Collin Morikawa wins the 2020 PGA Championship in iconic fashion. We break down the win, the ridiculous shot into 16, a wild Sunday, Koepka, DJ, Finau, Bryson, Rory, Spieth, Wolff, and all of the other key players from the week. We talk Harding Park, course setup, the usual segments, and of course some coverage takes (we make it wayyyy deep in the show before this hits). This may be our longest ep yet. A lot to talk about!
DJ rises, Haotong fades, Scottie makes a move, Cam Champ makes it look easy, and everything else from Saturday at the PGA. Of course we go deep on Phil putting Faldo in a body bag in the booth, rip into an especially poor telecast, ESPN, the Women's Am, tomorrow's F1 race, and a lot more.
Has Haotong Li left the golf course yet? We break down an eventful Friday of golf discussing Brooks, Haotong Li, Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Tiger, Rory, Spieth, DJ, Rickie's whiff, and a ton more. We make our picks going forward, talk how Harding Park is playing, and everything else you need to know before the weekend.
This episode features our audio from our Thursday live show directly after coverage ended of the first round of the PGA Championship. We chat Jason Day, Brendon Todd, Bryson, Brooks, The Cat, Rory, Spieth, Rose, the rest of the leaderboard, Harding Park, ESPN+, CBS, and a ton more. More of these to come the rest of the week!
Major championship golf is back! We preview TPC Harding Park, who it's going to favor, who's going to win, who's not going to win, our DraftKings picks, the Big Cat, Rory, and so much more. On the back half, we chat with Curtis Strange who will be on the call this week for ESPN. We chat about major championships, his closest call at the PGA, and what he expects to see this week. A lot in this one, enjoy!
JT avenges the Workday, Brooks comes up short, Berger makes a run, some key action gets missed, and everything else from a busy week in golf. We talk about Bryson's ant situation, Bones' big week, the awkwardness with Phil, Danielle Kang winning on the LPGA Tour, and a ton more.
About to tee it up in his first WGC, Joel Dahmen shares some insight as to what got him there, stats in golf, strategy, how often he thinks about money when he plays, course setups, shooting 58, not practicing for three months, Trackman, and so much more. This one has a ton in it and you're going to really enjoy it.
Fox is no longer bringing us the US Open, and we're all pretty bummed about that. Joe Buck joins us to talk about the strides Fox made over the years, what it was like to break into golf coverage, and what this five year journey has been like for him as a golf junkie. We try to make sense of what went down behind the scenes, we breakdown what he learned from the analysts he worked with, and what he learned about covering golf. Really appreciate Joe's perspective on these topics, and hope this isn't the end of his appearances on this podcast.
Jon Rahm blows away the field, and then he doesn't, and then he does again. We discuss a wild weekend at Muirfield Village, the weird rules situation down the stretch (13:00), Finau, Bryson (29:30), course setup (47:30), why this doesn't happen every week, segments (1:23:00), and a bunch of listener questions. This one went long and we're not even a little bit sorry about it. A lot of fun in this one.
Tom Watson, Padraig Harrington, Iain Carter, and (for some reason) Soly spent an hour talking about The Open Championship, the Old Course, and "The Open for the Ages" which is airing this coming weekend. The R&A was kind enough to provide us with the audio from the conversation to put on our feed, so we're adding it as a bonus episode this week. It was a thrill to hear these two share their memories and perspective on the historic championship. They also break down how they play the Old Course, holes they can't crack, and what makes the Old Course great.
Our man is back! Peter Kostis joins to talk a bit more about golf on TV, why streaming happens and what those days are like for announcers, and the next deal. He also details some stories from his time at Augusta, including a great Greg Norman story. We also pick his brain on his teaching, what Bryson is currently doing, technology, Formula 1, and a great Tiger story near the end. Thanks again to Peter for the time.
JT's a killer, then he's not, then he is, then he's not. Collin Morikawa pulls off the come from behind win, and we cover everything from a wild weekend in golf. The coverage was a bit of an online disaster (35:30), Hovland fades on Sunday, Brooks vs. Bryson (44:30), a little different Muirifield Village setup, and a lot of other topics covered. This was a fun one. Let's do it again next week!
