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Aug
10
2017

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Maybe it’s the long day, lack of sleep and/or the humidity, but while there are so many things to talk about after the first round of the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow, I’m a bit uninspired. Yet clearly I am inspired enough to wait for it to kick in at midnight and take the time to write this post when all I want to do is zone out to a new series on Netflix and pass out. But here we are.

The first round of the PGA Championship at the new and — well, um, arguably — “improved” Quail Hollow Club was relatively predictable, though everyone was curious to see how the PGA would set up the course and how it would play (before they spoke out too strongly on the changes and new holes, particularly the green at the par-3 4th). Overall, it was vintage Thursday at the PGA: Predictable.

And if you’ve already listened to the latest episode of the the WUP pod with Coach Mike Small and Kevin Na, then you know exactly what I mean. I’m clearly biased and this is yet another shameless attempt to plug my own “product,” but obviously, I highly recommend you SUBSCRIBE, download it and listen to it, like, ASAP, or now.

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Aug
9
2017

*UPDATED: Thanks to a tech savvy friend — the crappy audio from the pod has been fixed! You can actually hear them talk now! Yay.*

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Welcome to the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club! There’s so much to share and discuss, but you’ll have to listen to the podcast to hear about the changes to the golf course, which plays hosts to a regular PGA Tour event, and the overwhelming negative reaction to the tweaks from the players.

I caught up with Mike Small, the head coach of the men’s golf team at the University of Illinois, which has become an NCAA powerhouse under his leadership. He’s also won two Web.com Tour events, played on the PGA Tour, competed in multiple majors, won the PGA Professional Championship three times — just to name a few of his accolades and achievements in the game. Coach Small is obviously a man of many talents and I’m not sure how he manages to do it all, but it’s very impressive.

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Jun
29
2017

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We chatted with 2010 U.S. Amateur Champion and European Tour pro Peter Uihlein last Friday — it was one of those rare days when he was actually at home in Jupiter, Florida, where he lives with his girlfriend Chelsea and his dog Bagger.

Pete talks with us about his first trip internationally as a pro in India, playing the Challenge Tour and European Tour, and his plans to compete in the Web.com Tour playoffs to try and earn his PGA Tour card for next season.

Check it out after the jump! (There’s also list of time stamps where we addressed specific topics.)

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Jun
19
2017
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

At the start of the final round of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills, we thought we might be in for a thriller and perhaps even that dreaded “p-word,” but Brooks Koepka separated himself from the field on the back nine and cruised to a four-shot victory. Koepka’s 16-under total tied the tournament record for lowest total under par, which was set by Rory McIlroy in 2011 at Congressional — which quite a few players and caddies predicted as a possibility before championship commenced.

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Jun
17
2017

Nikki B and I talk about the thrilling action on moving day at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. We know the leaderboard isn’t filled with a bunch of “big” names, but we are loving the “nice guys” that are in contention heading into Sunday’s final round. Chances are we’ll crown another first-time major champion at the end of play.

Take your pick — they’re good storylines.

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Jun
17
2017

Sports Illustrated’s Alan Shipnuck joins Stephanie Wei and Nikki B before the leaders teed off in the third round of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. Shipnuck offers his witty, perceptive thoughts and his expert insights into what the weekend may hold and what the “very nice chaps” on the leaderboard need to do to come out on top and hoist the trophy on Sunday.

It’s a fun little 20-minute chat. Tune in after the jump!

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Jun
15
2017

Nikki B and I check in to talk about the action after the morning wave finished. She walked nine holes with two different groups, so we discussed her observations, and of course, go on random tangents. Check it out!

FYI: We tried out a new app called Bumpers just for kicks and it was pretty cool, but it’s probably not a format we’ll use normally since we can’t upload it and send it out on our RSS feed that distributes our podcast to the proper channels. But it’s definitely a fun, easy-to-use app to record a pod! Enjoy!

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Sep
21
2016

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Almost immediately following the conclusion of the Tour Championship, the fourth and final leg of the FedExCup, U.S. Captain Davis Love III will announce the fourth of his captain’s pick to round out the U.S. Ryder Cup team. The other week, Love, who was also the skipper in 2012 during the biennial matches, which has been dubbed “the Miracle at Medinah” selected three of his wildcard picks, who didn’t make the team on points –Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes and Matt Kuchar.

With all sorts of crazy arguments made recently about DL3’s fourth pick, like that he should use it on vice-captain Tiger Woods (which isn’t one that I feel like I’d find compelling at all, but try me), the practice sessions at Hazeltine this past Sunday and Monday may shed light on DL3 narrowing it to three possibilities: Bubba Watson, Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger.

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Jun
15
2016

[Ed. note: OK, I’m seriously I’ve been procrastinating so much lately. I don’t know what’s gotten into me. I’ve never procrastinated like this EVER. No joke. Well, I apologize for the rambling. And I haven’t actually gotten to the good stuff yet, but shouldn’t take me along after my nap. I can’t keep my eyes open. And I should probably not publish this, but you know how I like to live life on the edge! I need to edit out most of the rambling. I should just do it now. ]

Man, don’t you kind of wonder what Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler were talking about in the above picture during their practice round Tuesday? I’m sure it wasn’t anything too riveting — and hopefully it was something other than golf, but I don’t know, obviously.

What I hope is happening is that Rickie is convincing Rory to join SnapChat. I mean, Rickie has put on his A-game snapping this week. Only three Tour pros that I know of at least have been active per usual on the best social media app (at least in my experience so far) to give fans an inside look at Oakmont this week. I mean, do I even have to tell you who they are? Rickie, Justin Thomas and Smylie Kaufman.

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Jun
13
2016

I have some serious *breaking* news for you guys: Oakmont is a tough track. Yeah, no shit, right? Of course, it is — it’s a U.S. Open venue! No, but seriously, it makes the average U.S. Open course look like the rinky-dink muni you play wearing a t-shirt and cut-offs while you shotgun PBRs. That’s right. Oakmont eats most other venues for breakfast.

I haven’t seen that much of the course yet (walking at least nine with some guys tomorrow morning!), but I’ve seen enough and spoken to enough players/insiders to know how difficult, strenuous and mentally taxing it is. It will certainly be interesting to see how players deal with the part of the game between the ears this week. I mean, it looks like it could be pretty traumatizing if you’re not playing well and things start moving in the wrong direction. 

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