Tag Archives: Webb Simpson

Jan
3
2014
I'm 20, but I'm really, like, 35

Spieth: I’m 20, but I’m really, like, 35

The PGA Tour officially kicked off 2014 with the first round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Friday. Now, as a friendly reminder, it’s not the start of the season because of the change to the new wraparound schedule, which begins in October.

Unlike last year’s crazy wind and rain storms, this time around the weather cooperated and while the wind was 20-25 mph in places, it was a fairly mild day at Kapalua’s Plantation Course, where experience is always emphasized due to the difficult layout, especially around the greens. 

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Oct
5
2013

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Totally normal

Totally normal

Well, the Internationals held on longer than the majority expected at the historically U.S.-dominated Presidents Cup. [*Wait, they're making a charge as I type in Saturday afternoon foursomes! It's getting interesting again!]

With the weather-delayed week dominating the matches, the second session wasn’t completed on Friday and the teams returned at the crack of dawn (literally, warming up in the dark) to finish that foursome session before the quick turnaround for Saturday morning’s five four-ball matches. Which, of course, fell victim to yet another suspension in play due to the monsoon that swept through the area causing Muirfield Village to become unplayable (as you can see above).  

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Sep
5
2013

The Golf News Net’s Ryan Ballengee joined me to chat about our thoughts and reactions to the Presidents Cup captains’ picks by Fred Couples for Team USA and Nick Price for the Internationals. Tune in. We are super insightful.

Oh, by the way, Ballengee and I are going to make this a regular program. We’re still undecided on the name, but we’ll be doing these regularly on Tuesdays, and you should tune in because next week we might get into a fight or two and have a surprise guest!

Anyway, leave your thoughts and comments below.

Sep
4
2013
The Picks

The Picks

After Phil Mickelson played with Jordan Spieth on Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship and watched the 20-year-old phenom fire 62, he was impressed, to say the least. Mickelson was so impressed with Spieth that he sent a text almost immediately after they signed their scorecards to Fred Couples, captain of the U.S. Presidents Cup team, that said:  ”Dude, you’ve got to pick this guy.”

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Sep
2
2013
Spieth delivers strong closing argument for captain's pick

Spieth makes strong closing argument for captain’s pick

20-year-olds who had no playing status on the PGA Tour at the start of the season aren’t supposed to win a tournament (he was still 19 at the time) — and nearly capture a second title if he hadn’t lost in a playoff — and secure eight top-10 finishes. That just doesn’t happen.

But Jordan Spieth isn’t your average 20-year-old rookie. Knowing Sunday was his final audition for U.S. captain Fred Couples to use one of his two wildcard picks on  Spieth, he shot nine-under 62 — which included playing his last four holes five-under with an eagle on 18 — to surge up the leaderboard and finish tied for fourth at the Deutsche Bank Championshp.

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Aug
23
2013
Tiger struggling

Tiger struggling

Due to Thursday’s weather delays, 63 players returned on Friday morning to finish the first round and then going on to play their second. The other half of the field that finished the first round Thursday and then teed off late on Friday will return on Saturday morning to complete their second rounds. Yeah, it’s a bit of a cluster, but good news is the weather was beautiful today and the forecast calls for nothing but more sunshine over the weekend.

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Aug
10
2013
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship
Dufner staring down history

Dufner staring down history

Twelve feet stood between Jason Dufner’s ball on the 18th green and a record-setting 62 in the second round of the PGA Championship — a score that had never been posted by any player at any of the four major championships in history (or at least since the powers-that-be started keeping track of such things).

And he left the putt short. Yes, SHORT. It never had a chance, stopping two feet short of the cup. And then, he nearly missed the tap-in for 63.

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Jul
17
2013
By Stephanie Wei under British Open
The 18th green at Muirfield

The 18th green at Muirfield

With another major upon us, it’s time to take a look at numbers that may play a role in determining the Open Championship golfer of the year. Given the success of this column at the U.S. Open, I’m hesitant to ever do a preview column again since the chances of it ever working out that well are incredibly small. Seriously, guys, it’s golf!

Putting my trepidation aside, here are five stats (and the players who perform well) that this week’s Open Championship winner will (probably) do well. Caveat: There are no statistics for wind and players who are the best at controling iron shots and working the ball both ways, keeping the ball on the ground rather than in the air, which, of course, is always a must for links golf.

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Jun
13
2013
By Stephanie Wei under US Open
Adorarble

Ear buds

Man, you gotta love Champions Dinner photos. These get-togethers seem to produce instant classics. Like this one from a few years ago. The picture above is almost as good — only because of John Daly’s presence in the former — with Tiger Woods playfully picking on his “little bro” Rory McIlroy. (So humanizing!) But what’s really funny is the look on Webb Simpson’s face!

(Photo via @OffTheBallNT

May
27
2013
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
Tim Clark

Tim Clark is thought to have led the anchorers against the ban on anchoring

Tim Clark, Carl Pettersson and seven other PGA Tour players have teamed up to take on golf’s governing bodies if the PGA Tour adopts the impending ban on anchored putters, which the USGA and R&A announced last week would be banned starting January 1, 2016. While several other major tours have come out to voice their support for golf’s governing bodies, the PGA Tour is waiting it out and if it decides to adopt — which it likely will — the rule, then nine Tour pros are ready to fight over the issue in court, according to SB Nation’s Emily Kay:

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