Author Archives: Stephanie Wei

Jul
29
2014

As always, some of you asked where you could watch my work for the Open Championship. The only real answer to that is if you live in Asia, I’m on the preview (or post-round) show on Fox Sports, and I also make regular appearances on Fox Sports Central. Since I know most of my reader base is North America and UK-based, you obviously can’t watch.

I’ve picked several features and interviews from the week at Royal Liverpool covering the Open — which was, as always, a complete blast. First, let’s check out the local area…

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Jul
29
2014
The Champion Golfer of the year launches his ball into the stands

The Champion Golfer of the year launches his ball into the stands

Remember after Rory McIlroy putted out for par on the 18th hole at Royal Liverpool Golf Club to clinch the Claret Jug and then he celebrated by throwing his ball into the grandstands? Well, either way, that’s what happened.

Lee Horner of Leeds was the man who caught McIlroy’s ball, and now it’s up for auction at GreenJacketAuctions.com. Nike even confirmed the ball’s authenticity. 

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Jul
29
2014
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship
All eyes will be on world no. 2 and Champion Golfer of the Year, Rory McIlroy

All eyes will be on world no. 2 and Champion Golfer of the Year, Rory McIlroy

The top 100 players in the Official World Golf Ranking have all committed to play in the 96th PGA Championship, held at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, August 7-10, according to the PGA of America on Tuesday. With the exception of any withdrawals prior to the first round, it would be the first time any major championship would feature each of the top 100 world-ranked golfers.  

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Jul
27
2014
By Stephanie Wei under British Open

Hey longtime WUP readers, welcome back to a very special edition of “Know Your Asians“! For newer readers, check it out and enjoy!

Interviewing Kiradech at his Hoylake digs

Interviewing Kiradech at his Hoylake digs

You might not be familiar with Thai pro golfer Kiradech Aphibarnrat, but you really should get to know him. Why? That’s easy — because he’s awesome, humble, introspective and an all-around good guy.

During the week of the Open Championship, we had the chance to catch up with Kiradech at his rental home in Hoylake.

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Jul
13
2014

Mo Martin hit the shot of her life on the 72nd hole at Royal Birkdale in the RICOH Women’s British Open. Heading into the 18th hole, she trailed the leader at the time, ShanShan Feng, by two shots, but then, Martin placed her drive down the left side of the fairway and struck a perfect 3-wood that rolled up and nearly rolled in for a rare albatross. Instead, the ball ricocheted off the pin to about six feet for eagle. She drained what turned out to be the winning putt for her first major victory (and first win on the LPGA), celebrating with an emphatic fist pump.

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Jul
13
2014

I caught up with third-round leader Inbee Park after she fired a four-under 68 in the third round of the RICOH Women’s British Open. It happened to be her birthday! — what a great way to celebrate with a superb round.

Park is vying for the career Grand Slam. She captured the first three majors of the season in 2013 and also won the U.S. Women’s Open in 2008. 

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Jul
10
2014

Check out my feature that aired on Fox Sports Asia, previewing the Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale and the American resurgence this season, not to mention interviews with world no. 1 Stacy Lewis and reigning U.S. Women’s Open champion Michelle Wie, who reveals a fun fact. 

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