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 Dec 24, 2018


Golf writers Sean Zak and Dylan Dethier break down the biggest news and stories in the game. From in-depth interviews with golf’s biggest names to behind-the-scenes tales from tournaments to picks, takes, and more, the Drop Zone is the only golf podcast you’ll need!

Episode Date
Finau’s Game-Changer, LIV Gets Political, Pints with a St. Andrews Champ

This week’s Drop Zone: Why Tony Finau’s Detroit win is such a game-changer, what happens when LIV gets political and what it’s like when a DP World Tour winner celebrates down the street from Sean! The fellas break down this week’s action, talk about what’s next and try to sort through the professional golf landscape — again — while we ready ourselves for the final major of the year.


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Aug 01, 2022
Eddie Pepperell Interview: On LIV, Money, Chasing His Game

Eddie Pepperell can be tough to put in a box, which makes him one of golf’s most intriguing voices. The British pro joins the Drop Zone to break down the future of golf, why he wouldn’t join LIV, his search for his own form, why he has stopped playing practice rounds — and the general state of the world. Enjoy!




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Jul 24, 2022
Open Recap: Rory’s Heartbreak, Cam Smith’s Genius, What We Saw Up Close

What an Open that was! Sean and Dylan were there for every second of it in St. Andrews as Rory McIlroy and Cam Smith battled down the stretch. We discuss everything we saw this week, including an emotional final scene for the McIlroys at the Old Course.

Jul 18, 2022
Open Preview, Tiger Woods update, Sean’s caddie adventures

The boys are in St. Andrews this week, reunited at last! They breakdown everything you need to know about The Open, the Old Course, Sean's week caddying in the Scottish Open and more. 


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Jul 12, 2022
Summer Golf Chaos: LIV In Person, Tour Drama, Sean’s Caddie Assignment

Coming off a few days at LIV's U.S. debut in Portland, Dylan and Sean break down what they witnessed and what it all means for the future of LIV's tour. What happens next and what does it mean for the professional game? Plus Sean has the biggest caddie assignment of his life this week, looping for Joel Dahmen in the Scottish Open. He explains how that came to be and what he expects from the week ahead.

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Jul 05, 2022
What Does It All Mean?! PGA Tour’s Next Move, Scotland Update

LIV rolls on and Brooks Koepka has left the PGA Tour — but now the PGA Tour has punched back. What does it all mean?!? Sean Zak chimes back in with proper perspective from St. Andrews, the fellas break down US Open takeaways and evaluate Jay Monahan’s response and the future for the PGA Tour. Plus we get a morale check from Sean, who has been exploring the pubs of small-town Scotland.


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Jun 24, 2022
US Open Recap: Fitz’s Magic, Brookline’s Show, Winners and No-Shows
From a parking lot outside The Country Club, Dylan Dethier and Luke Kerr-Dineen break down all things U.S. Open, from the winner (Matthew Fitzpatrick!) to the contenders to what this week meant for the entire sport of golf. From Keegan Bradley’s reception to Rory McIlroy’s rollercoaster to the details of Joel Dahmen’s week, have a listen. Enjoy!   RADMOR DISCOUNT CODE: Check out radmorgolf.com and use discount code DROPZONE for 25% off!
Jun 20, 2022
US Open Preview: 10 Big Questions, Picks, Sleepers, Sights and Sounds

Reporting live from The Country Club, the Drop Zone brings you the inside scoop on this week’s U.S. Open. From LIV drama to Brookline storylines to 10 burning questions about this week’s events, Dylan Dethier, Claire Rogers and Luke Kerr-Dineen bring you their picks and predictions for all things U.S. Open.

Jun 15, 2022
What LIV Was Really Like, Rory’s Win, Tour War with Greg Norman Begins

Sean Zak was at the first-ever LIV Invitational. What was it like? He breaks down the action from inside the ropes and inside the draft party, explains why LIV’s launch was a complex success and dives into what happens next. Then he and Dylan Dethier discuss Rory McIlroy’s statement win at the RBC Canadian Open, shots fired at Greg Norman and why the PGA Tour’s nightmare week had a dream ending.

Jun 13, 2022
Kevin Clark on LIV, Formula 1-Golf Comparisons, Fixing the PGA Tour

Senior Writer Kevin Clark of The Ringer joins the Drop Zone to break down the latest LIV revelations, discuss the PGA Tour's future, dish on his unsuccessful gambling formula, explain what golf can learn from Formula 1 and then make a slew of F1 driver - professional golfer crossover comparisons. Fun chat — enjoy!


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Jun 09, 2022
Mike Whan Interview, Golf’s Future, U.S. Women’s Open, Memorial

USGA CEO Mike Whan joins this week's Drop Zone to break down the state of golf, from the U.S. Women's Open to LIV's effect on the PGA Tour to the actual purpose of the USGA. He also explains how selling toothpaste helps him in his current role. Plus a brief breakdown of this week's U.S. Women's Open and Memorial Tournaments in the context of a looming LIV event. Enjoy!


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Jun 06, 2022
LIV Golf Breakdown, Rachel Heck Interview, Sean Zak’s Scottish Adventure

With the LIV Golf list finally released, Sean and Dylan break down what's next for the PGA Tour, what the perfect response would look like, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and more. Rachel Heck joins the show to talk national championships at Stanford, playing in front of the cameras, NIL opportunities and choosing her major. Then Sean explains — from his new flat in St. Andrews — why he's moving to Scotland for the summer.

Jun 01, 2022
PGA Championship Recap: JT’s Charge, Southern Hills, Willy Z, Mito, Tiger

How the hell did Justin Thomas end up winning the PGA Championship? Dylan and Sean break down what JT's charge felt like from on the ground at Southern Hills. Then they tackle Mito Pereira's gutting finish, Will Zalatoris' major championship chances, Rory McIlroy's false start, Tiger Woods' future and how Southern Hills presented as a major championship test. Enjoy!


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May 23, 2022
PGA Championship Preview: Predictions, Analysis, Picks from Southern Hills

The Drop Zone is in Tulsa and reporting on all things PGA Championship, bringing you the scoop from on the ground at Southern Hills. How will the course play? What type of player does it favor? Who are the smartest picks to win? Dylan and Sean fill you in on Tiger Woods' form, expectations for Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth and give you their picks for the week.

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May 18, 2022
Scottie Scheffler Interview, PGA Championship Preview

World No. 1 and Masters champion Scottie Scheffler joins the Drop Zone (!!) to review his red-hot start to 2022, break down each of his wins and reveal how he celebrated his Masters victory. Plus Dylan and Sean break down the action from the Byron Nelson and look ahead to the PGA Championship. Which golfers are coming in hottest?! They even toss in a little bachelor party advice for good measure.


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May 16, 2022
Rick Reilly Interview, PGA Tour Stock Exchange Update

Legendary sportswriter Rick Reilly joins the Drop Zone (2:05) to tell a series of terrific golf stories, dish on Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, break down what the internet has done to sportswriting and tell us about his new book, So Help Me Golf.

Then Luke Kerr-Dineen and James Colgan join Dylan and Sean to break down the best (and riskiest) investments for Q3 of the PGA Tour Stock Exchange, including one giant investment in a big name...

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May 11, 2022
Wells Fargo Recap: Homa’s Moment, Rory’s Status, PGA Favorites

Max Homa edged out Keegan Bradley at the Wells Fargo Championship. What did we learn about Homa? What did we learn about Bradley? How about Rory McIlroy? Sean and Dylan break down the action from TPC Potomac, look ahead to who should be favored at the PGA Championship and break down the difference between the LIV league and the Premier Golf League. Check it out!


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May 09, 2022
Jon Rahm’s statement, Tiger’s major future, Phil rumors, Marina Alex’s win

Jon Rahm’s victory at the Mexico Open begs the question: With apologies to Scottie Scheffler, is he the best golfer in the world? Marina Alex caps off a dramatic week at Palos Verdes with a win of her own. Tiger Woods’ Southern Hills practice round made waves and revealed plenty about his upcoming schedule. And Phil Mickelson remains a mystery for some interesting reasons. That and more on this week’s Drop Zone.

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May 02, 2022
DJ + Paulina’s Wedding, Xander + Cantlay’s Win, Claire Rogers Joins

We break down golf’s royal wedding with intrepid reporter Claire Rogers, and then dive into what we should make of the Zurich Classic and the win from Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay.


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Apr 25, 2022
What Jordan Spieth’s Win Means, Tiger’s Announcement, PGA Tour Vibe Checks

Jordan Spieth turned what should have been a sleepy week on the PGA Tour into a Sunday nail-biter. But what should you make of his victory? Plus Sean and Dylan break down Patrick Cantlay’s near-miss and do a Vibe Check on some of the game’s biggest names including Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and the U.S. Presidents Cup team.


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Apr 18, 2022
Masters Recap: Scheffler’s win, Rory’s 64, Tiger, Strikes and Gutters

Sean and Dylan break down the Masters from on the ground at Augusta National. How did Scottie Scheffler sneak up on us? What did Rory McIlroy’s 64 mean? What do we make of Tiger Woods’ return to competition? The fellas tack on some strikes and gutters for good measure.


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Apr 11, 2022
Masters Preview: Every Golfer’s Chances (LIVE From Augusta)

The Drop Zone is on the ground in Augusta, Ga. and bringing you thoughts on every favorite in the Masters field. From Tiger Woods impressions to Jordan Spieth insights to a Brooks Koepka wake-up call to some sleepers, Sean and Dylan get you ready for the Masters from the Savannah River Brewing Co.



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Apr 06, 2022
Peyton Manning Talks Augusta, Gives Golf Advice, Tiger Woods Masters Preview

A big golf week calls for a big golf guest! Peyton Manning joins the Drop Zone to preview the Masters, break down Augusta, tell Tiger Woods stories, give golf advice and introduce his new bourbon, Sweetens Cove Kennessee. Then Sean Zak, Dylan Dethier and Luke Kerr-Dineen break down the Masters — specifically Tiger Woods' appearance — from on the ground in Augusta, Ga. This is a good one. Enjoy!



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Apr 04, 2022
Colt Knost Interview: Hosting Subpar, Predicting Tiger’s plans, Playing Michael Jordan

Colt Knost is the popular host of GOLF’s Subpar podcast as well as a regular on PGA Tour Radio and CBS broadcasts. He joins the show to discuss his dramatic ascent in the golf media space. Knost breaks down his transition from professional golfer to professional talker, the biggest challenges of being on the ground at events, offers thoughts on Tiger Woods’ potential Masters return, dishes on gambling with Michael Jordan, offers a Masters prediction and more.


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Mar 29, 2022
New World No. 1, Match Play Recap, Talking Tiger, Conspiracy Theories

Scottie Scheffler took down the WGC-Match Play and took over the title of World No. 1 in the process. What does that mean? What else did we learn at Austin Country Club? Sean and Dylan break down Kevin Kisner's peskiness, Keegan Bradley's public perception, who else belongs in the conversation and more. Plus they talk Tiger Woods' potential Masters appearance and posit an unlikely Phil Mickelson-related theory. All that and more on this week's Drop Zone.


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Mar 28, 2022
10 PGA Tour Pros Chasing A Comeback, Breakaway Golf Tour Surprises

This week on the Drop Zone we break down the latest announcement from Greg Norman and the folks at LIV Golf. Then we dive fully into 10 players who have been off their games — from Rickie Fowler to Tommy Fleetwood to Martin Kaymer and more — and decide whether we’re BUYING or SELLING their stock. That and more on this week’s Drop Zone.


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Mar 21, 2022
Players Recap, The Controversial Drop, Tiger Woods’ Speech

The Drop Zone wraps up the Players Championship, breaking down Cameron Smith’s brilliance and the back-nine drama. That means an ode to Anirban Lahiri, shouts to Keegan Bradley and a forensic breakdown of the drop drama at No. 16. Plus Dylan fills us in on his trip to Tiger Woods’ Hall of Fame induction and the scene at TPC Sawgrass.



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Mar 15, 2022
Commissioner Monahan vs. Mickelson, PGA Tour Stock Exchange update

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan held his annual state of the union address and was more fiery than ever. We break down everything he had to say, what it means for Phil Mickelson and then provide an update to our PGA Tour Stock Exchange game. Enjoy!!

Mar 10, 2022
Controversial Course Setups, Mayhem at Bay Hill, Breaking Par 30x in a Row

A bunch of PGA Tour players showed up to Bay Hill on the weekend — and a U.S. Open broke out. In a lively episode Sean and Dylan break down Scottie Scheffler’s win, Rory McIlroy’s comments and how hard is *too* hard. Plus they tackle Jin Young Ko’s ridiculous run and the state of the PGA Tour heading into the Players. Enjoy!!



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Mar 07, 2022
Is Phil Actually Canceled? Plus Dream Golf Feeds, Norman’s Letter, Honda Classic Recap

Phil Mickelson's latest remarks have meant the end of high-profile sponsorship deals. Why is that happening? Is it fair? Plus Sean and Dylan offer a quick recap of the Honda Classic, pore over Greg Norman's letter and dream up their ideal golf feeds — think Tiger Woods on a links course — for future viewing. Enjoy!

Feb 28, 2022
Saudi League Shockers, Riviera Highlights, Interviewing Steve Williams

After Phil Mickelson's latest round of bombshell quotes, top PGA Tour pros are bailing on the Saudi league. Is its demise exaggerated? Sean Zak, Dylan Dethier and Claire Rogers chime in from Riviera, where they wrap up the Genesis Invitational in person. They break down the action from the Tour's favorite golf course plus share thoughts on Tiger Woods' progress. Then Evin Priest joins the show to talk about his brand-new podcast 'Chasing Majors' which he co-hosts alongside Tiger's longtime caddie Steve Williams; he explains the podcast's origins and what it's like to interview golf's most famous caddie.

Feb 21, 2022
PGA Tour’s Big Win, Charley Hoffman’s Misfire, WM Phoenix Open Recap

The Waste Management Phoenix Open was a massive success for the PGA Tour. Does it need tweaking? Plus: One pro’s viral rant struck a nerve and uncovered some truths about golf fans. Sean and Dylan break down all of the above plus say several Nice Things, provide limited Super Bowl analysis and look ahead on this week’s episode of the Drop Zone.

Feb 14, 2022
Spieth’s Metaphorical Cliff, Mickelson’s Real Motive, Pebble Beach

Jordan Spieth captured the hearts and minds of the golfing world — but then Tom Hoge chased him down! This week’s Drop Zone dissects the action from Pebble Beach, the Spieth rollercoaster, what Phil Mickelson is really saying when he talks about the PGA Tour’s “obnoxious greed” and why Leona Maguire is such an exciting LPGA Tour winner. Plus, Sean provides an injury update.

Feb 07, 2022
Rory’s Decision, Torrey Pines Recap, Xander Schauffele Gives Golf Advice

Xander Schauffele joins the show to dole out some golf advice (40:03) plus Sean fights through injury to join Dylan in breaking down Viktor Hovland's win, Rory McIlroy's splashy near-miss, the entire Farmers Insurance Open, Torrey Pines, Lydia Ko's victory and much more on this week's episode of the Drop Zone.

Jan 31, 2022
Why Tour players complain, and what ”being scratch” actually means

Jon Rahm was feeling spicy this weekend when he called out the setup in California. Tyrrell Hatton laid into the design of Yas Links in Abu Dhabi. This week, we explain exactly why these pros are acting this way, and why they're both right and wrong at the same time. We also take the time to serve an annual (obvious) reminder: scratch golfers would get worked by LPGA pros. 

Jan 24, 2022
Inside The Netflix/PGA Tour Show, 10 Burning Questions for the LPGA Season

The PGA Tour is coming to Netflix — and our Dylan Dethier has been on the story from the start. He and Sean Zak break down the show's genesis, its stars and what they're most excited to see. Then LPGA insider Zephyr Melton joins the show (22:11) to offer bold predictions and tackle 10 burning questions for the upcoming season, from Lydia Ko's future to the state of American golf to who will finish the season at World No. 1.