Joseph Bramlett came out of the gates firing as golf started back up, finishing T2 and T3 in his first two Korn Ferry events. We chatted with him about his career path from Stanford, missing 4.5 years with back injuries (!), being the first black golfer to graduate from Q-School in 25 years, the current racial tensions in the United States, plus some great Tiger stories. He also shares his perspective on Bryson, what it would take for him to be a perennial player on the PGA Tour, and a ton more. Appreciate Joseph's perspective and willingness to speak on all topics. Would love to have him back some time.
Bryson, Bryson, and some more Bryson. We discuss his dominate performance, what this means for the future of his career and the future of the game, and whether or not he's the best player in the world. We also make fun of his asinine comments during the week (33:00), Matt Wolff's strong showing (38:30), and our usual segments (48:00).
Chris Kirk stepped away from the game in 2019 due to alcoholism and anxiety issues. Now sober, he reflects on his personal journey, when he realized he had a problem, how he addressed it, and how he rebounded to win on the Korn Ferry Tour a few weeks ago. We also discuss his 2014 season, not getting a Ryder Cup selection, a tee ball that traveled 55 yards, and a lot more. We sincerely appreciate Chris' openness and willingness to come on the podcast to discuss some difficult topics.
DJ wins, Streelman makes a run, Phil has some moments, and the TPC doesn't bite back too hard. We discuss the course setup, DJ's drive on 18, the COVID "outbreak," how the tour moves forward, Daniel Summerhays' run at the Utah Championship, segments, and a whole lot more. We also react live on the air to the shocking news that NBC will be taking over the USGA contract from Fox, effective this fall (1:05:45).
The Senior Managing Director, Championships for the USGA, John Bodenhamer joins us to walk us through how they came up with the exemption categories for the US Open, his first time setting up a US Open, how the schedule change will affect Winged Foot, defining "tough but fair," how the USGA recovered from a potential boycott of the US Open, and a lot more.
Webb Simpson wins yet again, and the boys break down a fun week at Harbour Town that included a lot of birdies, a great run from Honest Abe (20:15), the first positive COVID test (50:00), some excellent television coverage (1:00:00), and a lot more. We discuss Harbour Town as a tournament venue, plus we react to the Nantz pod (1:04:00), as well as some segments (1:27:00). This was a fun one.
Jim Nantz joins to discuss the challenges the CBS crew is facing in the current environment, commercials on television, some takes on the coverage takes, how CBS compares to other networks, and basically anything we asked about. We also discuss the 2019 Masters, rebroadcasting with Tiger, how he knows so many people's names, Tony Romo, and a ton more. Thanks a ton to Jim for taking the time and being willing to come on.
From a dairy farm in Australia to the PGA Tour, Stuart Appleby takes us on a journey that spans how he learned to play American golf, what it was like being in Isleworth with Tiger, Cat's trophy room, and the bizarre playoff at the 2002 Open Championship. He also discusses tragically losing his wife in 1998, almost quitting golf as a result, to finding happiness years later, and sustained success on the PGA Tour. He also discusses how much the depth of professional golf has changed, his back injury, the Champions Tour, and so much more. I could have talked to Stuart for hours and he will definitely be back. Easily one of my favorite eps of the year!
Daniel Berger wins, Collin Morikawa misses, Bryson smashes, and everything else from a wild week in golf. We talk about Spieth's up and down week, Rory's fade, Varner's run, Kokrak's near miss, mic'ing up the players, and a ton more. This was a relief to be able to recap some golf again, and a lot of fun.
Professional golf returns this week, and we discuss the OWGR starting back up, the enormous field at the Charles Schwab Challenge, what makes Colonial unique, some picks, and a lot more. We also discuss Spieth's success here, Bryson, Rory playing here for the first time, testing procedures, Augusta buying land, the Korn Ferry events here in Jax, and plenty more.
Olin Browne is dusting off his plaid jacket and playing the Charles Schwab Challenge this as a former champion of the event. We talked to Olin about why he decided to play, what Colonial is like, golf's return, technology, the PGA Tour Champions, picking up the game at the age of 19, lessons he's learned along the way, shooting 59, and a lot more.
We dove back into the archives to better understand four of the greatest golf collapses of all time. DJ takes us through the 1966 US Open (7:00), Randy on Adam Scott's downfall at the 2012 British Open (32:30), Neil on a flurry of collapses at the 2005 US Open (57:30), and Soly on Greg Norman's defining unraveling at the 1996 Masters (1:11:30). We set the scene, mined some old quotes, and reacted to some shocking details along the way. This was more fun than the collapses probably were.
