16 at the 2013 Phoenix Open

Padraig Harrington kicks a football into the crowd on no. 16 at the 2013 Phoenix Open

Watch out for the PGA Tour’s fun police — they already got rid of the caddie races last year on the par-3 16th at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Now, players will be prohibited from throwing swag into the stands. A notice was posted in the locker room at this week’s Sony Open that was first tweeted by Golfweek’s Alex Miceli.

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