Tag Archives: USGA

Jun
17
2017

Nikki B and I talk about the thrilling action on moving day at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. We know the leaderboard isn’t filled with a bunch of “big” names, but we are loving the “nice guys” that are in contention heading into Sunday’s final round. Chances are we’ll crown another first-time major champion at the end of play.

Take your pick — they’re good storylines.

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Jun
17
2017

Sports Illustrated’s Alan Shipnuck joins Stephanie Wei and Nikki B before the leaders teed off in the third round of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. Shipnuck offers his witty, perceptive thoughts and his expert insights into what the weekend may hold and what the “very nice chaps” on the leaderboard need to do to come out on top and hoist the trophy on Sunday.

It’s a fun little 20-minute chat. Tune in after the jump!

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Jun
16
2017

We’ve been big fans of Seamus Golf for years. I caught up with co-founder Akbar Christi on Wednesday afternoon in the U.S. Open Merchandise Tent at Erin Hills.

The Oregon-based company’s specialty products have been a huge hit at the U.S. Open the past few years — which comes as no surprise given the care they put into their classic yet chic designs. Some of their hand-forged items can be personalized on the spot. Check it out!

Jun
14
2017
By Stephanie Wei under Podcast

We spoke with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Gary D’Amato, who penned the intriguing seven-part series about the various twists-and-turns that took place to carve out Erin Hills from a plot of farmland and how the USGA decided to bring the U.S. Open to this new venue. It’s a must-read.

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Jun
13
2017

Nikki B and Steph

It’s finally here. I know the anticipation has been killing you — the debut of our podcast. Stephanie Wei and Nikki B are at Erin Hills for the 2017 U.S. Open. In this episode, the co-hosts introduce themselves and chat about how they met, their vision for the podcast, their plans, and just entertaining banter. Tune in for details. Email us — WUPpod@gmail.com — your thoughts, send us questions for a mailbag episode.

Check it out after the jump!

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Apr
26
2017

Lexi Thompson spoke with the media for the first time since her heartbreaking loss 24 days ago at the ANA Inspiration after incurring a four-stroke penalty that ultimately cost her the trophy at the LPGA’s opening major of the year. Ahead of this week’s Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, the 22-year-old American held an emotional press conference Wednesday afternoon and broke down in tears at one point as she started to answer a question about the controversial rules infraction that a “concerned” viewer spotted on the telecast from the previous day’s round and brought it to the attention of an LPGA rules official via email during Sunday’s final round.

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Apr
25
2017

When reports popped up Monday about the USGA and R&A making a big announcement about a rules change after the massive backlash resulting from Lexi Thompson’s unfortunate four-stroke penalty in the final round of the ANA Inspiration that ultimately cost her the major title.

Naturally, Golf Twitter responded in real time with utter outrage and disbelief, and then, of course, a flood of articles and columns dissecting the incident, Rules of Golf, TV vigilantism, etc. followed for days, which is the norm after such a controversial incident, but this was a special scenario because the women’s first major occurs the week right before the Masters. And usually, once Monday rolls around — the official start of Masters week — any coverage of the ladies’ major gets buried and forgotten because all eyes turn toward Augusta National.

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Apr
3
2017

Leave it to yet a(nother) incredulous and absurd rules controversy to cloud the discussion and news coming out of Augusta National on Monday of arguably the biggest week in golf. In a regard, I’m glad the ANA Inspiration, one of the five majors in the women’s game, is actually getting attention, and the stories aren’t lost in the usually overwhelming joy and coverage of Masters previews as they have in years past.

Unfortunately, the spotlight isn’t on celebrating a great champion, but it’s golf’s latest rules debacle, which isn’t exactly the most flattering look for a niche sport that seems obsessed with the never-ending discussing on “growing the game.” Well, letting absurd rules incident play out dramatically on live television isn’t doing golf any favors.

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