Henrik Stenson has often been one of the most requested guests in our podcast history, and he's joins us to chat about his new podcast, growing up in Sweden, emerging from not one but two enormous slumps, and of course the 2016 British Open. We talk breaking clubs, how he spends his summers, the new tour schedule, the challenge it presents for Europeans, and a lot more. Thanks a lot to Henrik for the time.
Rob Collins from King Collins Golf Course design joins us again to tell the Sweetens Cove story from the top. The little nine hole course with a shed for a clubhouse has become a cult favorite, and now features a celebrity packed ownership group, but it was many years of challenges, blood, sweat, and many tears before that became the reality. Rob takes us on this journey, and updates us on his latest project (Landmand) in Nebraska, a new site for The Buck Club, and a lot more. Thanks a ton to our partner Charles Schwab for feature Rob in their "Challenger" series which you can find at www.schwabgolf.com.
How good was that!? We recap a wild and fun Sunday by chatting through our favorite parts, the format, Brady's shaky play, Tiger's stripe show, cart cams, and a ton more. We also talk to producer Jeff Neubarth (19:30) who takes us inside the booth, and on course commentator Justin Thomas makes a great appearance as well (53:00). We discuss what made this successful, Phil's commentary, the wild moments, and a ton more.
"The Match" returns, pitting the Big Cat and Peyton against Phil and Tom Brady this Sunday at Medalist. In our preview show, presented by DraftKings, we talk with Jeff Neubarth, the producer of The Match, about what to expect with the television product, JT, Barkley, the carts, the mics, and a lot more. On the back end, we share our thoughts on the format, whose partner we'd rather be, Brady and Manning as pro golfers, handicaps, and a ton more. This was fun, and we're pumped for this thing to kick off.
Live golf is back! We recap Sunday's skins game, from Seminole, to the golf played, to the positives and negatives of the entertainment product. We take some questions from listeners, discuss the upcoming PGA Tour challenges, Vijay Singh, and a lot more.
We dove into the annals of history to each find a past event that featured some special carnage. We detail where things went wrong (or right, depending on how you look at it) in course setups, the high scores that ensued, the funny occurrences, and of course the classic quotes. The events include the 2004 US Open, the 2017 Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, the 1901 US Open, the 1979 Players Championship, and the 1999 Open Championship. This was a lot of fun.
The 2003 Masters champion joins us to talk about the lessons he learned from playing with Tiger at the '99 PGA, his many Q-school attempts before breaking through, golf in Canada, the Champions Dinner, stack and tilt, how injuries derailed his career, turning 50, and his future on the Champions Tour.
We each went our separate ways, researched a topic we wanted to talk about, and presented it to the group, show and tell style. Neil tackled Bryson's alarming weight gain, DJ takes us on a history tour of Pebble Beach, Soly goes deep on the OWGR, Tron explores future possibilities for the European Tour, and Big Randy tells us about the 2010 Crystal Downs Club Championship.
Webb Simpson joins for the first time, and we go deep on his golf swing, the Birdman, texting Tom Watson, his golf swing, the belly putter, and a ton more. Webb talks about how different it is trying to close out tournaments now compared to a decade ago, some of the other highlights and lowlights of his career, playing with Bubba in Ryder Cups, playing with Reed at Royal Melbourne, and what his games are like at home. Thanks a ton to Webb for the time.
This one is going to be a bit more controversial. Who has gotten more love for resumes that might be a little light? We have a lot of different definitions of "overappreciated", and we fleshed these out over and hour and half, and narrowed it down to five overappreciated guys in golf history. You're not going to like some of the names thrown out.
The names Nicklaus, Palmer, Jones, Snead, Sarazen, Tiger, and Phil all roll off the tongue easily when talking about some of the legends of the game. But who are some of the more underappreciated players in the game, both past and present? We each make our case for three guys, and ultimately decide on five underappreciated players. Some are names you might expect to hear on this list, and some may surprise you. This was a lot of fun. Next up, overappreciated!
