Episode 120: Luke Donald

PGA Tour star Luke Donald joins the podcast to talk about his career. Luke and Andy discuss how he got to world #1, his favorite courses on Tour, how he practices, his top moments and much more. 

Episode 119: LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan

LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan joins the podcast. Mike talks about his aggressive approach to improving the LPGA Tour and what has succeeded and fallen short. He also discusses a few future ideas and what he's looking forward to in 2019. Listen to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify.

Episode 118: Ian Fillmore - Economist and co-author of Technological Change and Obsolete Skills: Evidence from Men’s Professional Tennis

What effect does technology have on golf? Maybe the question lies not in golf but elsewhere...

Economist Ian Fillmore joins us to discuss how the change from wooden racquets to composite racquets in tennis parallels the game of golf. Ian is an associate professor at Washington University of St. Louis and earned his PHD from the University of Chicago. You can read he and Jonathan Hall's paper Technological Change and Obsolete Skills: Evidence from Men’s Professional Tennis (link) and follow his website (link). 

Episode 117: Curtis James

Old Elm Club's Director of Agronomy Curtis James joins the podcast. Andy and Curtis discuss his background, how agronomy and turf work together, how a municipal course could improve on a shoestring budget and the transformation of the Old Elm Club.

Episode 116: Geoff Ogilvy - Scotland,and challenging vs hard golf

Geoff Ogilvy and Andy talk about Geoff’s recent trip to Scotland and the allure of links golf.  Geoff talks about the compelling aspects of women’s professional golf and how their game showcase architecture. Then the two discuss the idea of challenging versus hard golf.

Episode 115: Geoff Ogilvy - Hawaii Swing, New Rules and challenging pros

In the first episode of our new series with former U.S. Open Champion Geoff Ogilvy, Andy and Geoff discuss Waialae and Kapalua and their unique challenges. They also dive into what they like and don't like about the new rules in golf as well as testing the world's best players.

The Yolk with Doak - Episode 13: Memorial Park and the PGA Tour

Tom Doak joins Andy to discuss his new project redesigning Houston’s Memorial Park Golf Course. The popular municipal design is planning on hosting the 2020 Houston Open. Doak talks about his plans for the site, working with Brooks Koepka and some of his thoughts on testing Tour pros.

Episode 114: Roberto Castro Part II

PGA Tour player Roberto Castro joins The Fried Egg podcast for part 2. He and Andy talk how he builds his schedule, golf design trends, pace of play on the PGA Tour and much more.

Episode 113: Roberto Castro Part I

PGA Tour player Roberto Castro joins the podcast. In part one, Andy and Roberto talk about the role of golf course architecture in golf, Roberto's time on the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour and how distance has changed the game. Roberto also discusses the difference in major championship setups to the regular week setup and how winning is underrated. 

Episode 112: Michael McCartin & East Potomac Park GC

Andy is joined by golf course architect Michael McCartin to talk about municipal golf, specifically Washington DC's East Potomac Golf Course. The conversation starts with Michael's background and how he got into golf course architecture working for Tom Doak and Renaissance Golf Design. The two then get into a discussion about Michael's graduate school thesis (read here) on Washington DC's East Potomac Park Golf Course. Upon opening, the reversible Walter Travis design became one of the nation's most popular and greatest municipal golf facilities. Today, it's a shell of its original self but has an opportunity (thanks to an upcoming change in management) that will allow for capital improvements.

Episode 111: Patrick Boyd Part II

Patrick Boyd is the founder of National Custom Works and Boyd Blade and Ferrule. Patrick is one of the few people in golf making hand-crafted irons and also sports a wealth of golf course architecture. In part two we discuss fun golf courses, the fair police and take a trip down memory lane talking golf equipment of the yesteryear. If you missed part one, check it out and learn about Patrick's background and how he got into the equipment industry. 

Episode 110: Patrick Boyd Part I

Andy is joined by Patrick Boyd founder of National Custom Irons and golf course architecture nut. They discuss Patrick’s company, custom irons, his role at Sweetens Cove and much more.

The Yolk with Doak - Episode 12: Sand Valley, golf in England and listener Q&A

In the latest edition of the Yolk with Doak, Tom Doak discusses his new project at Sand Valley. The two discuss Tom's desire to do different types of projects, his affinity for golf in England and then answer some listener questions.

Episode 109: Colin Sheehan Part III

Andy and Colin discuss the start of the Outpost Club, developing courses, caddying and much more. If you missed Part I or Part II of our podcast with Colin check them out.

Episode 108: Colin Sheehan Part II

In part two of a three part podcast, Colin and Andy discuss Colin's career as a writer, golf architecture, golf in the UK and much more. 

Episode 107: Colin Sheehan Part I

The Fried Egg podcast is back with Yale Golf Coach Colin Sheehan. In part one, Andy and Colin discuss a wide range of topics from collegiate golf to golf course architecture. Part two will air on Monday, November 5th.

Episode 106: Cobbs Creek Golf Course

Joe Bausch and Mike Cirba join the podcast to discuss their work on the Cobbs Creek restoration project. Joe and Mike have been working tirelessly to get the Hugh Wilson municipal design restored over the past 11 years. We discuss the course's history, what spurred the restoration effort and the future of Cobbs. 

For more information on Cobbs check out following links

Friends of Cobb's Creek

Golf Club Atlas Thread

Bausch Photo Collection

Bausch History Collection

Episode 105: Shane Bacon

Fox play-by-play commentator and host of the Clubhouse podcast Shane Bacon joins the podcast. We talk about how Shane got into the golf business, the USGA calendar, the upcoming Ryder Cup and much more. 

Episode 104: 2018 PGA Championship Recap

SB Nation's Brendan Porath and ESPN's Kevin Van Valkenburg join the podcast to recap a wild 2018 PGA. We discuss, Brooks Koepka, Tiger's run, Adam Scott's close call, the golf course and much more.

Episoode 103: 2018 PGA Championship Preview

SB Nation's Brendan Porath and ESPN's Kevin Van Valkenburg join the podcast to preview the 2018 PGA Championship. We discuss last week's Bridgestone, who has the most to gain from a win at Bellerive and even have a drop in weather report from Gary Player. 

Episode 102: Changing golf with Kevin Van Valkenburg

ESPN's Kevin Van Valkenburg joins Andy Johnson to discuss the changes each one of them would make to golf if they had the chance. They also discuss the recent happenings on Tour and look ahead to the PGA Championship. 

Episode 101: 2018 Open Championship Recap

Brendan Porath and Sean Martin are back to recap the thrilling 2018 Open Championship. We talk Molinari's win, Tiger's surge, Rory, Spieth Xander and look ahead to the PGA.

Episode 100: Open Championship Preview

Brendan Porath and Sean Martin are back to preview this week's Open Championship! Sean gives us his on the ground report while Brendan breaks down the keys to staying awake for the whole Open. 

