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Woods meets Mandela for the first time in '98

Woods meets Mandela for the first time in ’98

The world is mourning the death of the beloved former South African President Nelson Mandela. Even Tiger Woods, who hasn’t been thrilled with Golf Channel as of late, gave a post-round TV interview to pay tribute to Mandela following the first round of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, the tournament he hosts that also benefits his foundation (but denied GC’s request after he shot 62 to take the second-round lead on Friday).

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By Stephanie Wei under General
Bev Norwood (the guy in the middle) ordering a drink at the media hotel during the U.S. Open

Bev Norwood (guy in the middle) ordering a drink at the media hotel during the U.S. Open

The first time I met Bev Norwood was in the media center at the 2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational. I was a rookie on the beat and still trying to figure out the whole covering the Tour thing, so I was relieved when the first person I ran into after checking in was John Paul Newport from the Wall Street Journal.

Then, Bev, a longtime publicist at IMG, appeared and JP introduced us and told Bev to take care of me. Almost immediately, Bev moved my seat from the slums in the back corner of the media center to the a first class seat in the second row near all the veteran, established writers.

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By Stephanie Wei under LPGA

Brecht talking Cristie Kerr through a ruling

Longtime and beloved LPGA rules official Doug Brecht passed away last Friday after a three-month battle with the West Nile Virus. Brecht was 62.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Doug, but from what I’ve gleaned from the numerous tweets from LPGA players and others in the golf world, we lost a very special person. LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement:

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By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

Legend: Seve putting on the Green Jacket after winning the 1980 Masters

Spanish golfing icon Severiano Ballesteros passed away peacefully surrounded by family at his home in Pedreña, Spain, early on Saturday morning after the deterioration in his condition. The 54-year-old was suffering from health problems since being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in 2008. The five-time major winner sustained four operations, along with a course of chemotherapy, in the past two and a half years.

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