Tag Archives: Adam Scott

Sep
21
2016

East Lake GC

When players arrived at East Lake Golf Club this week for the Tour Championship in Atlanta, Ga., they couldn’t help but feel a bit disoriented. (I was certainly confused, initially.) Then, they remembered that tournament officials decided to switch the nines. This year at the FedExCup finale, the field of 30 will tee the hole formerly known as no. 10 and finish on the actual par-5 9th hole.

It’s strange when you first take a walk out there and pass the first hole — but, wait, it is now no. 10 this week — and it definitely does throw you off for a few minutes and then you realize the whole switch with the nines. It doesn’t sound like a big deal and it really isn’t, but it’s still confusing. 

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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Rory McIlroy announced Wednesday morning that he has officially withdrawn his name from golf’s return to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, citing health risks over the Zika virus.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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May
15
2016
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

If there were ever a question over Jason Day’s position as the world no. 1 player, he certainly answered with his wire-to-wire victory at The Players Championship, which boasts the strongest field of the year, not to mention the richest, with $1.9 million to the winner. Day’s commanding performance gave him a four-shot edge over the next closest competitor Kevin Chappell, who was also the runner-up when the 28-year-old Australian hoisted the trophy at Bay Hill in March.

Day, who has seven wins in his last 17 starts, has separated himself from the rest of the “Big Four” — Jordan Spieth (MC), Rory McIlroy (T12) and defending champ Rickie Fowler (MC) — as the most dominant player in the game.

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Mar
16
2016
By Stephanie Wei under Behind the Scenes

For the majority of his young career on the PGA Tour, Rory McIlroy didn’t play the Arnold Palmer Invitational. It had just never fit into his schedule. But prior to last year’s event, Palmer basically called McIlroy out and told him to figure out how to make it work. And respectfully, that’s exactly what the former world no. 1 golfer did. He did quite well, as a matter of fact, finishing T11th in his first start at Bay Hill.

In fact, now, McIlroy wishes he would have added this event to his schedule years ago.

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Mar
6
2016

In a drama-filled final round at Doral, playing in super tough conditions, Adam Scott navigated his way to the top of the leaderboard for the second straight week, securing his second WGC title at the Cadillac Championship. It certainly wasn’t the easiest victory in the world, with Scott finding himself six shots off the pace with 13 holes to play after dumping balls in the water that led to double-bogeys on nos. 3 and 5. However, he showed last week in his win at the Honda Classic, that he could win with a quadruple-bogey on his card — though it was in the third round.

That’s just how good the 35-year-old Australian is playing. Oh, and don’t forget — as no one will let him — he’s doing it all while putting with the short putter since anchoring, the technique that he won the 2013 Masters with and rose to the no. 1 ranking for a period of time, was banned at the start of 2016. Looks like Scott is going to be just fine.

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Mar
4
2016
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

When Jordan Spieth saw Rory McIlroy had made the change this week to his putting grip to left-hand low or “cross-handed,” Spieth said to McIlroy, “You’ve switched to the dark side, I see.”

McIlroy made it no secret earlier this week at the WGC-Cadillac Championship that he was switching putting grips after missing the cut at last week at the Honda Classic. (One of the beauties of Doral is that there’s no cut, so what do you have to lose?) Funny enough, McIlroy, who lit it up on Friday, firing a 7-under 65, was concerned before going with the big change that people would accuse him of “copying” Spieth, who putts cross-handed and is arguably the best putter in the world at the moment. 

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Feb
28
2016

I feel like this is a redux to the Super Bowl a few weeks ago, where everyone is likely watching the Oscars or having Sunday Fun Day and doesn’t really care about golf in February. Maybe? Maybe not? Okay, well, it wasn’t quite as exhilarating of a finish (or meltdown) as it was three Sundays ago, but it was a hard-fought, well-deserved victory by Adam Scott, who held off Sergio Garcia by a shot and posted a final-round even-par 70 to win for the first time since September 2014.

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Jan
14
2016
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Pardon the delay in posting about the main storylines and happenings from Wednesday at Waialae CC. I had a nice chat with Adam Scott, Kevin Na, Jimmy Walker, Tony Finau, among others this afternoon. I had to do some other stuff late this afternoon, so I didn’t get a chance to write my behind-the-scenes column for Wednesday yet. I am heading back to Seattle first thing tomorrow morning, so the plane will be a perfect place for me to write. What did we do when all planes didn’t have WiFi??? It really wasn’t even that long ago! So, I apologize for the delay, but stay tuned for some fun tidbits from Wednesday.

[*UPDATED–SEE FULL POST BELOW]

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Nov
11
2015

Steve Williams has been embroiled in controversy ever since the publishers of the most famous caddie in golf released excerpts to promote his autobiography, “Out of the Rough.” Of all the paragraphs that could have helped to sell books, naturally, the suits are going to utilize the most controversial ones.

Well, that turned out to be the case when Williams likened working for Tiger Woods as feeling like he was being treated as a “slave.” Obviously, that one word in that one particular sentence out of an entire book created a global sh*tstorm.

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Jul
15
2015
By Stephanie Wei under British Open

The Open Championship is usually the toughest major to pick the correct winner or top finishers, but it’s more or less easier when it’s played at the Old Course. It’s no secret that the Old Course at St Andrews favors bombers — just look at the most recent past champions: Louis Oosthuizen, Tiger Woods and John Daly.

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