Category Archives: Silly Season

Dec
15
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Silly Season
Woot, woot!

Woot, woot!

Matt Kuchar and Harris English won the Franklin Templeton Shootout by a mile, posting a 14-under 58 on Sunday in the final-round scramble to break the tournament course record. Kuchar and English fired a three-day total of 34-under to run away from the field by seven strokes. 

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Dec
9
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Silly Season
Zach strokes his Tiger trophy

Zach’s face says it all

With eight holes to play on Sunday at Sherwood, Tiger Woods was ready to start his victory lap on his way to the winner’s circle, the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, an 18-man annual cash grab that benefits his foundation (and the pockets of top PGA Tour players). Woods had a four-shot lead, with his only challenger being the scrappy Zach Johnson. What could go wrong?

The stage was set for Tiger to win triumphantly as he said goodbye to Southern California — since the event moves to Florida, Woods’ adopted home state beginning next year. 

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Dec
5
2013
Woods turning to new horizons for his new tourney

Woods turning to new horizons for his new tourney

Tiger Woods is hosting an “amazing field” of 18 of the best players in the world — himself included — at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge this week, where it will be held at Sherwood Country Club for the last time before it moves away from Woods’ native California to his adopted state of Florida next year.

On the eve of the first round, Woods told reporters he thinks it’s harder than ever to win tournaments these days because of the equipment advances which have leveled the playing field a bit (mediocre ballstrikers are now decent ballstrikers) and there’s just more depth in the talent pool than there ever has been before. 

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Oct
30
2013
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IMPACT!

Apologies for the delay in posting this write-up on The Match at Mission Hills between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods that happened on Monday, which Rory ended up besting Tiger by a shot — not that it mattered since they were both getting a payday of over a million dollars for just showing up.

First of all, much of the reason I traveled all the way to China was to experience the golf and the crowds at the tournaments. Obviously, the Match was an exhibition, so the rules and regulations for the fans were much looser, to say the least, than they will be at this week’s HSBC Champions, which I expect will be more organized and contained. Plus, Tiger isn’t playing there and his presence at Mission Hills is mostly why the throngs were going so nuts — they love “Lao Hu” (Chinese for “Tiger”). 

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Sep
11
2013
By Stephanie Wei under Rory McIlroy
Blackstone Course at Mission Hills

Blackstone Course at Mission Hills

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will meet again in “The Match at Mission Hills,” an 18-hole exhibition match, on October 28 at the Blackstone Course at the Mission Hills Resort in Hainan Island.

Last year, Rory beat Tiger by one shot. Reportedly, Woods received a $2 million appearance fee, while McIlroy took home $1 million.

The best part of the match? The players will be mic’d up. It’ll stream live on YouTube…everywhere except the United States and Canada. 

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Oct
25
2012

Irish people: visibly uncomfortable in direct sunlight and temperatures above 60 degrees.

A four-under-par 67 from overnight leader Padraig Harrington proved enough to see off the challenge of Webb Simpson and clinch the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda yesterday evening.

The result brings to an end the Irishman’s two-year wait for a tournament victory (yes, it’s definitely asterisk-worthy).

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Oct
24
2012

Not jealous. At all.

One wonders quite how far down the list of potential invitees organisers of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, panicked by Ernie Els’ sudden withdrawal, had to travel before happening upon the name of Padraig Harrington.

Major-less since his victory at the 2008 PGA Championship, the 41-year-old was a late and perplexing addition to the four-man field in Bermuda this week, but exhibitied few insecurities en route to carding a five-under-par 66 to lead the event after Tuesday’s opening round.

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Oct
10
2012

Well, this is awkward: Ahmet Agaoglu (c) shares the stage with Keith Waters of the European Tour and Chubby Chandler.

After splurging millions of dollars in an audacious bid to put Turkey on the golfing map, the sponsors of this week’s World Golf Final in Belek, Antalya, could be forgiven for questioning their promotional strategy.

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Oct
9
2012
By Stephanie Wei under Silly Season

Nice Effing Pants celebrates the wackiest, ugliest and coolest pants — or skorts and now shorts — in golf — from the pros to the weekend hacker.

Charl Shorts-zel

What’s that smell in the air? Money grabs! Yep, it’s silly season, which might be the best part of the year for some players — it’s laid-back, unofficial and lots of money for just showing up. (I wish the same rule applied for the press, even though I’m not in Turkey this week!)

Eight of the best players in the world — Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose and Charl Schwartzel — have gathered in Antalya, Turkey, for the Turkish Airlines World Golf Finals, $5.2-million exhibition.

Besides collecting a guaranteed check, with last place receiving $300,000, there are other perks, such as wearing shorts. (Yes, shorts!) The pros, who must wear pants at nearly every other event (except the U.S. Open qualifier), were given the option of showing off their dangerously-pasty legs this week.

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