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Oct
2
2017

The 2017 U.S. Presidents Cup team has been hailed as perhaps the strongest and most perfect squad of players. Led by Captain Steve Stricker, the Americans dominated from the start to finish — which wasn’t exactly a huge surprise given the lopsided (and relatively short) history of these biennial matches, with the U.S. winning 10 of the 12 times its been staged.

There were fleeting moments that were thrilling because, well, two words: Match play. But it was pretty much over after Friday with the Americans . In fact, the Americans nearly clinched the Cup on Saturday, but Anirban Lahiri and Si Woo Kim managed to fend off Charley Hoffmann and Kevin Chappell to win 1-up — it was the only full point clinched by the International Team during both sessions on Saturday.

Still. Sunday didn’t matter. Don’t take it from me — several American players voiced that in the boozy, extremely entertaining winning presser.

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Sep
29
2017
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

 

As an American, I have no shame to say that I’ve rooted for the International Team in just about every Presidents Cup since I started covering golf. WTF, that’s treasonous, you say? Well, the reason why is simple. With few exceptions, like two years ago in South Korea, the Americans have dominated the Internationals, and by the time the weekend rolls around, it’s a complete snooze-fest.

In 12 editions of this event, the Americans have won 10 and the Internationals have won once and tied another. I mean, if you want to talk about about exhibitions in golf — and there are quite a few — the Presidents Cup is the first to come to mind. It’s truly a shame.

But I would like to see the Internationals win because, well, this exhibition could really use that to add more interest. Look, the crowds at Liberty National have been great. We all love match play, but following Friday’s action with the Americans taking 4.5 out of the possible 5 points in four-balls, the overall standing after two days is: U.S. Team 8, International Team 2.

With eight points on the line in Saturday (the only day with two sets of matches), the Americans only need 7.5 points to retain the Cup. Yep, that’s right — hypothetically, this could literally be over on Saturday (even though it feels like it already is).

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Aug
14
2017
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

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The PGA Championship felt like a slog-fest for most of the week (or, dare I say, a poor man’s U.S. Open?) — super slick and firm greens, thunderstorms, weather delays, slow play, ultra long (after more rain Friday and overnight) tough scoring conditions — but then the last groups made the turn at Quail Hollow on Sunday, and suddenly, the fireworks and the drama broke out.

At the end of the day, Justin Thomas separated himself from the pack, hitting some gutsy shots and stroking in key putts, along with a couple of moments that felt like divine intervention or tacit approval from the golf gods.

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Aug
12
2017

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I caught up with Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee on Saturday morning ahead of the third round of the PGA Championship. We discussed the changes to Quail Hollow, the impact of the weather on the course conditions and what we’ve seen so far from Kevin Kisner, Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Day, and other notables in the field. Brandel gave his expert analysis on the top contenders and big names and what to watch for this afternoon.

Tune in below or via iTunes, etc. Enjoy!

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Aug
12
2017

Taking one for the team!

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It’s incredible how fast guys will start playing and moving — especially on a Friday and even more so if the player is not going to make the cut — when they’re running out of daylight. You see, there’s only one clock clock that produces the desired result in combating slow play and that’s Mother Nature and the horn signaling the suspension of play due to darkness. Unlike the horn for inclement weather, which does not give players a choice to finish the hole, this one does — that is, if at least one player in the group has already teed off before the horn blows.

Due to inclement weather, play was suspended for two hours late on Friday. While the rain certainly softened up Quail Hollow and conditions were far more receptive and scoring friendly for the players who teed off in the afternoon wave, it was a far-gone conclusion that second-round play would not be completed on Friday and those still left on the course would have to return early Saturday to finish up.

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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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May
1
2017

It took 76 holes, with four extra on Monday morning to determine the winning duo at the weather-delayed Zurich Classic of New Orleans, but it was worth the wait, particularly for Cameron Smith, the only one of the four who had yet to secure a victory on the PGA Tour. And it was even more fitting that he clinched the win, holing a knee-knocker three-footer for birdie.

In the inaugural year of the event’s team format, the duos of Jonas Blixt/Cameron Smith and Kevin Kisner/Scott Brown went into extra holes on Monday morning after Kisner’s thrilling chip-in for eagle on the final hole in regulation on Sunday evening.

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May
1
2017

Pardon the language in the headline, but it was the first word that came to mind and seemed rather appropriate when a player knows he needs to chip-in for eagle in order to force a playoff on the final hole in the final round and successfully comes through in the clutch in a do-or-die situation.

That’s exactly what Kevin Kisner did at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans — which marked the first official PGA Tour event to feature a team format (foursomes, aka alternate shot, in the first and third rounds and four-ball, aka best ball, in the second and fourth rounds) in 36 years.

Badass. Baller. Clutch. Gutsy. Legend. Epic. Take your pick. It was all of those things and more.

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Sep
23
2016

Nerves, passion and strong emotions are already running high amongst the 30 players in the field at East Lake — and no, unfortunately, these feelings aren’t necessarily inspired by the absolutely thrilling Tour Championship after the first round, and the kinda tacky $10-million FedExCup prize to the winner of the year-long contest. It’s all about next week’s Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in Minnesota, just outside Minneapolis. And it’s already getting all Mean Girls!

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Jul
30
2016

Saturday at the PGA Championship was basically just about a total wash-out, with only 37 out of 86 players posting scores in the third round. At around 2:15pm, the horn sounded across Baltusrol GC, suspending play for what turned out to be the rest of the day. However, it was not officially called until 5:46pm — which was frustrating for everyone from the media to the players and the caddies, especially since it seemed clear that would be the case hours earlier.

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