Tag Archives: 2016 Open Championship

Jul
16
2017

I caught up with Andrew “Beef” Johnston (and his agent Shaun Reddin) on Saturday evening following the third round of the Scottish Open over drinks and dinner at their hotel restaurant in Ayrshire, about 15 miles down the road from Dundonald Links.

Now, this type of thing doesn’t happen every week (or ever)–it’s not exactly normal for an agent to agree to a last-minute podcast recording the night before the final round of a tournament, especially when the player is on the first page of the leaderboard! But Beef and Shaun aren’t your average tour player and agent, respectively, and that’s why we love them– they’re just ordinary blokes.

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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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Jul
17
2016
By Stephanie Wei under General

Henrik Stenson is 18 holes away from winning his first major championship– not to mention becoming the first Swede in history. Stenson, 40, is arguably the best player in the game without a major, and obviously you don’t secure such a distinguished tag without a number of close calls (including a runner-up finish in 2013 to Phil Mickelson).

(Stenson and Mickelson have separated themselves from the field as Stenson has a six-shot advantage over the next competitor. At this point, it is most likely too many shots to make up, especially at Royal Troon…)

For those who aren’t aware of what a legend Stenson is — which appears to be the case for the average American fan — ever wonder what’s he really like? Maybe not, but you should. And who better to ask the questions than Henrik himself? Yes, no joke. Just watch the above video from 2011. 

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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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Apr
27
2016

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This press release certainly caught my attention. At this year’s Open Championship at Royal Troon, the R&A is setting up The Open Camping Village, which will feature two, four and six person pre-pitched tents along with inflatable camping beds for each guest — or as it’s being marketed, “the next generation of golf fans.” The location will be walking distance from Troon.

It’s an interesting initiative and definitely outside the box. Well, sort of. I have two friends in the media who have made camping when the Open is held at St Andrews some sort of tradition. It sounds different and adventurous until inclement weather comes along, which it often does at this championship. (Just ask them what happened in 2010!)

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