Jan 14, 2022
PGA Tour Overreactions, Mark Rolfing on the Magic of the Hawaii Swing

The PGA Tour is officially back! And better than ever — the scores, at least. NBC/Golf Channel's Mark Rolfing joins the show (28:08) to break down the Hawaii Swing. And Sean Zak and Dylan Dethier talk Tournament of Champions and its implications. Is Cameron Smith the best player on the Presidents Cup team? Does Jon Rahm have a winning problem? Is that a ridiculously dumb question? All that and more on this week's Drop Zone.


1:03 - USGA Women's Open Announcement

10:07 - Tournament of Champions talk

16:28 - Overreaction, underreaction, proper reaction

28:08 - Mark Rolfing Interview

56:06 - Pro Golf Stock Exchange Update!


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Jan 10, 2022
Bold Golf Predictions for 2022, Introducing the PGA Tour Stock Exchange

First Sean Zak and Dylan Dethier are joined by two special guests to unveil their bold (and borderline absurd) predictions for the 2022 PGA Tour season. Then it's time to dive into the all-new PGA Tour Stock Exchange, in which the fellas buy shares in their most undervalued golfers, hoping for some big-time returns as tournament season kicks back into gear. Come to hear who's winning the career Grand Slam this year, stay to dive into the details of the PIPDAQ! It's the Drop Zone with Sean Zak and Dylan Dethier, ft. Luke Kerr-Dineen and James Colgan.

Jan 03, 2022
Tiger and Charlie Woods Up Close, Kira K. Dixon on Her Golf Channel Rookie Year

What did Tiger Woods' return (and Charlie Woods' star moment) look like in person? Dylan Dethier was at the PNC and Sean Zak interrogates him on all things Tiger. Then Kira K. Dixon joins the show (23:40) to explain her path from Miss America to Golf Channel, the scariest parts of live television and her best, worst and proudest interview moments from her first year on the job. 

Dec 20, 2021
Golf‘s weirdest moments with Kyle Porter, Tiger‘s comeback, great news for muni golf

Tiger Woods is back at this week's PNC Championship and Dylan Dethier explains what that means for him and for golf. Muni golf is on the rise nationwide and Sean Zak tackles how golf should handle that good news. Plus Kyle Porter joins the podcast to discuss his new book, A Normal Sport, and break down the strangest moments of the 2021 golf season.

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Dec 13, 2021
Tiger‘s Reveal, Hovland‘s Win and 10 Burning Questions from the Hero World Challenge

Tiger Woods overshadowed his own tournament but the Hero World Challenge had a heck of a finish, too. Dropping some intel from on the ground in the Bahamas, Sean Zak peppers Dylan Dethier with 10 questions on Tiger, Rory, Hovland, Morikawa, the world's best golfer and what the point of this tournament is, anyway.

Dec 06, 2021
Breaking down Tiger Woods‘ appearance: What‘s fair game — and what‘s next for Tiger?

Tiger Woods made his first public appearance in nine months on Tuesday at the Bahamas and Dylan Dethier was in the room. He and Sean Zak break down Woods' recovery, his future prospects, questions about his accident, what he revealed and what he left unsaid.

Nov 30, 2021
DJ Piehowski on No Laying Up’s magic, Succession-PGA Tour comps, Tiger Woods stories with Claire Rogers

This week's Drop Zone kicks off with a swinging Tiger Woods and how our own Claire Rogers once celebrated his "progress" by sending a gift to his surgeon. Then we "Pivot to Video" for an interview with DJ Piehowski from No Laying Up (11:22) on the evolution of Tourist Sauce and Strapped before ending with our favorite segment in a long time: PGA Tour comps for character's in HBO's Succession (44:13). Who is the PGA Tour's Logan Roy? It's actually quite obvious. 

Nov 23, 2021
GOLF‘s Top 100 Courses are out! Rater Lukas Michel explains what makes a golf course *great*

What makes a golf course "good" anyway? We celebrate the release of GOLF's Top 100 Courses in the World with Lukas Michel, an elite amateur golfer who doubles as a course rater and aspiring course architect. We talk Augusta National, the best hole in the world and exciting new projects in golf course architecture's immediate future.

Nov 16, 2021
Martin Trainer on riding the PGA Tour rollercoaster, Houston Open breakdown, Nelly Korda‘s win

Martin Trainer joins the Drop Zone fresh off contending at the Houston Open to talk about riding pro golf's emotional rollercoaster, plus Sean Zak and Dylan Dethier break down Nelly Korda's win, Lexi Thompson's near-miss, Jason Kokrak's latest PGA Tour victory and the fine line between winning and losing.

Nov 15, 2021
Pro Golf‘s Big Changes, Winners and Losers from Mayakoba

On this week's Drop Zone — from on the ground in our Pinehurst AirBnB! — we break down Viktor Hovland's win at Mayakoba, the generational shift happening on the PGA Tour, the seismic shift looming in professional golf and this week's biggest winners and losers. 

Nov 08, 2021
Solo Sean pod! A wacky golf course, Rory‘s mindset, a women‘s course and more

Sean Zak holds tightly to the mic this week as Dylan Dethier enjoys his honeymoon (and his birthday). Sean offers up four stories, ideas and takes he's been thinking about lately. Those topics are:

- A Beatles-themed golf course

- A course devoted to female players

- Rory McIlroy's mindset

- Mr. Runner Up

Oct 25, 2021
Our 10 favorite golf courses in the world

It's that time of year folks — when golf course ranking lists get compiled! So we decided to dive in on the ranking fun. Sean and Dylan rank their 10 favorite golf courses. NOT the 10 best courses they've played. Their 10 FAVORITE tracks in the world. Chambers Bay? Yes. Pine Valley? Perhaps. A quiet plot of land in the French countryside? Definitely.

Oct 18, 2021
Brooks v. Bryson is REAL, Phil wins and a crazy LPGA record is set

This week we break down the news that our own host, Dylan Dethier broke: Brooks vs. Bryson is happening, and it's very real. Dylan and Sean Zak dive into the details of what we know about The Match V, how Phil Mickelson won again on the Champions tour, how Sungjae Im makes golf look impossibly easy and the absurd stretch of golf Jin Young Ko has piled up lately. 

Oct 11, 2021
What Bryson‘s Long Drive week looked like up close

This week on the Drop Zone we are visited by James Colgan, who spent most of the week with Bryson DeChambeau as he competed at the World Long Drive Championship in Nevada. We break down everything you missed from behind the scenes as Bryson advanced further than any of us could have imagined out in the desert. 

Oct 04, 2021
Ryder Cup Recap! Inside Team USA‘s blowout win, how to fix Team Europe

Why was this Ryder Cup different? Sean Zak, Dylan Dethier and Luke Kerr-Dineen were inside the ropes at Whistling Straits to witness the wild scenes from Team USA's blowout victory. From Bryson DeChambeau's week in the spotlight to Rory McIlroy's emotional reaction to Dustin Johnson, press conference king, they share favorite moments from on site, break down the strategies from each team and try to answer the Ryder Cup's toughest question: Now what?

Sep 27, 2021
Ryder Cup Preview! Sizing up each Team USA player against their counterpart

We break down the entire Ryder Cup field on our road trip to Whistling Straits, and we do it alongside resident Englishman Luke Kerr-Dineen. Is Collin Morikawa more valuable than Jon Rahm? How about Dustin Johnson vs. Tommy Fleetwood? We lay out the rosters and predict how the Ryder Cup will play out.


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Sep 20, 2021
PGA Tour NFL Quarterback comps! Who is the Aaron Rodgers of the PGA Tour?

Without a PGA Tour event to discuss, Sean and Dylan share their best PGA Tour comps for NFL starting quarterbacks. Or their best quarterback comps for PGA Tour stars. Who is the Brooks Koepka of the NFL? Tune in to find out.

Sep 13, 2021
Ryder Cup picks reaction! We break down the six U.S. captain‘s picks

Captain Steve Stricker added six players to his American Ryder Cup team this morning, which means we've got six happy players, at least a dozen unhappy players, all kinds of potential pairings and two very happy podcast hosts breaking it all down. 

Sep 08, 2021
Best playoff ... ever? Cantlay wins, Bryson bombs and Ryder Cup teams assemble

Sunday's golf may have been the most exciting finish of a non-major in years. Patrick Cantlay is your champion, but does it change how we think of him? Bryson DeChambeau is your runner-up, but has he turned a corner? What does it all mean for Whistling Straits. We discuss it all. 

Aug 30, 2021
Tony Finau-lly gets it done and Carnoustie strikes again

After countless second-place finishes, Tony Finau has won again. It was a Monday finish on the PGA Tour so we bring you a Tuesday morning podcast that dives into Finau's win, Rahm's peak, Cam Smith's horrible tee shot, and finally an appreciation for Anna Nordqvist's impressive career. 

Aug 24, 2021
Kevin Kisner for Ryder Cup? U.S. Amateur format and Women's Open preview

We're here to tell you that Kevin Kisner, despite his win, is NOT a lock for the Ryder Cup. And that Adam Scott's missed playoff putt ... wasn't that surprising. And that the Women's British Open at Carnoustie will be the best golf you'll watch this week. Enjoy!

Aug 16, 2021
Xander wins gold! What it looked like on-site in Japan

Xander Schauffele is your gold medalist at the men's Olympic golf competition, and the Drop Zone was all over it. We've spent plenty of time with Xander over the years, as well as his legendary father Stefan. This week, Sean was right there next to Stefan as his son won gold. We detail everything that went down last week at the Olympics.

Aug 02, 2021
Olympics Preview! What the golf is like in Japan and our favorite sports to watch

Jon Rahm is out. Bryson DeChambeau is out. But co-host Sean Zak is IN Tokyo for the Olympics. We discuss everything you need to know about the course, about the event and what to expect from the men's competition this week. We also delve into what Dylan is watching from home, and how he'd like to fix Archery ... and the golf competition as well. 

Jul 27, 2021
Major Grades! The Best and Worst of 7 Majors in 11 Months

From Morikawa to McIlroy, with Mickelson and a bunch of others in between, we discuss the Open Championship and the gauntlet of seven majors in 11 months. We hand out letter grades for the 20 most relevant pros from Tyrrell Hatton's F to Collin Morikawa's A+. Also, Sean makes public two of his spiciest takes that he's been keeping private for months. 

Jul 19, 2021
British Open Preview! And the celebrity golf scene in Tahoe

It's a BIG week in golf with the final men's major of the year. Sean and Dylan get you ready for the British Open, Open Championship, The Open, etc. Dylan also shares his stories from the ground at the American Century Celebrity Championship where he cozied up next to Charles Barkley, Patrick Mahomes and a bunch of others in Tahoe. 

Jul 12, 2021
Phil Mickelson vs. Local Media, Bryson DeChambeau and his caddie, Cam Davis wins!

This was a weird week in golf. There's no other way to put it, really. Sean and Dylan recap that weirdness by diving into Phil Mickelson's oddball week in Detroit. We also look forward to who needs to be on Bryson DeChambeau's bag and what the British Open might feel like this year. 

Jul 05, 2021
Nelly Korda has won a major(!), an 8-hole playoff(?) and reversible courses

Sean and Dylan dive into two-horse race that was the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, the ridiculous playoff on the PGA Tour, Harris English's Ryder Cup chances and a special trip to Northern Michigan. 

Jun 28, 2021
Jon Rahm wins a U.S. Open thriller, everyone collapsed, and will Torrey host ever again?

Sean and Dylan break down every storyline from Jon Rahm’s epic win at Torrey Pines, including reactions from on-site and the odds that Torrey could host the Open again in the future. We also play Good Week/Bad Week with everyone on the leaderboard. 

Jun 21, 2021
U.S. Open Preview: Brooks v. Bryson, Torrey Pines setup, Buy or Sell everyone's chances

Sean and Dylan get deep into what we should expect from Brooks Koepka, Mr. Major, and his foil, Bryson DeChambeau. We explain why Torrey Pines is good, but what we'd change about it to make it great. We also buy, sell and hold the stocks of the biggest names this week, and tell you which penny-stock players you should get your money involved with. 

Jun 14, 2021
Highs and lows of the U.S. Women's Open, Memorial madness and Ryder Cup projections
It was a wild weekend, from Lexi Thompson's blown five-shot lead to Yuka Saso, star on the rise to the peculiar case of Jon Rahm's Covid-19 WD. What did it all mean? Dylan Dethier and Sean Zak break down the best and worst from the week in golf.
Jun 07, 2021
Phil Mickelson wins, Brooks Koepka falters and more from Kiawah Island

What an epic week at the PGA Championship. Dylan Dethier was on the grounds for the Drop Zone and fills you in on what it was like during the mob scene on the 18th hole. We break down everything the was significant about Mickelson’s win, what it means for golf history and what it means moving forward for everyone involved.

May 24, 2021
PGA Championship Predictions: Spieth's Form, Rory's Return and 9 Burning Questions

What should you expect at the PGA Championship this week? How will Kiawah play? The Drop Zone breaks it all down, from the ideal winning score to Rory McIlroy's chances to the PGA's place on the calendar to our own (questionable!) picks to win.

May 18, 2021
Rory's statement win, one big caddie moment and the truth about 'super leagues'

How big a deal was Rory McIlroy’s win? What do we make of golf's proposed ‘super leagues’? What was the best part of the Walker Cup at Seminole? And who should be the favorite heading the the PGA Championship? Sean Zak and Dylan Dethier break it all down on this week's episode of the Drop Zone.

May 10, 2021
Phil Mickelson's "focus," Pine Valley's big decision, Sam Burns gets it done

What exactly is going on with Phil Mickelson? Should we congratulate Pine Valley for finally entering the modern world? What should we expect from Sam Burns moving forward? This week's Drop Zone dives into all of that, and reminds Tour players to stop reading their mentions. Never read the mentions. 

May 03, 2021
Perfecting Team Golf, LPGA Scheduling and a Tiger Woods Update

Did the Zurich Classic teach us anything about the Ryder Cup? Did Brook Henderson's win teach us anything about the LPGA Tour's future? What did Tiger Woods reveal in his latest Instagram post? This week's Drop Zone breaks down the PGA Tour's controversial Player Impact Program plus the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic, the LPGA Tour's L.A. Open and everything in between.

Apr 26, 2021
Lydia Ko wins, Stewart Cink continues to amaze, and Billy Horschel is 1st-team all-spicy

This week's Drop Zone features an extended discussion on the runaway victories we saw on Tour last week. Lydia Ko by seven and Stewart Cink by 4. Big deal? HUGE deal. For both, really. But also, there's Billy Horschel and his anti-arm-lock take. Should it be banned? Should Si Woo Kim's putt have counted? We disagree a lot this week. Join us. 

Apr 19, 2021
Takeaways from the Masters

Sean Zak and Dylan Dethier recap Hideki Matsuyama’s breakthrough victory at the Masters, Will Zalatoris’ ascent and how Spieth's game has come full circle. The Drop Zone wraps up the Masters from Augusta.

Apr 12, 2021
MASTERS Preview: Spieth the favorite? DJ defending? Bryson's first impressions

We've made it to Augusta! Sean Zak and Dylan Dethier recap Jordan Spieth's win at the Texas Open and discuss what it means for this coming week at the Masters. Spoiler: it means a lot. We discuss the favorites, tease some bits of an exclusive interview with Bryson DeChambeau and break down everything we can expect to happen this week at Augusta National. 

Youthful guest James Colgan joins to discuss his first impressions of the club before the group puts a bow on the ANWA and ANA Inspiration. 

Apr 05, 2021
Match Play madness, DJ vs. Kevin Na, Dahmen's long-awaited win

We got more golf than we deserved this weekend, but we'll take it! Sean Zak and Dylan Dethier explain why DJ and Kevin Na were both sort of in the wrong, why the match play format shouldn't be changed, why Joel Dahmen's win felt so good and what to watch for in the women's game this week. 

