Tag Archives: Tiger Woods

Aug
15
2017

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I have a lot of mixed feelings about writing this post for a variety of reasons, but since I’ve already been triggered on Twitter, I might as well expand beyond bytes limited to 140 characters.

ESPN is reporting that Tiger Woods had Vicodin, Dilaudid, Xanax, Ambien and THC in his system when he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in May.

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Aug
10
2017

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Maybe it’s the long day, lack of sleep and/or the humidity, but while there are so many things to talk about after the first round of the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow, I’m a bit uninspired. Yet clearly I am inspired enough to wait for it to kick in at midnight and take the time to write this post when all I want to do is zone out to a new series on Netflix and pass out. But here we are.

The first round of the PGA Championship at the new and — well, um, arguably — “improved” Quail Hollow Club was relatively predictable, though everyone was curious to see how the PGA would set up the course and how it would play (before they spoke out too strongly on the changes and new holes, particularly the green at the par-3 4th). Overall, it was vintage Thursday at the PGA: Predictable.

And if you’ve already listened to the latest episode of the the WUP pod with Coach Mike Small and Kevin Na, then you know exactly what I mean. I’m clearly biased and this is yet another shameless attempt to plug my own “product,” but obviously, I highly recommend you SUBSCRIBE, download it and listen to it, like, ASAP, or now.

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Aug
9
2017
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

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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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May
30
2017

[*Update: I moved the mug shot after the jump because I couldn’t bear seeing it…]

It’s been more than 12 hours since I first heard Tiger Woods had been arrested in the wee hours of Memorial Day near his home in Jupiter, Florida, on suspicion of drunk driving, and I’m still not sure what to say or think. Really, though, when I saw Tiger’s mug shot, the first word that came to mind — and remains at the forefront — was and is, sad.

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Apr
9
2017

In case you no longer believed in miracles and/or fairytale endings…

Sergio Garcia, your 2017 Masters Champion. Of all the places to win that elusive first major championship, Garcia finally overcame the “ghosts,” demons, scar tissue and most importantly, he got out of his own way and his head. His worldview and perspective changed the last few years.

The way Sergio has described his attitude and mentality on life and golf all week (and in the past year) has been very Zen-like, as if he’s been spending time in Buddhist monasteries or simply by chance his outlook has parallels with its philosophy. Or maybe he just found a really great therapist. Or perhaps it’s as simple as he said: He has great people around him who have sat him down and helped him see the light and stay in the present (easier said than done).

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Apr
3
2017

The golf world reacted via social media with outrage and harsh words Sunday evening during the final round of the ANA Inspiration, the first women’s major of the year. This is yet another incident of golf getting in its own way and looking stupid and lame to casual sports fans who already have that impression of the game.

Walking off the 12th green with the lead, Lexi Thompson was informed she was receiving a four-shot penalty for infractions from the third round. A TV viewer notified the LPGA via email that Thompson had marked her ball and improperly replaced it before tapping-in a one-footer on the 17th hole a day earlier. She received two strokes for the incorrect ball placement and then another two shots for signing an incorrect scorecard — the whole situation was absurd, but the latter was more flagrant since she didn’t know at the time.

Despite Lexi’s impressive ability to fight back and respond with back-to-back birdies after receiving the devastating news, she eventually lost in an one-hole playoff to So Yeon Ryu. In other words, this retroactive, unbelievably delayed infraction late in the final round of a major championship cost Thompson the major title.

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Mar
31
2017

No surprises here. In fact, I’m sure most of my colleagues pre-wrote their stories, as they waited for Tiger Woods to formally announce he would not be playing in the Masters. After all, it’s been fairly obvious that the situation with his back is rather serious and he would not be ready to compete at the Masters — if anytime in the near future or perhaps even ever again. And we’re very familiar with Woods enjoying to release significant news (usually, they’re about not playing and/or not competing/withdrawing, etc.) on Friday evening as it doesn’t generate as much “buzz” right before the weekend.

But, I mean, 7:30pm ET, T-Dubs? After our friendly encounter at your book signing (which crap, that reminds me, I still haven’t written up that fun and absurd event, though I documented the experience across multiple social media platforms), I thought we were like, best buddies now. Like, nickname status! (And I’m still expecting one the next time I ask you a question at a presser. Unfortunately, I won’t be at Augusta National next week, so who knows when that will be, but I’m looking forward to it.) My biggest takeaway from last Monday in NYC was that he seemed genuinely happy; he looked like he was in a good place and that’s what’s most important at this point. 

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Mar
17
2017
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

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I was starting to miss this tradition — it felt like it had been a while. I’m sure there have been others the past few months, but I obviously haven’t been paying close attention, as there are some more important, potentially life-altering late-night breaking news that happens almost daily now. However, we can’t blame tonight’s Tiger news dump on Team Tiger, though, and the most significant part did come out on Thursday, so I guess it’s more accurate to call this “WUP’s Friday night Tiger news dump.” Minor details.

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Feb
26
2017

Rickie Fowler began the final round of the Honda Classic with a four-shot lead. Hand him the trophy, right? Well, not necessarily. If it hadn’t been incredibly blustery at a difficult track like PGA National, with probably the most intimidating stretch of holes near the end with the Bear Trap — nos. 15-17, then, sure, it would’ve been a done deal.

But as one colleague noted, “I’ve seen this movie before,” meaning Fowler has experienced some scar tissue when he’s held the 54-hole lead and not managed to close the deal on the PGA Tour. The most recent occasion occurred at Riviera in 2016 when he led by a shot, but struggled in the final round and posted a three-over 74 to finish tied for seventh.

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Feb
23
2017

I will remember February 23rd as the day where WUP’s theme was “chill out, everyone” to all golf-related news. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been so preoccupied with the real news the past few months that my perspective is different than when my entire world was golf 24/7. Well, I loathe myself a little that I’m joining the masses in commenting on the latest Tiger-related circus because I’ve been over it for years, yet I have felt forced to partake in the mass media frenzy over everything Tiger Woods.

I’m not in denial that he moves the needle. I know he’s helped golf become more popular to the mainstream and non-golf fans are more likely to watch when he’s in contention or I guess these days if he’s simply playing any kind of competitive round. He has revolutionized the game. He inspired this new, current generation of young and exciting golfers who grew up worshipping him — the same group of guys I wish we could focus on talking about instead of hanging on to ghosts from the past. It’s doing everyone a disservice.

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