Tag Archives: USGA

Jul
14
2017

Like I’ve said, of course there was never a chance Donald Trump would be able to resist attending the U.S. Women’s Open at Trump National in Bedminster, N.J. If he had the ability to show up quietly and in an unassuming manner and manage to *not* divert attention from the actual golf, then fine, fair enough.

But now we’re back to where we were before the tournament started, with Trump upstaging the women and the most preeminent championship with the largest purse in the ladies game — that’s really my main issue. It’s already been a massive distraction from the actual golf and there were complaints of reporters asking the competitors Trump-related questions in the pre-tourney pressers (which were mostly fair game and expected).

Trump, who was in France to attend Bastille Day, tweeted that Air Force One was en route to the Women’s Open:

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Jul
11
2017

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Former LPGA pro and major champion Karen Stupples, who is now a Golf Channel broadcaster, joined me to discuss the impossible position that the competitors at the U.S. Women’s Open have been put in, the various “controversies” and distractions that have put a cloud over the championship, and the likely circus that will ensue if/when Trump goes through with his plan to attend the U.S. Women’s Open over the weekend.

Listen after the jump — or download in the Android/iPhones Podcast apps. Don’t forget to subscribe to the pod on iTunes!

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Jul
11
2017

*RELATED*: New podcast talking with former LPGA pro and now Golf Channel broadcaster Karen Stupples on the Trump factor and the U.S. Women’s Open. Listen here and/or subscribe via iTunes.

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Photo: USGA/Chris Keane

To be perfectly clear, this isn’t necessarily about politics. I repeat, THIS IS NOT ABOUT POLITICS. This is not about whether you lean left or right on the political spectrum, or if you’re a registered Democrat or Republican — Donald Trump has switched parties in various points of his life (which, of course, isn’t that unusual). This is not whether you support the GOP healthcare bill or if you believe in universal healthcare. For what it’s worth, I’m an Independent.

Mind you, this conversation could’ve been avoided had the President divested from his company and real estate properties, like all individuals in public office, including Presidents have in the past and are supposed to. Trump broke from this long-standing tradition and still owns the buildings and golf courses (which is arguably using the office of the President to enrich himself and bring business to his properties), so spare me the “stick to golf” comments — I’m just following the example set from the top.

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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

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.

Tune in after the jump:

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Jun
13
2017

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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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