Author Archives: Stephanie Wei

Jun
29
2015

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Phil Mickelson, who is never known to shy away from a bet or money game both on and off the golf course, is reportedly tied to a money laundering and gambling case, according to ESPN’s Outside the Lines.

Apparently, Mickelson transferred nearly $3 million to an intermediary that was part of an “illegal gambling operation which accepted and placed bets on sporting events.” However, the five-time major winner has not been charged with a crime and is not under federal investigation. 

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Jun
28
2015

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The first-place check and trophy wasn’t the only reward up for grabs this week at the Travelers Championship — and it didn’t mandate a win. Sought-after spots in next month’s Open Championship at the famed St. Andrews, otherwise known as the Home of Golf, were granted to the highest-finishing four players who aren’t already qualified that placed T12 or better at TPC River Highlands. 

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Jun
28
2015

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I’m a little late to the party on Fox’s inaugural broadcast of the U.S. Open — and golf, for that matter, but I decided to stay in Seattle for an extra week to hang out with my family and friends. After all, as you could see on the telecast at Chambers Bay, the weather is friggin’ beautiful in this area of the country.

(I love how Seattle-ites have been complaining about how it’s “too hot” when it’s, like, 85 degrees and no humidity, though. I mean, I guess it does suck when 99% of people don’t have air conditioning in their homes.)

But I digress. The Twitter-sphere exploded with armchair TV media critics griping last week about Fox’s first-ever time covering the U.S. Open. People seemed to really miss Johnny Miller (just admit it) and the rest of the familiar NBC crew.

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Jun
28
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Bubba Watson, who ended up beating Paul Casey in a playoff, isn’t afraid to talk back to fans in the gallery, especially if they say something completely ludicrous. Which was the case on the par-4 2nd hole at TPC River Highlands during the final round of the Travelers Championship.

Watson hit his drive in the right rough — not where you want to be hitting into that hole since there’s a big tree blocking your line — leaving him with 101 yards to the green. No big deal if you’re a shot-maker like Bubba, though. A nearby drunk and clueless spectator had his own ideas on how to hit it and yelled at Bubba to punch a low 4-iron. 

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Jun
22
2015
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

My housemates Shane Ryan, Teddy Greenstein and Jon McCarthy and I gathered around the table one last time late Sunday evening (or early Monday morning) to reflect on the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, Dustin Johnson’s disappointing 72nd hole and Jordan Spieth, who now is halfway to the grand slam.

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Jun
22
2015
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

As Jordan Spieth walked off the 18th green at Chambers Bay on Sunday, he slapped his hands together loudly out of frustration. He thought he had just lost the U.S. Open, which would have been his second straight major title, after he missed his 15-footer for eagle, settling for a tap-in birdie. However, it wasn’t necessarily the putt that he was bemoaning, rather the double-bogey he had made on the penultimate hole, the par-3 17th, following a 30-footer he drained for birdie on the par-4 16th.

But it clearly wasn’t over yet.

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Jun
22
2015
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

Shocking. Heartbreaking. Appalling. Those are just a few adjectives to describe the atmosphere around the 18th green after Dustin Johnson missed a three-footer for birdie to tie Jordan Spieth at five-under for the championship and miss out on an 18-hole playoff the following day to go head-to-head for the U.S. Open title.

My God. Did that really just happen? The fans in the largest-ever grandstands surrounding the 72nd hole murmured and gasped in horror. No one knew what to say or think.

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Jun
22
2015
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

 

All week there was chatter about the poor condition of the greens at Chambers Bay. The pros expected better, especially at a U.S. Open, one of the four major championships in golf.

I learned in 2010 at the first U.S. Open I covered that talking to players on Sunday after they’re finished enduring what’s deemed as the toughest test of golf  is one of the most amusing days of the year — because they tend to vent and rant. However, this time around, there was plenty of complaints about the greens throughout the week. 

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Jun
21
2015
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

Jordan Spieth, who entered the third round of the U.S. Open tied for the 36-hole lead, posted a somewhat frustrating one-over 71, but at four-under for the championship he’ll head into Sunday in a similar position for the second straight major. The Masters champion holds a four-way share of the 54-hole lead with Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Branden Grace.

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Jun
20
2015
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

You know how the saying goes: Beware of the sick golfer. A day after collapsing on the 9th hole at Chambers Bay — his 18th in round two — due to vertigo, Jason Day impressed by simply attempting to play the third round of the U.S. Open. Day, who was clearly not feeling his best as he gingerly bent over to tee his ball up and retrieve it from the hole, not only completed all 18 holes; he posted an unbelievable two-under 68 to grab a four-wqy share of the 54-hole lead at four-under for the championship.

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