Tag Archives: Spencer Levin

Jun
18
2016
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

Wow, I’m honestly a bit confused or just disoriented as to what the heck is happening out there at Oakmont because of the weather delays that messed up the rest of the week. So, the players in Thursday’s morning wave finished their first rounds on Friday morning — only nine players completed 18 holes on Thursday — and then had the rest of the day off. Then, the guys originally in Thursday’s afternoon wave played the first round and then most of them finished the second round, as well.

Yep, 36 holes at Oakmont in a U.S. Open — sounds about as fun as digging ditches all day. I’m serious. I know they’re playing professional golf for a lot of money, but hey, you’d have to pay me that much to do what they did today. However, those guys actually got the better end of the draw, believe it or not.

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Jun
12
2016

2016 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying

There were tons of great storylines coming out of the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier in Columbus on Monday. There were so many that I nearly drove myself crazy trying to write about them all. Well, I didn’t quite get to everyone since I spent about 2,000 words waxing lyrical about why the sectional qualifier is the greatest day in golf. (Thanks for bearing with me if you read that, but it really is!)

This year in Columbus there were 103 players competing for 13 spots at Kinsale and Wedgewood.

Here’s a breakdown of the main stories coming out of Columbus, and I don’t care if none of these guys make the cut or are never heard from again (but there are some “big” names, so doubt that will be the case). 

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Jun
3
2012

I think this picture speaks for itself -- it's a whole new world...

First of all, if you missed my post last night on the third-round highlights, check it out.

If you’re a regular reader, then you’ve heard me say this many times: Don’t underestimate the underdog. Of course I’m referring to Tiger Woods. Well, kind of. He’s obviously won four times at the Memorial Tournament, but that was before The Scandal. Woods is paired with Rickie Fowler, who snagged his first win at Quail Hollow last month, and ever since, he’s been on cruise control. Heading into the final round, of the two, Fowler was the favorite (this was before he started birdie-bogey-double-bogey-bogey. Weird, huh?

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Jun
2
2012

Classic Spence.

Spencer Levin doesn’t need to hear any lectures on the health risks when it comes to smoking cigarettes — Marlboro Reds, to be precise — and he’s well aware it strays from the squeaky-clean image of the PGA Tour brand. He’s not just a one or two smoke a round kind of guy, either. A pack would be more a closer estimate.

Judge him if you’d like (and I hate to break it to you, but a fair share of players use chewing tobacco — probably roughly 1/4 to 1/3), but as he reminded the media after shooting a three-under 69, matching Rickie Fowler and Vijay Singh for low round on Saturday: It’s legal and there are worse things he could be doing.

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Jun
1
2012

Tiger happy hanging with Freddie

There was an especially excited feeling in the air at the Memorial Tournament early Friday evening — the kind that only one player can stir up. Tiger Woods, of course. He birdied three of his first six holes to jump atop the ‘board with the leaders in the clubhouse, Spencer Levin and Scott Stallings. He looked in fine form and found the consistency he was struggling with in his last few starts.

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May
15
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

The waiting game...

Slow play has been an epidemic on the PGA Tour since as long as anyone can remember. Every year it’s the same ol’ story — fans/media/players complain and it’s always brought up at least once in the annual Players Meeting, but the pace of play on Tour hasn’t improved. It’s become one of those things that’s almost become part of the game. At least on Tour, but Kevin Na’s waggles and whiffs put a massive spotlight on the slow play issue, which was already a point of contention heading into the week.

Interesting enough, this week’s event marks the 20th anniversary of the last time a player — Dilliard Pruitt, who is now, coincidentally, a Tour rules official — was stroked a one-shot penalty for slow play at the ’92 Byron Nelson Classic.  *Update: Last player stroked was acutally Glen Day at the ’95 Honda Classic.

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Feb
8
2012
By Conor Nagle under PGA Tour

Levin tied for 4th at last year's Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

The award for the day’s most unintentionally amusing headline probably goes the way of the Sacramento Bee, whose interview with this week’s PGA Tour hard-luck story is titled “Levin hopes he learns from Phoenix collapse”.

You can’t beat that note of uncertainty.

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Feb
6
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Stanley and Waldman, a bromance!

 

Wow — for the second week in a row, that was the first word I uttered, but this Sunday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, I was shaking my head in awe and respect instead of shock and disbelief.

I think few doubted that Kyle Stanley, who quite possibly works harder than anyone else in the pro ranks (I mean, the kid makes Vijay Singh look lazy!), would break through with his first PGA Tour victory sooner rather than later (but sometimes these things can go either way — need I list examples?). After all, talent doesn’t just vanish. Neither does resilience, especially when you’re 24 years old.

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Feb
5
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Not Spence's day...

There’s probably never a better time to not have email or a cell phone — Spencer Levin owns neither. When you lose a six-shot lead with just 18 to play, the last thing you need is sympathetic messages and/or calls (or Twitter).

Levin was dominating the field at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, but wayward shots on the back nine cost him the lead and eventually the tournament. He shot four-over 75 and ended up third.

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Feb
5
2012

That one's for you, fans!

Spencer Levin is usually seen smoking darts like it’s his job, but this week at TPC Scottsdale, he’s also hitting darts. The fiery Levin teed off in the final round of the Phoenix Open with a six-shot lead through 54 holes.

Spence has got this in the bag, right? Well, if we learned anything last week at the Farmers Insurance Open, NO lead is safe. Not even a seven-shot advantage with 11 holes to play. The tournament is 72 holes, not 71, etc.

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