Tag Archives: Royal Melbourne

Nov
18
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

The conditions at Royal Melbourne on Friday in the second session of the Presidents Cup were rather tough, to say the least. So the last thing any player — whether the Internationals or the Americans — wants is an unruly fan who probably had a few too many Fosters (yes, I realize Aussies don’t actually drink Fosters). Unfortunately, Hunter Mahan feel victim to a heckler that yelled in his backswing on his approach to the 16th green.

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Nov
16
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

All the captain's men

Anyone else ready for the most-hyped Presidents Cup matches to start? Yeah, that’s what I thought. So am I. We’re almost there — if we can just get through this next hour. Let’s take a quick look at things to watch for, along with predictions…

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Nov
16
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

Tween troubles

Ryo Ishikawa arrived late for the Presidents Cup in Australia due to inclement weather and flight delays, giving him only one practice round to prepare for the biennial matches. International team captain Greg Norman didn’t anticipate Ryo having any problems by Thursday, saying “There’s absolutely no problem with Ryo himself.” But the 20-year-old Ishikawa might have distractions stemming from his personal life — the Japanese golfing superstar had planned to unveil his secret girlfriend to the world by bringing her to Melbourne, but it was nixed in light of rumors that she’s pregnant, according to Andrew Both’s report.

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Nov
16
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

For some reason, I don't think that's going to be the scene on the first tee Thursday

As you may have heard, Greg Norman didn’t waste any time getting the most-talked-about-grudge-match of the decade out of the way. The International team captain claims pitting Steve Williams (Adam Scott) and Tiger Woods against each other in the opening session of the Presidents Cup wasn’t intentional, but then both captains said they wanted to get the touching reunion out of the way. Which is smart from a PR-y standpoint — they got in front of the story, quashing the built-up drama early, so it’d be over and done.

What a buzzkill!

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Nov
15
2011

Potential trial separation?

Two years ago at the Presidents Cup, U.S. captain Fred Couples discovered an indomitable duo when he partnered Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker in the team matches. The pair went on to win all four of their matches in 2009. Despite their outstanding record, there’s a possibility Couples will shake things up and put Tiger and Dustin Johnson together, according to the AP’s Doug Ferugson:

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Nov
14
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

Tiger, is that you?

I know there’s been endless chatter over whether or not Tiger Woods is “back” after he showed flashes of his former self at the Australian Open last week, but for purposes of discussion, I’ll share a few of my thoughts to kick off the conversation. First of all, I think the majority of people were thrilled to see Tiger atop the leaderboard again and were disappointed (yet not all that surprised) that he fell back down. (Contrary to what Mark Steinberg believes, the media — at least 98% — wants Tiger to play well, albeit perhaps for self-serving purposes.)

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Nov
14
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

Knowing Ernie, I'm sure that was one hell of a party!

Ernie Els has come up with a new team slogan for the Internationals at this week’s Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne, according to the event’s Facebook page: “Let’s party like it’s 1998!” — the meaning could be twofold (both of which might be smashing fun or worrisome, depending on how you see it).

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Nov
14
2011

Norman to Tiger: "I said, 'Tiger, you know that you need golf as much as golf needs you. Get back into it.'"

International captain Greg Norman believes it will be inevitable for Steve Williams Adam Scott and Tiger Woods to face each other at this week’s Presidents Cup, giving fans at Royal Melbourne and viewers across the world the marquee match they all want.

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Nov
9
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

Aussie Media: We're not going to put up with totalitarian media regs!

A few weeks ago the Australian scribes read the PGA Tour media regulations for the Presidents Cup and put on their protest in response to the tyrannical policies. Several large organizations, including the Australian AP, Reuters, News Limited and Fairfax Media, threatened not to sign the credentials agreement and cover the event from off-site, so they wouldn’t be hindered by the Tour’s regulations (mostly re: copyright on pictures and videos). But good news — both sides sat down and finally reached a deal.

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