Tag Archives: Atlanta Athletic Club

Aug
24
2011

Back in March my friend and WUP’s head researcher, Intern Kevin, introduced me to Steve Elkington’s website, Secret in the Dirt. I finally checked it out after weeks of hearing him rave about the hysterical and legendary videos. Turned out Intern Kevin was right — the content was unique and interesting (some more than others, but depends on what you’re looking for), and I couldn’t believe this was the first I’d heard of it.

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Aug
24
2011
By Will Leivenberg under FedEx Cup

PGA Champ Keegan Bradley is relishing his new status while sticking to what got him in the winners circle.

Keegan Bradley is having one heck of a rookie season, to say the least. In May he won the Byron Nelson Championship, and just a few weeks ago, he staged a thrilling comeback at the PGA Championship to take home the Wanamaker Trophy in his first start at a major.

When asked in a press conference Tuesday what had been the biggest change in his life in the past two weeks, Keegan responded with complete candor.

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Aug
16
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

The daunting 18th hole, also dubbed "worst hole in golf" by some of the players, but Keegan and the Duff conquered it. Meanwhile, the rest of the field will have to seek therapy to recover from the mental trauma and nightmares!

My customary post-major (and WGC) hangover is kicking in right on schedule! Good news is those thrilling contrived PLAYOFFS start next week. Oh, can you feel the magic of the obscene $10 million prize to the winner?? Almost, right? Bad news is the Masters isn’t for another seven- to-eight months!

Well, I’ve found the best way to get over withdrawals is to take a look back through pictures and some closing words. Here we go!

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Aug
15
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

Keegan: Pinch me, someone!

As I was scrolling through a season’s worth of posts on ’11 PGA champ Keegan Bradley on Saturday evening, I came across one I’d written at the Bob Hope Classic (where he T7 at his second-career PGA Tour start) nearly seven months ago.

I can’t believe I’d forgotten about Mary Kay Zordani’s bold prediction that Keegan would win a major this season because of her track record over the last few years.

Here’s the excerpt from the post dated January 21, 2011:

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Aug
15
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

Keegan: Is this real life?

As many predicted, the PGA Championship on Sunday boiled down to the final fearsome four holes at Atlanta Athletic Club, also known as “Calamity Lane” as Phil Mickelson dubbed. Well, the finish was even more thrilling than we expected.

The difficult, cruel quartet delivered drama, heartbreak and guts — the essentials to an unforgettable ending at the year’s fourth and final major, especially when the leaderboard was filled mostly with unknowns and 40-somethings.

We have Keegan Bradley to thank for providing a comeback to remember at a PGA that until the last hour or so seemed like it would turn out to become rather uninspiring and forgettable, particularly given the theatrics and likable champions in the season’s first three majors.

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Aug
15
2011

Keegan: Never give up

Playing in the first major of his career, Keegan Bradley was relatively anonymous to the average golf fan. Despite the rookie’s maiden victory at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in May, he was better known as LPGA legend and Hall of Famer Pat Bradley’s nephew.

After capturing the ’11 PGA Championship with his gutsy performance, he’s no longer just another no-name rookie. He’s now arrived as a star in American golf. Though it was only his first major start, Keegan has had the opportunity to draw from a plethora of wisdom.  Aunt Pat’s storied career included six major victories and 31 LPGA Tour wins, not to mention his dad, Mark, a PGA Class A professional at Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club.

I caught up with an ecstatic Aunt Pat on Sunday evening via phone to chat about her nephew…

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Aug
14
2011

Dufner: You wouldn't recognize me, anyway

Welcome to final round of the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club, where some big names are making a move! Told ya, this was going to get exciting! Same as the other days, I’m live-blogging at the WSJ.com. Please come by and say hi!

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Aug
14
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

For longtime WUP readers, you might remember how I pointed you to the “TourPlayers” tab earlier this year, but some of you weren’t fans of connecting to Facebook.

Well, the creators of TourPlayers.com (the Auclairs) have recently switched to the YouTube format, so now you can watch the excellent interviews more conveniently. And the videos are available via WUP by clicking on the tab above (the one that says “TourPlayers” — duh).

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Aug
13
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

Hi, everyone, my name is Brendan Steele

Don’t act too surprised with the names on the leaderboard at the PGA Championship going into Sunday’s final round at Atlanta Athletic Club. In a season where there have been eleven first-time winners on the PGA Tour, we should be used to seeing fresh faces and relatively unknown pros in contention. It’s no longer the usual suspects each week — Tiger, Phil, Ernie or Vijay.

Welcome to the new era in golf where parity is the name of the game.

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Aug
13
2011

Adam Scott advising Steve Williams on advice

Hello from the sauna, otherwise known as Atlanta Athletic Club, for the third round of the PGA Championship. It’s moving day and there’s certainly been a lot of shifting so far. The WSJ.com live-blog has been up and kicking for the past hour. Please stop by and say hi!

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