Tag Archives: Shanghai

Nov
9
2014
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour
Wowza!

Wowza!

Bubba Watson has pulled off seemingly impossible shots throughout his career (e.g., 2011 Masters) — it’s his MO. Watson wowed and impressed once again, but this time in Shanghai at Sheshan International Golf Club in the final round of the WGC-HSBC Champions.

After Watson snagged the solo lead on the back nine, he ran into trouble on nos. 16 and 17 with a bogey and double-bogey, respectively. And just like that, he had dropped three shots. Heading into the 18th with a two-shot deficit to Tim Clark, who was safely in the clubhouse, Watson needed an eagle on the par-5 final hole to force a playoff.

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Nov
4
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Caddies
Big shoes to fill!

Big shoes to fill!

With Stevie Williams’ announcing his semi-retirement following the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, Adam Scott is in search for a new full-time caddie. While it will be difficult to replace Williams, who worked with Scott for 3.5 years, Scott certainly has no shortage of applicants to choose from.

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Nov
7
2011
By Stephanie Wei under WGC

Remember me? I won the PGA Championship last year and was No. 1 in the world.

Martin Kaymer played fantastic golf on Sunday in Shanghai — which has unfortunately been somewhat overshadowed by the ongoing controversy over Steve Williams’ comment directed at ex-boss Tiger Woods — and it deserves a tip of the cap. Kaymer rallied from a five-shot deficit, making nine birdies in his last 12 holes to win by three strokes.

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Nov
4
2011
By Stephanie Wei under Presidents Cup

Stevie holds court

Steve Williams can’t manage to censor himself when speaking in group settings, particularly about former boss Tiger Woods. Last night at the “caddie awards” dinner in Shanghai, Williams had been invited up to the stage after winning “best celebration” of the year — with reference to his infamous post-victory speech(es) at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational when he took the spotlight away from his current player and employer Adam Scott.

Asked to explain the purpose of the celebration, Williams replied, “‘It was my aim to shove it right up that black a**ehole,’ according to the Daily Mail‘s Derek Lawrenson.

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Nov
3
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Take that, Freddie, Tiger, Bill, Luke, Webb, etc.!

PGA champion Keegan Bradley is letting his play speak for itself — which is certainly causing more grief for Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples, who passed on the rookie as one of his wildcard picks, and perhaps Luke Donald, who thought he had the Player of the Year award wrapped up after coming in the clutch with his dramatic victory at Disney to claim the PGA Tour money title.

Keegan fired a bogey-free seven-under 65 in the first round of the WGC-HSBC Champions, held in Shanghai, to take a two-shot lead over Fredrik Jacobson and Bo Van Pelt (who won by six shots last week in Malaysia).

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Nov
7
2010

Francesco Molinari of Italy holds the Old Tom Morris Champions trophy

With the rest of the field too far back to pose a challenge, the final round was a thrilling duel between Francesco Molinari and Lee Westwood. Molinari led the WGC-HSBC Champions wire-to-wire, opening with a fantastic 65 on Thursday and holding his nerve against the newly-crowned world’s No. 1 to post a 67 on Sunday for a one-stroke victory at Shenshan International in Shanghai.

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Nov
4
2010
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

At the PGA Championship, Phil Mickelson revealed a shocking secret: since the week before the US Open, he’s been suffering from psoriatic arthritis. And as part of the treatment, doctors prescribed him a vegetarian diet, which the part-owner of Five Guys, a fast food burger joint, was embracing. Earlier this week at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, Phil was asked for the status of his moratorium on meat. Prognosis: Not so good, reports the AP.

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Nov
4
2010

Given the apocalypse that has befallen Tiger Woods, and, let’s face it, golf in general, how are we to deal with the fact that…well, this from the AP:

For Woods, a victory would be especially meaningful now.

He has won a PGA Tour event in each of his 14 seasons, and the HSBC Champions is his last chance for 2010. It would count as an official victory if won by a PGA Tour member. The tour record for consecutive seasons with at least one victory is 17, held by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.

Woods has not come particularly close to winning all year.

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Nov
2
2010
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

I hope those blades are dull!

The first battle between Lee Westwood and Tiger Wood since the two switched spots in the world rankings was peculiar one, where swords were the weapon of choice. In the annual photo op for the HSBC Champions in Shanghai (remember last year’s?), the world’s top-four ranked players, Westwood, Woods, Martin Kaymer and Phil Mickelson gathered on the roof of the Peninsula Hotel on the Bund for a Tai Chi lesson. It appears Westwood and Tiger faced off, while Kaymer and Mickelson partnered up. Nice show of swordsmanship, guys!

Oh, but my favorite picture? I just can’t stop laughing…

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