Category Archives: Fall Series

Nov
11
2012

No joke about the pressure and stress for some players at Disney...

A friend called me on Friday evening and asked if I saw what had happened with Charlie Beljan, who was visibly having difficulty breathing and staying upright as he finished his round.

No, I wasn’t, and I didn’t have access to a TV, but I’d seen a few tweets from concerned and worried players, describing what they were seeing in the second round of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic as “scary” and “distressing.”

Well, what happened?

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Oct
17
2012

For the love of...

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III has publicly handled the stunning loss of his team to the Europeans at Medinah with grace and candor. He’s admitted to second-guessing his decisions, like benching the dynamic duo of Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson on Saturday afternoon, his four captain’s picks, and the pin placements for Sunday singles.

Love, the tournament host at this week’s McGladrey Classic, knows his leadership has been criticized by the press and the public, but perhaps he’s beating himself up over the loss more than anyone else. He’s able to look at the positives of the week, but he’s still not sleeping well. Three weeks later, the ghost of the historic Ryder Cup continues to follow him around.

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Jun
26
2012
By Stephanie Wei under Fall Series

Wooooot! We're legit!

Starting in 2013 the Fall Series events will become legitimate PGA Tour tournaments. The Tour policy board has voted to award full FedExCup points to the events following the season-ending Tour Championship. Now the change comes as part of the decision to modify the Tour’s schedule (along with the Q-school format). Instead of following a calendar-year format, the plan is to kick off the 2013-2014 season with the fall tournaments.

Via the Tour’s media blast

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Oct
23
2011

Luke's amateur foursomes partner was named Robert Duck, so they were called Donald Duck!

While I was playing Cabot Links in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, (which is unfinished but has been dubbed “the Bandon of the East), I checked the leaderboard for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. Luke Donald and Webb Simpson had only played about four holes, and Luke was still about T15, trailing Kevin Chappell by roughly five shots. I didn’t look at my phone again until the 12th hole and did a double take when I saw Luke tied for the lead.

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Oct
21
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Fall Series

Mystery solved!

There was a rather perplexing (and somewhat alarming) situation over Justin Leonard’s 2012 exempt status Friday afternoon. After Leonard shot a blazing nine-under 63 to take a share of the lead at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, his eligibility for the following year came into question during his press conference. Though a former Open champion and 12-time PGA Tour winner, he’s No. 144 on the 2011 money list and hasn’t won since 2008, so it was unclear to the half-dozen reporters (and Tour media officials) under which category Leonard was exempt.

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Oct
20
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Fall Series

Luke: Thanks for messing up my vacation, Webb!

With the wind gusting and swirling at Disney (The Happiest Place on Earth!), six guys, who all played the Palm Course, aka the “easier one,” fired six-under 66 for a six-way tie for the lead in the first round of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. Among them were Nos. 2 and 125 on the PGA Tour money list — Luke Donald and James Driscoll.

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Oct
18
2011

Last week's scoreboard...now it's actually the last week to make a move

This week in golf brings out pressure for the opposite ends of the spectrum depending on what kind of year you’ve had, but money is the common thread. The four major champions are reaping one of the many benefits attached to their title and playing in the 2011 PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda — a money grab and made-for-TV event. Luke Donald and Webb Simpson will battle it out for the Tour money title, which will probably also decide Player of the Year. Meanwhile, there are a bunch of guys fighting for their cards or just some sort of status for next year (along with trying to pay off their mortgage).

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Oct
17
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Fall Series

Keeping the eye on the money (and not a points system no one understands)

Webb Simpson missed a short putt to lose in a playoff against Ben Crane on Sunday at The McGladrey Classic, but he did earn a nice consolation prize — $432,000 for his second-place finish to overtake Luke Donald as No. 1 on the PGA Tour money list by $363,029.

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Oct
17
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Fall Series

Hats off

Those were the first words that came out of Ben Crane’s mouth when he sat down next to The McGladrey Classic trophy in his post-win presser. Great question. We’ve been wondering the same thing, though now the question — “What the heck am I doing here?” — could be interpreted in more than one way.

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Oct
14
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Fall Series

Disney should be a doozy!

After firing a three-under 67 to put him in a tie for second at the midway mark of The McGladrey Classic, Webb Simpson confirmed he’ll play next week’s season-ending event, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.  Simpson’s announcement followed shortly after world No. 1 Luke Donal committed to the Disney to take on Webb for the PGA Tour Money Title. Oh yeah, it’s on! — both guys are ready to throw down.

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