Tag Archives: Robert Rock

Jul
7
2017

Hello from Northern Ireland! As I’m sure you’re aware by now via my social media channels, I’m covering the Irish Open at Portstewart (along with playing some of the world’s finest links courses — which you’ll hear more about it the next episode).

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Jan
26
2017
By Stephanie Wei under European Tour

Because in the Middle East, the work week is from Sunday through Thursday, so it’s technically the start of the weekend here. After hours of reading every newspaper back in America, just thought it would nice to lighten the mood and try not to think about walls, alleged voter fraud, xenophobic, anti-immigrant policies, etc. Here’s just part of a conversation that I had with Robert Rock last week in Abu Dhabi, where he was explaining the new Green Books and eventually it led to a light-heated conversation about slow play and watching a golf telecast:

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Jan
18
2017

When I met up with Robert Rock on Tuesday morning at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, he was finishing up a chat with a gentleman who had handed him a stack of papers, which turned out to be the new “Green Book.” Instead of a normal-sized yardage book that we’re accustomed to seeing the pros carry and tuck in their back pockets, Rock was holding some loose A4-sized papers (the UK’s standard letter size, like our version of 8×11) with map-like diagrams of greens.

I probably gave him a weird and confused look, like WTF is going on here? Or I made a snarky remark. Or both. But before I even had the chance to ask, he started to explain. I stopped him — “WAIT!”, and quickly unlocked my iPhone (which is naturally glued to my hand during a practice round day) and started rolling the video. “OK, go ahead.” Watch above… you golf geeks are going to love these, but there’s one obvious concern that you will likely identify, as well. 

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Jan
17
2017

After 18 hours of travel across the planet, I was pretty much giddy when the plane landed in Abu Dhabi. I had finally made it to the Middle East, a region of the world I had yet to visit, and as someone who enjoys exploring new places and cultures, I was beyond excited. Then, I turned on my phone and first thing I saw was an email announcing Rory McIlroy had withdrawn from this week’s tournament due to a rib injury — a stress fracture, to be exact. Which, to my understanding, is extremely frustrating because the only prescription at this point is straight-up rest for an average of 4-6 weeks.

Talk about a buzz kill. My reaction is summed up pretty well in the photo above. But hey, I wasn’t going to let that minor detail — like the main draw of the tournament, which boasts the best field on the European Tour all year, pulling out! After all, I’m in Abu Dhabi!

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Jul
9
2015

Friend of WUP Robert Rock was kind enough to let me walk with him (as he did during the Irish Open) and Periscope his practice round Tuesday at Gullane Golf Club, the site of this week’s Scottish Open. I only followed him for nine holes as he didn’t tee off until quite late because he had to wait for his clubs to arrive, but it’s enough to get a sense of the championship course, which comprises of 16 holes from Gullane No. 1 and two from No. 2 (there are three tracks here).

Let’s kick it off with no. 1, a severely uphill par-4, which is quite the walk but a pretty straightforward hole to ease into the round.

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May
27
2015

Get excited for the Irish Open to kick off Thursday morning at Royal County Down Golf Club, a brilliant test of golf with a spectacular layout and scenery — no wonder it’s one of the world’s greatest courses. Not enough is said about the venue, which has that “it” factor and special atmosphere that only the best major championship sites possess. In other words, RCD, which is located about an hour from Belfast in Northern Ireland,  feels like it could host an Open Championship and this event feels notably distinct.

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May
20
2015
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

Timing is always everything, isn’t it? I was walking back to the media center from a nearly empty range when I saw Ernie Els, one of two players still practicing on the eve of the European Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship. I almost kept going, but I figured golf fans would love to see The Big Easy hitting balls. In other words, it was a perfect moment to use Periscope — and it turned out to be even better than I thought.

Ernie, who was in charge of the redesign at Wentworth, the event’s venue, saw me watching him and pointing my phone at him, so he said hello and asked what I was doing (mostly, I think he was surprised to see me on this side of the pond because there isn’t much American media here). I started to explain Periscope to him and his interest piqued. I mean, he got really into it — he answered questions, demonstrated a swing tip, showed off his clubs and more.

You can watch the video above, but you should really download Periscope if you can and watch it on the app for the full effect because you can see all the comments and how Ernie was interacting with fans.

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Jun
30
2013
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour
Hooray!

Hooray!

Paul Casey not only won for the first time in over two years, but he did it in style, holing a fifty-footer for eagle on the 72nd hole to capture the Irish Open by three shots over Robert Rock and Joost Luiten.

Casey, who started the final round four shots out of the lead, fire a final-round five-under 67 that included a stretch of five birdies in six holes between no. 8 and no. 13. He wavered for a moment coming down the stretch, giving two back on nos. 15 and 16.  

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Jun
28
2013
By Conor Nagle under European PGA Tour

Uihlein has one win to his name on the 2013 European Tour.

Former amateur stand-out Peter Uihlein continued to make the most of a challenging Carton House layout at the Irish Open this morning, shooting a 68 in blustery conditions to grab a share of the halfway lead.

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