Category Archives: PGA Tour

Aug
3
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

TIGER IS BACK. TIGER IS DONE. WAIT. TIGER IS BACK…AGAIN. I had some fun trolling tweeps last weekend with blanket hyperbolic statements like those depending on how Tiger Woods was playing during the Quicken Loans National. It’s just too easy! #sorrynotsorry

Well, save for his third-round 74, Woods had a solid week at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, posting three rounds in the 60s en route to a T18 finish — almost tying for his best of the year (T17 at the Masters!).

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Jul
28
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Tiger Woods

Barring a near miracle, Tiger Woods is likely nearing the end of yet another forgettable season, where he’s missed three cuts, withdrawn and placed in the top-25 just once in eight starts. OK, so he hasn’t played much, but the times he has have been pretty painful to watch as of late.

Woods, who has the dual role of host and player at this week’s Quicken Loans National at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Virginia, voiced his frustration in his press conference Tuesday — just ten days after missing the cut at the Open Championship at St Andrews, where he had hoisted the Claret Jug twice before in decisive victories in 2000 and 2005. 

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Jul
27
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Following the disappointment of a near miss at the Open Championship last Monday, Jason Day closed in style, rolling in three straight birdies to capture the Canadian Open by a shot over Bubba Watson at Glen Abbey GC. Day also spoiled 54-hole leader David Hearn’s bid to become the first Canadian to win his national championship in 61 years.

Day’s clutch finish — which included draining a 20-footer for birdie on the 72nd hole — took place just six days after he came up just short (literally) at St Andrews.

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Jul
13
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

After an opening round 71 that put him well outside the cutline, some felt that it wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing if Jordan Spieth missed weekend play at the John Deere Classic, so he could show up earlier at St Andrews to prepare for the Open Championship. Spieth, of course, won the first two majors of the year, and is gunning to win his third consecutive major and looking to achieve golf’s most difficult accomplishment — the Grand Slam (winning all four majors in one season) — and has been criticized for his decision to remain loyal to the event where he won his first title on the PGA Tour.

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Jul
7
2015

Scott Stallings has been suspended for three months for violating the PGA Tour’s anti-doping policy. Stallings, a three-time winner on Tour, started taking a supplement last December (“DHEA, an anabolic agent that is the precursor to testosterone production and banned by the Tour,” according to GolfChannel.com’s report) to help with his chronic fatigue.

At the time, Stallings didn’t realize it was a prohibited substance, but once he figured it out, he turned himself in.

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Jul
5
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Say it ain’t so! For the first time since the opening round of The Barclays in 2013, Tiger Woods went bogey-free on Sunday at the Greenbrier Classic, ending his streak of 55 consecutive rounds with a bogey or worse on the PGA Tour. The world no. 220th ranked player fired a three-under 67 to finish at seven-under for the championship and place in a tie for 35th.

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Jul
2
2015

I had to double check my eyes when I first glanced at the leaderboard on Thursday afternoon and saw that Tiger Woods had posted a four-under 66 — his lowest competitive score since March 2014 — in the opening round at the Old White TPC. Coming off the highest 36-hole total (80-76) of his professional career a few weeks ago at the U.S. Open, Woods finally put all the pieces of his game together for perhaps the first time this season.

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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
11
2015

As hopefully most of you know — because you read it, yesterday — I wrote a review of my friend Shane Ryan’s new book, Slaying the Tiger: A year inside the ropes on the new PGA Tour. Well, Shane’s book is creating quite a bit of buzz in the golf media. Some have taken issue with it for various reasons, but more have raved about it for being an honest depiction of the younger generation on the PGA Tour.

Shane joined Gary Williams on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive to chat about the book. Here’s the first clip:


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Jun
10
2015

Slaying the Tiger

First things first, before you even read this review, you should go and buy this book now. Like, right now.

Shane Ryan embedded himself on the PGA Tour in 2014 —  which we might look back on as the end of the Tiger Woods era and the true rise of the youth revolution — and spent the season traveling from one tour stop to the next, delving into the rising stars in golf with great detail and candor, which resulted in “Slaying the Tiger,” an honest and intriguing take on the highs and lows experienced by Tour pros, along with the often lonely nature of life on the road.

Ryan does a fantastic job painting a thoughtful and accurate portrait of the new crop of heirs apparent — and some of the slightly older group of guys who spent their early careers in the shadow of Woods.

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