Tag Archives: The Players Championship

Aug
9
2017
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

ernie els phil mickelson 100th major

 

First things first, in the above photo, you can’t see that Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els are both wearing shorts. I’ve seen Els in shorts and I’m OK with it. I think today was the first time seeing Phil in them… and I just…it’s weird.

It was both a quiet and major news day on Tuesday at the PGA Championship. On a personal note (because I’m sure you care), I feel really behind because I was initially supposed to arrive on Sunday afternoon and then I pushed it back to Monday, but then because of inclement weather in the NYC area, flights were all delayed or canceled, so I didn’t get in until Tuesday afternoon (and my luggage didn’t arrive) — yep, off to a blazing good start! But all things considered, I can’t complain.

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Nov
8
2013
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship
YES!

Oh, YES! …or NO…?!

In a joint press conference on Wednesday, PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem and PGA of America President Ted Bishop announced that next year The Players Championship and the PGA Championship will share the luxury of having the richest purses in golf, with each tournament offering $10 million in prize money.

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May
11
2012
By Conor Nagle under PGA Tour

Poulter only needed 10 putts on the back nine.

Self-confidence’s Ian Poulter shot a seven-under-par 65 to grab a share of the overnight lead on Thursday at the 2012 Players Championship.

The strongest indication yet that his star is once again on the rise, the Ryder Cup veteran attributed his success to the completion of a protracted family relocation.

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May
10
2012
By Conor Nagle under Tiger Woods

Tiger's thinking face.

Embattled world No7 (eh?) Tiger Woods endured a frustrating opening round at the Players Championship Thursday, shooting 74 to end the day in a tie for 100th place.

He’ll begin Friday facing the very real possibility of missing the cut in consecutive events for the first time in over 15 years.

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May
10
2012

Kickin' it: Harman and caddy linger with intent.

That strange, anonymous blob you saw lurking at the base of the Players Championship digital leaderboard this morning should have carried the name of Sea Island native Brian Harman.

The left-hander gained late, late entry to the field as first alternate, taking the place of last week’s forgotten man, D.A. Points, but his transition from practice ground mainstay to competitor would prove circuitous, to say the least.

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May
9
2012

Luuuuuuuuuuuke!

Current world No2 Luke Donald visited the media centre at TPC Sawgrass this morning to discuss, among less interesting topics (“I was wondering if you could just talk about the par-3s on the back nine…”), his most recent world rankings demotion, course strategy and the sad neglect of Europe’s flagship event, the PGA Championship.

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May
8
2012
By Conor Nagle under PGA Tour

Woods was in combative form during today's pre-tournament press conference.

Having endured a turbulent seven days – in which he provoked the ire of a usually timid press corps and, in missing his first cut of the year, prompted an outbreak of journalistic apostasy (examples here, here and here) – Tiger Woods returned to the media centre this evening to reinvigorate the faith of his once loyal disciples.

Rhetorical miracles weren’t performed, but the unshakable tenets of a philosophy were enumerated, cliché by laborious cliché. This was a press conference of positively catholic dimensions.

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May
8
2012

McIlroy lost out to D'Artagnan Rickie Fowler at Quail Hollow.

Though reinstalled at the summit of the world rankings, Rory McIlroy arrives at Ponte Vedra Beach for this week’s Players Championship with his reputation arguably at its lowest ebb for several months.

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Jan
11
2012

Choi shot 65 in the final round at Kapalua to surge up the leaderboard in the top-5

 

After finishing his practice session last week at Kapalua, K.J. Choi was kind (and patient) enough to take some time and chat with me for a solid half-hour (which to be fair, is more like 15 minutes because my questions and his answers are repeated via his interpreter/manager). Something people don’t know about K.J. (because he looks serious on the golf course) — he has a fantastic sense of humor, often cracking jokes (and yes, in English!). When the interview ended, he joked that we talked for so long he saw the moon rise and move across the tree line. I blamed his interpreter/manager, naturally.

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May
15
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Phil on the weekend: Not his usual chatty self

“I enjoy coming here to Ponte Vedra,” said Phil Mickelson after sitting in the scoring room by himself for at least 30 minutes to decompress. “The people here come out and really support the tournament. It’s been a fun event. It hasn’t been the result I wanted, but I certainly had a good time here.”

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