Tag Archives: The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island

Aug
20
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

As I was unloading the notebook for my PGA Championship Hangover dissertation, I included this following item, but after an email exchange with the best in the biz, I realized it was far too funny (the actual tweets) to be so far too buried in my 5,000-word dossier (besides, most people probably fell asleep before getting to the fourth paragraph).

Besides, I enjoyed the below exchange of tweets between Luke Donald and ISM head honcho Chubby Chandler (whose stable includes Lee Westwood, Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen, among others–oh, and formerly, Rory McIlroy) late Sunday night after the final round of the PGA Championship.

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Aug
20
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

Those are tears of ecstasy, folks!

Miss me? Apologies for abandoning my duties to provide thrilling golf news updates, but I needed a week to recover from The Kiawah Logistical Nightmare, along with the mosquito bites, shuttle-itis, and excessive golf writer bitterness (careful: it’s contagious!).

Oh, just kidding. I actually had PGA-itis. Okay, I’m kidding again. Kind of. I had some stuff I had to deal with (sleep being one of them), but I’m back now and almost ready for The Barclays at Bethpage Black!

Hooray.

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Aug
13
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

 

Hat tip to those on Twitter who sent me the link to the above video of the shot where Carl Pettersson, hitting out of a lateral hazard, grazed a leaf on his backswing and received a two-shot penalty on the first hole (and big thanks to Yahoo’s Jay Busbee for posting it).

I watched the replay rather closely — more than once — and I didn’t see The Leaf in question when Pettersson hit the shot. It was only when it was shown in super slo-mo and zoomed in that I could see the club cause a small flyaway object to change position (and I had to really squint to catch The Leaf).

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Aug
13
2012

Pure joy. This was awesome.

Congrats to Rory McIlroy on cruising to his second major victory with the PGA Championship (and thanks for the show to save an otherwise frustrating week…).

That was one hell of a round of golf, playing in the final group and going into the final day with the lead. He not only closed out the tournament — he did it in style, firing a beautiful, bogey-free six-under 66 to win by eight strokes, the largest margin of victory in PGA Championship history (record previously held by Jack Nicklaus who won by seven in 1980). It sure was fun to watch.

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Aug
12
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

Rory in red...

Rory McIlroy is starting to pull away from the field. He opened with birdies on two of his first three holes. Another birdie on the par-5 7th got him to 10-under. With 11 to play, he has a four-shot lead. And I’m about to head out to walk with him on the back nine. If you’d like coverage to supplement the telecast, then best way is to follow me on Twitter (sorry I’ve mentioned that in, like, the last 6 posts, but it’s because I haven’t had time to blog in this space).

A quick update first.

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Aug
12
2012
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

Ominous...

As you know, play was suspended on Saturday afternoon due to a dangerous weather situation with 26 players still on the course. Naturally, it happened just when things were starting to get interesting, but it was probably for the best since Tiger Woods was ready to implode after making three bogeys in four holes (and was just about to miss another putt for par).

While he began to slide down the leaderboard, Rory McIlroy had started his charge, rolling off five birdies in the first eight holes before the only blemish on his scorecard on the first nine — a bogey on the 9th.

The delay looked like it would be most beneficial to Tiger and a (potential) momentum-killer for Vijay Singh, Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy.

I thought the best way to tell the story of what transpired on Saturday and Sunday morning was through pictures…and I love clouds, which anyone following me on Twitter and/or Instagram (see icons at the top of the site to follow along for inside the ropes coverage) have probably noticed. Oh, this is also pretty cool, in my opinion, at least.

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Aug
9
2012

Wednesday evening sky

After the thunderstorms finally passed on Wednesday afternoon at Kiawah Island, players scrambled to practice — it’s been difficult because of the multiple weather delays Monday-Wednesday.

I walked the back nine with K.J. Choi, Charlie Wi and Aaron Baddeley (appreciate it, guys!)the best way to get to know a course. I took pictures of all the holes from the tees. I’ve done my best to upload as many as I can in the gallery below, but I’ll put the rest on Flickr and/or Facebook.

I also took a few videos, too. Here’s one of Aaron Baddeley showing Charlie Wi how to hit a wedge out of the deep rough…watch and learn, folks.

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Aug
8
2012
By Stephanie Wei under Balls in the Air

Welcome (back) to Balls in the Air, where I size up my Fantasy Golf picks of the week, featuring guys to watch (or not), and interesting story lines and tidbits from behind the scenes. Disclaimer: I’m just as full of crap as the next guy, maybe slightly less than others, but take my ramblings for what their worth. Oh, you know, ramblings.

Aaron Baddeley blasts a shot from a bunker-but-not-a-bunker

Sorry for the delay. I’ve got plenty of great content — pictures, videos, the works — to share (see my Twitter/Instagram for preview). Problem is it takes time to upload and format, but it’ll be up later tonight or tomorrow morning (well, at some point).

I’m on the way back to Charleston from Kiawah Island and WiFi isn’t working on the shuttle. So here’s the best I can do with my phone. See below for screenshot of my Fantasy Golf picks. (Subject to change. I’ll break down some other favorites and dark horses later, too.)

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Aug
7
2012
By WUP Staff under PGA Championship

All stats and figures compiled by Shoshana, a recent graduate school grad with too much time on her hands and an excellent researcher.

Team USA celebrates in 2008

There’s added pressure — even more so than what the major title commands — for some American players this week at the PGA Championship, dubbed “Glory’s Last Shot” since it’s the fourth and final major championship of the season. Well, the tagline is slightly overused, but it bears extra meaning for Team USA Ryder Cup hopefuls to make the squad on points, with the top eight in the standings earning automatic berths to the biennial matches against Team Europe, held this year at Medinah Country Club from September 25-30.

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