The mental side of golf is complicated, but Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott have set out to make it easier to understand and comprehend. Their book "Be a Player" is a great guide towards gaining confidence on the golf course. We don't do a lot of game improvement stuff on this podcast, but Soly swears that he cut measurable strokes off his game just by going through the exercises that this book lays out. Soly chats with Pia and Lynn about the concepts in the book, and there's plenty of information here that will help you play better golf. Thanks a ton to both Pia and Lynn for the time.
Patrick Cantlay rose quickly through the amateur ranks, and burst onto the professional golf scene as a young amateur before leaving UCLA. He then encountered adversity on top of adversity with injury and personal tragedy, and has clawed his way back inside the top-10 in the world. He takes us through the near career-ending back injury, how he's still dealing with that today, Augusta National, the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne, playing for Tiger Woods, his comments that were caught by hot mics at Kapalua, and so much more.
The PGA Tour is scheduled to return at the Charles Schwab Challenge in June, and we discuss the new schedule, the downstream effects, what golf is going to look like when it comes back, and a lot more. Plus we take your voicemails on HR related issues, handicaps, captain's picks, and a bunch more.
*In Part II of our deep dive on Tiger's major history, we cover everything from 2002 onward, including the two majors he won that year. the two in '05, the '06 British, '07 PGA, '08 US Open, Y.E. Yang, the slump, and of course last year's Augusta triumph.
In part 2 of our deep dive on Tiger Woods in major championships, we cover everything from 2002 to present day. This includes the 2002 Masters and US Open, the first "slump," the 2005 Masters, the 2008 US Open, the real "slump," all the way through the triumph at the 2019 Masters. We cover coaching changes, injuries, Y.E. Yang, and so much more.
In Part I of our deep dive, we go through Tiger's major championship history from his amateur days, to the triumph at Augusta in '97, the Tiger Slam, and into 2001. We put each win into perspective, and touch on his close and not so close calls in between. We also highlight some often forgotten moments of these majors, the "contenders," the great media quotes, and a ton more. This episode went way longer than we anticipated, so it's divided up over two parts. Stay tuned for Part II coming Tuesday.
With Ryder Cup qualification in complete flux, Tron (Team Europe) and Soly (America all the way) take turns drafting their respective teams, throwing points out the window. They also fill out the assistant captaincies, talk course setup, the rationale behind their picks, and a lot more.
Danielle Kang is back to take on your best questions from Twitter, including some great stuff about her relationship with Butch Harmon, specifically how he helped her, her controversial Solheim Cup comments, what she's doing with her time off, how she handicaps games with Maverick McNealy, and so much more.
Resident Phil fan Big Randy takes us on a journey through Phil Mickelson's career, from winning as an amateur on the PGA Tour, his major heartbreaks, his breakthrough, gambling, controversy, equipment tinkering, and a ton more. There's so much to cover with this one, we struggled to keep it under two hours. Enjoy.
Be the right club, today! YES! Hal Sutton joins us to talk about how much the game has changed in the last twenty years, the 2000 Players Championship, how much he respects what Tiger Woods has done, the 2004 Ryder Cup, and a bunch more. We cover his amateur career, quickly becoming a winner on tour, what contributed to an almost decade long slump, and how he got it back. Thanks a ton to Hal for the time.
LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan joins the podcast to talk about the decision making process that lead to the LPGA Tour season being postponed, how his team gathered information, the considerations, what it's like to try to reschedule an LPGA Tour event, and how he sees this playing out. He discusses what golf might look like when it comes back, the possibilities of "2 for 1" events, the conversations he's had with sponsors, and a ton more.
Another new format being put to the test this week, as we each come to the table with three of our best "What If?" guys. There's a lot of different interpretations of what that means, but we explore some of the great "what if?" moments of our lifetimes, how differently a few careers would look with just a stroke here or a stroke there, and some likely forgotten stories and events from over the years. This was a lot of fun.
JT is back sooner than expected due to the quarantine, and he takes (excellent) listener questions in stride for an hour. Topics include playing with Tiger at the Presidents Cup, joking around with Patrick Reed, how he eats during rounds, filling out a schedule, being the son of a club pro, swing thoughts, go-to shots, playing left handed, and a lot more. Thanks to everyone for sending in the questions and to JT for the time.
Neil pulled some books off the shelves and went to work, doing a deep dive on the life and career of Greg Norman. We go into his background, the tremendous successes and the incredible volume of close calls, as well as his many business adventures, Instagram thirst traps, marriages, and a lot more.