Mar 29, 2021
PGA Tour Midseason Awards

Who's golf's MVP? Rookie of the Year? Most Improved? Biggest Question Mark? Believe it or not, we're halfway through the PGA Tour season, and we're here to hand out some half-season awards. You'll be surprised what you've already forgotten from this season...

Mar 23, 2021
Players Breakdown: JT's complex Sunday and learnings from Westwood, Bryson and Rory

What did we learn about Justin Thomas on Sunday at the Players Championship? What does his win mean as we look towards the Masters? Sean Zak and Dylan Dethier break down everything from the week at TPC Sawgrass and dive into the current states of Lee Westwood, Bryson DeChambeau, Rory McIlroy and more.

Mar 15, 2021
Drop Zone is BACK

All it took was a win from Bryson DeChambeau to bring the Drop Zone back onto your podcast airwaves. We discuss the event at Bay Hill, what hanging out with Bryson is really like, what he means for golf moving forward, etc. Also, it's Players Week! The biggest event thus far in 2021 kicks off Thursday, so we look back at the last 12 months of golf in the world of Covid-19. Dylan shares a reminder of what it was like on the ground at the 2020 Players and what to expect this week at TPC Sawgrass. 

Mar 08, 2021
Untold stories from 2020

We research plenty of stories — but we don't get a chance to tell all of them. What did it feel like at the final tournament before the pandemic? Who changed golf's conversation the most in 2020? And what was this year like for the PGA Tour's most accurate player? On this week's episode of the Drop Zone, we dig into our notebooks to revisit several key moments from the 2020 golf season and share the details behind the stories we never got to.

Dec 22, 2020
Cameron Champ knows he has power

Cameron Champ has plenty of power on the course. So much that when asked about the race for distance, he said "I'm just gonna keep my mouth shut."

He also has plenty of power OFF the course. After discussing his wacky and impressive 2020 season we talked with Cameron about his recent decision to fund two scholarships at an HBCU, Prairie View A&M, in the name of his Grandpa Mack. That alone impressed us at the Drop Zone, and so did the rest of his season, so we got into a lot of it in this week's episode.

Dec 09, 2020
Golf's Biggest Winners of 2020

Who were the biggest winners of the strange, unprecedented 2020 golf season? Can Bryson DeChambeau crack the list? How 'bout Patrick Reed? Adidas? There's still a month's worth of rounds to be played, but let's beat the year-end rush with a celebration of those who made the most of it. This week's Drop Zone shouts out 10 big-time winners who grabbed an unusual year by the horns.

Nov 24, 2020
Masters Recap: Everything we learned at the November Masters

What a week it was at Augusta National. Dustin Johnson is your Masters Champion after a record-setting performance. We break down the entire week by sharing what we learned about DJ, Tiger, Bryson, Rory, Augusta National, Augusta the town, distance in golf, and much more. 

Nov 16, 2020
The Ultimate Masters Preview

To break down this week's Masters, we interviewed six different experts to hone in on every aspect of golf's biggest tournament. From Bryson DeChambeau's game plan to Tiger Woods' title defense to the CBS broadcast to the best gambling picks to a potential equipment revolution, here's what to expect at Augusta National. Featuring Luke Kerr-Dineen, Jonathan Wall, James Colgan, Michael Bamberger, Alan Shipnuck and Josh Sens. Enjoy!

Nov 10, 2020
Jack Nicklaus on the Masters, Augusta National and the evolution of golf

Jack Nicklaus, 6-time Masters Champion, for nearly an hour. Need we say more?

Golf's greatest champion joins us for a long conversation about all things: the Masters, Augusta National, Bryson DeChambeau, changes to the golf course, Tiger and Phil. We hit on just about everything with Jack from the comforts of his compound down in southern Florida. Come for his memories of a Jack-proofed setup and stay for his first lesson at the hallowed grounds, courtesy of Arnold Palmer.

Nov 05, 2020
Daniel Berger on Growing Up in Golf's Mecca and Re-finding his Game

While many of the best golfers in the world gravitate to southern Florida, Daniel Berger was raised in the middle of it. Raised on a golf course, picking the range and taking money off pros. It's all he's ever known, and it's a big part of the reason why he's so damn good. Berger sat down with us to talk about the iron-sharpens-iron aspect of Jupiter, Florida, his resurgence in 2020 and why he'd never dream of leaving the Sunshine State. 

Oct 28, 2020
How Bandon Dunes revolutionized golf

Bandon Dunes began as a pie-in-the-sky brainchild of a wannabe golf course developer and a wannabe Scottish golf course architect. Together, David McLay-Kidd and Mike Keiser built a golf course — but they had no idea they were spawning a revolution in the process. Bandon expanded and Cabot Links and Sand Valley followed in its footsteps; some dozen golf courses later, Bandon's lasting legacy is as an idea: That North America can have true links golf and that reimagine the idea of a remote golf course as a bucket-list destination. New locales have followed in Bandon's footsteps, like Cabot Links in Nova Scotia and Sand Valley in Wisconsin. Dream Golf has become a movement. But it sure didn't start that way. On this week's Drop Zone, here's how one course in nowhere, Oregon turned into an entire movement — all by accident.

Oct 21, 2020
Collin Morikawa on becoming a prodigy

There's nobody quite like Collin Morikawa — even on the PGA Tour, where it feels like a new 'golden child' gets crowned every few weeks. Morikawa joins the Drop Zone to fill us in on his origin story, dive into the differences between 'good' and 'great,' tell us where he's been and where he's going.

Oct 13, 2020
Xander Schauffele at Home

Whether or not he remembers it, Xander Schauffele was one of the first guests we ever had on the Drop Zone. That was years ago, and we've all come a long way since then. This week, he joined us again to dish on a bunch of stuff, including:

- Watching Tiger Woods win at Torrey Pines in 2008

- Growing up in San Diego

- Money games with Phil Mickelson

- His rise to becoming a top 10 player

- How he competes with the likes of Bryson, DJ, Rory and longer players

Oct 06, 2020
Bryson DeChambeau on bringing Winged Foot to its knees, changing golf and tackling Augusta National

The U.S. Open champ is back for part 2 of our discussion. This time, we talk all about his victory at Winged Foot, why his game was so good that week and what it means for courses this fall ... like Augusta National. 

DeChambeau also responds to the claims that he might be "breaking" golf, and offers a retort for how his changing the game is actually great for golf.

Sep 30, 2020
Bryson DeChambeau on growing up different, changing golf and winning the U.S. Open (part 1)

Golf's most recent major champion joins the Drop Zone for a lengthy discussion on all things Bryson: His upbringing, his transformation, some mind-blowing practice facts, how his game is perceived and what it was like demolishing Winged Foot. This is part 1 of 2 — the second half of the Bryson DeChambeau convo will go live Wednesday morning. Subscribe to make sure it lands in your podcast library!

Sep 29, 2020
Watching Bryson win the U.S. Open (and celebrate afterward)

Our very own Dylan Dethier was on site at Winged Foot, and ALSO at the after party with Bryson DeChambeau as his team as they celebrated their biggest accomplishment ... yet. 

We recap the U.S. Open with behind-the-scenes detail you're not going to get anywhere else. 

Sep 22, 2020
Winged Foot insiders dish on winning secrets

Nobody knows more about winning at Winged Foot than the iconic club's very best players, so we assembled a roundtable of club champions to help preview this week's U.S. Open. What are the keys to winning a brutal test at Winged Foot? What will the best golfers in the world shoot? What kind of U.S. Open should we expect? All that — and more! — on this week's Drop Zone.

Sep 15, 2020
The best short courses in the world

Sometimes, 18 holes is too much! For anyone who has ever thought that, GOLF Magazine is in your corner this week, launching a new ranking of the best 9-hole courses in the world, a list of the top par-3 courses and the best courses under 6,000 yards. Non-traditional golf at its very best. We talk with Ran Morrissett, the man behind the ranking, right here on the Drop Zone. 

Sep 01, 2020
Caddying with Tiger Woods

We’ve heard plenty of players describe the unforgettable sensation of playing golf alongside Tiger Woods for the first time. But what’s it like to caddie alongside him? For one man, it was the opportunity of a lifetime — and then it got a bit complicated. On this week's Drop Zone, we take a look at the fuller story behind Tiger Woods, world-famous caddie.

Aug 25, 2020
Golf in the NBA Bubble

Basketball is the no. 1 sport being played in the NBA Bubble, but sport no. 2? It's golf. 

Players, coaches and staff members from every team have teed it up down in Orlando, and for some of them, golf is way more than a fun hobby. It's become a way of life down in Florida. 

We talked to a bunch of players about just how important golf is to them within the Disney bubble. 

Aug 19, 2020
Inside the PGA's Wild Finish with Alan Shipnuck

Our Alan Shipnuck was on site Sunday for the rollicking conclusion to the PGA Championship, and we dive in on how one golfer separated from the pack. What did Collin Morikawa's victory feel like at TPC Harding Park? What did we learn about Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and more? What was it like covering the first COVID-era major championship? Shipnuck answers those questions and more on this week's Drop Zone.

Aug 10, 2020
Golf Bettors' Biggest Myths, with DataGolf

When two Canadian brothers in their 20s launched DataGolf, they didn't realize just how many questions they'd be asking — and answering in the process. What are the biggest myths among golf fans? How do you pick a winner in a sport as random as golf? Even better, how do you create a model so powerful it can give you predictions and update in real time? Here's how DataGolf became one of the smartest voices in the game. Plus, some PGA Championship picks!

Aug 04, 2020
My first week as a PGA Tour caddie

These days, it's tough for anyone to get inside the gates at a PGA Tour event — never mind inside the ropes. But our Sean Zak made his PGA Tour caddying debut at this week's 3M Open. How'd he do? What blew his mind? What did he screw up? Here's what we know about the life of a Tour caddie, from Zak's first tournament on the bag.

