Tag Archives: Royal Lytham &St. Annes

Aug
22
2012
By Stephanie Wei under The Open Championship

I’m not sure what exactly I was trying to find on YouTube, but in the process I came across the below interviews from the Open Championship, where I worked as a presenter for @The Open Live, the official behind-the-scenes online broadcast of the championship.

I started with the one I liked better (not the player, silly), which was Zach Johnson, fresh off his second victory on the PGA Tour in 2012 at the John Deere Classic.

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Jul
26
2012
By Stephanie Wei under Behind the Scenes

Sunday practice round day at The Open

Even though I’m not finished sharing my thoughts and unloading all the tidbits from my notebook, I’m recovering from a major Open hangover, not to mention those voices chirping in my ear via talkback for about 12 hours a day. Huh? Yeah, I have a new appreciation of TV/radio people wearing an earpiece 24/7. I mean, I already have the voices in my head and then I had to separate those from the ones in my ear while I was working as a presenter/reporter for @The Open Live…GET OUT OF MY EAR. GO AWAY.

Sorry. Never mind.

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Jul
25
2012
By Stephanie Wei under The Open Championship

Royal Lytham brings Tiger to his knees

Tiger Woods had a well-thought-out game plan going into the Open Championship. Come hell (Royal Lytham’s 206 bunkers) or high water (standard Open conditions), he was going to stick to it. In the end, arguably, it wasn’t his strategy that caused him to come up short of breaking his major-less streak, it was his execution (though I think he could have been less obstinate given the changing conditions).

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Jul
22
2012
By Stephanie Wei under The Open Championship

Ernie: class act

I have to get back to the TV compound, but I just wanted to throw up a quick post to congratulate Mr. Theodore Ernest Els and provide a thread for your comments on Adam Scott bogeying the last four holes to lose and Ernie coming from six shots back to capture his second Claret Jug — that clutch putt for birdie on the 72nd hole was pretty bleeping sweet. Who else held their breath as he set up to what turned out to be the difference between an outright victory and playoff?

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Jul
22
2012

Tiger fist-pump...for the win?

The last twosome — Graeme McDowell and Adam Scott — has just teed off, but the atmosphere has been buzzing with anticipation here at Royal Lytham &St Annes since early this morning. It’s already been a hectic day with the usual excited nervous energy that comes along with the final round at a major championship. What’s more, look at the names on the leaderboard. We’ve got Adam Scott (and Stevie Williams), Graeme McDowell, Brandt Snedeker, Tiger Woods, Zach Johnson and Ernie Els in the final three groups.

As we’ve seen with all the dramatic finishes this season, NO LEAD IS SAFE.

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Jul
20
2012
By Conor Nagle under The Open Championship

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RNyASs1vSs

Either massively ironic or downright appropriate, depending on your statistical perspective and faith in the Golfing Gods to manufacture cruel twists of Fate (see second paragraph), Tiger Woods brought his second round of this year’s Open Championship to a riotous conclusion on Friday evening, holing a pitch shot from a greenside bunker for a closing birdie and second successive 67.

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Jul
20
2012
By Conor Nagle under The Open Championship

Adam Scott: patchy.

Adam Scott will begin the weekend at Royal Lytham & St. Anne’s in uncharted territory, but you’re unlikely to hear the Australian complaining.

A mere shot adrift of overnight leader Brandt Snedeker and in turn three shots clear of the next best-placed challenger (more about him later), the 32-year-old enters Saturday’s third round perfectly placed to end his career-long wait for a major title.

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Jul
20
2012
By Conor Nagle under The Open Championship

Scene of a sell-out: Portrush's 18th during the Irish Open.

Buried amidst the mounting pre-tournament hysteria at Royal Lytham this week was news that Northern Ireland’s 61-year wait to host the Open Championship will continue for the forseeable future.

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Jul
18
2012
By Stephanie Wei under Balls in the Air

Stingin' it.

Be warned: I’ve been nodding off since 9pm local and it’s past midnight now, so I’m beyond delirious. There’s a good chance I might literally fall asleep on my keyboard, but I wanted to at least post a reader’s digest version of “Balls in the Air” and name some of my picks.

The forecast for Wednesday called for torrential showers. In fact, it was supposed to be the worst weather day of the week. Well, this is how things go at The Open — instead, the clouds cleared and the sun came out turning it into a beautiful afternoon.

A lot of players had finished their “work” and preparation for the week yesterday because of the weather forecast. Shortly after the skies cleared, the practice areas filled up with guys cramming in some extra reps or playing a few holes to test out the course conditions (links are sand-based and drain well, except for the bunkers here at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, apparently.

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