From working behind the counter in a pro shop, to selling car stereos, to beating Tiger Woods to win the PGA Championship, Rich Beem has lived a crazy life in golf. And that's just skipping past all of the fun he had along the way. He joins us to chat about his career, the good times on the road, winning his first tour event, broadcasting, and the upcoming Champions Tour career waiting for him. This was an absolute blast, Beemer is a legend.
In the midst of a hectic week at The Players, D.J. and Tron sat down with PGA Tour pro Jim Herman to discuss his career, battling through Q-School to eventually earn tour status, working at Trump National in Bedminster, and his two PGA Tour wins.
As professional golf goes on an indefinite hiatus due to the coronavirus we discuss a wide range of implications that will affect the Masters, the other majors, the PGA Tour and its members, and much more.
What a wild week. The Coronavirus sends the sports world into a frenzy, and the Players Championship gets canceled after one (uncompleted) round. We walk through the full disaster, from the tour announcing their new media deal, to not allowing fans, to the eventual cancellation. A lot to unpack here.
Collin Morikawa joins us to chat about his transition into pro golf, his confidence (which is impressive), Wolff, Hovland, what he's learned on tour, and his first win. We also chat about his duel with Wolff at the 3M, Vegas, what he's into off the course, and a lot more.
Tyrrell Hatton wins the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and Matt Every joins us to break down the week at Bay Hill, his 65-83, his success there, and a lot more. We discuss Hatton's antics, why it's fun to watch him play, Leish, Sungjae, and everything else from the week in golf. Matt also discusses the Big Break, the 11 he made at the Honda Classic (and why), marijuana, and so much more.
The winner of the 2020 Sony Open in Hawaii joins to talk about the 2019 Presidents Cup, Royal Melbourne, Sungjae Im, figuring out how to hit the ball further, growing up in Australia, and (a teeny tiny bit on) Patrick Reed. We also chat Jacksonville Beach coffee shops, fishing, Augusta, and a lot more.
Sungjae Im wins the Honda, Paul Azinger has some takes on Tommy Fleetwood and the Euro Tour, Mackenzie Hughes makes an incredible run, and a lot more. We also chat about PGA National (35:30), the recent Golf Channel news (49:45), answer some questions from the listeners, and do a fun Ryder Cup segment (1:04:20).
Fresh off a T3 finish in Mexico, Erik an Rooyen joins to chat about playing at altitude, what makes the Mexico event so fun, the Sunshine Tour, the Challenge Tour, golf in South Africa, and a lot more. He also discusses trying to get a PGA Tour card, when he realized he was one of the top players in the world, how he got there, and a lot more.
Patrick Reed edges Bryson in Mexico after getting buried by Koepka and Kostis, and we recap everything else from Mexico including the golf course, Rory, JT, NBC, and a bunch more. We also discuss Hovland's win in Puerto Rico, Peter Kostis' dynamite interview (52:30), the recent PGL interview that surfaced this week (1:14:00), and a bunch more.
Peter Kostis joins to discuss his recent departure from CBS, how it went down, what needs to change about golf on television, and why things are the way that they are. He talks about the reasonings he was let go, who was in charge of that, what goes into a television broadcast, and so much more. He also discusses the Patrick Reed situation, other instances he's seen, teaching Kevin Costner, and several other stories. Thanks a ton to Peter for the time.
Adam Scott wins at Riviera, and we discuss the abomination of a broadcast (27:30), Max, Rory, and what makes tournaments at Riv so fun to watch. We also dive deep on the Premier Golf League developments (50:30), the distance debate, the Women's Australian Open, and a bunch more.
Paul Azinger joins to talk about his first year with NBC, replacing Johnny Miller, Tommy Roy, playing under pressure, and the Patrick Reed situation. We also chat Ryder Cup, Anthony Kim, the Presidents Cup, as well as a great Tiger story from the flight to Melbourne.
Kevin Van Valkenburg from ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com joins to chat about Nick Taylor's win at the AT&T, Phil, Spieth, the Vic Open, Bryson, and a bunch more. We also dive deep into the USGA + R&A's recent distance report (36:40), the key elements of it, what it means for the future of golf, why it took so long, and why it matters. Thanks a ton to KVV for the time as always.