Jul 27, 2020
Tiger Woods is Back
After four months away from the PGA Tour, Tiger Woods is back this week at the Memorial. Will he live up to expectations? Well, let's set those expectations appropriately. We spend this episode recounting everything Woods has done since he won the 2019 Masters, and why you should be both bullish and bearish on Woods' 2020 season.
Jul 14, 2020
Who's the Best Player in the World ... Right Now?
Is it Bryson DeChambeau? Is it Rory McIlroy? Is it ... Webb Simpson? During one of the most interesting times in golf, we figure out who is No. 1 and apologize to those who don't make the cut. Sorry, DJ.
Jul 08, 2020
Bryson DeChambeau is changing golf
It's about time we admit it ... Bryson DeChambeau is changing golf. He changed his body, changed his swing and his results right now might just change the PGA Tour as we know it. We explore everything that Bryson was, is and might become on this week's episode of the Drop Zone.
Jun 30, 2020
Raising Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy has had the same coach since the age of 8, but you likely know very little about him. Michael Bannon, the man behind the curtain, joins the Drop Zone to dig deep on how a talented young golfer ascended to world No. 1. What was Rory like as a child? What lessons did Bannon learn from coaching him? And what would he tell parents with talented juniors just getting started?
Jun 23, 2020
Phil Mickelson, Legendary Golfer
Phil Mickelson is 50 years old. Fifty! In honor of the man known simply as Lefty, we are breaking down the 7 best things to love about Phil, from his legendary amateur career to his hunger for a little action during money games ... to his lack of hunger while fasting. Here's to you, PM. And to 50 more!
Jun 16, 2020
Everything you forgot about the PGA Tour
Golf is back. The PGA Tour is back. We're back talking about live golf! It's been about three months since we saw play stop at the Players Championship, which is one hell of an offseason. The truth is, you've forgotten countless things about where we left off, like how Tiger wasn't playing well, or playing at all. Or how Patrick Reed was winning his way through the haters, and how it was a two-man battle for Player of the Year. We catch you up on everything you forgot about this Tour season and preview what the rest of the year might hold in store.
Jun 09, 2020
On the ground at The Match II
When live pro golf made its return at Seminole and Medalist a couple weeks ago, there were no outside media members allowed on the grounds — but our Michael Bamberger has a way of showing up places. He joins the Drop Zone to share what it was like to experience golf’s strange new Florida Swing in person.
Jun 03, 2020
How the coronavirus is changing golf’s future
In recent weeks, some 98% of U.S. golf courses have opened for play. But it’s hardly business as usual. There are contradictions and unknowns that leads to the industry’s one big question: How are golf courses going to change? How is YOUR golf course going to change? We explore that topic and find some answers in this week's Drop Zone.
May 27, 2020
Selling golf's treasures
Go ahead and name a golf memorabilia item. Chances are, Golden Age Auctions has sold it. Green jackets? Check. Masters trophies? Check. Tiger Woods' golf clubs he used during the Tiger Slam? Check! This week, we dive into the world of golf auctions — one is live right now! — and learn everything there is to know about buying and selling golf history. Eventually, co-founder Ryan Carey entertains us with his top 3 fantasy golf auction items, which might be the next great golf debate.
May 20, 2020
What Malcolm Gladwell got wrong about golf
Malcolm Gladwell hates golf — he's made that clear for years. Most recently, Gladwell called for the "liberation" of courses and republished an anti-golf Revisionist History episode devoted to his issues with the game. We listened back (with open minds!) and found that Gladwell cut a few corners. We're here to set the record straight, breaking down what Gladwell missed about golf while acknowledging there were some things he got right, too.
May 13, 2020
Tiger Woods' club wizard
Behind every Tiger Woods win are the clubs he used and behind Tiger Woods' clubs is a wizard. A wizard club-maker from Texas who has a "gift." His name is Mike Taylor and we tell you all about his magic here on the Drop Zone. Equipment editor Jonathan Wall has the story, straight from the club shop in Fort Worth.
May 06, 2020
Tiger Woods gave her a Buick
What would YOU do if Tiger Woods appeared out of nowhere during your round of golf — and wanted to play you for a Buick? For Beverly Rettinger, it was the opportunity of a lifetime. For the rest of us, it became the greatest Tiger Woods YouTube video ever.
Apr 29, 2020
Michael Jordan, Legendary Golfer
Tiger Woods is the most famous golfer in the world, but after him? Probably the last two presidents. Next on the list is not Rory McIlroy or Brooks Koepka, but Michael Jordan. The basketball star picked up golf in the 80s, demanded to play in the 90s (and at the Olympics) and is now building the most epic golf playground he can imagine. He's absolutely addicted, and we explore every story of Jordan golf lore on this episode. Enjoy!
Apr 22, 2020
He has more aces than you
Holes in one are funny. They don't discriminate ... or do they? We all know a great player who has never made one, just like we all know that hack who has made multiple. We're going to introduce you to the man who has made more aces than anyone else. His name is Mancil Davis, and he's the luckiest golfer of all-time.
Apr 15, 2020
The man who died at Amen Corner
This week’s Drop Zone is an unlikely story of life and near-death at Augusta National. Seeing Amen Corner in person is at the top of most golf fans’ bucket lists. For Johnny Pruitt, it was where his life came to a hard stop — and then began again.
Apr 08, 2020
Tiger Woods' Second Life
The Drop Zone is back! We’ve been reimagining the show with a new focus: Taking you deeper inside stories from the world of golf. For decades, the chapters of Tiger Woods’ life have played out in front of us. Mostly, they’ve been inspirational. But not always. This week, Michael Bamberger joins the show to break down how Woods has changed — and what we can learn from watching him. Bamberger's new book "The Second Life of Tiger Woods" is out in stores this week and let us add to its industry-wide praise: it is THE golf book to buy this year. -------- Click here for more on the book: https://fave.co/3dJk1pv
Apr 01, 2020
A new Drop Zone, coming soon...
We're back! While the Drop Zone went on a slight hiatus, soon we'll be in your feed on a weekly basis once again. Only now, we'll be actually telling you stories. Storytelling and reporting are two things that GOLF.com and GOLF Magazine do better than anyone, so look for Dylan and Sean to host the the absolute best of that right here on this feed, every single week beginning very soon with an episode about Tiger Woods. See you soon ...
Mar 24, 2020
Robert Trent Jones Jr. on the art of golf course design
Robert Trent Jones Jr. — the man behind Chambers Bay, Poppy Hills, Spanish Bay and others — joins us this week to discuss his career as a designer. We talk through his various projects, reclaiming a course from flooding, creating courses for the U.S. Open and how course architecture is an art form. Enjoy!
Mar 10, 2020
Michael Murphy, Golf in the Kingdom
Alan Shipnuck sits down with Michael Murphy the famous author of Golf in the Kingdom to discuss his everlasting novels, what golf means to him these days, what it was like watching Tiger Woods at Pebble Beach, and what he intends to do with his Kingdom characters in the future.
Mar 03, 2020
WGC-Mexico Recap: Reed vs. Bryson and lessons from the West Coast Swing
How good is Patrick Reed? Does Bryson deserve to be among golf’s most controversial figures? And what are we looking forward to in the Florida Swing? The Drop Zone breaks down a wild finish in Mexico.
Feb 24, 2020
Joel Dahmen and Life on Tour
Joel Dahmen joined us at the Genesis Invitational to break down all aspects of life on the PGA Tour, from the cliques to the traveling circus. Dahmen even set a prediction for himself at the Genesis...and then blew past it! Thanks to Joel for joining and showing why he’s one of the best hangs on Tour.
Feb 19, 2020
Genesis Invitational Recap: Scott’s win, Rory’s struggles, Tiger’s no-show and Riv’s greatness
After a wild final round at the Genesis Invitational, we break down Adam Scott surviving Riviera, what it’s like to cover the event in person, what Rory McIlroy’s final round means, the state of Tiger Woods’ game and much more.
Feb 17, 2020
The Long Road Back to the PGA Tour, with Joseph Bramlett
One player in this week’s Genesis Invitational field is especially grateful to be back — for the first time in nearly a decade. Joseph Bramlett and Genesis COO Erwin Raphael join the Drop Zone to explain exactly what the Genesis means.
Feb 13, 2020
Genesis Preview, Riviera History with Geoff Shackelford
No one knows Riviera Country Club like Geoff Shackelford—he literally wrote the history book on this place. Geoff shares wild L.A. golf stories, dives into the distance debate and tells us what to expect at the Genesis. Hint: No. 83 from Tiger?
Feb 11, 2020
DISTANCE REPORT! What the USGA's conclusions mean for golf
HOT OFF THE PRESSES is the USGA's Distance Report. We break down everything it means for pros, amateurs and the future of the game (13:30). We also discuss if Tony Finau choked away the Phoenix Open (or did Webb Simpson win it?) and if the event is the biggest non-major, non-Players tournament to the world at-large.
Feb 04, 2020
Lucas Wald on Swinging Like the Greats
Lucas Wald is one of the fastest rising names in golf instruction, and he joined us down at the PGA Show to discuss his theories on creating speed, using aspects of the greatest players, how to dial back a long-drive champion, and much more. We dive into what you can learn from the best players of all-time, and how to apply it to your game.
Jan 28, 2020
Fasting with Phil Mickelson
This week's episode dives into the weird world of fasting with Phil Mickelson. Sean Zak completed a 6-day fast with Mickelson as his coach, following the footsteps of a fast Mickelson did this summer, putting his body through a "hard reset." We break down the highs and lows of the fast and answer a number of questions readers had for recreating the fast on their own.
Jan 20, 2020
A wild Hawaii finish, Charlie Woods' swing backlash, and is Patrick Reed underrated?!
Is it okay to talk about Charlie Woods' golf swing? Is it okay to forecast a golf career for him? We discuss that, recap ANOTHER playoff on the PGA Tour, offer some advice to avoid controversy with grandstands and play Overrated, Underrated, Properly Rated with Pete Dye, Patrick Reed, Jon Taffer and others.
Jan 13, 2020
BOLD Predictions for 2020
Our year-end episode of the Drop Zone features some brazenly bold predictions for 2020. We've dialed up takes on Tiger Woods, the Olympics, Sergio Garcia, The U.S. Open and ... PGA Tour melee?? You'll just have to listen in to find out. We'll see you again in the new year.
Dec 23, 2019
Presidents Cup mayhem, Tiger Woods' leadership and Patrick Reed's future
Alan Shipnuck joins the Drop Zone to break down his Presidents Cup report card and Michael Bamberger hops on to break down the leadership of playing captain Tiger Woods plus the ramifications of Patrick Reed's actions on the rest of the golf world.
Dec 16, 2019
Presidents Cup Preview w/ Shipnuck & Bamberger
Senior writers Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger are back to preview the Presidents Cup in only the way they know how. It will be a special week down in Australia, and they discuss... -How Captain Tiger will play (and sit) -How much of a chance the International team has -What this week will mean for future Cups -and much more. Enjoy!
Dec 09, 2019
Chris Como
GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher Chris Como joins Dylan and Sean this week. We dive into Como's work with Tiger Woods (and what it was like watching him work through the chipping yips), what keeps Bryson DeChambeau grinding on the range, developing his show on Golf Channel and much more. ----- The Drop Zone is sponsored by WHOOP, the fitness tracker changing the way people track their fitness, sleep and recovery to optimize performance. Enter code 'dropzone' on WHOOP.com for 15% off a new membership.
Dec 02, 2019
Brandel Chamblee 2.0
Perhaps the greatest analyst in golf joins the Drop Zone this week. Brandel Chamblee sits down with Sean Zak and Dylan Dethier to discuss his work with the Golf Channel, his fascination with the golf swing, who the best players in the world are, and much more. We get real nerdy about how the greatest players in the world become the greatest players in the world. --- The Drop Zone is sponsored by WHOOP, the fitness tracker changing the way people track their fitness, sleep and recovery to optimize performance. Enter code 'dropzone' on WHOOP.com for 15% off a new membership.
Nov 25, 2019
George Gankas
One of the hottest teachers in golf joins the Drop Zone to talk about his teaching methods, his work with Matthew Wolff, why he refuses to listen to the haters and how social media has influenced his career. ---- The Drop Zone is sponsored by WHOOP, the fitness tracker changing the way people track their fitness, sleep and recovery to optimize performance. Enter code 'dropzone' on WHOOP.com for 15% off a new membership.
Nov 18, 2019
Suzy Whaley, The Future of Golf Coaching
The first female President of the PGA of America, Suzy Whaley, joins us this week to talk about all the ways this game can move forward, from new scorecards to a set of par-3 tees on every hole, on every course. Whaley's a progressive thinker and a blast to talk to. She's an even better player on top of that. Enjoy!
Nov 12, 2019
Players of the Decade, Ranked!
Who was the best player of the 2010s? Is it Brooks Koepka or Rory McIlroy? This week, we rank the 10 best players from the 2010s and discuss how their accomplishments outweigh their faults ... and address what could have been for some who should be ranked higher.
Nov 05, 2019
Tiger Woods' past, present and future with Michael Bamberger
Tiger Woods is a PGA Tour winner — again! Michael Bamberger brings insight from 25+ years of covering Woods to break down how he's changed over the years and what his future might hold.
Oct 28, 2019
Japan Skins recap! Rory talks Brooks, Tiger struggles and rallies, best/worst moments
Sean Zak and Dylan Dethier stayed awake all night watching the Japan Skins Challenge, and break it down for you who were in bed sleeping on the action. Tiger Woods came out REALLY cold before rallying. Rory McIlroy made things interesting with his thoughts on Brooks Koepka's rivalry comments and the match came down to one final putt on the 18th hole. Spoiler alert: it was better than The Match.
Oct 21, 2019
Steph Curry
This week's Drop Zone breaks down the new Scandinavian Mixed event before a sit-down interview between Stephen Curry and Alan Shipnuck (13:30). Curry and Shipnuck talk about: -Steph's reviving the Howard University golf program -His pro golf aspirations -Playing with Obama and Spieth -The role golf played in the Warriors' success Afterward Shipnuck joins the show to talk about what it's like to play and hang out with Curry, and what kind of high-reaching prospects are in his golf future.
Oct 15, 2019
Would you rather have the putting yips or driver yips?
This week's Drop Zone dives into wild news of Bio Kim's suspension, Kevin Na's win, and ask the tough questions in Would You Rather, like... Would you rather have the Driver Yips or the Putter Yips? 'Neither' is not an option. That and many more Would You Rathers from the golf world. Enjoy!
Oct 08, 2019
PGA Tour Overreactions and Slugger White!
We overreact to the few things we know about the PGA Tour three weeks in, and Sean calls into question the handicap of Tom Brady. Then PGA Tour rules official Slugger White joins (19:10) to talk all things rules, and even share his opinion on what matters with pace of play. Also, his real name isn't Slugger. He shares... -His epic golf family -His first ruling (with some player named Jack Nicklaus) -Why you shouldn't swim to the 17th green at Sawgrass and much more...
Sep 30, 2019
Bronte Law breaks down her wild Solheim Cup
She hasn't slept much since winning the Solheim Cup, but Bronte Law called in to break it all down for us, from the early week "trash talk" to the epic finish and the many celebratory drinks that followed. One thing is certain — she's still buzzing from the victory.
Sep 19, 2019
Solheim MADNESS! Alan Shipnuck's mailbag, Joaquin Niemann is damn good
What happened Sunday was one of the most riveting finishes in golf history. We break it all down, from the pre-tournament press conferences to the epic walk-off putt. Then, senior writer Alan Shipnuck (30:15) joins the show for an audio version of his #AskAlan column. We ask: 1. Juli Inskter for Ryder Cup captain? 2. Is Viktor Hovland the best player without a win? 3. Are too many superstars a good thing? Oh, and much more.
Sep 17, 2019
Torrey Pines, Danielle Kang and why you'd BETTER watch the Solheim Cup
The PGA Tour is back! First there are other things in golf you need to pay attention to. Like the Solheim Cup. Watch it! We played San Diego's best, Torrey Pines, last week, and were joined by Danielle Kang (17:45) to talk about ... 1. When she almost bought a tiger 2. What it's like working with Butch Harmon 3. Crushing souls at the Solheim Cup 4. How the LPGA Tour can gain popularity and much more! Endorse one of our fantasy teams on Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win a brand new driver. It's as simple as that!
Sep 10, 2019
PGA Tour Awards, a second Sweetens Cove, QB comps, Abe Ancer
On this week's show, we offer up season-end awards for the PGA Tour and compare NFL QBs to their golf equivalents (28:35). Think Kirk Cousins-Rickie Fowler. You like that! In between, we talk with Tad King of Sweetens Cove fame (15:05) on the next course he's building, and chat with Presidents Cupper Abraham Ancer on his ascendent 2019 and what it was like to play with Tiger Woods in his home country of Mexico (36:20).
Sep 03, 2019
Rory's rollercoaster season; Steve Sands
