Tag Archives: Kapalua

Jan
9
2017

Justin Thomas won the SBS Tournament of Champions at Kapalua at 22-under, beating Hideki Matsuyama by three shots. And JT doesn’t care that the trophy pictures are the most flattering in the world because he just won the first PGA Tour event of 2017, so there. I did chuckle when I came across his Instagram post with the above picture and the caption, “Too excited for the trophy to worry about my double chin #shaka.”

Since I am now just openly refusing to write game stories/summaries for the sake of doing so — with exceptions, like I walked the round in person or it’s Tiger or it’s something really freaking interesting and cool or it’s an epic final round at a major, etc. — I will quickly tell you all you need to know, but I’m sure you already know if you’re reading this.

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Jan
4
2017
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Hi guys! Happy New Year from Maui and the Tournament of Champions!  We survived 2016 — at least some of us…barely. I feel like I’m writing a personal email to my friends, but in many ways, this website/blog/whatever the hell you want to call it has been like that. Since I started on this journey on a little Tumblr blog in spring 2009, it’s been one heck of an adventure, filled with so much joy, sweat, tears and practically every emotion that goes along with life (mostly positive, though!).

For those of you who have been along since the early days, you’ve witnessed the evolution, and thank you so much for your support, loyalty and belief in me — even your critiques because the constructive non-hater trolling feedback is what has made me work harder and improve my “craft.” In fact, I’ve always said I owe the most to the haters because the hostility and animosity lit a fire under me and inspired me even more to prove them wrong. Same goes for anyone and everyone who has been a casual, avid or occasional reader or hater.

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Mar
27
2016
By Stephanie Wei under RIP
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Gary Planos and I in 2011 at Kapalua

It is with a heavy heart that I report the golf industry has lost a true giant and friend with the death of Gary Planos. He was 62. He was a favorite among PGA Tour players for the years that he ran the Tournament of Champions. He basically helped build Kapalua into what it is today. He was found on Saturday in his home, where he’d live for over 25 years atop a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean. No cause of death was given.

As longtime readers know, Gary was a very close friend of mine and I’m having trouble writing this post right now, but I wanted to pay my respects to him and note the lasting impact he had on many of our lives in the golfing world. 

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Jan
11
2016

There was really never a doubt — at least from the media — that Jordan Spieth wouldn’t close out the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. After trailing Patrick Reed by one following the first round, Spieth started to run away from the field on Friday, building a four-stroke lead and then he separated himself even more, with a five-shot lead heading into Sunday.

In many of our minds, the tournament was over before the weekend started, but you know, THERE WAS A LOT OF GOLF LEFT. Sure, that’s true. For just about any other golfer on the planet, I’m not sure we would’ve crowned Spieth the champion so quickly, but it’s Jordan Spieth we’re talking about here. He doesn’t blow leads. He doesn’t make major mistakes. He knows when to take risks and when to play it safe. He has the rare combo of talent and smarts.

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Jan
9
2016
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

I apologize in advance if this post isn’t as thorough as yesterday’s, but my back is acting up and I need to leave to go see the physio soon, so I’ll do the best I can. I can only type so fast, though, so if I get short on time, then perhaps I’ll finish up afterward because there’s some fun info/quotes from Kapalua today. However, I figure only about five people (including my parents) are going to read this, since it’s Saturday night on the east coast already and everyone is watching football (GO SEAHAWKS!).

Jordan Spieth continues to do Jordan-Spieth-like things. Despite getting off to a somewhat slow start, Spieth ended on a high note, with his second shot on the par-5 18th hitting the flag and nearly going in the hole for a rare albatross. But, instead, his ball bounced off the pin to about three feet, which he made — and “settled” for an eagle to get to 24-under through three rounds of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

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Jan
9
2016
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Hey, golf fans, great news: You can watch the NFL playoff games this weekend without worrying that you’re missing much at Kapalua’s Plantation Course, thanks to Jordan Spieth. The 2015 Masters and U.S. Open champion opened up a four-shot lead at the halfway mark of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions after firing a nine-under 64 to follow up his effort of 64 the day earlier.

It appears Spieth is starting 2016 right where he left off in 2015: Winning.

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Jan
7
2016

BALLS IN THE AIR! The first round on the PGA Tour in 2016 is officially in the books. Good luck and play well, boys.

It’s hard to attribute it to anything besides two very competitive and talented golfers wanting to beat the other in head-to-head competition, but it sure seems like Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth bring the best out of each other, so to speak. Reed, the defending champion who came through in the clutch in a year ago at Kapalua’s Planation Course to beat Jimmy Walker in a playoff, was paired with world no. 1 Jordan Spieth, who is obviously coming off a phenomenal season that included five wins, including two majors, in the first official round of 2016 on the PGA Tour.

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Jan
6
2016
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

 

Happy New Year! Before I get started with the meat of this column, I’d like to pass along my best wishes for everyone in 2016. As I’ve mentioned, 2015 was a bit of a strange year, but it was also one of the greatest, and by far, it was the most memorable season for all four majors that I’ve witnessed in my young career. That said, I’m back covering PGA Tour events (along with as many European Tour ones I can do) and I’m ready for the new year.

As many often do when a new year rolls around, I’ve done some reflecting in the last couple of months, particularly when it comes to WUP. It’s no secret that my priorities have changed a bit in the past two years since I started doing more on-camera work (which I enjoy greatly and broadcasting has always been the ultimate goal for me when it comes to career development). Unfortunately, that’s taken time away from writing and looking after WUP with the passion that I have in its earlier years. 

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Jan
18
2015

Jimmy Walker wasn’t going to let a second tournament slip through his fingers in the same week. After losing in a playoff to Patrick Reed at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Monday, Walker got redemption on Sunday, firing an impressive bogey-free, seven-under 63.

Not only did he successfully defend his title at the Sony Open, he ran away from the field, posting a 23-under total at Waialae Country Club en route to a nine-shot victory over Scott Piercy. The record for the largest margin of victory at this event was previously seven strokes, which was held by Paul Azinger in 2000. 

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Jan
12
2015

With four holes to play in Monday’s final round at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Patrick Reed trailed 54-hole co-leader Jimmy Walker by four shots. At the time, it may have seemed like an insurmountable deficit to overcome, but not for Reed, who credits his stubbornness for his success.

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