Tag Archives: Royal Troon

Jul
16
2017

I caught up with Andrew “Beef” Johnston (and his agent Shaun Reddin) on Saturday evening following the third round of the Scottish Open over drinks and dinner at their hotel restaurant in Ayrshire, about 15 miles down the road from Dundonald Links.

Now, this type of thing doesn’t happen every week (or ever)–it’s not exactly normal for an agent to agree to a last-minute podcast recording the night before the final round of a tournament, especially when the player is on the first page of the leaderboard! But Beef and Shaun aren’t your average tour player and agent, respectively, and that’s why we love them– they’re just ordinary blokes.

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Jul
14
2017
Prestwick GC on Wednesday evening

Prestwick GC on Wednesday evening

I was joined by a special guest — golf renaissance man Geoff Shackelford, who is a senior writer at Golfweek, contributor for Golf Channel and pioneer in the game’s multimedia presence with his eponymous blog, co-host of the podcast ShackHouse, author, architect, etc. — during the second round of the Scottish Open at Dundonald Links. I tricked him into talking with me for 50 minutes (instead of the agreed upon 30 minutes) Friday afternoon.

We discussed the first episode of the second season of Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast Revisionist History, which is basically an essay on why he hates golf, the perception and culture of the game in the United Kingdom vs. the United States, links golf in Scotland, architecture, and more.

Listen via the player below, and your usual friendly reminder to subscribe to the pod on iTunes!

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Jul
17
2016
By Stephanie Wei under General

Henrik Stenson is 18 holes away from winning his first major championship– not to mention becoming the first Swede in history. Stenson, 40, is arguably the best player in the game without a major, and obviously you don’t secure such a distinguished tag without a number of close calls (including a runner-up finish in 2013 to Phil Mickelson).

(Stenson and Mickelson have separated themselves from the field as Stenson has a six-shot advantage over the next competitor. At this point, it is most likely too many shots to make up, especially at Royal Troon…)

For those who aren’t aware of what a legend Stenson is — which appears to be the case for the average American fan — ever wonder what’s he really like? Maybe not, but you should. And who better to ask the questions than Henrik himself? Yes, no joke. Just watch the above video from 2011. 

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Jul
13
2016
By Stephanie Wei under General


[Ed note: The sun is coming up and I haven’t slept (instead I’ve been meaning to write my epic rant in defense of Rory McIlroy’s comments during his presser at Royal Troon on Tuesday and the ensuing overreaction/misinterpreation/oversight, but instead I engaged in debates with people on Twitter for the last 3-4 hours (I really should know better at this point), and I have a very important engagement in three hours. In other words, I’m not going to be able to write my full takedown on why everyone needs to back off and shed some light on why perhaps McIlroy has developed a bit of disdain for Olympic golf Hint: How many other players have been asked regularly for the last five years (at least) which country they are going to represent in the Olympics? And if you don’t understand the implications and history, here is a detailed explanation and an excellent breakdown written by one of contributors who happens to be Irish back in 2012.]

First, I have just a few housekeeping notes to mention. I’m absolutely fed up with the topic of golf in the Olympics (I mean, I haven’t really been enthused since they announced the format–72-hole stroke play, making it an entirely individual competition), and the whole situation has gotten so absurd that I don’t even want to mention, talk or write about it, but I do feel strongly enough about my take on what’s turned into an absolute debacle, along with defending Rory McIlroy’s remarks in his Tuesday presser at Royal Troon ahead of the Open Championship this week.

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Jul
12
2016

There was a moment Tuesday evening at Royal Troon where it looked like world no. 1 Jason Day might have endured a rib injury. He was setting up to hit his approach shot on no. 18 in his practice round when he suddenly came out of his back swing and grabbed the left side of his ribs. Day appeared like he was in pain, but shook it off, regrouped and hit his shot.

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Jul
11
2016
By Stephanie Wei under Olympics

It was only a matter of time when it comes down to it — once one star drops out, it’s not a massive surprise when his peers end up following suit and doing the same. Well, at least it was rather predictable with regard to the top-ranked male golfers in the world and their decision to take a pass on competing in next month’s Olympics in Rio.

During the International Golf Federation press conference Monday at Royal Troon, where the Open Championship is being held this week, President Peter Dawson announced that Jordan Spieth, the world no. 3 and two-time major champion, withdrew from the participating in golf’s return to the Olympics, citing the Zika virus as part of the reason.

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Apr
27
2016

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This press release certainly caught my attention. At this year’s Open Championship at Royal Troon, the R&A is setting up The Open Camping Village, which will feature two, four and six person pre-pitched tents along with inflatable camping beds for each guest — or as it’s being marketed, “the next generation of golf fans.” The location will be walking distance from Troon.

It’s an interesting initiative and definitely outside the box. Well, sort of. I have two friends in the media who have made camping when the Open is held at St Andrews some sort of tradition. It sounds different and adventurous until inclement weather comes along, which it often does at this championship. (Just ask them what happened in 2010!)

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Feb
19
2016

[Ed. note: To read about Royal Troon, the site of this week’s Open Championship, scroll down past where I open with Turnberry… Troon is the second course out of the five.]

Royal Troon

Royal Troon

In the southwest of Scotland–not far from Glasgow–is a historic country called Ayrshire, which is home to at least a handful of top-rate links courses.  I’ve traveled to Scotland at least half a dozen times, but somehow, my trips hadn’t taken me to this area for some particular reason. I found out quickly how rich in golf history Ayrshire is and all that it has to offer from five of the best links tracks in the world.

The region is home to two courses in the Open Championship rota, Turnberry (Alisa) and Royal Troon (Old), where next summer’s Open is taking place this July, along with the birthplace of the Open Championship, Prestwick Golf Club. We also played a newer course, Dundonald, which is the links course for the prestigious Loch Lomond Golf Club, and Western Gailes, an old school, classic links track that is a favorite, must-play on the western coast of the country.

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Sep
13
2015
Par-3 no. 8 at Royal Troon, aka the "Postage Stamp"

Par-3 no. 8 at Royal Troon, aka the “Postage Stamp”

Apologies for seemingly abandoning this space and not posting for over a week — I swear I meant to write this *before* I left the U.S., but I had a deadline for an article on proper course setups for women (stay tuned!) and then I had a crazed travel schedule. I finally have a minute (but not very many) to breathe and write on this space. It’s certainly been an eventful week or so…

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