Category Archives: General

Mar
16
2014
By Stephanie Wei under General
WUP technically turned 5 yesterday. In celebration of this big anniversary, I decided to write a bit about the wonderful journey I embarked on five years ago… As always, thank you, readers, for your support and encouragement. A big shout-out to the detractors, as well, for lighting an even greater fire under me to succeed — I wouldn’t be here without all of you. 
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Just over five years ago, I was channel surfing when something on Golf Channel caught my eye and I stopped to watch for a bit. I saw Steve Sands interviewing a player. I saw Nick Faldo in the announcer booth. I saw a bunch of pros hit some good golf shots. I didn’t see any women on the coverage.
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Dec
24
2013
By Stephanie Wei under General

photo (1)Dear Readers,

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your families and loved ones. Hope you had a joyous day and a wonderful year. Many thanks for all the support and memories and I look forward to making new, even better ones in 2014.

2013 was a pretty darn incredible year for golf. How about all those exciting finishes at the majors? I haven’t been covering golf very long, but it was the most memorable one with regard to compelling stories, amazing comebacks and inspiring victories. 

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Dec
5
2013
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour
Disciplinary action

Simon Dyson, report to the principal’s office

Simon Dyson was fined $49,000 and handed a two-month ban and suspended for 18 months after being found guilty of a serious breach of the European Tour’s code of behavior as a result of an incident at the BMW Masters in Shanghai in October.

Dyson met with a three-man disciplinary panel that convened at the Tour’s headquarters in Wentworth on Thursday to determine his fate due to a rules violation, where he tapped down a spike mark with his ball that was directly in the line of his short par putt. He was disqualified from the tournament for signing an incorrect scorecard because he failed to add a two-shot penalty for his infraction. 

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Oct
31
2013

Orlando’s Tim Burke crushed a record-winning drive that measured 427 yards to capture the 2013 RE/MAX WORLD LONG DRIVE CHAMPIONSHIP, making him the reigning longest hitter on planet earth. Burke took home the championship belt, along with the $250,000 prize, after facing off against eight of the longest drivers of the ball at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, according to a GolfChannel.com media blast:

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Oct
27
2013
World No. 1 Tiger Woods (centre) is welcomed by Dr. Ken Chu (left), Chairman of Mission Hills Group, and Tenniel Chu (right), Vice-Chairman of Mission Hills Group, upon arriving at Mission Hills Haikou in Hainan, China, where VIP guests included Allan Zeman (far left).

World No. 1 Tiger Woods (centre) is welcomed by Dr. Ken Chu (left), Chairman of Mission Hills Group, and Tenniel Chu (right), Vice-Chairman of Mission Hills Group, upon arriving at Mission Hills Haikou in Hainan, China

Instead of sneaking through the back entrance of the hotel, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy went through the front door for a few photo ops. (Naturally, I took a picture of hotel guests and “Lao Hu” fans snapping shots.) Considering both are being paid several million for basically just showing up and pegging it with their pal, this wasn’t too much to ask. Hooray.

The world no. 1 and former world no. 1 are excited to play a friendly game of golf on Monday afternoon — as they often do in South Florida — which I’ll be covering live via TwitterInstagram and Facebook, etc. And no, The Match is not being televised live in the U.S., so you should be following me because most of you know how much I enjoy taking behind-the-scenes videos and pictures.

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Sep
5
2013
By Stephanie Wei under General
Bev Norwood (the guy in the middle) ordering a drink at the media hotel during the U.S. Open

Bev Norwood (guy in the middle) ordering a drink at the media hotel during the U.S. Open

The first time I met Bev Norwood was in the media center at the 2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational. I was a rookie on the beat and still trying to figure out the whole covering the Tour thing, so I was relieved when the first person I ran into after checking in was John Paul Newport from the Wall Street Journal.

Then, Bev, a longtime publicist at IMG, appeared and JP introduced us and told Bev to take care of me. Almost immediately, Bev moved my seat from the slums in the back corner of the media center to the a first class seat in the second row near all the veteran, established writers.

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Aug
24
2013
Woodland and Kuchar teamed up to win the 2011 World Cup

Woodland and Kuchar teamed up to win the 2011 World Cup

It was a perfect day at Liberty National during the third round of The Barclays — but it was still a grind if you actually had to play in the breezy and tough conditions. Well, with the exception of Kevin Chappell, who posted nine-under 62, trumping the course record set by Keegan Bradley a day earlier. Chappell was even a bit surprised and bemused with with his impressive round. 

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