Episode 99: Chicago Golf Club

Chicago Golf Club Historian John Moran and Superintendent Scott Bordner join the podcast to discuss their historic course and the 2018 U.S. Senior Women's Open.

Episode 98: Andrew Green Part II

The second part of our podcast with golf course architect Andrew Green is live. In part two we discuss Andrew’s restoration projects which include Inverness, Oak Hill and Scioto among others.

Episode 97: Andrew Green - Part I

Golf course architect Andrew Green joins the pod for the first of a two part podcast. In part I Andrew discusses how he got into golf, how he approaches his business, his recent trip to Scotland and much more.

Episode 96: Casey Krahenbuhl

Casey Krahenbuhl joins the podcast to talk golf course architecture. We discuss the whether today's architects would design better courses than the golden age architects, Casey's recent work for David McLay Kidd at Mammoth Dunes and much more. 

Episode 95: U.S. Open Recap with Brendan Porath and Sean Martin

Brendan Porath and Sean Martin join the podcast to discuss the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. We discuss Brooks Koepka's win, the course setup, Phil and much more.

Episode 94: U.S. Open Preview Podcast with Brendan Porath and Sean Martin

The PGA Tour's Sean Martin and SB Nation's Brendan Porath joined the podcast to preview the 2018 U.S. Open. We discuss Shinnecock Hills, players we like, dream U.S. Open rotas and much more.

Episode 93: U.S. Open Picks with Paulie

Our resident picks expert Paulie drops by the podcast to talk U.S. Open. We talk one and done, draftkings, longshots and strategy for this week's U.S. Open

The Yolk with Doak: Episode 11: Michigan Golf

Tom Doak and Don Placek join the podcast to discuss their favorite golf courses in the state of Michigan.

Episode 92: Eamon Lynch

While attending Mammoth Dunes’ opening day, Golfweek contributor Eamon Lynch joined the podcast to discuss the Sand Valley resort, golf in the UK vs US, the PGA Tour schedule to date and the upcoming U.S. Open.

Episode 91: Geoff Shackelford

Golf analyst and noted golf course architecture expert Geoff Shackelford joins the podcast to discuss the AT&T Byron Nelson at Trinity Forest, the upcoming PGA Tour schedule and the future schedule.

Episode 90: Gil Hanse Part II

In part two of the Gil Hanse podcast, Andy and Gil discuss some of Gil’s latest projects, how he’d split ten rounds of golf across America and much more.

Episode 89: Gil Hanse Part I

Golf course architect Gil Hanse joins the podcast for a two-part podcast. In part one he discusses his career to date, golden age architecture, the Olympic Course in Rio and much more.

Episode 88: 2018 Players Preview

The PGA Tour's Sean Martin and SB Nation's Brendan Porath join the podcast to preview the 2018 PLAYERS Championship. We talk about players who have surprised and disappointed, the course and our picks for this week's tournament.

Episode 87: Bill Coore and Jim Craig at Sand Valley

Live from Sand Valley’s opening day festivities Andy Johnson is joined by Bill Coore and Jim Craig of the renowned Coore & Crenshaw design firm. They talked about their brand new par-3 course The Sandbox, their 18-hole Sand Valley design, working for the Keisers and more.

The Yolk with Doak: Episode 10: The Loop

In this episode, Andy Johnson and Tom Doak are joined by Renaissance Golf Design Associate Don Placek to discuss the Loop, the revolutionary reversible golf course in Michigan. 

Episode 86: Geoff Ogilvy - Part II

In this episode, Geoff talks about how he got into golf course architecture, strategy, PGA Tour setups, his thoughts on TPC courses, and much more. If you missed part I be sure to check it out!

Episode 85: Geoff Ogilvy Part I

2006 U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy joins the podcast. Geoff and Andy talk about his career on the PGA Tour, whether winning is overrated, why the Masters is the greatest event in golf and much more.

Episode 84: Tyler Rae

Golf course architect Tyler Rae joins the podcast to talk about his career. We begin our conversation with a lengthy discussion on the brilliance of Donald Ross, his most under the radar designs, his best designs and talents. The conversation then moved to Tyler’s career and experiences working for Keith Foster, Coore & Crenshaw and Ron Prichard.

Episode 83: Andy Staples

Golf course architect Andy Staples joins the podcast to discuss his career. We dive into his affinity and passion for Community golf, his restoration of Meadowbrook C.C. and what he learned about Willie Park, courses that have inspired him, restoration and renovation and much more. 

2018 Masters Recap with Brendan Porath

Brendan Porath joins the podcast to discuss the 2018 Masters. We talk Patrick Reed, Rickie, Spieth, Rory and much more. 

2018 Masters: Sunday Preview

Will Knights joined the podcast to breakdown Saturday's action and look ahead to Sunday's final round.

2018 Masters Preview

I am joined by the PGA Tour's Sean Martin, SB Nation's Brendan Porath and the Creative Director for Summit Golf Brands Billy Draddy. We talk about what we love about the Masters, our favorite storylines going into the week, Phil's practice round outfit, Masters scripting and who we like to win the 2018 Masters. 

2018 Masters: Paulie's Picks

Paulie joins the podcast to discuss strategies and players for DraftKings, office pools and one and done leagues. 

Augusta Archives: Stewart Hagestad

2017 Masters low amateur winner Stewart Hagestad joins the podcast. We discuss his run in the 2017 Masters, how he prepared for the week, his favorite holes at Augusta National and much more.

Augusta Archives: Craig Stadler

1982 Masters Champion Craig Stadler joins the podcast to talk about Augusta and the Masters. A few of the topics we discuss include the Champions dinner, Craig's win, what about Augusta fit his game, the future of the Masters and much more.

Augusta Archives: Steve Scott

Welcome to the Augusta Archives, conversations with present and former Masters competitors. In this episode 1997 participant Steve Scott joins the podcast to talk about his experience in the Masters, the golf course and his favorite memories from his week at Augusta.

The Yolk with Doak: Episode 9: Routing Part II

Welcome back for part two of our discussion with Tom Doak and Don Placek about routing, one of the most difficult and important aspects of golf course design.

The Yolk with Doak: Episode 8: Routing Part I

Tom and I are joined by Renaissance Golf Associate Don Placek. Besides aiding in the every aspect of projects, Don is also responsible for Renaissance's artwork. Don, Tom and I jump into the endless discussion that is routing. Enjoy. 

Episode 82: Superintendent Roundtable

A few of the brightest young stars in the superintendent industry join the podcast. Shoreacres' Brian Palmer, Glen View Club's Brian Moore, Bob O' Link's Scott Pavalko and fellow golf nerd Jason Way joined for the first ever live podcast at Oak Park C.C.. We discussed their careers, working with architects, restoring Golden Age courses and much more.

