Category Archives: PGA Tour

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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Jun
4
2015

Tiger Woods struggled early in the first round of the Memorial Tournament, but he managed to turn it around on his second nine to contain the damage to a one-over 73 at Muirfield Village and stay within six shots of the leaders. Following the pro-am on Wednesday, Woods told reporters he felt progress with his swing changes and his game, but his first nine holes were a different story.

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May
18
2015

If there was any question who the world no. 1 player in the world is at the moment, Rory McIlroy quashed any naysayers on Sunday at Quail Hollow Golf Club. Yep, he did it again. For the second time in the past three weeks, McIlroy took home the winner’s trophy at the Wells Fargo Championship. 

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May
11
2015

I joined the ever-awesome Katie Nolan on her show on Fox Sports 1 this past weekend to chat about Periscope (and the whole credential fiasco) and the new media landscape. We also discussed about the betting odds for Tiger Woods’ next girlfriend, but for some reason, it’s not posted on YouTube — which is too bad because it was pretty funny.

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May
10
2015

As cliche as it may be, timing is everything, isn’t it? Earlier in the week, in an anonymous survey conducted by Sports Illustrated, PGA Tour pros labeled Rickie Fowler (and Ian Poulter) as the most overrated players in golf, with both receiving 24% of the vote.

Fowler responded by winning the Tour’s flagship event, the Players Championship, in a playoff against Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner.

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May
8
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Tiger Woods emphatically pumped his first after holing a nine-footer for birdie on the par-5 9th, his final hole on Friday at TPC Sawgrass. The putt was only to post a one-under 71, but it put him just inside the cut line at even par, which is what’s projected to make weekend play at The Players Championship.

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May
5
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

It’s rare — almost even unheard of — that Tiger Woods would offer some emotional insight from his personal life, but that’s what he did on Tuesday at TPC Sawgrass, the site of this week’s Players Championship, the PGA Tour’s flagship event. A fatigued Woods admitted that the strain from his recent breakup with Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, along with the anniversary of his father’s death (May 3), has resulted in sleepless nights.

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May
4
2015

Rory McIlroy entered the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship as the no. 1 seed and the no. 1 player in the world. He solidified both positions by beating his opponent in seven straight matches, including Gary Woodland 4&2 in the finals.

McIlroy also headed into the week with the prospect of sitting ringside at what was being hailed as the fight of the century, the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao showdown, in Las Vegas. He had paid an exorbitant amount of money for his tickets — which he wouldn’t disclose in his pre-tournament press conference — and planned to make the back-and-forth trip regardless of whether he was still in the golf tournament. His position obviously changed on Saturday evening when his match against Paul Casey went into extra holes and McIlroy likely wouldn’t have made it to MGM Grand for the fight in time even if he’d tried.

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