Tag Archives: 2013 Honda Classic

Mar
15
2013

First of all, sorry for posting this so late, but there’s no breaking news or anything, so I think we will all survive (at least I hope!). Secondly, I apologize for the crappy connection on my end. Not sure why it was so bad since I’ve done several Hangouts in my apartment and there’s never been an issue.

Good news is Renee Skidmore — who plays on the Symetra Tour — looks lovely, so it’s worth tuning in to watch her and learn about chasing her dream to play on the LPGA. Bonus: She likes to dance (you may remember her from our amusing attempt at the Harlem Shake), and was kind enough to put on a show for everyone. Enjoy!

Mar
6
2013
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
Rory

Rors’ growing pains

Rory McIlroy felt the heavy expectations and pressures as the world’s No. 1 golfer weighing down on his 23-year-old shoulders and he had a meltdown, resulting in a bad decision in the heat of the moment. He likely thought the world was closing in on him and he just wanted to escape when he walked off the course last Friday at the Honda Classic.

As (I) expected, McIlroy was open and candid, admitting to his mistake and taking responsibility for his abrupt, un-Rory-like withdrawal in his press conference on Wednesday morning at Doral. 

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Mar
4
2013
Michael Thompson

Thompson goes from DFL to W

In blustery, cold (relatively speaking) and generally tough conditions on Sunday at PGA National, Michael Thompson showed grit and composure on the way to his first PGA Tour victory.

What’s interesting is when Thompson started the week, he had zero expectations. And when he was in second place after 36 holes, the 27-year-old native of Tucson, Arizona, was just happy he had made the cut. After all, he was off to a rough start in 2013, with three missed cuts and T78 in his first four events of the season.

In fact, in the last event he played, the Northern Trust Open, he shot 78-80 and finished at the very bottom of the leaderboard. Two weeks later, Thompson, who played his college golf at the University of Alabama and resides in Birmingham, found his roll. 

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Mar
3
2013
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

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For a brief moment on Sunday at PGA National, you might have had a déjà vu moment or a flashback to last year’s Honda Classic. As you may recall at this event in 2012, Tiger Woods put some pressure on eventual champion Rory McIlroy when he posted an early 62, punctuated by a thrilling eagle on the par-5 18th.

Back to the present.

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Mar
2
2013
By Stephanie Wei under WUPHangout

I took the stage this evening in the interview room shortly after 54-hole co-leaders Michael Thompson and Luke Guthrie finished their press conferences. The lighting was quite bright, so I’m not sure why I kept looking up — perhaps I’m just drawn to shiny things?

Right when I ended the Hangout, I realized I forgot to mention one of the funny coincidences of the day. After David Lynn outplayed Tiger Woods in the third round, he was immediately whisked away by a drug-testing official.  Lynn, a 39-year-old rookie on the PGA Tour (longtime European Tour player), said today was only the second time he’d ever been tested (and of course, the other time was in Europe), which I thought was interesting considering the discussion lately about the Tour’s non-rigorous drug-testing policy and its lack of transparency.

Before I bid you a good night, in case anyone is interested, here are some quotes from Tiger following his third consecutive even-par 70.

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Mar
2
2013
By Stephanie Wei under WUPHangout

Thanks to Ricky Potts for inviting me as the featured guest in his “Friday Foursome” Google+ Hangout, along with the members of the community who joined to ask questions. Obviously this happened yesterday, so we inevitably talked about Rory McIlroy’s unceremonious exit and mental dental issue, but we also talked LPGA and how I got started with living this crazy traveling circus life on the Tour. 

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Mar
1
2013
Tiger Woods

Oh, c’mon!

In the previous two events where Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods were both in the field (Abu Dhabi Championship and WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship), the worlds No. 1 and 2, respectively, played follow-the-leader, taking early exits.

With McIlroy walking off the course unceremoniously after dunking it in the water on the 18th (his 9th hole of  the day) in the morning, all eyes were on Woods, who flirted with the cutline on Friday at the Honda Classic. It was touch-and-go for a while, especially when Tiger double-bogeyed the 13th to fall outside of the cut, but he bounced back with a birdie on the next hole and then parred out to survive and see the weekend.

Yay.

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Mar
1
2013
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

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Sorry, Serena — golf is the only sporting event where fans aren’t allowed to take cell phone pictures. Top-ranked tennis player Serena Williams was watching Tiger Woods at the Honda Classic on Friday, and learned about the PGA Tour’s cell-phone/picture-taking policy the hard way.

Williams was by the 17th tee box when she pulled out her phone to try and take a picture of Tiger. Security guards and marshals double as part of the Mo-Po (mobile phone police task force) these days at tournaments and one of them spotted — and scolded — Williams just in the nick of time, putting his hand in front of her phone and pushing it away. 

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