Episode 81: Zac Blair

PGA Tour player Zac Blair joins the podcast to talk about Northern California golf, Jack Nicklaus stories, PGA Tour setups and best golf cities.

Episode 80: Recapping Tiger at the Valspar

SB Nation’s Brendan Porath and the PGA Tour’s Sean Martin join the podcast to talk about Tiger’s performance, what we expect going forward, Sam Burns, Augusta and much more.

Episode 79: Arron Oberholser

Arron Oberholser joins the podcast to catch up about the start of the PGA Tour season. We kick off the conversation discussing a few San Francisco golf courses and the notion of score to par vs. shot values for professional golf. We then dive into Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods, the WGC schedule and much more. 

Episode 78: Ed Loar

Web.com Tour professional Ed Loar joins the podcast to talk about his career. Ed is one of the older guys on the Web.com Tour and has played golf on almost every Tour in the world. We discuss the ups and downs of golf, his recent stretch of great play on the Web.com Tour and how professional golf has changed over the years.

The Yolk with Doak: Episode 7: Renaissance Golf, George Thomas and Bel-Air CC Part III

The third and final part of the latest episode of the Yolk with Doak is live. In this episode we continue to discuss George Thomas, Bel-Air CC and golf course architecture as a whole with Tom Doak and his associates.

The Yolk with Doak: Episode 6 - Renaissance Golf, George Thomas and Bel-Air CC Part II

In part II of the Renaissance Golf, George Thomas and Bel-Air CC episode, Tom and his associates Eric Iverson, Brian Schneider, Blake Conant and Kye Goalby discuss the career of George Thomas and his Bel-Air design.

The Yolk with Doak: Episode 5 - Renaissance Golf, George Thomas and Bel-Air C.C.

In the latest edition of the Yolk with Doak, Andy Johnson talks with Tom Doak and Renaissance associates Eric Iverson, Brian Schneider, Kye Goalby and Blake Conant. In part one of the three part podcast they cover how Renaissance Golf and golf course construction works before diving into George Thomas and Bel-Air C.C. in part two. 

Episode 77: Sean Tully

Zac Blair and I are joined by golf course superintendent and historian Sean Tully. We discuss Northern California golf, Alister MacKenzie, technology, Pebble Beach, Cypress Point, robot mowers and much more.

Episode 76: Michael Weaver

Kyle Nathan and Andy Johnson are joined by Web.com Tour Player Michael Weaver. We discuss how Michael got into golf, the Latin American Tour, his run at the 2012 U.S. Amateur, playing in the Masters and much more.

Episode 75: 2018 Waste Management Open

Paulie and Kyle Nathan join to breakdown who to pick for one and done leagues and DraftKings at TPC Scottsdale. 

Episode 74: Brandel Chamblee

Kyle Nathan and Andy Johnson are joined by Golf Channel Analyst, former PGA Tour player and author Brandel Chamblee. We discuss Jon Rahm's ascension, the modern golf swing, technology, Tiger Woods and much more. 

Episode 73: 2018 Farmers Insurance Preview

Kyle Nathan and Paulie join the podcast to discuss last week's CareerBuilder and Abu Dhabi events. We then discuss Tiger's return and the rest of the field at Torrey Pines for this year's Farmers Insurance

The Yolk with Doak: Episode 4 - Streamsong

In this episode, we discuss the building of the Florida golf mecca, Streamsong. The building of Tom's Blue course and Coore & Crenshaw's Red course was one of the most unique and collaborative in the history of golf.

Episode 72: Mike Cocking

Australian Golf Course Architect Mike Cocking joins the podcast to discuss his career. Mike works with Michael Clayton, Geoff Ogilvy and Ashley Mead (OCCM), we discussed how he got into design, some of their recent projects, the history of Australian architecture and the ideal itinerary for an Australian golf trip. 

Episode 71: 2018 CareerBuilder Preview

Paulie and Kyle Nathan join the podcast to recap the Sony Open and preview the CareerBuilder. Paulie lends his expertise navigating the field and picking out some players for one and done and DraftKings. We also dive into some listener questions and overrated/underrateds.

Episode 70: Richie Ramsay

European Tour winner and former U.S. Amateur champion Richie Ramsay joins the podcast. We discuss Richie's career, turning pro before a Walker Cup, Anthony Kim and his favorite courses in the British Isles.

Episode 69: 2018 Sony Open Preview and Picks

Our resident fantasy expert Paulie joins the podcast to talk about the Tournament of Champions, who to pick for one and done and Draftkings at the Sony and some predictions for 2018.

The Yolk with Doak: Episode 3 - Waialae C.C., The Sony Open and Seth Raynor

In the latest episode of The Yolk with Doak, we discuss Tom's consulting work at Seth Raynor designed Waialae Country Club, host course of the Sony Open. We talk about the changes to Waialae over the years, what he learns from PGA Tour players, Seth Raynor and much more.  

Episode 68: Jim Urbina Part II

In part two of the Jim Urbina podcast we discuss Jim's background, C.B. Macdonald and Seth Raynor's use of templates, the importance of superintendents and the building of Old Macdonald. 

Episode 67: Jim Urbina Part I

Golf course architect Jim Urbina joined the podcast for a two part episode. We discuss restoration, easy things courses can do to improve, Perry Maxwell, Alister MacKenzie, his California courses and much more.

Episode 66: Jon Cavalier & Zac Blair - 2017 Golf Season Rehash

Jon Cavalier and Zac Blair join the podcast to discuss the 2017 golf year. We breakdown the ten best "new to us" courses that we saw, a few courses that surprised us, architecture, our plans for 2018 and much more. We discussed Jon's calendar in the podcast, to purchase the calendar check out these instructions - https://twitter.com/LinksGems/status/940726753152131075

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Episode 2: The Yolk with Doak: Golf Course Architecture 101 Part II

In part two of Golf Course Architecture 101, Tom Doak discusses what makes a great green complex, front to back sloping greens, best golf course architecture books for beginners and dive into some overrated/underrateds. 

Episode 65: Mark Broadie

Mark Broadie joins Kyle Nathan and Andy Johnson to talk about golf statistics. We discuss how he came up with the strokes gained statistics, how they work, the world rankings, who he expects to breakout in 2017 and much more. 

The Yolk with Doak: Episode 1 - Golf Course Architecture 101 Part I

Tom Doak and Andy Johnson discuss Golf Course Architecture 101. In the first of a two part episode, Tom elaborates on what golf course architecture is, the different schools of design, routing and much more.

Episode 64: Hero Debrief with Adam Sarson and Brendan Porath

Brendan Porath and Adam Sarson joined the podcast to talk about Tiger’s return at the Hero and what to expect in 2018. We also touch on our favorite moments of 2017, make predictions for 2018 and talk about Tiger’s Monster sponsorship.

Episode 63: Paul Goydos

PGA Tour Champions star and 2-time PGA Tour winner Paul Goydos joins the podcast to talk about his career, Tiger Woods, bifurication and much more!