Sean Zak and Dylan Dethier (re)introduce the Drop Zone, otherwise known as the Internet's favorite golf show from 2018. They discuss Rory McIlroy's wild season, what was good/bad from the Tour Championship and ask the question: is Jay Monahan overrated or underrated? Steve Sands calls in (22:20) and shares... - What life is like without the whiteboard - His relationship with Tiger - Interviewing a vulnerable Rory McIlroy - Olympic Speed Skating - Why Washington D.C. needs a Tour event
Aug 27, 2019
Are Tour courses difficult enough; Shane Bacon
Justin Thomas torched Medinah and everyone thinks the Tour doesn't set up courses hard enough. Are they right? Probably. Sean Zak and Dylan Dethier debate that and more before Shane Bacon joins the show (25:45) to talk about all things: - FOX Broadcasts - Pinehurst - His hoop dreams - Never making an ace - His summer as a caddie at St. Andrews
Aug 19, 2019
Pace of Play Confrontations; Dylan Frittelli
PGA Tour players are suddenly calling out slow play left and right, leaving Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau at opposite ends of the debate. Will this lead to meaningful change? Is player confrontation and off-course drama good for the Tour? Sean Zak and Dylan Dethier break all that down, plus Dylan Frittelli joins us from the sauna at Liberty National (23:05) to detail his long, hard road to the PGA Tour, including: 1. Being Jordan Spieth’s college teammate 2. Brooks Koepka Challenge Tour stories 3. That breakthrough Tour win feeling
Aug 13, 2019
The Tour's Emotional Rollercoaster; Martin Trainer
The PGA Tour regular season is complete, which means it's PLAYOFFS season. What does that mean for Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods? Two very different things. We discuss that before Puerto Rico Open champ Martin Trainer joins us (17:10) in studio to dish on all that he learned in his rookie season: 1. There are really two PGA Tours. 2. Your card doesn't swipe everywhere 3. Si Woo Kim is a character. And much more.
Aug 05, 2019
The Brooks Koepka Era; Notah Begay
Notah Begay joins the pod (32:50) to talk about the similarities between Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods, and he reveals whether or not Tiger can hoop. Meanwhile, Sean Zak and Dylan Dethier wrestle with the biggest golf questions of the week, including Rory McIlroy's beguiling game, fan heckling, the newly released PGA Tour schedule, Sergio Garcia having a normal one, and whether or not we are *officially* in the Brooks Era.
Jul 29, 2019
Shane Lowry's Epic Open Win
Senior writers Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger recap everything about the wild Open at Royal Portrush, including the significance of Shane Lowry's win to the island of Ireland, where Portrush ranks on the Open rota, Brooks Koepka's unbelievable major run and how this year's Open lived up to its considerable hype.
Jul 22, 2019
British Open Preview with Shipnuck and Bamberger
Senior writers Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger are back to help prep you for the week in Northern Ireland. They explain why this Open is particularly important, the history behind it, how an Open in Northern Ireland came to be and how Graeme McDowell is the man to keep an eye on this week. Enjoy!
Jul 15, 2019
Cristie Kerr on Equal Pay, "Total Domination," and the Solheim Cup
2-time major champion Cristie Kerr joins us for a hearty discussion on spirits, her lengthy career, the difference between the men's and women's games, and explains why golf is so behind the times in paying female golfers what they are worth. Let us know what you think of the podcast on Twitter at @sean_zak or @golf_com!
Jul 11, 2019
U.S. Open 2019 Recap
Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger recap the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. GOLF Magazine's senior writers tackle Gary Woodland's impressive victory, Brooks Koepka's dominant run, the state of Tiger's game and mindset, and the ideal U.S. Open rota.
Jun 17, 2019
U.S. Open Moving Day Recap
The final day of the 2019 U.S. Open is upon us and Gary Woodland is on the verge of his first major victory at 11-under par. Sean Zak and Michael Bamberger discuss the top players nipping at his heels to hoist the U.S. Open trophy.
Jun 16, 2019
U.S. Open Round 2 Recap
Sean Zak and Alan Shipnuck breakdown the major so far: Gary Woodland shot 6-under and stands atop the leaderboard at 9-under. But round one's leader, Justin Rose, is only 2 shots back while 29 players remain under par. Plus, Tiger and Lefty are still very much in the mix.
Jun 15, 2019
U.S. Open Round 1 Recap
Dylan Dethier and Luke Kerr-Dineen react to all of Thursday's action which included an impressive leaderboard, underwhelming course conditions, Jordan Spieth calling out his caddy, and Tiger's 1-under performance.
Jun 14, 2019
Brooks Koepka, Press Conference King
Sean Zak and Dylan Dethier discuss Brooks Koepka's outspoken press conference from Tuesday at Pebble Beach. The four-time major was the talk of the media center and we hear his best bites from his time at the Podium.
Jun 12, 2019
Picking The Brain of Phil's Personal Club Builder
GOLF.com Managing Editor of Equipment, Jonathan Wall, spoke with Callaway’s Gerritt Pon about how he became a club builder, how he gets late night calls from Lefty and what makes his clubs so unique.
Jun 12, 2019
U.S. Open Preview
Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger discuss the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and why players' criticisms regarding the USGA seem excessive. They also dive into the idea of narrowing the host list to have a more frequent rotation of the classic five or six U.S. Open courses.
Jun 10, 2019
The Long Drive Experience
During this instruction episode, GOLF.com Instruction Editor Luke Kerr-Dineen dives into one thing: distance off the tee! Joining him is writer Josh Sens who recently took a long drive lesson and hit the ball over 300+ yards, gaining 50+ yards on his average drives. So can everyone benefit from a long drive experience?
Jun 07, 2019
Colin Montgomerie
Monty stops by the studio to discuss Scotland's best exports, whiskey and golf! Sean Zak hosts as the former Ryder Cup captain discusses Team Europe's win in 2010 and his singles record in the event. He also offers his opinion on a wide range of topics including the increased focus on fitness, why he doesn't think Jon Daly should be allowed to use a cart, and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
May 30, 2019
Will The 2024 Ryder Cup Be A Disaster?
The PGA Championship at Bethpage Black showcased the fan frenzy that comes with hosting a major golf tournament in New York. But was it an indication that crowds are becoming too mean spirited? Instruction Editor, and Team Europe super fan, Luke Kerr-Dineen wrote an article claiming the event has him "terrified." Host Dylan Dethier asks important questions regarding who's to blame, how it can be fixed, and why it matters.
May 23, 2019
Watching The PGA With Koepka's Girlfriend Jena Sims
What was it like to watch the PGA Championship alongside Brooks Koepka’s girlfriend Jena Sims? Jessica Marksbury got that opportunity this weekend. She joins Dylan Dethier to give some behind-the-scenes insight into Team Koepka and how they took in the action at Bethpage Black.
May 21, 2019
Brooks Koepka's Major Statement
Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger host their PGA Championship recap - during the final few holes of the major! The senior writers discuss Brooks Koepka's career and the statement he's made by winning his fourth major in his last eight tries, where he goes from here, and his relationship with long-time friend Dustin Johnson.
May 20, 2019
The Legend of Bethpage Black
Writer Paul Rogers first played Bethpage Black in college, and he's returned nearly a dozen times since. In this episode, host Dylan Dethier asks Rogers the pain and pleasure of the Black: what magic makes it so special, why it's become a legendary major venue, and what we can expect when the pros tee it up this week for the 2019 PGA Championship.
May 15, 2019
PGA Championship Preview
The PGA Championship is upon us, much earlier than usual. Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger discuss the tournaments move to May along with Tiger Woods after his Masters victory and Brooks Koepka's game.
May 13, 2019
Bethpage Black's Mysterious Warning Sign
The PGA Championship heads to one of the toughest courses in America and home to one of the most iconic signs in the sport: Bethpage Black's 'Warning' sign. While the messaging is clear, its origin is not. Josh Berhow hosts this investigative podcast as he tries to uncover the truth of who put up the sign and when. But as you'll find out, memories can be fleeting.
May 13, 2019
Evolution of Course Design
Paul Stringer discusses the art and process of golf course designs as well as it's future and global expansion in the sport. Dylan Dethier hosts and has a conversation with the Executive Vice President of the Nicklaus Companies. GOLF.com and Nicklaus Companies are both affiliates of 8AM Golf.
May 08, 2019
Rory McIlroy at 30
Rory McIlroy turned 30 Saturday. What does that number mean for him? To understand who Rory is today, we look back on who he was as a 19-year-old reaching the PGA Tour for the first time. Michael Bamberger joins Sean Zak to break down McIlroy's career and where he might go from here.
May 06, 2019
Playing and Staying at Pinehurst
In this travel episode, Ashley Mayo discusses the full experience of playing and staying at one of the most renowned resorts. Sean Zak asks fan questions and Ashley fields them based on her visits to Pinehurst.
May 03, 2019
Anthony Kim Sighting
The latest Anthony Kim sighting reminded the golf world of the sport’s most mysterious star. Alan Shipnuck breaks down Kim's career and disappearance — plus what it’s like tracking him down for a story.
Apr 25, 2019
Ben Crenshaw has some tasty Masters Champions Dinner tales
GOLF Magazine senior writer Alan Shipnuck talks with two-time Masters champ Ben Crenshaw about the Champions Dinner, which he has moderated since taking over from Byron Nelson in 2006.
Apr 11, 2019
Masters Preview: Shipnuck & Bamberger
It's Masters week! Senior writers Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger talk all things Augusta. Who is the man to beat? How will Tiger fare? What does the month of March tell us about how April will play out? All that and more.
Apr 08, 2019
The Ultimate Bandon Dunes Experience
In this travel episode, Ashley Mayo discusses the full experience of playing and staying at the premiere golfing destination. Sean Zak asks fan questions and Ashley fields them based on her seven visits to the rugged Pacific coast of southern Oregon.
Mar 28, 2019
Bob Vokey, March Equipment Roundup
In this episode, equipment editor Jon Wall sits down with wedges legend Bob Vokey to discuss how he became a preeminent figure in the short game. Vokey's career is a long and fun one, and obviously no one can tell it quite like him. ALSO: We tease ANOTHER podcast that you will want to subscribe to: A Podcast Unlike Any Other. Enjoy!
Mar 12, 2019
How to develop a strong mental game
Luke Kerr-Dineen and Debbie Doniger are joined by Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott, two women at the forefront of golf psychology. The quartet break down various ways you can get an edge mentally toward playing your best golf, starting with choosing the correct coach.
Feb 11, 2019
Jordan Spieth talks shoes with Jon Wall
Three-time major winner Jordan Spieth recently sat down with Jon Wall to break down the launch of the Spieth 3 shoe he'll be wearing in 2019. Spieth was intimately involved with the design of the Under Armour shoe, and he details the conversations he had with the UA team to create a shoe he would benefit from in the course of play. He also swapped texts with Steph Curry along the way. Such is life when you've graduated to having your own shoe line.
Feb 06, 2019
Sergio Garcia, January equipment rundown
Equipment editor Jon Wall sits down with Sergio Garcia to talk about his career, his transition to Callaway clubs, his depth of wedge-grinding knowledge and much more. Wall also shares his thoughts on what's new around the equipment world, like what is Justin Rose doing with Honma? And how about Rickie Fowler's golf ball change? Enjoy!
Jan 22, 2019
Relaunching GOLF Magazine
GOLF Magazine is new, improved, bigger and better than it has ever been. The February issue marks a new era for one of the standards in golf media, so go check it out for yourself. Until you can get it in your hands, listen as editor in chief David Denunzio and creative director David Curcurito explain everything that is different and better about the new mag, from the size and the font to the images and stories within.
Jan 14, 2019
Shipnuck & Bamberger Preview 2019
Senior writers Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger preview the new season in only the way they can. They kick off the podcast detailing Shipnuck's most recent feature story and break down how they expect the season to go, changes to Augusta National, and how the major season will be remembered.
Jan 11, 2019
Bold Predictions for 2019
25 minutes of predictions for how the 2019 golf year will play out, from Tiger Woods to Brooks Koepka and — gasp! — the Americans LOSING the Presidents Cup. Enjoy!
Dec 31, 2018
How Mizzen+Main got Phil Mickelson to dance on TV
You all saw it. On Twitter or ESPN or CNN or elsewhere. Phil Mickelson dancing and dodging golf balls in a Mizzen and Main dress shirt. How did that come together to become the campaign of the year? How did it inspire Mizzen and Main to keep spending commercial dollars? There is a pretty clear path for this story, but some of it will surprise you. Mizzen and Main CEO Kevin Lavelle joins us to break down the brilliant spot and how they convinced Mickelson to do it.
Dec 20, 2018
Cameron Champ, Sam Burns and Joaquin Niemann
We sat down with all three cover stars on the January issue of GOLF Magazine to delve into their rise to the elite ranks of the golf world. For Champ, that means what he learned throughout his win at the Sanderson Farms this fall (31:43). For Burns, it was quite the moment playing with Tiger at the Honda Classic (20:20). For Niemann, well, the kid just turned 20. Him being a Tour card holder is incredible in itself. Enjoy the podcast and check out the story in the newest issue of GOLF Magazine.
Dec 11, 2018
Matt Parziale // Bermuda Golf
2017 Mid-am champ Matt Parziale joins us from the Goslings Invitational to recap his year and the event he and Dylan Dethier played in. We kick off the show with a discussion on the courses we played in Bermuda before getting Parziale involved (13:20) to break down his wild 2018 season, getting some crystal at the Masters and finishing as low-am at the U.S. Open at Shinnecock.
Dec 04, 2018
Tiger v. Phil — Pick a side!
It's Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson week and whether or not you're crazy about the event, we're here to preview it. We break down the good and the bad in the run up to it, talk about dream scenarios, discuss the prop bets and make a case why each player will win. Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov 19, 2018
'Equipment Woj' Jonathan Wall
In a move he likened to "MJ joining the Wiz," longtime PGA Tour equipment guru Jonathan Wall is bringing his equipment scoops to GOLF.com. So, on the first day of his new gig, Wall also joined the podcast to talk about his new gig, why he nerds out over equipment, the appetite for equipment content and why you're annoying him by sliding into those DMs.
Nov 05, 2018
Jup Life!
We spent a week in Jupiter, Fla. the "international golf capital of the world," according to Dylan. We did all things golf, from hanging at the Bear's Club with a certain Player of the Year to dining (not just once but twice) at The Woods Jupiter. We lived that Jup Life and we're here to break it all down for you.
Oct 16, 2018
Team USA: Where the hell are we right now?
It's an important question to ask, now that plenty of news has been shared about a not-so-happy American team room. Apologies to the fans of the Shipnuck-Bamberger podcast. Zak and Dethier have been substituted this week to break down the Patrick Reed fire, the DJ-Brooks alleged fight and discuss how the captainship should be decided moving forward.
Oct 03, 2018
Ryder Cup Preview from the French Countryside
Looking out over the French countryside, Sean Zak and Dylan Dethier preview all things Ryder Cup. Will Tiger Woods be the best player in Paris? Will Phil Mickelson be the worst? How likely is an American blowout? They also break down their round at the "Augusta of France."
Sep 25, 2018
Brendan Steele 2.0
3-time Tour winner Brendan Steele joins Alan Shipnuck to talk about all things, beginning with how Google stock propelled his golf career. Other topics include Steele overcoming the belly-putter ban, the failings of the USGA, his money matches against Phil Mickelson and how he owns the Safeway Open.
Sep 05, 2018
Stewart Cink
Stew Cink sits down with Alan Shipnuck to discuss his career both past and present. Yes, that includes the traumatizing 2001 U.S. Open at Southern Hills as well as his triumph over Tom Watson at the 2009 Open at Turnberry. Cink delves into his family life, his mental game battles and how he sees himself on the PGA Tour today.
Aug 29, 2018
Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia sits down with Alan Shipnuck to talk about all things, starting with the Ryder Cup. Will he make the team? Would he accept a duty as assistant captain? Will it bring out the best in his game? The conversation spans many other topics, including his new life as a Texan, how golf has changed, the resurgence of Tiger Woods and Sergio's future endeavors.
Aug 27, 2018
Dustin Johnson + Drop Zone, Ep. 3 (ft. Tyrrell Hatton)
Audio from Drop Zone Ep. 3 is included, and the two hosts sit down with Dustin Johnson to talk about his mentality on many things: his press conferences, his look, his place in the world of athletes and more. DJ joins us at the 17:40 mark.
Aug 20, 2018
Shipnuck & Bamberger from St. Louis
GOLF's senior writers recap the PGA Championship from Mama's on the Hill in St. Louis. That means a lengthy discussion on the fire within Brooks Koepka, the firepower of Tiger Woods and if Shipnuck will run into some friendly fire at the Ryder Cup in Paris.
Aug 14, 2018
Roadtrippin' To Bellerive
Sean Zak and Dylan Dethier are back on the road to another major. After driving to the Masters from New York, they drive to the PGA Championship from Chicago. It's much shorter, but the conversation is hopefully just as good: Tiger, POY, Bellerive, conditions, a random course in Illinois and much more.
