Tag Archives: Thomas Pieters

Aug
9
2017

*UPDATED: Thanks to a tech savvy friend — the crappy audio from the pod has been fixed! You can actually hear them talk now! Yay.*

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Welcome to the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club! There’s so much to share and discuss, but you’ll have to listen to the podcast to hear about the changes to the golf course, which plays hosts to a regular PGA Tour event, and the overwhelming negative reaction to the tweaks from the players.

I caught up with Mike Small, the head coach of the men’s golf team at the University of Illinois, which has become an NCAA powerhouse under his leadership. He’s also won two Web.com Tour events, played on the PGA Tour, competed in multiple majors, won the PGA Professional Championship three times — just to name a few of his accolades and achievements in the game. Coach Small is obviously a man of many talents and I’m not sure how he manages to do it all, but it’s very impressive.

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May
25
2017

I’ve just gotta start out by saying that any time you pull up to a venue and the parking is right next door to the media center, you’re automatically in a good mood and feel great about the tournament. I learned this two years ago — I was a bit shocked actually that media parking was almost too good to be true at the European Tour’s flagship event at Wentworth. It was great to return two years later and find that nothing had changed. I know this is random stupid #golfmediaproblems, but it definitely doesn’t hurt that this Tour takes really good care of the media when it comes to the small details. Shuttle buses are automatic buzzkills.

But enough about the amazing media parking at Wentworth! Well, it was a shame to once again come down with a stomach virus and miss Tuesday and Wednesday — as you know, those days are when I’m able to capture WUP gold and once the tourney starts, it’s a bit, okay, whatever. I’m not kidding when I say that the only person with a worse immune system than me is Jason Day. Unfortunately, that’s been a struggle for me the past two-plus years.

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Apr
8
2017

Holy crap. I knew I should have quit while I was already behind. Somehow I managed to delete and/or lose the few thousand words I spent crafting as an ode to Fred Couples over the past two-three hours. It really was one of *those* days — I started calling it “Freaky Friday” before noon. Ugh. This hurts so much more than usual because it was about Freddie, my childhood hero and fellow Seattle native. I mean, the first-ever post I published on this site, which started as a Tumblr blog and “hobby” in 2009, was about Couples and how he inspired me to take up golf.

This one hurts. I’ll stop complaining, but if you’ve ever worked on something for hours and put a ton of heart and energy into a project that you felt strongly about and probably dedicated more time than needed — and in my case, too many words, as well — because you just felt like it, then you know that pit in your stomach when you idiotically press the wrong combo of buttons and the screen suddenly becomes blank.

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Oct
1
2016

It may have only been a half-point, but Sergio Garcia helped keep Europe in the fight.

It may have only been a half-point, but Sergio Garcia helped keep Europe in the fight.


Well, well, well – here we are again. Four years ago at Medinah, the United States team (captained by Davis Love III) led after Saturday’s matches with a margin of 9 ½ to 6 ½. All looked to be trending toward the U.S. as Saturday moved into Sunday. But unless you’ve lived under a rock, you know what happened on Sunday. A bloodbath of epic proportions ensued, as the Euros came roaring back, completing the greatest comeback in the history of the Ryder Cup.

Will history repeat itself four years later in the Midwest? Or will DL3’s latest band of brothers exorcise the demons from 2012 and snap the Europeans hold on the Ryder Cup? Only 12 singles matches stand in the way. But before they tee off, here’s our recap of Day 2:

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Oct
1
2016

Rory McIlroy was especially happy with earning a point alongside Ryder Cup rookie Thomas Pieter as the European pair beat Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler in Saturday morning foursomes. McIlroy and Pieters never trailed and won the opening match with relative ease 4&2.

Previously, McIlroy was 0-3 against Mickelson in Ryder Cup matches.

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