Episode 62: Mailbag Podcast

Kyle Nathan joins the podcast to answer your questions. The conversation hits extensively on the ball and today's professional game, Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose's career, the Hall of Fame and architects, and a slew of overrated/underrateds. 

Episode 61: Keith Foster

Golf course architect Keith Foster joins the podcast to talk about his career. Our discussion includes trees, the restoration process, his solo work, Colt and Alison and A.W. Tillinghast.

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Episode 60: Bill Coore Part II

In part II, Bill discusses the concept of par, Trinity Forest and challenging the world's best and answers some listener questions. If you missed part I listen to it here.

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Episode 59: Bill Coore Part I

Legendary golf course architect Bill Coore joins the podcast to talk about his career in golf. In part I, we discuss the architects and courses who have had the most influence on his career and go into detail in some of his most famous projects. Listen to part 2 of the podcast here

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Episode 58: Kyle Franz Part II

In part II of the Kyle Franz podcast we talk about golf in the British Isles, the ground game and professional golf, desert golf and overrated/underrated. If you haven't checked out Part I, listen here

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Episode 57: Kyle Franz Part I

Golf course architect Kyle Franz joins the podcast to discuss his career and golf course architecture. In part I, Kyle talks about his background, working with some of today's great architects and Donald Ross and other great golden age architects.

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Episode 56: A Design Discussion with Jay Blasi & Brett Hochstein

Architects Jay Blasi and Brett Hochstein join the pod to discuss the dark ages of golf course architecture and what the future holds for those courses.

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Episode 55: Curtis Tyrrell

I am joined by Medinah Country Club's Director of Grounds Curtis Tyrrell. We talk about how he got into the industry, his experience renovating courses with Rees Jones and Tom Doak, stories from hosting a Ryder Cup and much more.

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Episode 54: The Buck Club

I am joined by Zac Blair and DJ Piehowski to talk golf course architecture and The Buck Club.

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Episode 53: Post Presidents Cup Mailbag

Kyle Nathan (@drawsnfades) joins the podcast to answer your questions about the Presidents Cup, the new PGA Tour season, mid am regulations and much more.

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Episode 52: Kyle Hegland

Sand Hills Superintendent and golf course architecture nut Kyle Hegland and I sat down to talk in the Sand Hills library over the weekend. We talk about the drastic temperatures and unique challenges of maintaining Sand Hills, the genius of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, golf course architecture and much more. 

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Episode 51: PGA Tour Season Review & Presidents Cup Preview

SB Nation's Brendan Porath and the PGA Tour's Sean Martin join the podcast to talk about the 2016-2017 PGA Tour season, the young stars of the PGA Tour, the Presidents Cup and much more. 

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Episode 50: FedEx Cup Mailbag

Kyle Nathan (@drawsnfades) joins the podcast to talk FedEx Cup and answer mailbag questions. 

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Episode 49: Patrick Newcomb

Mackenzie Tour and Latin American Tour star Patrick Newcomb joins the podcast to talk about his strong 2017 season. We talk about bucket hats, his start at this week's Portugal Masters, playing around the world and much more.

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Episode 48: Mailbag III

Kyle Nathan @drawsnfades joins the podcast to answer listener questions. We talk about Augusta National's new Chairman Fred Ridley, the FedEx Cup, the U.S. Am, the Walker Cup selections and much more. 

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Episode 47: Jay Blasi

I am joined with golf course architect Jay Blasi. Jay and I discuss the future of golf course design, technology, Sharp Park, the reaction to Chambers Bay and much more.

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Episode 46: Mike DeVries

I am joined by golf course architect Mike DeVries. We talk about his background and how he got into architect, the philosophy of routing, golden age architects and much more.

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Episode 45: 3 Man Weave with DJ Piehowski & Tron Carter

DJ Piehowski and Tron Carter join the pod to talk about the battle for the final top 125 spots We talk about relegation, the idea of a Death Panel and to answer listener questions.

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Episode 44: Post PGA Championship Mailbag Podcast

Kyle Nathan @drawsnfades joins the podcast to answer mailbag questions and recap the PGA Championship. We discuss Justin Thomas, Louis Oosthuizen, some golf course architecture and Mid-Am Golf. If you want to ask a question for the next mailbag do so here and as always if you enjoy the podcast please rate and review us in iTunes and Stitcher.

Episode 43: Mailbag Pod

Kyle Nathan @drawsnfades joins the pod to answer the latest mailbag questions. We talk PGA Championship coverage, future PGA sites, a potential PGA Tour stock market and much more. 

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Episode 42: Talking PGA, U.S. Am & Walker Cup with Sean Martin

The PGA Tour's Sean Martin comes on the podcast to discuss the U.S. Amateur, Walker Cup and PGA Championship. The conversation floats between the subjects and also touches on technology, the business side of amateur golf and much more. Sean mentioned a piece he wrote on Brian Harman at the end of the podcast, here's the link to it. 

Episode 41: PGA Championship Picks with Paulie

Our resident picks guru @friedeggpaulie joined the podcast to breakdown who he likes at this week's PGA Championship. We talk about the changes made to Quail Hollow and who it should help at 2017's final major championship. 

Episode 40: Brian Silva

Golf course architect Brian Silva joins the podcast to talk about his career. The conversation meanders from how he got his start in the industry, the essence of strategy and template holes. 

Episode 39: 2017 Open Championship Recap

DJ Piehowski and Tron Carter joined the pod to recap what we saw at Birkdale. We talked extensively about Kuchar's tough loss and what Spieth's trajectory is.

Episode 38: 2017 Open Championship Preview

Skratch's DJ Piehowski and No Laying Up's Tron Carter join the podcast to preview this year's Open. We dive into Royal Birkdale, Bryson's big win at the Deere, Rory's struggles and our picks to win. If you enjoy the podcast, please rate and review it in the iTunes store. 
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Episode 37: Dr. Greg Cartin

Sports psychologist Dr. Greg Cartin joins the podcast to speak about how to think while on the golf course. Dr. Greg works with a handful of PGA and Web.com Tour players to get them to maximize their results on the course.  

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Episode 36: Geoff Shackelford

Golf writer and golf course architecture expert Geoff Shackelford joins the podcast. We discuss a variety of topics including golf course architecture, technology and professional golf.

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Episode 35: Scott Fawcett

Scott Fawcett joins the podcast to talk about how he works with Tour professionals and elite amateur players to manage their games better. Scott's DECADE system is being used by 25 Tour players and many of the top college programs. We talk about what the DECADE system is, how he came up with it and how he puts it in practice with his students and himself. 

Episode 34: U.S. Open Recap

DJ Piehowski and Brendan Porath join the pod to rehash the 2017 U.S. Open. We discuss Brooks Koepka's win and his future major championship prospects, JT and Rickie, who impressed and Erin Hills. 