Aug 08, 2018
Shipnuck & Bamberger from St. Andrews
Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger recap the British Open from the Rufflets Country House in St. Andrews. Of course, that means some talk of Francesco Molinari, but it also means a break down of Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, how Carnoustie held up, past ventures to the Open, and playing St. Andrews at midnight.
Jul 24, 2018
British Open Preview
Sean Zak and Dylan Dethier preview the year's third major by breaking down what the course has to offer, what the vibe is like at a British Open, the favorites and sleepers, and much more. Bear with us, the audio quality isn't as great as it normally is for us. We're outfitting our new studio at the moment and hopefully will have it up and running perfectly in the coming weeks.
Jul 16, 2018
Shipnuck & Bamberger: U.S. Open Recap
Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger weigh in for the final time on all things U.S. Open. That means Phil Mickelson's memorable Saturday, the USGA's forgetful Saturday, Tiger Woods's forgetful performance, DJ v. Brooks v. Fleetwood and the rest. Enjoy!
Jun 19, 2018
Greg Norman
The Shark joins the podcast this week to talk about the upcoming debut of his radio show on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio. Greg Norman will host a monthly show that delves into not just golf but many other topics with the biggest names from Norman's rolodex. Fireside chats are the vibe he's going for with names from all industries — politics, sports, business or otherwise. We discuss that, the latter stages of his career, his friendship with Seve Ballesteros and much more.
Jun 06, 2018
In the Mag: June
This week's podcast dives into the June issue of GOLF Magazine, and in particular three feature stories. We've got the battle of Tiger v. Rocco from 2008, what it's like to hang out (and workout) with Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, and what it takes to win a U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. Those, of course, are just the topics. Tune in for many, many more details. Michael Bamberger on Tiger v. Rocco — 0:45 Alan Shipnuck on DJ/Brooks/Joey D — 14:45 Jeff Ritter on Winning at Shinny — 31:30
May 31, 2018
Emma Talley
Emma Talley will be — or at least she should be — one of the fan favorites at this month's Women's U.S. Open at Shoal Creek. The 24-year-old is a member at the private club and will have more course knowledge than the rest of the field combined. Talley is a rookie on the LPGA Tour and a former U.S. Amateur and NCAA champion. She's also a Christina Aguilera fanatic. Enjoy this quick convo with her about all those things and more.
May 17, 2018
In the Mag: May
This week we dive into three stories from GOLF Magazine with the three writers, Alan Shipnuck, Michael Bamberger and Ryan Asselta. We learn about the eccentric Tour coach Tony Ruggiero, how a golf club in Erie, PA handled a brutal winter, and the many layers behind that classic Matt Kuchar smile. Shipnuck takes us to the range with a struggling Smylie Kaufman, Bamberger takes us through a blizzard in Pennsylvania and Asselta takes us to life lessons with the father of two, Kuchar.
May 02, 2018
The Making of Caddyshack
Everyone’s favorite golf movie was shot in 1979, released in 1980 and riddled with behind-the-scenes cocaine usage. Yep, that was the making of Caddyshack. Author Chris Nashawaty joins the podcast to discuss his new book 'Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story.' As Chris knows well, there was all kinds of hilarity involved in making a golf comedy, and not just heavy drug use. There was a young guy named Bill Murray in one of his first breakout roles, there was the actual casting of a gopher, and then there was Rodney Dangerfield perpetually pissing off Ted Knight. All that and more is included in Chris's book, which comes out next week. Until then, enjoy this conversation.
Apr 18, 2018
Recapping the Masters from Waffle House
Senior writers Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger recap the Masters from a Waffle House on Washington Road. In some ways, it's the perfect setting to recount everything from the Masters week that was. Bamberger and Shipnuck dive into the stories they wrote throughout the week, Patrick Reed's Masters moment, the charges of Spieth and Fowler, the disappointment from Tiger and Rory, and much more.
Apr 10, 2018
Masters Preview
Senior writers Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger preview the first major of the year like only they know how to. That means story after story, like almost running over Tiger Woods, working out with Rory McIlroy (and Wozniacki), sneaking into Butler Cabin and much, much more.
Apr 03, 2018
Roadtrippin' to the Masters
We did it. Instead of an easier and quicker form of travel — flying — we drove from New York City to Augusta, GA. Along the way, we stormed the borders of Pine Valley, crushed Monster drinks and talked Tiger with Brendan Porath of SB Nation, fooled around on The Cradle at Pinehurst and then played an unassuming course in rural South Carolina for just $9 (with a cart, no less). It was quite the trip, and we documented it all, previewing the Masters as we went. Enjoy!
Apr 02, 2018
Jim Nantz
As we inch closer and closer to the first major of the year, who better to have on the podcast than the voice of the Masters himself, Jim Nantz. The longtime broadcaster caught up with Alan Shipnuck this week just before heading to San Antonio for the Final Four. Nantz has covered the Masters for CBS for more than 30 years now. Is this the most hyped Masters in his tenure? It just might be. But ask him who'd he'd like to see win and the answer might surprise you. He and Shipnuck cover all things broadcasting, Butler Cabin, his prep and those precious few words he says to accompany golf's most historic moments.
Mar 29, 2018
Rewatching the Masters: 1968
Haven't you heard? Final round broadcasts of the last 50 Masters tournaments are now available on YouTube. In an ode to the Rewatchables Podcast from The Ringer, GOLF.com set out to explain the details that have been lost in time...until now. Sean Zak, Jeff Ritter, Alan Bastable and Dylan Dethier break down one of the most unintentionally riveting moments in Masters TV history: when Bob Goalby won the 1968 Masters...because Roberto De Vincenzo signed an incorrect scorecard.
Mar 26, 2018
Roger Maltbie
Roger Maltbie is in his 27th year as a reporter and analyst for NBC Sports. 27 years of analyzing putts, chips, approaches and drives. He joins the podcast this week to talk about his run as a broadcaster, his favorite moments covering the action and what it means to have Tiger Woods back playing again. Come for that, stay for some stories about the 1987 Masters, where Maltbie began the back nine as the leader, only to miss out on a playoff by a single stroke.
Mar 21, 2018
Christina Kim
Christina Kim has long been the LPGA's biggest personality. Known for her Kangols and brassy pronouncements, Kim has another side, too. She is an old-school purist when it comes to the game, and more philosophical and pensive that her saucy tweets might suggest. A free-spirited California girl with traditional Korean parents, she has spent nearly half of her 34 years on the LPGA, in a constant state of reinvention. Kim recently sat down with Alan Shipnuck to reflect on the state of the game and her place in the universe, among many other topics.
Mar 19, 2018
Jessica and Nelly Korda
The Korda sisters have always been in a hurry. Jessica, now 25, made the cut at the 2008 U.S. Women's Open at the age of 15 and was a full-time pro on the LPGA three years later. Nelly, 19, won her very first pro event on the Symetra tour in 2016, and spent last year as an LPGA rookie, making 19 of 23 cuts. And so far in 2018, they've been the talk of the town. After off-season jaw surgery and a brutal recovery, Jessica won her first start back. The very next week, Nelly battled Michelle Wie down to the final hole before losing by one. Afterward, she dissolved into her sister's arms, in a moment that revealed the depth of their bond. They talked about all of this and much more when Alan Shipnuck sat down with the Korda sisters at the Founders Cup in Phoenix for what they said was their first-ever joint interview.
Mar 15, 2018
Tony Finau
Tony Finau is a big man with soft hands and a gentle voice, but his courtly manner belies the violence he visits upon his golf ball. Finau, a lanky 6'4", leads the PGA Tour in driving distance at 323.7 yards a pop, what will be a record if he can maintain it for a full season. But this 28 year-old is more than just a slugger, as a polished all-around game has him 7th on Tour in stroke average and having already enjoyed four top-6 finishes this season. The journey to stardom has been long and circuitous for a man of color who grew up hand-to-mouth in Salt Lake City. Finau sat down with Alan Shipnuck last week in Mexico City to discuss how far he's come and where he's headed.
Mar 06, 2018
Things We Must Discuss
This week, Dylan Dethier and Sean Zak break down all the relevant topics in the golf world. Was JT right to have a fan ejected? No. Why would the USGA choose a 2-hole playoff? It's a brilliant idea. Is Tiger really that impressive thus far? All that and much more.
Feb 28, 2018
The State of Tiger Woods
In this episode, we play a game with Tiger Woods. Three GOLF.com staffers come together for a State of the Union on the most popular golfer in the world. With five topics and one point per topic, they present arguments for, against and in relation to Woods's current state. Come for the points, stay for the mute button.
Feb 14, 2018
The Story of Vokey Wedges
The story of Vokey wedges begins with its namesake, Bob Vokey, a now 78-year-old man who isn't even close to retirement. Vokey's name or initials have been stamped on the back of every Titleist wedge of the past 15 years. His name competes against industry behemoths like Callaway and TaylorMade, which is ironic because Vokey could have easily — impossibly easily — become a TaylorMade brand. Tune in for details on that, and how a Montreal kid with no college degree slowly made his way up the golf equipment ladder.
Feb 01, 2018
Fred Couples
Former Masters champion Fred Couples joins to talk sports, sports and more sports. It'll be something he needs to get used to as Couples is embarking on a radio venture with SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio in 2018. Couples will host The Fred Couples Show on a monthly basis beginning this week. He details his plans for the show here in addition to the topics below: 1:35 - The Fred Couples Show 7:30 - Tiger Woods's return to Torrey Pines 10:45 - What it's like trying to play competitive golf amid back injuries 13:30 - The Senior British Open at St. Andrews 18:30 - His prospects as a Ryder Cup captain 23:30 - The Ryder Cup experience
Jan 29, 2018
Kevin Na
Kevin Na is 34 years old, which means he still has plenty of golf ahead of him. It also means that he's been a professional golfer for half his life. Na turned pro as a junior in high school, "because I wanted to make some money," he said, jokingly, to Alan Shipnuck. The two dive deep on a number of topics that Na has faced in his career, like slow play, his struggles with the yips, his lone career victory, and much more.
Jan 18, 2018
John Ashworth
Some guys just have it, that hard-to-define but unmistakable cool factor that draws people to them. Arnold Palmer had it. Fred Couples has it. And so, too, does John Ashworth. At 58, Ashworth is ruggedly handsome and projects an appealing surfer-dude mellowness, sprinkled with the karmic wisdom of a yogi. In fact, the surf culture has had a deep impact on this Southern California native, and it shows in the relaxed vibe of his new passion project, Linksoul. Alan Shipnuck sat down with Ashworth to talk all things golf fashion, golf passion projects, his playing days, professional caddying days, and much more.
Jan 09, 2018
BOLD Predictions for 2018
2018 is almost here, so GOLF.com assembled a group of five fortune tellers to predict how 2018 will shake out. Five fortune tellers making predictions at the same time. Hopefully that isn't too much for your earbuds. We make predictions for Rory's world ranking, Jordan Spieth's legend, Phil Mickelson's wardrobe, Tiger Woods' schedule and Team Europe's Ryder Cup chances. Agree with us? Disagree? Let us hear about it.
Dec 21, 2017
Wayne Westner, Troubled Off the Tee
Nearly one year ago, Wayne Westner — the best golfer you've never heard of — wrote a farewell note to his family and pointed a 9mm handgun to his head. His death was international news for the golf world, sensationalized in his homeland of South Africa, but left to just a paragraph or two elsewhere. Alan Shipnuck set out to find the story of Westner, once one of the most promising athletes in South Africa. What he found was a deeply philosophical, deeply troubled man who spent much of his life searching for perfection in the golf swing. Did he ever find it? Listen to Shipnuck's take on the podcast and find out for yourself by reading the story on GOLF.com.
Dec 12, 2017
What's the value of a muni? On the life and death of Lakeshore Golf Course
For so many golfers, the city- or county-owned course, better known as a “muni,” is a sacred part of the game. But nowadays, new stories pop up every day of cities considering shuttering their courses for other, more profitable opportunities...things like commercial real estate, public housing, or even just an open public park that a greater percentage of the population could take advantage of. It’s natural that cities across the country are eager to balance their budgets, but munis occupy valuable places in their communities, too. They’re beloved by those who play them, they open the game of golf to the general public, and they preserve open green space. So how do you choose a side in this debate? How do you weigh the meaningful experiences of muni golfers against the economic priorities of an entire city? In short: what’s a Muni worth? We explore that question through the lens of Lakeshore Golf Course in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Dec 07, 2017
The Tiger Takes
Tiger Woods is back and feels better than he has in years, but what does it all mean? We're here to tell you. Four GOLF.com staffers offer their takes on what this latest Tiger comeback will amount to. We predict victories, Ryder Cup matches, even a distant major championship...and we also predict failure. These are the Tiger Takes.
Nov 27, 2017
Maverick McNealy
Maverick McNealy is the most intriguing young golfer to come along in quite some time. Yes, the kid can play: He spent much of 2016 and '17 as the top-ranked amateur in the country while earning a degree in engineering and management science. But what makes McNealy so unusual is his backstory, as his father Scott is a Silicon Valley legend, having co-founded Sun Microsystems, which was sold to Oracle in 2010 for $7.4 billion. Maverick grew up in gilded circumstances — for years the family kept a mansion on the 16th fairway at Pebble Beach - but he is remarkably self-possessed and down-to-earth. Maverick sat down with Alan Shipnuck in Las Vegas, where he played on a sponsor's exemption and missed the cut. It was the second of seven he is allowed to take as a non-member of the PGA Tour. If he earns 269 FedEx Cup points during these seven starts — equal to the 150th place on the 2017 list — he will become a "special temporary member" of the Tour and be able to accept unlimited sponsor's exemptions for the remainder of the season. Maverick discussed that uncertain grind and much more during the chat.
Nov 07, 2017
John Feinstein
The 2016 Ryder Cup played out over three days last fall in chilly Minnesota, but John Feinstein began researching the story of that event 12 months prior. You see, he's wanted to write a Ryder Cup book ever since he attended the event in 1993 at The Belfry. Now, just 13 months after the Americans won at Hazeltine, Feinstein's newest book "The First Major" details the inside story of that memorable event, with all the background and team room details a golf nut desires. Feinstein joined the podcast this week to discuss the process of writing that book, what that particular event meant in the golf world, and even more specifically, what it meant to Tiger Woods.
Nov 02, 2017
Olin Browne
Olin Browne is one of golf’s great late-bloomers. The Occidental College grad didn’t break through on the PGA Tour until he was 39, when he won the Greater Hartford Open. Two more victories followed, including the Deutsche Bank Championship at the ripe age of 46. Six years later he took the U.S. Senior Open, torching Inverness. At 58, he continues to dig the secrets out of the dirt on the Champions tour. Olin sat down with Alan Shipnuck recently to talk about all things growing old in the game. Oh yeah, he's not going anywhere any time soon...unless his pro golfer son keeps beating him.
Oct 26, 2017
Steve Flesch
If you watched Steve Flesch over the years on the Golf Channel, or during his recent gigs on Fox, you might've noticed a twinkle in his eye. The guy is bursting with opinions, many of which he has had to censor on-air over the years. They occasionally leak out on Twitter, thankfully. Well, Flesch went deep with Alan Shipnuck on a number of topics, including his sneaky-good career, which included four victories in the span of four years on the PGA Tour, sending him to a career-best 24th in the World Ranking. Flesch turned 50 this May and is easing into life on the Champions tour. What does that mean for him, his career as a broadcaster, and his way of life? Listen to find out.
Oct 17, 2017
Stanford Golf Coach Conrad Ray
Conrad Ray runs one of the most successful college golf programs in the nation in Palo Alto. As glamorous as that may seem, he'll be the first to tell you it isn't easy. Ray caught up with Josh Berhow recently to discuss the many aspects of his job, what it was like watching his players in the recent Walker Cup and how he helps those players move on to their professional careers. Ray, who was a sophomore on the Stanford Men's team when a budding Tiger Woods arrived in the early 90s, also discusses what it was like having Woods as a teammate and what the 14-time major winner means to the program today.
Oct 09, 2017
Scott McCarron
