Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

Jun
30
2014
Faldo doing his best "Tiger Woods" during the clinic

Faldo doing his best “Tiger Woods” during the clinic

Last Monday, Sir Nick Faldo joined Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky at Chelsea Piers in NYC to celebrate its third year as the Official Spirit of the upcoming Open Championship, which will be held this July at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England. Faldo starred in the special panel discussion — which also featured special guest David Cannon, a renowned golf photographer – moderated by Golf Digest senior writer Tim Rosaforte. 

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Jan
29
2014
View of the Greenskeeper Outdoor Lounge from across the 18th fairway
Have you heard the 16th hole at the Phoenix Open gets totally cray cray? And that the whole tournament is essentially one massive drunk party?

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Sep
18
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Behind the Scenes

I share some behind-the-scenes nuggets in the video above. I have more info and quotes on the topics I mentioned, but I’ll have to update this post with them later since I’m about to miss the last shuttle to the parking lot!

It was a productive day at East Lake, but for now, here’s a mini Q&A I did with Jordan Spieth (after stalking running him down in the parking lot) — it’s hard to believe he just turned 20 the other month — it’s like he’s 20 going on 35. 

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Jul
11
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Behind the Scenes

Thanks to the fine folks of Aberdeen Asset Management and Visit Scotland, WUP is in Scotland this week covering the Scottish Open and playing some of the great courses in the area. Keep up with my Instagram, YouTube and Twitter for (more real-time) behind-the-scenes coverage of the event and my adventures.

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The 18th at Castle Stuart

 

I sound like a broken record constantly apologizing for the delay in posting recaps and reviews, but the days are packed and so are the nights (and no, I’m not just going out on the town and getting smashed), so refer my social media channels. It’s a bit of a different week for me, which is a fantastic change of pace, not to mention scenery. I decided to sacrifice my beauty sleep and catch up, so here we go! 

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Jul
10
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Behind the Scenes

Thanks to the fine folks of Aberdeen Asset Management and Visit Scotland, WUP is in Scotland this week covering the Scottish Open and playing some of the great courses in the area. Check out my Instagram, YouTube and Twitter for more behind-the-scenes coverage of the event and my adventures.

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Hello from Inverness! Apologies for the delay on posting this, but we had a late dinner (amongst several Ryder Cup greats, no less) and I was absolutely knackered when I got back to the hotel last night.

Besides, I’m sure most of you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, in which case you’ll have seen some of the following photos and videos. For the rest, you’re in for a treat! — at least I think so. I mean, I’ve been here for just over 24 hours and I’m in love with the Scottish Highlands without even having played golf yet. It might have something to do with the gorgeous weather. 

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Jun
11
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Behind the Scenes
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Everyone standing in awe of the crowds, cluster and chaos: It’s only Tuesday (shaking heads)

As I’m sure you’ve heard, keeping it in the fairway is premium for players this week at Merion, especially if they want to be in contention coming down the stretch on Sunday. Precision off the tee is crucial even more so than an average U.S. Open — though even if you look at the stats for recent champs, they ranked poorly in driving accuracy — because the rough isn’t graduated as it has been in the last few years.

So, if you miss the fairway even by an inch, you’re not likely going to reach the green and how far players advance the ball is going to depend on how bad their lie is in the thick, long grass (and if it rains on Thursday as the forecast predicts, then it’s going to be even tougher). 

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Jun
10
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Behind the Scenes
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A picture really does say a thousand words! (Eileen Bliss/USA Today Sports)

A month ago, Merion desperately needed some hot, 80-something degree days to firm up the track for U.S. Open-esque conditions, but going with the theme of the season, Mother Nature keeps spoiling the fun in the sun. The U.S. Open didn’t exactly get off to the best start on Monday.

The horn blew before 6am and play was delayed until 11am, and then it was intermittently suspended throughout the day, meaning players haven’t had the most ideal of practice rounds (if you follow any on Twitter, then you’ve gotten a pretty accurate glimpse of the morbidity of things). 

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Jun
4
2013
Jason Kokrak, Luke Guthrie, Charlie Wi and Sang-Moon Bae loosen up for the playoff

Jason Kokrak, Luke Guthrie, Charlie Wi and Sang-Moon Bae loosen up for the playoff

With darkness closing in during the last minutes of daylight at the U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Columbus, PGA Tour rookie Luke Guthrie stood over a five-footer for birdie on the third playoff hole — more important, a putt to clinch his place in his first major next week at Merion. And, in it went.

In a playoff that started with eleven other Tour pros who shot eight-under gunning for the seven remaining spots, Guthrie secured the 15th and final one on the third extra hole, the par-4 10th at The Lakes Golf & Country Club.

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