Peter Jacobsen joins to talk about the Premier Golf League, how Norman tried something similar in the '90's, and why Arnold put a stop to it. He also reflects on his playing career, tackling a streaker, Payne Stewart, and a myriad of other topics. Thanks a ton to Peter for the time.
Webb Simpson edges Tony Finau for his 5th PGA Tour win, and we go deep on why Tony doesn't win more, why people find it hard to root for Webb, and what makes the Waste Management a fun event to watch. Randy and DJ go on the offensive about Finau, while Soly remains loyal and faithful. We also get Big Randy's thoughts on the Premier Golf League (47:00), discuss Rory's recent interview (58:00), and take listener questions.
Brad Faxon is back to talk even more on putting, what to expect with Winged Foot, his Augusta experiences, how he processed his playing career coming to an end, as well as his take on the recent Patrick Reed situation. We also talk a lot more about his work with Fox, and he shares one more great embarrassing story. Thanks again to Brad for his time, these are really fun to do.
We react to the tragic Kobe Bryant news, how it affected the golf on Sunday, Leish's win, Tiger, and everything else from a fun week at Torrey Pines. We also go deep into the rumored Premier Golf League (34:00), how it relates to the PGA Tour, what affect Tiger has on its development, and many other comical elements from the PGL press release.
Tourist Sauce, Season 5 is coming! With our new season set to air on Tuesday, January 28, we present the accompanying podcast, detailing our road trip through North and South Carolina from late last year. We take you through the format of the new season, as well as detailed debriefs from Secession, Kiawah, True Blue/Caledonia, the Myrtle Beach Putt-Putt Scene, and the Wilmington Municipal Golf Course. We wrap things up with Pinehurst No. 3, Pinehurst No. 4, Mid Pines/Pine Needles/Southern Pines, Pinehurst No. 2, and finally Tobacco Road. Special thanks to the presenting sponsor of Season 5, Original Penguin.
Andrew Landry survives to win the American Express Championship over Abe Ancer and Scottie Scheffler. We chat about the event in the desert, Westwood's win (36:00), the LPGA & Champions Tour Playoffs (38:00), Bryson's comments on Brooks and his vicious retaliation (49:45), The Golf Channel ignoring the Tommy Gainey storyline (56:00), the tour punishing Cam Smith (1:01:00), and a ton more. Lastly, Soly won an FSGA Mid-Am event, and the boys debrief on that at the very end (1:15:00).
Hall of Famer Lanny Wadkins joins us to talk about his decorated career, the 1977 PGA Championship, some Ryder Cup stories, being let go by CBS, broadcasting, and so much more. We also discuss the evolution of technology in golf, the harrowing 1979 Players Championship at Sawgrass Country Club, Arnold Palmer, and what it was like being a young professional in the 1970's. Thanks a ton to Lanny for the time, this is one of my favorites.
Cam Smith wins the Sony, Brendan Steele gets relief, the Korn Ferry is mic'd up, and a lot else as we recap a fun week in golf. We also discuss Patrick Reed's bizarre cease and desist, the AT&T moves on from Trinity Forest, and Charlie Woods makes the news cycle. We also chat with Lee Rainwater from the USGA on the new World Handicap System, the challenges of it, and the thought process on the changes.
At the Altus Performance Center at Trinity Forest, we tracked down Cameron McCormick and Corey Lundberg to discuss the golf swing, how they teach it, Cameron's first time meeting Jordan Spieth, how close Jordan is to being back, how they relay information to their professionals, and so much more. We've really enjoyed working with these guys over the last year, and pumped to get the chance to pick their brains. Thanks to both Cameron and Corey for the time.
The chaos is here! 2020 starts with a bang as JT edges out Xander and Reed in a playoff as Reed gets heckled, the wind blows, and it got darker than our cameras made it look. We recap the crazy playoff, Reed getting treated with kid gloves, JT's nerves, Xander's wild three-putt, and everything else from a thrilling opening weekend.
It's a two hour holiday special! We've compiled some of our favorite clips and moments from our 2019 interviews into one episode. Guests include Steve Elkington, Jason Bohn, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Scott Van Pelt, Max Homa, Joel Dahmen, Colin Montgomerie, and many, many more. Thanks to all of our guests from this past year, and to everyone for listening. See you again in 2020.