Episode 33: U.S. Open Preview

I am joined by DJ Piehowski and Brendan Porath to discuss this week's U.S. Open at Erin Hills. We dive deep into the hoopla which is the U.S. Open, Erin Hills, the superstars, young guys trying to get a major and the older players who are trying to add to their legacies. 


Episode 32: David Esler

I am joined by golf course architect David Esler to talk about his career, his playing days at Ohio State and what has come of the Scarlet Course, some of his projects including his new Oregon coastline course Pacific Gales and much more.

Episode 31: Lance Ringler

I am joined by Golfweek's Lance Ringler to recap what's happened so far at the NCAA Men's Championship and look ahead to the final three days. Lance talks about how he got into college golf, some of his favorite players and we discuss what has surprised us and impressed us from this year's championship. Listen on iTunes or Stitcher.

Episode 30: Wyndham Clark

College's top ranked player, Oregon's Wyndham Clark joins the podcast to talk golf before this weekend's NCAA Championship. We talk about how he got into golf, what it's like to play at Oregon and his plans after graduation.


Episode 29: Zac Blair, Tron Carter and DJ Piehowski

Zac Blair joins the three man weave to discuss his Players, the 9 he made on 17, Johnny Miller and much more.

Episode 28: Steve Wenzloff

The PGA Tour's VP Of Design Services Steve Wenzloff joins the podcast to discuss the changes made at TPC Sawgrass and how they approach renovations and builds to PGA Tour venues. 

Episode 27: PLAYERS Preview

The pod is onsite as I am joined by No Laying Up's Tron Carter and Skratch's DJ Piehowski to discuss the PLAYERS and the mystery of Ken Duke's snub.

Episode 26: Jeff Mingay

Golf course architect Jeff Mingay joins the podcast to talk about his career, TPC Sawgrass and Augusta National, overlooked great architect AV Macan, music and much more.  Also available on iTunes and Stitcher.

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Episode 25: Jake Nichols

Jake Nichols joins the podcast to talk about analytics and stats on the PGA Tour. Topics covered include who he expects to breakout, how he and the 15th club work with clients, how amateurs can use stats better and much more.

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Episode 24: NOLA Preview with Tron Carter & DJ Pie

No Laying Up's Tron Carter and Skratch's DJ Piehowski join the podcast to talk about the Heritage, Valero and to preview the PGA Tour's team event the Zurich Classic. 

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Episode 23: Riley Johns

I am joined by Riley Johns, a up and coming golf course architect who recently finished his first solo project with Keith Rhebb at Winter Park. Before Winter Park, Riley worked for great architects such as Tom Doak, Coore & Crenshaw and Rod Whitman.

Episode 22: Masters Recap with Tron Carter, Adam Sarson & DJ Piehowski

To breakdown Sergio's major triumph I am joined by Sergio's biggest fan Adam Sarson as well as No Laying Up's Tron Carter and Skratch's DJ Piehowski. 


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Episode 21: Masters Sunday Preview with Tron Carter & Young Neil

I am joined by No Laying Up's Tron Carter and Young Neil to talk about Saturday's action and preview what to expect from Sunday's. 

Episode 20: Tron Carter & DJ Piehowski

No Laying Up's Tron Carter @troncarter and the PGA Tour's DJ Piehowski @djpie join the podcast to discuss the first two rounds of the Masters and what to expect this weekend.

Episode 19: Arron Oberholser


Arron Oberholser joins the podcast to talk golf. We talk about how equipment has changed the game, the upcoming Masters, golf courses and architecture, Tiger Woods chances of playing at Augusta and the Grayson Murray situation.

Episode 18: Nick Hardy & Dylan Meyer

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I am joined by two of Illinois golf stars Nick Hardy and Dylan Meyer. I talk to each of them for a half hour about their golf careers, life in college and Illinois' golf teams. 

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Episode 17: Tom Doak - Part II


Part two of the Tom Doak podcast focuses on Tom's life as a golf course critic and we debut our new regular segment of overrated/underrated. If you missed it here is part 1 of our conversation.

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Episode 16: Tom Doak


I host the illustrious architect Tom Doak. Because of Tom's generosity with his time, we split the podcast into two parts.

Part I focuses on Tom's background, projects and architectural philosophies and in Part II which will be published on Friday, March 17th, we focus on his life as a golf critic and golf courses to see around the globe.  Listen to Part II

Tom recently joined Instagram and is a great follow, his profile is here @doakgolf. And be sure to check out his books if you enjoy golf course architecture and golf courses here

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Episode 15: Sean Martin

I am joined by the PGA TOUR's Sean Martin. Sean is a longtime scribe for the golf industry and we chat in detail about the PGA TOUR, the future of golf, names of the past and splice in some golf course architecture talk. 

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A link to Sean's Bryan Brothers piece he mentioned on the Podcast.


Episode 14: Josh Gregory


Two-time National Champion coach at Augusta State and now PGA Tour coach Josh Gregory joins to talk golf, specifically his approach to coaching and his students John Peterson, Kelly Kraft, Patrick Reed and Henrik Norlander.


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Episode 13: Zac Blair & Jon Cavalier

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I am joined by Zac Blair and Jon Cavalier to talk golf courses and architecture. Topics range from Cypress Point and the Monterey Peninsula to architects to template holes and much more.


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Episode 12: Tee-K Kelly

I talk golf with former Ohio State star golfer Tee-K Kelly. Tee-K recently turned professional after a standout amateur and college career, earning full-status on the PGA Tour Latin American Tour for 2017. We talk about how he got into the game, his amateur career, favorite courses and what he is working on to take his game to the next level. 

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Episode 11: Michael Clayton

I chat with Australian golf legend Michael Clayton. We discuss Michael's long career on the European Tour and what it was like to play with Seve Ballesteros, along how technology has been a detriment to the game, and OCCM's latest projects. 


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Episode 10: David McLay Kidd

Our latest guest is one of today's finest architects, David McLay Kidd. David has designed the likes of Bandon Dunes, Nanea Golf Club and Gamble Sands to name a few and is currently working on projects at Sand Valley and Rolling Hills C.C. Our talk covered a wide variety of topics including how he got into architecture, his experience building Bandon Dunes as an unknown architect in his 20s, his Sand Valley and Rolling Hills projects and some nitty gritty architecture talk. Follow David on Twitter using the button below.

Episode 9: Stewart Hagestad

We talk with the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur Champion Stewart Hagestad. Stewart had a thrilling victory at Stonewall in September over Scott Harvey and with the win earned himself an invitation to Augusta National for the 2017 Masters. We talk with Stewart about the win at Stonewall, his prep for Augusta, his Walker Cup chances and his friendships with some PGA Tour players. 


Here's the famed Barstool Video that we discussed on the podcast.

