Tag Archives: 2012 PGA Championship

Aug
20
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

As I was unloading the notebook for my PGA Championship Hangover dissertation, I included this following item, but after an email exchange with the best in the biz, I realized it was far too funny (the actual tweets) to be so far too buried in my 5,000-word dossier (besides, most people probably fell asleep before getting to the fourth paragraph).

Besides, I enjoyed the below exchange of tweets between Luke Donald and ISM head honcho Chubby Chandler (whose stable includes Lee Westwood, Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen, among others–oh, and formerly, Rory McIlroy) late Sunday night after the final round of the PGA Championship.

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Aug
20
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

Those are tears of ecstasy, folks!

Miss me? Apologies for abandoning my duties to provide thrilling golf news updates, but I needed a week to recover from The Kiawah Logistical Nightmare, along with the mosquito bites, shuttle-itis, and excessive golf writer bitterness (careful: it’s contagious!).

Oh, just kidding. I actually had PGA-itis. Okay, I’m kidding again. Kind of. I had some stuff I had to deal with (sleep being one of them), but I’m back now and almost ready for The Barclays at Bethpage Black!

Hooray.

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Aug
13
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

 

Hat tip to those on Twitter who sent me the link to the above video of the shot where Carl Pettersson, hitting out of a lateral hazard, grazed a leaf on his backswing and received a two-shot penalty on the first hole (and big thanks to Yahoo’s Jay Busbee for posting it).

I watched the replay rather closely — more than once — and I didn’t see The Leaf in question when Pettersson hit the shot. It was only when it was shown in super slo-mo and zoomed in that I could see the club cause a small flyaway object to change position (and I had to really squint to catch The Leaf).

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Aug
13
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

Talking...Rory...and Tiger...duh!

Apologies for the belated posting of this, but I figured watching greatness in person was more important than waiting for the link to a video of our roundtable’s opinions on Rory McIlroy’s game plan to win on Sunday. I hope you all survived!

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Aug
13
2012

Pure joy. This was awesome.

Congrats to Rory McIlroy on cruising to his second major victory with the PGA Championship (and thanks for the show to save an otherwise frustrating week…).

That was one hell of a round of golf, playing in the final group and going into the final day with the lead. He not only closed out the tournament — he did it in style, firing a beautiful, bogey-free six-under 66 to win by eight strokes, the largest margin of victory in PGA Championship history (record previously held by Jack Nicklaus who won by seven in 1980). It sure was fun to watch.

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Aug
12
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

Consolation prize for Tiger...?

The PGA Championship wasn’t just “Glory’s Last Shot” to win a major, it was also the last tournament to earn points and clinch an automatic berth for the Ryder Cup. I think the (added) pressure definitely got to a few of the guys. I’m betting it was weighing on Hunter Mahan, who missed the cut. Look what Bo Van Pelt did the last few holes — he bogeyed three of the last five. U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III probably wasn’t too impressed…

Outside of Steve Stricker who finished T7, none of the American Bubble Boys did anything outstanding. In Love’s press conference on Wednesday, he basically said Stricker was a lock because we happen to have a guy who “likes playing with him,” aka Tiger Woods.

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Aug
12
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

Rory in red...

Rory McIlroy is starting to pull away from the field. He opened with birdies on two of his first three holes. Another birdie on the par-5 7th got him to 10-under. With 11 to play, he has a four-shot lead. And I’m about to head out to walk with him on the back nine. If you’d like coverage to supplement the telecast, then best way is to follow me on Twitter (sorry I’ve mentioned that in, like, the last 6 posts, but it’s because I haven’t had time to blog in this space).

A quick update first.

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Aug
12
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

Ominous...

As you know, play was suspended on Saturday afternoon due to a dangerous weather situation with 26 players still on the course. Naturally, it happened just when things were starting to get interesting, but it was probably for the best since Tiger Woods was ready to implode after making three bogeys in four holes (and was just about to miss another putt for par).

While he began to slide down the leaderboard, Rory McIlroy had started his charge, rolling off five birdies in the first eight holes before the only blemish on his scorecard on the first nine — a bogey on the 9th.

The delay looked like it would be most beneficial to Tiger and a (potential) momentum-killer for Vijay Singh, Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy.

I thought the best way to tell the story of what transpired on Saturday and Sunday morning was through pictures…and I love clouds, which anyone following me on Twitter and/or Instagram (see icons at the top of the site to follow along for inside the ropes coverage) have probably noticed. Oh, this is also pretty cool, in my opinion, at least.

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Aug
10
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

Action shot!

Disclaimer: I’m extra feisty today.

So, I thought I had published this post before I left the media center and journeyed to the SI at the Majors tent, but apparently there was an error and no draft was saved. Naturally! It’s one of those weeks. See Twitter feed for the last two days, but it might be too exhausting to get through. Actually, the better option is to read Dan Jenkins’ tweets.

My apologies I haven’t been able to post anything here, but blame the PGA of America (and Pete Dye). I have been able to tweet plenty, though! And take pictures! So that’s where I’m sharing insights and content I’d usually write in more detail in this space.

Moving on. 

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