Tag Archives: 2016 Olympics

Jan
8
2017
By Stephanie Wei under Rory McIlroy

 

I don’t care what anyone says, but Rory McIlroy is just the best. As members of the media, we’re “supposed” to be “non-partisan,” but please, if you are actually naive to believe that *every* single journalist does not have bias, then I’m sorry to be the one to break this to you: EVERYONE DOES. Sure, you can write a piece without any bias — a straight-up report or game story, but I’ll guarantee you that it was boring as hell and you may even dose off before finishing getting through the whole article.

So I will not deny that Rory is my favorite player to cover on Tour. He’s an all-around genuinely good individual and treats people with respect (even the media). He is a rarity amongst not only golfers but professional athletes. And if you’re going to hold that against me, then you’re reading the wrong website. (I can point you to many others that will write the same old boring cliched BS.)

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Sep
15
2016

Rickie Fowler has always been a cool kid. He had possibly even reached super good guy and “badass” status level when he got his first ink. Fowler actually has a minimum of four tattoos! Did you know that? 99% of you are lying if you say you did because I wasn’t even aware until last night. And his tattoos aren’t just the cliche, meaningless kind that were branded permanently on his body just for the sake of having ink — they actually have some sort of significance and deeper meaning to the 26-year-old golfer.

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His latest tattoo forever memorializes a special experience Fowler had this summer that he shared with a very small percentage of professional golfers around the globe. While many of the world’s best players, including the top-four in the rankings, skipped out on the Rio Olympics for various reasons, Fowler, naturally, did the “right” thing — he sucked it up, added the tournament to his already uber-busy schedule and made the most of the unforgettable time in Rio.

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Jul
13
2016
By Stephanie Wei under General


[Ed note: The sun is coming up and I haven’t slept (instead I’ve been meaning to write my epic rant in defense of Rory McIlroy’s comments during his presser at Royal Troon on Tuesday and the ensuing overreaction/misinterpreation/oversight, but instead I engaged in debates with people on Twitter for the last 3-4 hours (I really should know better at this point), and I have a very important engagement in three hours. In other words, I’m not going to be able to write my full takedown on why everyone needs to back off and shed some light on why perhaps McIlroy has developed a bit of disdain for Olympic golf Hint: How many other players have been asked regularly for the last five years (at least) which country they are going to represent in the Olympics? And if you don’t understand the implications and history, here is a detailed explanation and an excellent breakdown written by one of contributors who happens to be Irish back in 2012.]

First, I have just a few housekeeping notes to mention. I’m absolutely fed up with the topic of golf in the Olympics (I mean, I haven’t really been enthused since they announced the format–72-hole stroke play, making it an entirely individual competition), and the whole situation has gotten so absurd that I don’t even want to mention, talk or write about it, but I do feel strongly enough about my take on what’s turned into an absolute debacle, along with defending Rory McIlroy’s remarks in his Tuesday presser at Royal Troon ahead of the Open Championship this week.

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Jul
11
2016
By Stephanie Wei under Olympics

It was only a matter of time when it comes down to it — once one star drops out, it’s not a massive surprise when his peers end up following suit and doing the same. Well, at least it was rather predictable with regard to the top-ranked male golfers in the world and their decision to take a pass on competing in next month’s Olympics in Rio.

During the International Golf Federation press conference Monday at Royal Troon, where the Open Championship is being held this week, President Peter Dawson announced that Jordan Spieth, the world no. 3 and two-time major champion, withdrew from the participating in golf’s return to the Olympics, citing the Zika virus as part of the reason.

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Jul
9
2016

Ah, the good ol’ Friday night news dump! — at least Tiger Woods has the courtesy to do it at a *reasonable* hour, but hey, I guess that’s the benefit of being on the West Coast at the moment.

Dustin Johnson issued a statement late Friday night that he has withdrawn his name from the Olympics due to the threat of the Zika virus. Here is his full statement:

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Jun
22
2016

Rory McIlroy announced Wednesday morning that he has officially withdrawn his name from golf’s return to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, citing health risks over the Zika virus. The world no. 4 golfer would have been one of two golfers representing Ireland, but McIlroy and his fiancee, Erica Stoll, plan to start a family in the near future, and Zika has been linked to birth defects among newborns.

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Jun
3
2016

No surprise to hear this news. In fact, while I was following Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy play the front nine this afternoon, I randomly said to two other media members, “70% chance JDay pulls out of the Olympics because of the Zika virus and I don’t blame him at all.”

Following his second round at The Memorial Tournament, Day, the world no. 1, expressed his concerns about competing in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro due to fear of getting the Zika virus. It was the first time that Day had publicly discussed his apprehensiveness.

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May
23
2016

Olympic golf fans (if there are any out there), don’t fret yet — Rory McIlroy is still planning on competing in the upcoming games in Rio this summer, but he does have concerns (as he should) over the threat of contracting the Zika virus, which may cause him to reassess his commitment, according to the BBC:

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Nov
24
2013
An emotional Jason Day and his mother Dening

An emotional Jason Day and his mother Dening (photo via @kleinyheraldsun)

Jason Day captured the most significant win of his career, posting ten-under total to secure the individual title at the World Cup of Golf, along with the team honors for Australia with partner Adam Scott.

Choked with emotion, Day hugged his mother Dening, and his sisters, Kim and Yanna, on the 18th green at Royal Melbourne on Sunday. Just over a week ago, Dening, who immigrated to Australia from the Philippines thirty years ago, got official word that she had lost eight family members, including her mother (Jason’s grandmother) in Typhoon Haiyan.

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