Tag Archives: Texas Valero Open

Apr
20
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

I know I should have posted this last weekend, but I dropped the ball and I was reminded of it this afternoon at Harbour Town, site of The Heritage.

At last week’s Texas Valero Open, Cameron Tringale, Rickie Fowler’s roommate, was in contention. Throughout the tournament, Rickie was cheering on Cam via Twitter. Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman asked Rickie what he’d get him if he won and Rickie replied, “I will buy him some balloons.” I got a good crack because I assumed he was referring to this interview during the Steve Marino Ping Pong Invitational, where Cam makes up a rambling story about how he and Rickie met.

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Apr
19
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour Confidential

Na in the woods, not the Blair Witch Project

I know you’re totally over Kevin Na’s trip in the woods, but the cultural implications are pretty interesting. Just one hole and 16 strokes turned Na nearly into a legend (and rid of his reputation as merely a really, really slow golfer). I mean, it’s not often that someone other than Tiger or John Daly move the needle and receive national coverage — Na was on SportsCenter, featured on the front page of the New York Times and shown on the Jumbotron at an Oakland A’s vs. Detroit Tigers game! Naturally, we discussed the phenomenon over at PGA Tour Confidential.

By the way, sorry for the lack of posts yesterday. I had a rather excruciating journey to Hilton Head and I busted my laptop in the process. Note to self: remember to completely close the cap on a nearly full bottle of soda before putting it in your bag that has your laptop, iPad and every other electronic device you own — it creates quite a mess (not to mention a headache that I now have to deal with). Anyway! If you haven’t seen it already, here’s an excerpt from our roundtable...

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Apr
17
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Steele celebrates with his caddie on the 18th green

If you’d heard Brendan Steele’s name before this weekend, it was probably for implying Tiger Woods mailed it in on Sunday at the Farmers Insurance Open earlier this year. The horrified rookie clarified his comment and sent Woods an apology. Steele is making headlines again, but for a much better reason — winning the Texas Valero Open.

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Apr
15
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

For what it’s worth, Kevin Na took 14, nope, 15 — wait, 16! — strokes pretty quickly on the par-4 9th at TPC San Antonio. Known for his deliberate pace of play, Na sped things up when he got lost in the woods during the first round of the Valero Texas Open. He pushed his first drive into the junk, declared it unplayable, and went back to the tee only to knock it in the same place. After thrashing it out, including hitting himself and whiffing it, he carded 16 strokes.

Good news is Na had a sense of humor about it, turning to his caddie and saying, “How are we going to count all those shots?” Even better news? Na happened to be mic’d up for the meltdown as Golf Channel’s spotlight player.

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