Tag Archives: Gary Woodland

Aug
11
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

In case you can’t remember that the PGA Championship is a major, the PGA of America’s new slogan — as of last year — will remind you…constantly…with signage all around Whistling Straits.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since we were last here in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, for the 2010 PGA, which was perhaps the most compelling major of that season, with various names making moves on the back nine and then of course the heartbreaking finish and bunker-not-a-bunker fiasco that kept Dustin Johnson out of a playoff for the Wanamaker Trophy. (It’s even crazier when I realize that it was only the third major I’d ever covered.)

If we have anything close to as much drama as we did in 2010, we’re in for a treat this week. Let’s just hope we don’t have any major rules blunders on the 72nd hole of the tournament and we’ll be quite alright. 

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May
4
2015

Rory McIlroy entered the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship as the no. 1 seed and the no. 1 player in the world. He solidified both positions by beating his opponent in seven straight matches, including Gary Woodland 4&2 in the finals.

McIlroy also headed into the week with the prospect of sitting ringside at what was being hailed as the fight of the century, the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao showdown, in Las Vegas. He had paid an exorbitant amount of money for his tickets — which he wouldn’t disclose in his pre-tournament press conference — and planned to make the back-and-forth trip regardless of whether he was still in the golf tournament. His position obviously changed on Saturday evening when his match against Paul Casey went into extra holes and McIlroy likely wouldn’t have made it to MGM Grand for the fight in time even if he’d tried.

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Oct
27
2013
Nice guys do finish first

Nice guys do finish first

Because I need my beauty sleep before bringing you nearly-exclusive coverage of The Match between Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy from Mission Hills at Hainan Island on Monday, this is going to be relatively quick.

But fear not! — I’ll touch on everything you missed or need to know (since you probably spent your weekend watching football at waking hours instead of golf in Asia in the middle of the night in the U.S.). 

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Oct
10
2013
Splitsville

Splitsville!

With the introduction of the wraparound schedule, it doesn’t really seem like a brand new season, but it is — the 2013-14 season kicks off with the Frys.com Open on Thursday, which is *crazy* because it feels like the 2013 season just ended the other day. Oh, wait, it kind of did.

Still, it’s that time of the year again, where players and caddies are breaking up and hooking up.

Players and caddies split all the time (and also get back together sometimes after a “break”). Imagine the start of the season, as well as certain periods throughout the year, when it’s “time for a change.” It’s like high school, where it’s not uncommon  that at some point one of your friends is going to date one of your exes and vice versa.  After all, it’s a limited pool you’re dealing with. 

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Aug
25
2013
C'mon Aussie

C’mon Aussie

Adam Scott watched his birdie putt on 18 just slide past the hole and leaned over his long putter with a slightly disappointed smile, thinking he needed it for a chance to at least get into a playoff. He tapped in for his bogey-free, six-under 66, 11-under total, which at the time put him in a four-way tie at the top — but the leaders were just coming down the stretch, with a number of chances to make birdie and best Scott’s effort. 

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Aug
24
2013
Woodland and Kuchar teamed up to win the 2011 World Cup

Woodland and Kuchar teamed up to win the 2011 World Cup

It was a perfect day at Liberty National during the third round of The Barclays — but it was still a grind if you actually had to play in the breezy and tough conditions. Well, with the exception of Kevin Chappell, who posted nine-under 62, trumping the course record set by Keegan Bradley a day earlier. Chappell was even a bit surprised and bemused with with his impressive round. 

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Jan
30
2013

I know I should know better and use Word instead of WordPress to write my posts, but old habits die hard. The internet timed out and I just lost the last hour’s worth of work–which is always fun–but it’s my own fault. Anyway! It was a busy yet fun (and kind of weird) day on Wednesday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Above, you can watch the #WUPHangout that I did earlier this evening. What did we talk about?

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Aug
29
2012

Notah and his little bro

Well, no ones cares about the atmosphere on Wednesday at the Deutsche Bank Championship and other interesting tidbits, aka gossip on the range. like the handful of Americans who have one last week to make a case and impress Team USA captain Davis Love III before he announces his four wildcard picks on Tuesday morning… right?

Okay, that’s what I thought, but in case you do, the short version: pretty chill and most relaxed and friendly I’ve seen it in months, with the exception of the half-dozen guys who are freaking out about making the Ryder Cup.

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Jan
4
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

See ya later, Blake...and Randy Smith

As reported Tuesday, Gary Woodland, the incredibly talented basketball-player-turned-golfer, has left Hambric Sports Management to join Mark Steinberg’s small but prestigious group of golfers, including Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar, at Excel Sports Management. The company also represents an esteemed crop of athletes, like Derek Jeter, Ryan Howard, Blake Griffin and Paul Pierce.

Woodland and Kuchar joined forces and proved to be quite the indomitable team as they won the World Cup last November. That same week Woodland started to consider the management change, according to the AP:

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