An impromptu episode with the return of long time guest Kyle Porter, and we talk broadly and in detail about the wild year that was 2019. From Rory, to Brooks, to Tiger, Bryson, and everything in between - plus the obligatory Ryder Cup implications and a look ahead to 2020. We also take a ton of listener questions, and think back on how much things have changed in golf in the last five years.
The 2019 Presidents Cup delivered an unexpected explosion of content as the US came from behind during Sunday's singles matches to win the cup 16-14 over a feisty International squad. In addition to the breakdown of the matches, Royal Melbourne,TV coverage, and Tiger's 3-0 performance as playing captain we do our best to recap Patrick Reed's interactions with the crowd, Reed's caddie getting suspended for an altercation with a fan, the Tour's response to the entire Reed drama and much more.
The mega episode! We recorded a full Presidents Cup preview last week, but recorded an extra (emergency) portion regarding Patrick Reed's rules incident at the Hero World Challenge. We discuss how the PGA Tour reacted to it, whether or not the "cheat" word applies, and everything else around a really sticky situation. We then gauge our excitement for the Presidents Cup (23:00), go through some trivia, and answer listener questions. Lastly, we chat with Royal Melbourne member Matthew Mollica (1:21:00) to discuss the historic course and what to expect from it this week.
We've all seen Top 100 lists. We've all dreamed of playing them all. Simon Holt has actually done, and he's here to tell us about traveling to the ends of the Earth to become the first Brit to play the Top 100 golf courses in the world. He explains to us how he got on all of the courses, his personal rankings, how the Golf Magazine Top 100 comes together, courses he believe should be on the list, and a ton more.
Harry Higgs joins us to discuss his rookie year on the PGA Tour, competing for the title in Bermuda, and his fast rise from the PGA Tour LatinoAmerica to the big leagues. He discusses what changed in his game, swing feels, making fake grudges against players to motivate himself, and so much more. Harry is gonna be an extremely popular player on tour.
From the deepest depths of the wilderness, to getting into Korn Ferry Finals, to earning a Tour card, to winning on the PGA Tour, and winning AGAIN on the PGA Tour, Brendon Todd breaks down the ups and downs of his last five years. From developing a severe yip, hitting it off the planet, nearly getting into the pizza business, and everything he did to figure it out, this one is a wild ride. His perspective on this is incredible, and we're super appreciative of his time and willingness to get it all on record. The outcome is one of my favorite episodes we've ever done.
Billy Andrade joins to chat about transitioning out of golf, into media, and back into golf on the Champions Tour, staying at Larry David's house, the dramatic first meeting he had with Joe Pesci, and a ton more. We thoroughly enjoyed this run of conversations with some of the most interesting guys on the PGA Tour Champions, and look forward to doing many more of these in the future.
Paul Goydos and Kevin Sutherland join the pod to discuss their transitions from the PGA Tour to competing on the Champions Tour, shooting 59 in a competitive round, course setups, getting fined and a wide variety of other topics.
Monty joins the podcast to talk about life on the Champions Tour, his relationship with the US and how that has evolved over the years, dealing with hecklers, regrets he has in how he had done things in the past, and a lot more.
(Best) friend of the pod Kevin Van Valkenburg from ESPN joins to chat about some offseason stuff, including five things we want to see happen in 2020, three things we each wish we never said, Tiger's win at the Zozo, and some excellent listener questions. Thanks as always to KVV for the time, this was a fun one.
The Cat has eternal life. Tiger Woods wins the inaugural Zozo Championship over Hideki Matsuyama, and Soly and DJ discuss his path to 82 wins, their favorite wins in that time period, the Kush, Bubba's crazy drive, the Skins Game, and a bunch more from the Zozo. We also discuss the news coming out of CBS and what that means for the future of golf on TV.
Brad Faxon joins to talk about working with Rory McIlroy on his putting, his playing career, what makes a great putter, and a hell of a lot more discussion on putting. We also discuss his love of golf course architecture, the Ryder Cup, broadcasting, and so much more. We barely scratched the surface with this one, and we look forward to having him back in the future.
Bill Coore joins us to discuss how he got into the golf course design business, what intrigued him about Pete Dye, centerline bunkers, width, Sand Hills, Bandon Trails, Pinehurst No. 2, Old Town Club, and many other courses. We also went into detail on the reaction to Trinity Forest, how it has played differently than it was designed to play, designing courses for professionals, and a lot more. Bill was extremely gracious with his time, and we hope to have him back again soon.