Scott McCarron is doing his best to dethrone the machine that is Bernhard Langer. Who knows if that is even possible, but if this podcast is any indication, McCarron is up to the task. The 52-year-old joined Alan Shipnuck recently to talk about California golf, his weird ascension into professional golf, how the long putter changed his life and why Langer might be the greatest "old" athlete on the planet. McCarron also sets the record straight on the controversy that is anchored putting.
Oct 03, 2017
Peter Malnati
On Sunday, 641st ranked golfer in the world Peter Malnati stepped out of the shadows a bit with some public commentary in regards to the controversy involving President Trump and the NFL. Known for his writing on his blog (petermalnatigolf.wordpress.com), Malnati shared quite the powerful statement, especially when you consider the silence of just about every other male player in the game. The 30-year-old pro spoke with Alan Shipnuck Monday night as he was still processing the reaction to his comments.
Sep 26, 2017
Paul Goydos 2.0
Paul Goydos enjoyed two victories on the PGA Tour but he's better known to fans for performances at two tournaments he did *not* win: losing a playoff to Sergio Garcia at the 2008 Players and shooting 59 at the 2010 John Deere. Those close to the game know Goydos as one of golf's keenest minds. He has an opinion on practically everything, including politics, which he follows closely. Goydos sat down with Alan Shipnuck last week at Pebble Beach for a lively, wide-ranging conversation that included his thoughts on President Trump, with whom he was paired with at the 1993 Crosby Clambake. Two days after the chat, Trump began his war of words with NFL players and NBA icons, adding a freighted backdrop to Goydos's musings.
Sep 25, 2017
Dean Wilson
After receiving all kinds of messages on email and social media in response to his column about Dean Wilson in the October issue of GOLF, Alan Shipnuck figured it made perfect sense to have Dean join him as a podcast guest, so here we are. Dean is as laid back as they get, and Shipnuck had the pleasure of witnessing that on a recent trip to Bandon Dunes. Years removed from a professional career, what's most important to Dean Wilson now? The hang.
Sep 21, 2017
Remembering 9/11
Less than one week after terrorist attacks shocked the world 16 years ago, Sports Illustrated writer John Garrity did something almost no one would have considered: he boarded a plane for Europe. The Ryder Cup was cancelled and the PGA Tour put on hold as people everywhere braced for what seemed to some as the start of a third world war. Garrity left his home and family in Kansas City and flew to England. His assignment: tell us how the golf world would react. What he found was very telling, but more than anything, if only for a few fleeting days, Garrity saw golf heal the minds of many people who were left confused and unsure how to move on.
Sep 11, 2017
The Top 100 Courses in the World
GOLF has unveiled its ranking of the Top 100 Courses in the World. Travel editor Joe Passov joins the podcast to discuss the ranking, how it's created, who gets a say, the best new courses and much more.
Sep 06, 2017
Jhonattan Vegas
Alan Shipnuck caught up with Jhonattan Vegas last week at the Northern Trust on Long Island. Shipnuck profiled Vegas back in 2012, detailing his upbringing and humble beginnings in Venezuela. The two have remained chummy ever since, and sure enough, just days after they met in New York, Vegas finished tied for third behind Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson. Topics include: 1. Vegas' family 2. His humble beginnings in the game 3. His tricky path to the Tour 4. Playing against Tiger early in his career 5. How winning for a second time is different than the first 6. Why he's had so much success in Canada
Aug 28, 2017
Recapping the PGA Championship
Back again, Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger recap the final major of the year from the PGA Championship. They talk Justin Thomas, Quail Hollow, Jordan Spieth, Kevin Kisner and share how it unfolded from a writer’s perspective.
Aug 14, 2017
Inside Donald Trump's Ties to Golf
Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger discuss Donald Trump's many ties to the golf world, his complicated relationship with it as president, and the recent Sports Illustrated story the explains what golf means to Trump. The discussion includes: How Trump called the White House a "dump" -- 3:10 Why he needs golf as a validation -- 9:00 What it's like playing golf with Trump -- 16:50 Trump's desire to control a Sports Illustrated story -- 21:30 Possible ties between Trump's courses and foreign financing -- 28:15 The role golf will play in post-presidency Trump -- 34:40 Trump's place in professional golf -- 38:52 If you could ask him one question... -- 44:40
Aug 02, 2017
In Love with Links Golf
Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger sit down in advance of the British Open to discuss their undying affection for links golf. Both writers have covered decades of Opens and probably spent just as much time traipsing linksland chasing their own golf balls. Topics discussed: 1:23 -- Why links golf is better 4:35 -- Playing jet-lag golf 7:37 -- The 1985 Open 10:55 -- Playing the Old Course alone, and in reverse 13:40 -- Walking St. Andrews with Tom Watson 17:20 -- The best courses in the rota 19:00 -- Jack Nicklaus and hotels 23:15 -- Tom Watson and the 2009 Open
Jul 18, 2017
The Story of Seamus Golf
The story of Seamus Golf, a golf headcover and handmade products company, begins with a beer bong of all things. A beer bong in Corvallis, Oregon on gameday between Oregon State and the University of Oregon. Megan Kenton convinced Akbar Chisti to do a beer bong, and though they barely knew each other at the time, they had a future in business together, as well as marriage. Both Megan and Akbar talked with Sean Zak recently about how they created a giant in the headcover business, and got the attention of every governing body in golf. This is a story of a startup company, but also a story of living freely with your present and your future, and stepping out on a limb with business decisions.
Jul 12, 2017
The U.S. Open and a career of covering it
Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger are back to recap the U.S. Open and their careers covering the event. If you’re looking exclusively for a breakdown of the most recent major, well, you’ll be getting that and a whole lot more, including stories of U.S. Opens and Sports Illustrated from the 2010s, 2000s, 90s and 80s. Topics include: Why Erin Hills became the story of the event — 1:10 What should the U.S. Open be? — 9:00 How Bamberger caddied at his first Open — 17:30 Shipnuck’s first Open — 23:55 Bamberger 1999 flight alongside Fred Couples — 36:30 Senior writers being on TV — 42:15 How the Masters eclipsed the U.S. Open —47:18 Reporting the 2001 U.S. Open — 53:15 Reporting the 2010 British Open — 56:40 Reporting failure at the 2011 Masters — 58:35
Jun 20, 2017
Andy Dillard and the 1992 U.S. Open
The 1992 U.S. Open ended with Tom Kite winning his first and only major, but it began strangely with Andy Dillard setting a U.S. Open record that will almost certainly never be broken. As we came to find out in his fateful story, he needed that record more than anything else in his life.
Jun 12, 2017
Dave Pelz
The Dave Pelz you see in 2017 isn’t all that different from the Dave Pelz you would have seen in 1957. The golf fanatic was then playing on scholarship at Indiana University, and competing against Jack Nicklaus, no less, so to see where he is today—as a world renowned short game instructor—comes without surprise. The astonishing part is how he got there, because shortly after enrolling at Indiana, and losing to Nicklaus on a number of occasions, he realized he wasn’t Tour ready. His ascension to the top of the short game world—which includes advising Phil Mickelson, one of the greatest short game players of all-time—begins at NASA, and has to do mainly with physics, his major at IU. As you can tell by listening, he’s pretty good at telling the story. Topics include: 2:25 — Playing junior/college golf against Jack Nicklaus 7:30 — How a college golfer ended up working at NASA 11:10 — His introduction of the 60-degree wedge on Tour 21:45 — Phil Mickelson’s greatest short game shot 25:20 — His annual work with Mickelson 31:50 — His new green-reading project
Jun 02, 2017
Keegan Bradley
Keegan Bradley took a circuitous route to the PGA Tour: down the ski slopes of the toughest mountains in the Northeast. With stops at St. John's and developmental tours, he splashed onto the scene in 2011 with a PGA Championship victory. Over the last couple of season Bradley has been battling to get back to that rarified air, playing through swing changes and the USGA’s anchoring ban. Alan Shipnuck caught up with him at the Players to talk about his unlikely journey, and where he goes from here. Topics: Playing with Phil Mickelson -- 1:10 PGA Tour money games -- 4:25 His relationship with Michael Jordan -- 5:45 The importance of golf shoes -- 9:10 The grind he's been on over the last few seasons -- 15:15 PGA Tour weddings -- 23:30 His first love (skiing) -- 28:00 The PGA Tour cliques in Florida -- 32:15 His dust up with Miguel Angel Jimenez -- 34:15 What he envies most about Dustin Johnson -- 37:02 His relationship with Jason Dufner -- 43:15
May 25, 2017
Tour caddie Kip Henley
Tour caddie Kip Henley wasn't always a caddie. He was once an aspiring pro, until (in his words) he saw Jack Grout, Jack Nicklaus' famed coach. That's when his career as a golfer took the fateful turn. Since, Henley has made quite the career carrying bags and reading putts for a number of players on the PGA Tour, most recently Vijay Singh, whom he broke ties with just days after the recording of this podcast. You'll hear his thoughts on Vijay and much, much more. Topics: His failed Tour career -- 4:20 Why he began caddying -- 12:25 Caddying for Brian Gay -- 16:45 Are Tour caddies overpaid? -- 20:50 What works between player and caddie -- 26:33 The pettiness of certain caddies -- 31:00 The prevalence of cheating on Tour -- 34:07 How difficult it is to leave a player -- 38:20 Vijay's late-career abilities -- 41:43 His caddie dreams -- 45:10 How caddies make mistakes -- 48:06
May 19, 2017
Sean Foley
Sean Foley is only 42 but he’s seen a heckuva lot in his career as a swing guru. His pupils have won a U.S. Open (Justin Rose) and now a Players (Si Woo Kim), but it is the man he took to number one (Tiger Woods) who made Foley famous. As you'll hear in this podcast with Alan Shipnuck, Foley is a philosophical thinker in his approach to teaching anyone around him. He's also a huge hip hop fanatic. Don't think so? Just ask him for his top 5. Here are just a few of the topics included: Hip hop music -- 1:42 His college experience -- 7:53 The roots of his teaching career -- 19:23 His time with Tiger Woods -- 27:10 How he works with young players -- 32:03 Why he can't watch live golf -- 38:32 Watching Justin Rose at the 2017 Masters -- 39:35 Why golfers practice incorrectly -- 56:40
May 15, 2017
Paul Casey
Paul Casey might have the most infectious laugh on the PGA Tour, and just a few moments into this discussion with Alan Shipnuck, he shows it off. Casey and Shipnuck sat down at the Players Championship this week to discuss cars, cycling, his Ryder Cup status, how he views his career and much more. Topics: The Tour's FedEx sponsorship extension -- 2:10 Cars -- 4:15 Cycling -- 7:13 Stipulations of his Nike contract -- 12:10 Golfer injuries -- 13:30 His relationship with Peter Kostis -- 16:00 How he perceives his career -- 19:25 The Ryder Cup -- 26:35 The European Tour -- 31:50 His best Walker Cup memory -- 39:05
May 10, 2017
Danielle Kang
Danielle Kang lives a lavish life, and she'd even admit it, but she'll also be the first to tell you it takes a lot of hard work. Kang recently sat down with Alan Shipnuck to discuss every corner of her career and approach to competing on the LPGA Tour. The discussion goes as follows: Living in Las Vegas -- 4:00 Getting through struggles -- 6:40 Why golf is the family game -- 14:08 Her successful amateur career -- 24:40 Her relationship with Michelle Wie -- 33:45 Why she has a love-hate relationship with golf -- 35:47
May 05, 2017
The Story of Arccos
The story of Arccos, a golf performance tracking company, begins in Pakistan of all places. That’s where Sal Syed, CEO and co-founder of the company, grew up. It’s where he first studied advanced mathematics and fell in love with golf. There are a number of steps between advanced mathematics in Pakistan and launching a golf app on iTunes in the United States with coworkers and plenty of champagne. Syed recently sat down with Sean Zak to tell the story of all those steps, how his company came together, how he brainstormed with buddies at Bandon Dunes. Syed also explained where his company is headed, and just how it plans to bring all kinds of golfers along with it. This is the story of Arccos and, more generally, a story about why you need to look into tracking your own golf performance like you never have before.
Apr 26, 2017
Sandra Gal
The 10-year LPGA vet joins Alan Shipnuck to discuss why he thinks she is the most versatile professional golfer in the world. Not versatile in the sense that she can do everything the game asks of her, but rather versatile in hobbies and skills. Yes, she has a budding music career, and is one of the most introspective golfers you'll meet, thanks to a commitment to meditation. Those are just two of the many examples they discuss.
Apr 17, 2017
The Masters & the Art of Covering it
Sports Illustrated Senior Writers Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger discuss the most recent Masters, how Shipnuck covered it for the print magazine version, and how they both view various aspects of writing. The discussion includes: 1:20 -- Watching Sergio finally win 5:50 -- The art of reporting at a major championship 11:30 -- Chasing offbeat stories 13:00 -- Covering Tom Watson 21:40 -- Writing for a magazine 31:15 -- The lineage of SI golf writers 41:05 -- Tiger Woods' relationship with media
Apr 11, 2017
The 2017 Masters
Sean Zak and Jeff Ritter take you through the story of the 2017 Masters, from Monday's rainout to Sunday's final putt. You'll hear from numerous players along the way, including their many thoughts from each day, as they chased the green jacket.
Apr 10, 2017
Masters Preview
Our apologies if you've listened to all the Masters preview podcasts out there this week, but here's another one. Jeff Ritter joins Sean Zak to discuss every storyline ahead of the 2017 Masters. That means DJ, Spieth, McIlroy, Mickelson and others.
Apr 04, 2017
Jane Park
LPGA veteran Jane Park jumped onto the scene 13 years ago winning the 2004 U.S. Amateur. She is unequivocally one of the most beloved players on the LPGA Tour. Ask players, media, fans, etc. She loves life as a professional. She also loves butts. It's a long story, so you'll just have to listen to get her explanation. Park recently sat down with Alan Shipnuck and discussed the following topics: 7:25 -- When a player dates a caddie 14:15 -- Life after golf 32:00 -- Her sushi obsession 39:35 -- Weird interactions with fans 48:35 -- Why she likes butts 58:25 -- Tiger Woods' new book 1:01:35 -- The best butts on the PGA Tour
Mar 27, 2017
The Hot Take Podcast 2.0
It's that special time of year where the takes are the hottest. Here on the GOLF.com Podcast, we've assembled some of the hottest takes in the sport, from some of the most provocative voices in golf's online arena. This is the second annual Hot Take Podcast. Included are the voices of Chris Solomon and Tron Carter from NoLayingUp, Brendan Porath from SB Nation and Coleman McDowell from GOLF.com. Kyle Porter from CBS had a nuclear take that we'll have to share sometime in the future. The timing just wasn't right today. The fiery takes are outlined below: 1:03 -- Jordan Spieth will win the Masters by four, and another three green jackets in the future 10:22 -- Sergio Garcia's happiness is leading him to a backdoor major victory 16:55 -- Pro golfers shouldn't wear hats 18:30 -- Patrick Reed is bad for golf 25:10 -- Tiger Woods must rescind his 2000 PGA Championship victory 33:05 -- Dustin Johnson will be the GOAT Note: Don't take these takes TOO seriously. That being said, if Spieth or Garcia misses the cut at Augusta, please feel free to unleash the hate.
Mar 23, 2017
Peter Jacobsen
One of the most varied men in golf, Peter Jacobsen, joins the podcast for the second time to share some of his greatest memories of Arnold Palmer, the Ryder Cup and Tiger Woods. Jacobsen and Alan Shipnuck roll through all topics listed below. 1:50 -- When he played with 13-year-old Sam Saunders 5:45 -- When he first met Palmer 9:50 -- Why players should have shown up for the API 12:25 -- His Golden Tee venture 16:55 -- The 1985 Ryder Cup 26:55 -- Is he satisfied with his pro career? 29:40 -- Mike 'Fluff' Cowan 33:30 -- Tiger Woods
Mar 20, 2017
Ian Poulter
One of the most polarizing figures in golf, Ian Poulter, joins Alan Shipnuck from the Arnold Palmer Invitational to discuss everything from his Ryder Cup dominance to his social media squabbles, and even details on why he was forced to fold his apparel company. The 75-minute conversation includes the following topics and much, much more: 2:25 — The 2008 British Open 7:20 — His current form 9:45 — His new take on social media 12:30 — How verbal abuse affected his game last year 23:00 — His humble beginnings in golf 29:24 — The 2008 Ryder Cup 38:10 — Why he’s been burned by the media 43:05 — Opportunities he sees in business 45:20 — The 2012 Ryder Cup 51:00 — How he took over at Medinah 1:01:30 — The 2013 British Open 1:04:22 — Why he hits shanks more than most players 1:07:38 — One of his most embarrassing stories 1:11:10 — How Shotlink once screwed with his head 1:13:10 — When he accidentally tossed a ball into a hazard
Mar 15, 2017
NOW is the Time for Golf Course Development
Golf course management company KemperSports claims some of the most impressive courses in the world. We're talking Bandon Dunes, Streamsong, Sand Valley, etc. KemperSports president Josh Lesnik joins Coleman McDowell this week to discuss why he thinks now is the best time to be in golf course development. The conversation includes: 5:15 -- The creation of Bandon Dunes 9:35 -- Symmetry between Bandon and Sand Valley 15:15 -- What makes Sand Valley special 22:00 -- How to build a golf resort 27:40 -- Why now is the best time to build 31:30 -- The most powerful people in golf
Mar 13, 2017
Lydia Ko
