Tag Archives: 2012 Humana Challenge

May
2
2012

Ryuji Imada helping up the sound guy who tripped on 18 tee...

See, this is what happens when you turn off the interwebs for a day or two! — you miss absurdly funny posts, like the one Deadspin published last Thursday. Now at the risk of getting my wrist slapped or threatened with double-secret probation and icy stares, I’m pointing it out because to ignore it would be an injustice to WUP readers.

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Jan
23
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Wilson celebrates with his family on the 18th green with just a glimmer of sunlight remaining

Mark Wilson methodically played his way to a two-shot victory over Robert Garrigus, Johnson Wagner and John Mallinger, on Sunday at the Humana Challenge. This is Wilson’s fifth career PGA Tour win (2011 Waste Management Phoenix Open, 2011 Sony Open in Hawaii, 2009 Mayakoba Golf Classic and 2007 Honda Classic).

Dating back to the start of the 2011 season, Wilson and fellow Wisconsin native Steve Stricker have the most wins on the Tour, with three. Wilson has the same number of career wins as Tom Lehman. Kinda surprising the ’96 Open champ doesn’t have more, no? — considering Lehman was in contention so often, especially at majors, in the mid-to-late nineties.

So, is Mark Wilson underrated or overrated?

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Jan
22
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Johnson's 'stash has a cult following

Only three weeks into the 2012 season, Johnson Wagner has become golf’s latest folk hero and even attracted a growing cult following.

Unfortunately, I don’t have photos, but if you caught Golf Channel’s telecast, then you saw the five young men — Steven Becker, 24, Geordi Lobe, 25, Willi Lobe, 27, Colby Nelson, 24, and Matt Nelson, 27 — from Alberta, Canada, who wore fake mustaches (that they bought from Party City), and lived and died by every shot for 18 holes on Sunday at the Humana Challenge, cheering on their inspiration.

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Jan
21
2012

Scoreboard knocked down next to 18 at Palmer Private

For nine-and-a-half holes, President Bill Clinton shook hands, posed for pictures, signed autographs, kissed babies, etc. He also played some golf with Greg Norman, Scott McCarron and Humana CEO Mike McCallister at PGA West’s Palmer Private course.

While walking from eight green to nine tee, Clinton stopped to oblige some fans who wanted autographs. He looked around and called to one of his secret service agents and said, “Help me…” Not that he didn’t want to sign (he did for a few minutes), but because he’d be there until the sunset if someone didn’t intervene at some point. The fans all thanked him for supporting and reviving the tournament — which he sure has achieved. (I was here last year and the energy and buzz are like 20 times greater this time around, which is awesome.)

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Jan
19
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

The Shark

As you may have noticed — especially those whose jobs rely on Wikipedia (like mine) — there was an Internet blackout to protest SOPA. Now I’m horrified WUP even published anything on Wednesday, but so be it.

I spent the afternoon (weather couldn’t be more perfect, by the way, and I may have even gotten a little burnt) loitering scouring the range for intel, but I learned what you all care about pretty quickly: The Ruth’s Chris tent (which replaced In ‘N Out) is pretty darn good. I had my sliders (with “special sauce”) and chips — I know, isn’t there supposed to be an emphasis on “Health Matters”? Errrr….

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