In Part II of his England debrief, Soly breaks down the Heathland courses he played on his trip to England (Holinwell, Walton Heath, Sunningdale, Berkshire, and St. George's Hill). He talks about his newfound appreciation for heathland golf, what makes each of these courses special, some of the best holes, the English golf vibe, and a lot more. Thanks to everyone who sent in questions and feedback on the trip.
Part I of my England debrief goes deep into the links courses played on this trip (Royal Lytham, Royal Birkdale, West Lancashire, Formby, Formby Ladies, Hillside, & Southport & Ainsdale). We talk cost, the highs and lows of these courses, what makes each one special, and England golf in general. This was a dream trip to a very special part of the golf world, and can't wait to make it back to the region. Stay tuned for Part II which will include the Heathland courses played on the trip.
We might be a year out from the 2020 Ryder Cup, but Soly and DJ are in a Ryder Cup mood after road tripping around the midwest and visiting the last three Ryder Cup venues, as well as Whistling Straits, the site of the 2020 event. We chat about our first impressions of Steve Stricker and Padraig Harrington, and you'll hear the best clips from the press conference within this episode. A lot more content to come from this road trip, but we had a blast hashing out some thoughts on golf's greatest event.
Cameron Champ wins his second PGA Tour title at the Safeway. Soly and DJ Pie discuss his game, how it translates to the PGA Tour, the crazy story of his grandfather, the marketing behind him, and a lot more. We also discuss Bryson's comments, the driver testing findings, Rory's comments at the Dunhill, and the Kris Ventura incident. Lastly, Soly sits down with 17-year-old Akshay Bhatia (45:38 mark) to discuss his transition into professional golf, what his first few PGA Tour events have been like, George Gankas, getting a driver's license, and a lot more.
Jim Wagner has been the lead associate with the Hanse Golf Design company for decades, and he joined us live from the Pinehurst Brewery to discuss his career, trends in golf course design, renovation vs. restoration, their work at Pinehurst, and a lot more. Jim is a great story teller and entertainer, and there are many, many laughs in this one. Thanks a ton to Jim for making the trip down, and to Pinehurst for helping us host a terrific event.
JT is back to discuss his 2019 year, the new Tour Championship format, what $15 million means to him, how many PGA Tour wins he would trade for a major, his spat with the USGA, the drama around the Ryder Cup pairings, the upcoming Presidents Cup, and a ton more. This one was a lot of fun, and JT doesn't shy away from any of the topics.
Team Europe wins the Solheim Cup in Scotland, and we discuss Suzann Pettersen insanely clutch putt (and immediate retirement), the Korda sisters, Lexi Thompson, Georgia Hall, and everything else from the week. We also discuss Danielle Kang's comments, the overreaction, team events, Joaquin Niemann's win at the Greenbrier, Kevin Chappell's insane route to a T47, and some listener questions.
Recorded earlier this year at the KPMG Women's PGA, here is our interview with Mel Reid. She tells about her experience coming out as gay, the tragic death of her mom, golf in England, the Solheim Cup, snowboarding, and a lot more. Mel is a great hang and an easy player to root for. Thanks for the time!
Part II of our Ireland Trip includes Tralee, Carne, County Sligo (Rosses Point), and Enniscrone. We make our way north and play Arnold Palmer's gem, then head much further north to get off the beaten track and tack advantage of some tremendous treks across Sligo. The dunes in this leg of the trip were some of the biggest we've ever seen, and the day we got at Carne was truly memorable. Thanks to everyone for tuning in, stay tuned for Season 4 of Tourist Sauce, coming soon!
After much delay, Part I of our Ireland Recap is finally here. Doonbeg, Lahinch, Adare Manor, Ballybunion, Waterville, and Dooks make up this episode, and we break down what we loved and didn't love about each place. Tourist Sauce Season 4 will be out later this month, and look for part II of this podcast on Tuesday night.
In our first ever LIVE podcast from the NLU Summit, Tom Doak and Eric Iverson join us to discuss CommonGround golf course, and their work from around the world. We discuss what makes a great golf hole, how to make golf architecture more accessible, public golf courses, working with Brooks Koepka at Memorial Park in Houston, and so much more. We could have spent a lot more time with these guys, and hopefully will have them back soon.