Episode 8: Jon Cavalier

We talk golf, photography, golf course architecture and golf courses with the man behind @LinksGems, Jon Cavalier. Get to know Jon better and pick up a few tips on golf course photography and golf courses along the way. 

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Episode 7: Keith Rhebb

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Keith and Riley at Winter Park GC

We talk with Keith Rhebb, one of golf's up and coming architects. Keith has worked for over a decade as an Associate for Coore and Crenshaw and recently finished up his first solo project teaming up with Riley Johns and Blake Conant to build Winter Park GC in Orlando Florida. Keith came on podcast and we talked about how he got into golf course architecture, his experience working with Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, the Winter Park project and his goals for the future. 

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Episode 6: Zac Blair

We talk PGA Tour and golf course architecture with PGA Tour pro Zac Blair! Topics range from Zac's unique path to the PGA Tour, his upcoming 2017 schedule, his golf course The Buck Club and a lot of golf course architecture talk. If you don't already follow Zac and the Buck Club on Twitter below. 

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Episode 5: Vince India

We talked with Web.com Tour member Vince India about life as a professional golfer, both on and off the course. 

From the podcast, here is John Peterson's Christmas decorations.

Yeah, I lost my mind again this year. New house, new scheme. #took5days #wortheveryminute

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Episode 4: Rob Collins

We talk golf course architecture with golf course architect, Rob Collins.  Rob is the principal designer of King Collins Design and responsible for the build and design of Sweetens Cove Golf Club. Listen here: 


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Episode 3: USC Golf Coach Justin Silverstein

We bring back the podcast to talk some college golf with USC's Justin Silverstein! We cover a bevy of topics including USC's program and their fall season, the most impressive college players in the country, how college golf changed in the recent years, and what Justin expects from National Championship site Rich Harvest Farms.

the fried egg podcast: Episode 2 - Jim Herman

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We spoke with PGA Tour winner Jim Herman about his career thus far, his win at the Shell Houston Open, how he's preparing for the Open Championship, life on tour and golf course architecture.  Hope you enjoy!


The Plumb-Bob Prince wins at Riv, Tiger shows signs of life, and Spieth ejects

Andy and Brendan return to discuss all things Genesis Open, but first get to shoutouts and just credit for Ryan Fox, Nelly Korda, and Mark Hubbard on their big wins Sunday. Then we get to the matter of J.B. Holmes, who made more news for his pace of play at Riviera than his victory over Justin Thomas. We discuss the slow play pandemic, what could actually force change, where JB falls on the spectrum of offenders (he’s the worst), and the ultimate nightmare slow-play foursome. The “season of championships” is now officially a thing, with graphics weaved into the broadcast, so we address that. We also discuss Tiger’s charge and future prospects as well as Jordan Spieth’s big implosion that led to his worst PGA Tour round. Andy gets angry about the Genesis Open’s new elevated status sweeping aside the event’s illustrious history. Then we wrap with a news segment on Matt Kuchar trying to make good with El Tucan, Bryson’s enraged vandalism of a Riviera bunker, and the architect of the “Live Under Par” campaign leaving the PGA Tour.

Kuchar speaks and makes it worse, Phil’s anti-Players stance, and Bubba’s acting career

We lead off the show marveling at the tredecuple bogey 17 made by Ben DeArmond on the Web Tour and commend him for his response to the implosion. Then we move to the Genesis Open, where we lament the decision to wipe out scores and also make it hard to watch in primetime. Andy delights in Phil Mickelson’s decision to lead the #resistance against The Players “First Major” campaign. Brendan applauds Adam Scott saying the the game is becoming a “laughingstock” from the new rules and dismisses Sergio’s hollow apology. Matt Kuchar’s quotes are given a review, and it’s not particularly kind on Mr. Kuchar or his agent’s ability to manage PR crises. Then we get to some fantastic lines from Bubba Watson, who says he’d quit golf to be an actor while also saying he’d be bad at it. We end with some amusing and memory-jogging flashback Fridays from L.A. Opens past.

Boarding the Riviera hype train, Phil and Sergio apologize, and Kuchar’s big mess

The best event on the PGA Tour schedule gives Andy and Brendan the occasion to swoon about Riviera and the field for the Genesis Open. They re-hash their experience walking inside the ropes last year at the Genesis and Andy breaks down some of the best holes and features of this top venue. Then they review some of the featured groups for this week, giving Andy the opportunity to question Cam Champ’s profile alongside some of the more established stars and Hall-of-Famers. A news segment (that becomes a debate) focuses on the report from Michael Bamberger confirming the paltry sum Matt Kuchar paid to his local caddie, El Tucan, after winning $1.3 million at Mayakoba. They also hit on Sergio re-emerging to public life with an apology before wrapping with the weekly Paulie’s Picks segment from @FriedEggPaulie.

The Mickelson v. Casey sundown staring contest and the “Season of Championships”

We return from the weekend without a winner at Pebble Beach but with plenty of drama to discuss from the sundown debate between Phil Mickelson and Paul Casey. We get into Mickelson’s unbridled attempt to keep playing deep into the darkness, Casey standing his ground, Mark Russell and Jay Monahan mediating, Jim Nantz and Clint Eastwood presiding, and the fantastic TV it made after what had been a rough watch all afternoon. Andy also digs his heels in on his ProTracer panning and the Tour’s Dru Love problem. Brendan applauds Scott Stallings’ fantastic interview about his health, which gives Andy the occasion to drop some explosive intel from on the ground in Jupiter about a Joey D workout client. Then we react to golf’s new “Season of Championships” that, per Jay Monahan, begins next month at The Players. We finish with some troubling quotes on Gary Nicklaus’ PGA Tour Champions debut.

A nuclear take on ProTracer, Fan vote apathy, and naming the new gold Players trophy

Andy and Brendan close out the week with some quick reactions to the play at Pebble and the Vic Open. They review Phil’s improved accuracy, Hosung’s struggles, and Ted Potter’s complete implosion. Then they discuss the idea of Dru Love as “America’s Guest” (hat tip Lou Brown) and Andy puts it on him to find another Tour to train as a professional. They reveal their disappointment at the widespread, almost incomprehensible voter apathy for “Fan Vote Friday.” They dismiss the alleged tee box inequities scandal between the Euro Tour and LPGA Tour competitions at the Vic Open. A news segment covers the new Players trophy and tries to come up with a name for the gold fella, while Andy gets confused and angry around the promotional wording of it. They close with a Flashback Friday on Gene Littler and that time some sand vandals ruined CBS’ blimp shot of Pebble Beach.

