Tag Archives: Plantation Course

Jan
5
2018

Rickie Fowler once again opened the new year with a sartorial splash on the links. From the moment he turned professional in 2009, he’s never been afraid to push golf’s rigid and outdated dress codes. His “brand” has always been “edgy” and “disruptive,” but “classy” and “respectful” at the same time — it’s a fine line to toe, but he has managed to pull it off with perfection.
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When Fowler stepped up to the first tee at Kapalua’s Plantation Course on Thursday, you could hear the sound of thousands of dentures fall onto marble and hardwood parquet floors in clubhouses around the globe. His opening drive in 2018 was eclipsed by his Hawaiian style golf shirt that he wore UNTUCKED. Yes, he wore an untucked Aloha shirt at a PGA Tour event and it stayed untucked for all 18 holes. And holy shit, he got through the experience relatively unscathed. At 5pm local time, the game is still alive and well.

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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
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
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
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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Jan
12
2015

Chris Kirk wasn’t having the best week at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. It wasn’t that he was playing poorly, but he wasn’t scoring, and silly mistakes were leading to big numbers on his scorecard. Following rounds of 68- 76-73, Kirk found himself in last place in the 33-man field and earned an early solo tee time for the final round at Kapalua’s Plantation Course.

Well, that combination worked for Kirk, who played lights out, not to mention fast — he finished in two hours, 48 minutes. Now, for any of you who have been here, then you know it isn’t the easiest track to walk (in fact, it’s the toughest trek on Tour all year). He also found his scoring groove. Kirk fired an 11-under 62, which included birdies on 7 of the last 9 holes, to tie the course record.

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Jan
10
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

It’s virtually impossible to write about golf right now with playoff football showing on the television in front of me in the media center, but I’ll do my best to get through this write-up for the few of you who actually care.

As the conditions have been soft all week at Kapalua’s Plantation Course, low scores were there for the taking in the second round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Defending champion Zach Johnson was one of the players to capitalize, posting a six-under 67 to take a four-way share of the lead with Jimmy Walker, Sang-Moon Bae and first-round leader Russell Henley.

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Jan
9
2015

Russell Henley found his second start at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua’s Plantation Course much more to his liking than his maiden voyage last year, where he failed to break 70 and finished 27th in the 30-man field. Henley opened 2015 with a bogey-free, eight-under 65 to take the early first-round lead by a shot over Sang-Moon Bae.

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