Lydia Ko, the top-ranked female player in the world, joined Marika Washchyshyn this week to catch up with all the changes she has made in and around her game the last few months. The discussion includes: 10:45 -- How her game feels right now 12:35 -- Why she thinks Ariya Jutanugarn is her best competition 13:35 -- Why she made so much change in her offseason 14:30 -- The difficulties with changing coachs 18:00 -- What's different about her new swing 23:15 -- Why she'd be honored to play with President Trump 24:35 -- Last year's rally to earning a silver medal 26:45 -- Why being an Olympic medalist is special 30:10 -- Her decade-long goals as she turns 20 years old
Mar 09, 2017
The Rules of Golf Are Changing!
The USGA and R&A have proposed a revamping of the Rules of Golf. More than 100 rules changes have been proposed, more than 30 of them being major rules changes. The staff at GOLF.com hosted a roundtable Wednesday morning to discuss what is great, what is lacking and what we're still unsure about with the proposal. The topics included are: 2:02 -- Dropping a ball 5:45 -- Pace of play changes 12:00 -- Accidentally moving your ball 14:30 -- Leaving the flagstick in the hole 17:30 -- The Dustin Johnson Rule 19:50 -- Fixing spike marks 23:20 -- Bunker rules 26:15 -- Equipment rules 29:25 -- Empowering the player
Mar 01, 2017
Jordan Spieth's coach Cameron McCormick
One of the top coaches in the game, Cam McCormick, joins the podcast this week to talk a number of things about teaching, the Masters and his top client, Jordan Spieth. McCormick and Sean Zak discuss the following topics: 0:55 -- His beginning in golf 2:45 -- Why he chose teaching 7:15 -- His relationship with Jordan Spieth 10:45 -- How he challenges Spieth 13:05 -- What he and Spieth worked on most this offseason 23:15 -- The keys to spotting potential 27:05 -- How coaches can improve pace of play 29:55 -- How Spieth should approach the Masters this year 32:50 -- What his Masters tune-up session with Spieth includes
Feb 28, 2017
Danny Willett
Danny Willett joins Alan Shipnuck (in Dubai) to discuss his world away from golf. That includes his wife and newborn baby, his brothers and an easy-going life in Yorkshire. Shipnuck and Willett go in depth on the following topics: 2:45 -- Life in Yorkshire 3:50 -- The Yorkshire dialect 8:10 -- The Yorkshire bread debate 11:30 -- Why he hasn't dry cleaned his Masters green jacket 13:00 -- The details of his perfect day 16:00 -- His brother Pete's writing 19:40 -- How 2016 wore him out 21:45 -- His plans for the Masters Champions dinner
Feb 13, 2017
Visiting Streamsong
One of the best golf resorts in America is situated equidistant from Tampa and Orlando down in central Florida. It's called Streamsong. You may have heard of it. We had the pleasure of visiting the resort again and touring the highly anticipated Black Course, designed by Gil Hanse. We tell you all about that, the Blue Course, the Red Course and the rest of the Streamsong experience here. 5:00 -- Black Course 10:20 -- Blue Course 23:00 -- Red Course 33:50 -- 6-Hole Loops // The Roundabout
Feb 09, 2017
Zac Blair 2.0
Zac Blair joins Alan Shipnuck to share the story of The Buck Club, a golf club he is creating in Utah. Over the course of 28 minutes, Blair touches on the following: What the Buck Club is (1:30) His architecture influence (4:46) Why signing a big name architect would be "a waste" (7:33) His epic long island golf birthday (11:49) When we'll see The Buck Club completed (16:00) His biggest gripe with courses (17:25) The most unusual request he's received (20:50) How the course got its name (26:40)
Jan 31, 2017
Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson joins Alan Shipnuck on the GOLF.com Podcast to share stories from his career, lessons he has learned and even advice for approaching women. Seriously. Over the course of an hour, Shipnuck and Mickelson dive deep into a number of juicy topics, including: Why Phil needed offseason surgery (4:01) How Bones likes to use his yearly veto (17:05) The dumbest shot he ever played (18:18) His Tuesday money games (25:10) Why settling up bets quickly is vital (29:20) American Ryder Cup strategies (34:00) His relationship with Tiger Woods (39:32) Why golf is his therapeutic release (41:15) AND MUCH, MUCH MORE.
Jan 24, 2017
Greg Norman ep 1
The Shark joins the podcast to discuss how he turned his golfing career into a successful life as an entrepreneur. We start with how he recognized he would become a brand (2:35) and ended with why he wants to invest in your sports business ideas. Everything else in between is located below. 6:30 -- When he knew his brand would become international. 7:25 -- Why he thinks his logo is sexy. 8:25 -- How the 2008 market collapse changed his company forever. 10:50 -- His favorite test for finding employees he would hire. 13:15 -- Why he wants to be 'a mile wide and an inch deep.' 18:35 -- How he's prepping his brand for 200 years from now. 20:00 -- Why golf course design is still his favorite business. 21:30 -- Why he feels ready to disrupt the golf industry.
Jan 19, 2017
Tony Ruggiero
Smylie Kaufman's coach and recently awarded Top 100 Golf Teacher Tony Ruggiero joins the podcast to discuss his work with the 25-year-old Tour winner. The conversation begins with a flash back to the 2016 Masters, where Kaufman played his way into the final pairing on Sunday, but faltered in his final 18 holes. Ruggiero believes that all great players need an experience "by fire" like Kaufman had that day. He shares stories about that Masters and more.
Jan 06, 2017
ESPN's Chris Fallica
Chris Fallica, better known as 'The Bear' on College Gameday, joins us to talk about gambling on golf. The conversation includes a breakdown of Tiger Woods vs. the Field (12:08), why you need to bet on the longshots (17:55), and what you should look for in gambling on the Masters (22:06). Stay for Fallica's admission that while Tom Watson lost the 2009 British Open, he was holding a winning ticket (29:15).
Dec 30, 2016
You've Been Playing Match Play All Wrong
Playing off the low-handicap is an antiquated (and most popular) form of match play. Spoiler alert: it may be unfair. Martin Puterman joins us to explain why playing match play that way puts the weaker player at a disadvantage. He also offers a multi-layered solution to make match play uniformly fair. For a summary of his findings, check out GOLF.com.
Dec 16, 2016
Before Hideki Matsuyama, There Was Jumbo Ozaki
Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki is the greatest Japanese golfer of all-time. He's also likely the most mysterious golfer of all-time, at least in America. We travel back to 1998 with writer John Garrity to try and understand the golfer who: 1. Played professional baseball 2. Was often accused of cheating 3. Was allegedly linked to the Japanese mafia 4. Still competes today, at age 69.
Dec 08, 2016
Tiger Woods, Then and Now
As Tiger Woods returns to professional golf this week, we return to his 1996 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award. Woods won the award as a 20-year-old and legendary writer Gary Smith profiled Woods for SI. This week, we talk with Smith and Jeff Ritter about that article from 20 years ago, the influence of Woods' parents, and what it means for the Tiger Woods we'll see now and in the future.
Nov 29, 2016
Gil Hanse
World renowned golf course designer and architect Gil Hanse explains everything you didn't know about golf course design...at least as much as he could in 30 minutes. Hanse talks about the process of building a golf course from start to finish, the differences between restoring and renovating and how courses need to be designed with a player in mind. We also revisit the Olympic Golf Course in Brazil and how that project received incredible reviews from the Olympians themselves.
Nov 23, 2016
Pat Perez
Recent Tour winner Pat Perez sounds off on his comeback from surgery, the absurdly long PGA Tour season, playing against Tiger Woods as an amateur, his beloved San Diego Chargers and much more.
Nov 18, 2016
Cody Gribble
Recent PGA Tour winner Cody Gribble discusses his win at the Sanderson Farms, exchanging texts with Peyton Manning, what it's like being constantly associated with Jordan Spieth and whether he'd prefer Dak Prescott or Tony Romo to start at quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys.
Nov 08, 2016
Padraig Harrington v2
Padraig Harrington joins the podcast fresh off his win at the Portugal Masters last weekend. Harrington explains why his attitude and posture were keys to his victory (2:15), why he switched to a new set of irons (11:07), why Tiger Woods is struggling like Seve Ballesteros once did (8:05), and why he isn't ready to be a Ryder Cup captain (22:10).
Oct 26, 2016
The Ghost of Tiger Woods
Sean Zak offers commentary on Tiger Woods's recent withdrawal from the Safeway Open and asks the question: When was the last positive AND accurate report on Tiger Woods the golfer? It has been a while, yet our optimism reigns. Why is that?
Oct 12, 2016
The Ryder Cup You Didn't See on TV
Chris Solomon from NoLayingUp joins Sean Zak to discuss what the Ryder Cup is like on site, inside the ropes and, at least for him, directly next to Rory McIlroy. Solomon explains why American fans were too harsh toward Danny Willett (17:20), his many interactions with McIlroy (26:07) and why the American celebration was all kinds of weird (46:30). Solomon and Zak also share a few stories about walking inside the ropes alongside Tiger Woods (35:53).
Oct 06, 2016
Curtis Strange
The Ryder Cup is finally here. We preview the event with Curtis Strange, former captain and 5-time Ryder Cup player. Strange offers old Ryder Cup stories and thoughts on this year's event, which include: His strategies as captain. Why playing Seve Ballesteros was frustrating. He wants 12 Patrick Reeds on his team. Why the Task Force could be a problem. Why Tiger Woods might be a distraction.
Sep 27, 2016
Remembering Arnold Palmer
Arnold Palmer, golf legend and iconic sportsman, has passed away at age 87. Jeff Ritter and Michael Bamberger cycle through their favorite memories of The King, from Palmer the person, the player, the pilot and the fan favorite. Everyone has a great Arnie story. You don't want to miss these.
Sep 26, 2016
Mike Tirico
NBC's Mike Tirico cannot contain his excitement for the Ryder Cup. He joins the podcast to talk about prepping for the event, his move to NBC, learning match play strategies from Tiger Woods and why some of his success is due to a cartoon rabbit. Yes, you read that correctly.
Sep 21, 2016
Make Golf Great Again
No Laying Up's Tron Carter brings his opinions to the GOLF.com podcast, venting on the worst stereotypes on the golf course. Any golf course. With an assist from sports radio host Jim Rome, we break down the worst things you can do on a golf course and offer solutions for fixing yourself. Here's a start: DON'T BE THAT GUY.
Sep 15, 2016
Do Ryder Cup Captains Even Matter?
The answer will probably surprise you. Author and journalist Richard Gillis recently wrote a book on the topic, titled "The Captain Myth: How the Ryder Cup is Won." Gillis dissected what Ryder Cp captain's actually do, and how their actions are perceived by the public. He found that being an underdog is important, momentum isn't and it's possibly that luck matters more than anything else. Also: Paul Azinger should not captain another U.S. team.
Sep 08, 2016
Tiger Woods Returns
Tiger Woods has announced his plans to return to the PGA Tour at the Safeway Open in mid-October. What does that mean? Jeff Ritter and Sean Zak tell you exactly how to handle Woods's return to competitive golf, discussing all the appropriate topics: will he contend, can he contend, why now, why the Safeway Open, what are the chances he wins again, and much more.
Sep 07, 2016
Ryder Cup: Who Should Davis Love Choose?
We break down every possible Ryder Cup captain's pick, from Rickie Fowler to...Fred Couples? Exactly. We'll settle on a group of players that NEED to make the team and figure Bubba Watson's campaign is in a state of emergency.
Sep 02, 2016
Inbee Park on Winning a Gold Medal
Olympic Gold medalist Inbee Park calls in to discuss what winning the Olympic golf competition meant to her and her home country, South Korea. She talks about the nerves of Olympic golf, why she has no plans for retirement and discusses why she is the "Silent Assassin."
Aug 26, 2016
Zac Blair
Zac Blair plays more golf than you. Way more golf than you. He leads the PGA Tour in events played so far this year, and isn't stopping any time soon. When he's not pegging it on Tour he's out scouting other courses around the world, because he's not only a Tour pro, but also a golf course designer in the making. Blair joins the podcast to talk about what makes a good golf course, why he plays so much, and shares plans for his own course, The Buck Club.
Aug 17, 2016
Alan Shipnuck at the Olympics
Alan Shipnuck is onsite at the Olympic Golf Course down in Brazil, and weighs in on everything golf at the Olympics. Shipnuck details the course design by Gil Hanse, the reception of golfers in the Olympic Village and just how much fun the players seem to be having down at the Games.
Aug 09, 2016
ESPN's Tom Rinaldi
ESPN and ABC's Tom Rinaldi joins the podcast to discuss his approach to golf journalism, his relationship with Tiger Woods and what it was like interviewing Woods after his scandal.
Aug 04, 2016
Jimmy Walker, Major Champion
Jimmy Walker won the 98th PGA Championship, but where do we go from here? Jeff Ritter joins the podcast to discuss Walker's great week in New Jersey, what it means for the Ryder Cup and how the Player of the Year race is shaping up.
Aug 01, 2016
Henrik Stenson, Open Champion
GOLF.com editors Jeff Ritter and Sean Zak discuss Henrik Stenson's incredible victory and epic match with Phil Mickelson. The 2016 British Open will forever be remembered for those two men. Now that Stenson has the major monkey off his back, who is the greatest player without a major? We debate.
Jul 17, 2016
Jordan Spieth's Method to Joining the PGA
Newly minted pro golfer Jordan Niebrugge helps break down what it takes to join the PGA Tour the Jordan Spieth way. It's what Bryson DeChambeau and Jon Rahm are both trying to do right now. Niebrugge talks about his first tournament as a pro at the Quicken Loans as well as his return to the British Open, where he was low amateur and finished T6 in 2015.
Jun 29, 2016
Dustin Johnson, Major Champion
Dustin Johnson is your 2016 U.S. Open Champion. Jeff Ritter and Sean Zak discuss what this means for Johnson, the rest of the PGA Tour and how poorly the USGA screwed up their ruling during the madness that was Sunday at Oakmont.
Jun 20, 2016
Oakmont Head Pro Bob Ford
Oakmont pro Bob Ford helps us preview the 116th U.S. Open by breaking down the beast of a course that Oakmont Country Club is. His prediction? 4-over par will win this week. Ford details just how difficult the greens are, and how long the rough has been grown out for the event.
Jun 14, 2016
Natalie Gulbis
16-year LPGA veteran Natalie Gulbis joins Jeff Ritter to discuss her relationship with Donald Trump and what he has done for her and the game of golf. Gulbis reflects on where golf has taken her in her career and how she wants to host a tournament of her own, just like Lorena Ochoa, Annika Sorenstam and Tiger Woods.
Jun 02, 2016
Martin Kaymer
Two-time major winner Martin Kaymer joins Alan Bastable to discuss his excitement for the Olympics, why the No. 1 ranking isn't a goal anymore and how he is grinding to make the European Ryder Cup team.
May 26, 2016
Mark Calcavecchia
13-time PGA Tour winner Mark Calcavecchia talks with Alan Bastable about John Daly joining the Champions Tour, Tiger Woods' career and shares some great stories about each of them. You're going to want to hear both of them, as well as a great story about him gambling on golf.
May 19, 2016
Debunking the 5 Biggest Myths in Golf
Dr. T.J. Tomasi debunks the five biggest myths in the world of golf. Those myths are: 1. All good players are the same at impact (2:35) 2. The ball flight tells you everything (8:20) 3. Practice makes perfect (18:40) 4. Perfect golf comes from an unconscious swing (26:53) 5. Hitting the ball well during a lesson means you're moving in the right direction (34:11)
May 04, 2016
The Mental Game
Sports and performance psychologist Dr. Bhrett McCabe joins the GOLF.com podcast to discuss every mental aspect of the game. McCabe delves into how every golfer should mentally approach each round or warm-up session (5:26), why he loves treating the yips (18:19) cc: Ernie Els, and how Jordan Spieth should approach the 12th hole at Augusta National next year (27:20).
Apr 28, 2016
Playing Augusta National One Day After The Masters
GOLF Live Host Ryan Asselta and GOLF.com's Josh Berhow share their stories of winning the media lottery and playing Augusta National one day after The Masters. Yes, that includes taking a memorable drive down Magnolia Lane, hitting into the same pins and trying to not splash their tee shot on the 12th hole.
Apr 13, 2016
Masters: Spieth's Collapse and Willett's Win
GOLF's Sean Zak and Jeff Ritter recap the craziness that ensued at Augusta National Sunday afternoon and evening, including Jordan Spieth's collapse on the 12th hole and Danny Willett's clutch finish. They break down where Spieth's loss ranks among similar collapses in golf history. The answer may surprise you.
Apr 11, 2016
Masters: Saturday Breakdown
GOLF's Sean Zak and Alan Bastable break down Saturday's finishes from the Masters at Augusta National, including the showdown between Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy and the surprising names to enter the discussion late Saturday afternoon.
Apr 10, 2016
Masters: Friday Breakdown
Sean Zak sits down with SI GOLF Senior Writer Cam Morfit to discuss the impending Spieth v. McIlroy showdown Saturday at Augusta National. The two discuss that and the group of guys ready to strike from just a few strokes back.
Apr 09, 2016
Masters: Thursday Breakdown
GOLF's Sean Zak breaks down Day 1 at the 2016 Masters with Josh Berhow and Sports Illustrated's Alan Shipnuck. They discuss the ceremonial opening tee shot as well as Jordan's Spieth spectacular start.
Apr 07, 2016
The 'Hot Take' Podcast
Golf writers Kyle Porter, Shane Ryan, Luke Kerr-Dineen, Trent Ryan and Chris Solomon joined the GOLF.com Podcast to share their hottest take from the golf world. With takes on Bubba Watson (1:53), Tiger Woods (20:00), Rory McIlroy (24:41), the Olympics (13:08)and the Ryder Cup (6:50), there is a hot take and prediction for everyone.
Mar 28, 2016