The Vic Open experiment, Brooks calls out Sergio, and Pebble Beach picks

We’ve calmed down a bit from Monday’s Sergio rantings and ravings to assess the new week of events across the globe. We begin with the Vic Open, a concurrent European Tour and LPGA Tour event with alternating tee times on the same courses and for the same size purses. Andy highlights the best way this unique event could be broadcast and showcased. Then we move to Pebble Beach, where we celebrate Ted Potter Jr. getting a press conference and lament the mainstreaming of Hosung, while staying happy to see him on the main stage. We also ponder some of he worst celebrities you could get paired with at Pebble. In news, we revel in the big story of the day -- Brooks Koepka saying Sergio’s actions were that of a “child” and disrespectful to the rest of the field. We wrap with Paulie’s picks for Pebble Beach and some late breaking news on Fan Vote Friday!

Rickie hangs on, Sergio snaps in Saudi Arabia, and another rules fiasco

Brendan and Andy return from the weekend and the content bounty is plentiful. They react first to Rickie Fowler’s win at the Phoenix Open, where he hung on during a day of ugly play all over the course. They assess what it might mean for the future and whether his underwhelming play on Sunday does anything to bury the narrative that he has trouble closing. Then they get to Sergio Garcia’s shameful weekend in Saudi Arabia, where he damaged at least five greens during a temper tantrum unprecedented at the highest pro level. They discuss what the punishment should be for Sergio and why the tapes and story have been buried. Other topics hit are Pat Reed’s bizarre honorary lifetime membership from the European Tour, the alignment rule fiasco and the rescinding of Denny McCarthy’s penalty, and Johnny Miller’s farewell broadcast.

Matt Wolff’s big debut, Bryson’s Saudi propaganda, and Augusta’s new 5th hole

Following Thursday’s interview with legendary caddie Andy Martinez that served as Johnny Miller send-off homage, Brendan and Andy close out the week discussing the early action from Phoenix and Saudi Arabia. In Phoenix, they hit on Matthew Wolff stealing the show for the golf nut crowd. They ponder Wolff’s ceiling and how he’s the start of a new way elite prospects are recruited and prepped for the big leagues. They also spend time lamenting another blowout Fan Vote Friday. Then they swing over to Saudi Arabia for a segment of scorn directed at Bryson DeChambeau, who came off as a dunce lauding the beauty of Saudi Arabia and the “grow the game” potential of this event. The lengthening of Augusta’s 5th hole gets a cursory review before they close with a Flashback Friday focused on some ignominious moments from Tiger and Bubba at TPC Scottsdale.

A Johnny Miller homage: Hall of Fame caddie Andy Martinez discusses his time with Johnny

We go off schedule for this Shotgun Start special edition, a Friday Jr. treat. Johnny Miller’s last broadcast this week at the Phoenix Open is the public end of a Hall of Fame career in golf, both as a player and broadcaster. With that occasion, we brought on Andy Martinez, a Hall of Fame caddie and legend in his own right, to discuss his time as Johnny’s looper. Martinez caddied for almost 50 years around the globe and for eight different winners on the PGA Tour. He worked for Johnny during the peak of Miller’s powers in the 1970s and is loaded with anecdotes and stories about Johnny’s career and the pro game across multiple eras. He discusses his first ever encounter with Johnny, what it was like to be on the bag for a Johnny heater, why Johnny never won a Masters, and how the game has changed for better or worse over the decades. Thanks again to Andy Martinez for his time and regaling us with so many incredible first-hand stories.

Brooksy rages against slow play, Saudi International critiques, and Phoenix Open picks

We run through the schedule on this Wednesday edition, spotlighting the PGA Tour’s annual stop in Phoenix and the Euro Tour’s inaugural stop in Saudi Arabia. In keeping with tradition, neither of these make the cut for Andy’s “event of the week.” For Phoenix, we discuss Matt Wolff’s debut, the TPC Scottsdale finish, and laugh about those odd PXG ads that emerged. For Saudi Arabia, the tone is a bit more serious and somber as we discuss the players’ decisions to patronize and the Euro Tour’s decision to even hold an event in a country with such a horrible human rights record. In news, we champion Brooks Koepka’s fiery quotes about his peers inability to keep pace, discuss the new distance report from the USGA and R&A, and some schedule choices from high-profile players. We cap it off with Paulie’s pick for an overwhelming favorite for any one-and-done pools as well as some preferred player types for Phoenix.

Rose runs away, a Reed-Spieth hug, Haotong gets hit, and the worst of the PGA Show

We return from the weekend to discuss Justin Rose’s dominant win at Torrey Pines and Bryson DeChambeau’s dominant win in Dubai. Andy argues that Rose’s win confirms his belief that clubs don’t matter. Also from the Farmers, we review Tiger’s impressive week, the theatrics of the Reed-Spieth hug, and the aspirational vibe of Adam Scott. Then we swing out to Dubai, where Andy has some strong feelings on pace-of-play enforcement when it comes to Bryson. We also get worked up about the egregious Haotong Li penalty. After results, we run through the reader submissions of some of the useless, inane, and amusing products from the PGA Merchandise show. We wrap up with a whiparound news segment on the The Players (aka The First Major) re-taking the game’s richest purse throne, Steve Wheatcroft’s tweet on Tour travel price-gouging, and former-reinstated-amateur-turned-pro-again Gary Nicklaus doing damage on Andy’s beloved the Minor League Golf Tour.

Tiger is back, Westy is re-born, and Alan Shipnuck regales with stories from a life of golf writing

Golf Magazine Senior Writer Alan Shipnuck joins Brendan and Andy on this Friday edition. Alan was generous with his time as we discussed two of his incredible 2019 stories on José de Jesús Rodríguez and the murder of Celia Barquín Arozamena. We get into the process of how he crafted both pieces and the reception of each. Then we freelance on Tiger and his prospects for 2019, Andy’s obsession with the Ernie vs. Phil debate, and stories from his life in golf writing, including a Masters when Billy Payne chased him out of Augusta National. Before the interview with Alan, we do our usual Friday roundup, hitting on some amusing inanities from the Farmers, Tiger’s first round of 2019, Lee Westwood’s change in attitude, and Rory McIlroy’s comments on Hosung Choi. This Friday episode runs longer than normal but we think it will be worth the time.

Tiger makes his 2019 debut, the Tour’s Corey Conners problem, and Torrey picks

The new golf season steps up a level this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, where Tiger Woods will make his 2019 debut. The field is absolutely loaded at Torrey Pines and despite Andy’s objections to the course, it’s a strong contender for “event of the week.” We discuss the prospects for Tiger’s 2019, some curious prop bets, and the tough choices he’s going to have to make about what events to play on a condensed schedule. We also discuss the watered down Dubai Desert Classic, the Web Tour finish, and the “Pro Golf Tour’s” Red Sea Ain Sokhna Classic. Brendan rants about the needless gizmos at the PGA Show and Andy rants about the Corey Conners problem that the PGA Tour has right now -- it’s worth a rant and completely objectionable. Finally, we get to Paulie’s Picks for some fantasy and one-and-done insight on the Farmers.

