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Sep
30
2018

Just like in past Ryder Cups, the scene is always rather chaotic when the matches are coming down the stretch, and we (media people) are staring at the leaderboard trying to figure out which one will clinch the winning point, so we can be there to get what we need. Sunday at Le Golf National was no different. I usually let colleagues try to work out the math because if you’ve seen on Twitter this week, it’s not my strong suit — numbers have never really been my thing. However, strange to stay, but I have some experience now and you can never go wrong with the 16th or 17th greens.

And in this week’s case, the 16th green is the safer bet because you can see the 15th green and the 18th, as well. Meanwhile, the 17th goes out the other direction, so it’s a drag and a much further walk. It was the only and best bet I made all week.

It was only fitting that Francesco Molinari clinched the point for Europe to take back the Ryder Cup. Molinari, who became the first European player to win all five matches in Ryder Cup history, beat Phil Mickelson 4&2.

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Sep
28
2018

The Europeans swept the Americans in Friday’s afternoon foursome matches to take a 5-3 lead after the opening day of the Ryder Cup. Team USA looked pretty good after taking three out of four points in the morning fourballs, but then they just completely tanked it in the afternoon session.

Phrases I hate hearing: There’s a lot of golf left; Can’t believe the captain paired player x and x (Bryson and Phil re: today; not that I don’t agree) together. Why did captain bench player x (Captain America Patrick Reed)? Well, that’s the problem with democracy.

And ugh, I feel you.

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Sep
27
2018
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

 

So much good shit happening in the above photo during the huge and long standing ovation that Tiger Woods received from the away crowd when introduced by Captain Jim Furyk in the Ryder Cup opening ceremony. The smirks on the American players’ faces. Paulina in the background with the flag. Phil’s flow.

Well, after an hour of pomp and circumstance, including state-of-the-union-like speeches, the pairings for the opening fourball matches have been announced. And I liked European Tour player Eddie Pepperell’s reaction best:

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Sep
27
2018

Let’s not kid ourselves, there’s always quite a bit of pageantry that comes along with the Ryder Cup. Perhaps it should feel more grandiose since we are in Paris and near Versailles — hell, the player gala was at the damn palace. It’s also fashion week, which is nearly as exciting as the golf.

On the media shuttle to Le Golf National this morning, I noticed that all the dudes around me were perusing — and even zooming in — on photos of the players and their wives from last night’s festivities. Then I opened up Instagram and my feed exploded with the same shots. This is shamelessly cheap, but man, there are so many potential classic captions…

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Sep
26
2018
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

 

…well, kind of. Le Golf National is technically in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, but some sites are having their writers file from Paris in the byline. Close enough! It’s like 30 miles away. We’re closer to Versailles, but anyway, hello, I’m back…for the week. It feels so strange yet so familiar because apparently the only thing I’ve really missed is Tiger Woods being good again. Great news for all-around!

First things first, check out my Twitter and Insta-story (and regular IG). Please. So I don’t have to repost everything in five places. Thanks.

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Aug
13
2017
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

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Rory McIlroy might sit out the rest of 2017. And honestly, I hope he does — it’s the “smart” thing to do, but also easier said than done for any competitor.

Following his final round three-under 68 at the PGA Championship, the four-time major champ revealed he hadn’t been completely honest with the extent to which his rib injury was still affecting him. 

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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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Aug
9
2017

*UPDATED: Thanks to a tech savvy friend — the crappy audio from the pod has been fixed! You can actually hear them talk now! Yay.*

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Welcome to the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club! There’s so much to share and discuss, but you’ll have to listen to the podcast to hear about the changes to the golf course, which plays hosts to a regular PGA Tour event, and the overwhelming negative reaction to the tweaks from the players.

I caught up with Mike Small, the head coach of the men’s golf team at the University of Illinois, which has become an NCAA powerhouse under his leadership. He’s also won two Web.com Tour events, played on the PGA Tour, competed in multiple majors, won the PGA Professional Championship three times — just to name a few of his accolades and achievements in the game. Coach Small is obviously a man of many talents and I’m not sure how he manages to do it all, but it’s very impressive.

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