Long outlasts Lefty and “The First Major” campaign gets a notable advocate

It may be a day off for most of the USA but the Shotgun Start is here to review the entire weekend of golf from across the globe. After watching Pat Mahomes put on ice and not even get a chance to touch the ball in OT, we discuss one of the worst tiebreaker formats in golf. Then we get to Adam Long’s big finish at the Desert Classic and Phil Mickelson’s big week trying to “crush drivers.” We discuss what that philosophy might mean for the rest of his year. Then we hit on the Euro Tour results with more questions about the validity of the Rolex Series, the Singapore Open and Dru Love’s strong finish that might just shut us up, and a stud prospect getting a Masters berth at the Latin America Amateur. We wrap with Brandel Chamblee advocating not for the usual four-major system but what he called “The Big 5 Events” and what this support means for Andy’s theory that the PGA Tour is slowly trying to brainwash us into accepting a First Major campaign.

Phil knocks off the “rust,” a Latin America Am story, and a PGA West Flashback Friday

Brendan and Andy close out the week with a review of all the golf from across the globe. They cover Phil Mickelson’s 2019 debut and some of the fascinating less heralded stories on the Desert Classic leaderboard. Then they whip around from Westy’s work in Abu Dhabi to the Singapore Open and back to the LPGA’s celebrity event in Orlando. Andy goes into the archives for a Flashback Friday on the debut of PGA West at the 1987 Bob Hope and the revolt of angry players against the Pete Dye design. Brendan then relays a story from a listener and former Latin America Amateur contestant from the United States who became a Dominican citizen over one weekend to get into the field. They also discuss the latest from Matt Kuchar’s tipping travesty and comments from Fred Ridley on the how the Masters plans to operate within the new rules.

Hosung comes to Carmel, Latin America Am intel, and Desert Classic picks

There is almost too much to discuss on this Wednesday edition, with seven televised events coming this week. But first Brendan and Andy react to the news that Hosung Choi will make his PGA Tour debut at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in a few weeks. Then they cover different entertaining tidbits from the PGA Tour to the LPGA to Abu Dhabi to Singapore and everything in between in this jam-packed week. Andy relays intel from the Latin America Amateur Championship while Brendan relives a harrowing confrontation with Larry the Cable Guy, who is back in the field at this week’s Diamond Resorts Invitational. Then we are joined by @FriedEggPaulie for some fantasy intel and one-and-done picks for this week’s Desert Classic on the PGA Tour.

Matt Kuchar’s wild weekend and Jay Rigdon on golf’s TV coverage

Andy and Brendan are both finally settled at home and ready to review a weekend of perfectly normal news from the PGA Tour. They discuss Matt Kuchar’s win at the Sony Open, where he falls in the always evolving “best never to win a major” list, and a few other takeaways from the leaderboard. Then they get to bigger news that engulfed Kuchar over the weekend, with rumors that he stiffed his local caddie with just $3k from a $1.3 million winner’s payout at the Mayakoba Classic. Are Tom Gillis and Kip Henley golf’s version of Woodward & Bernstein? Is this fake news? If true, how shitty of a move was it? They also discuss the collapse of Stephen Curry’s event in the Bay Area. Then they get to Jay Rigdon of Awful Announcing for an interview on how the broadcasts of golf have improved, where they’re still lacking, dream and nightmare broadcast teams, and what he’d like to see change in 2019. Follow Jay on Twitter @JayRigdon5.

Spieth’s Sony struggles, more ‘Players as 1st major’ conspiracies, and Flashback Friday

After a WiFi emergency challenges Andy’s sanity, a Friday edition does miraculously make it to the light of day. Brendan and Andy immediately go on a lengthy digression about the OWGR committee reviewing whether the new staggered start Tour Championship should be eligible for world ranking points. That digression then leads to another about the WGCs following Adam Scott’s comments that he might skip them all, which then leads to more on the conspiracy about The Players trying become the “First Major.” On the Sony, they discuss some questionable grandstand placement, the new 18th green, Shugo’s big day, and Spieth’s poor day. They finish with a Flashback Friday that Andy uses as an excuse to argue yet another case for his favorite player while Brendan recalls one of the all-time awkward interviews in PGA Tour history.

Andy’s ace and a reply to his pants haters, Captain Paddy, and Rob Allenby Open picks

The typical Wednesday format is cast aside as a fired up Andy joins while on his way to night of merriment after making a hole-in-one. We discuss the circumstances around his ace and his questionable pants in the tweeted video of the shot that had the haters responding in full force. Then we set aside the personal tales and get back to pro golf, covering the news of Shotgun Start favorite Shugo Imahira’s special exemption into the 2019 Masters. We review the expected announcement of Padraig Harrington taking the reins of the European Ryder Cup team. We finish with a discussion of the Sony Open, hitting on the strengths of Waialae, Jordan Spieth expectations, and the Tour chickening out by putting Pat Reed a group ahead of Spieth and not with him.

The X-man gets a chase-down W, more fun with the new rules, and the Lucy Li controversy

We have a new No.1 in the FedExCup standings! Andy and Brendan discuss Xander Schauffele’s incredible Sunday 62 to win the Tournament of Champions. They get into the X-man’s future prospects after another win puts him atop the FEC. They also address Gary Woodland’s impressive week and Rory’s unimpressive Sunday flop. Then we get to a further review of the new rules in action, including Bryson DeChambeau’s struggle to comprehend the new drop height. After watching the rules officials loosen up a bit and wear Hawaiian shirts, Andy hypothesizes about placing “undercover plain clothesed” rules officials in the crowd. They end with a discussion on Lucy Li’s amateur status controversy after it came out that she starred in an Apple Watch commercial.

Bryson’s pin to win, Golf Channel tweaks, Gainzzz and reactions to a delightful opener

The Shotgun Start was created to go deep on all the amusing quirks and inanities that made the PGA Tour’s opening night at the Sentry Tournament of Champions so entertaining. We’re not overstating it when we say it was fantastic from start to finish. There was Bryson putting with the pin in, Gainzz going low, and a near catastrophe in the first ever in-round interview on the PGA Tour. We also discuss a bombshell of a listener question on the new rules that could render this entire season fraudulent. We also go over the disturbing evidence from the first round that promptly supported Andy’s crackpot theory from Wednesday that the PGA Tour is going to try and make The Players the “first major.” We conclude with a quick news roundup on Pat Reed’s champions dinner, Mike Davis stepping down, and a Flashback Friday to a year when Kapalua wreaked havoc on the leaderboard.

New year, new takes: Resolutions we’d like some golfers to consider, 2019 predictions, and Kapalua picks

It’s a New Year and the Shotgun Start is back after a brief (one episode!) hiatus. Andy and Brendan discuss the Tournament of Champions and how it holds a special place for them as the annual opener. Then they offer some picks for the 2019 majors, a couple awards, and mix in a few possibly insane/extreme longshot predictions. Andy also has a list of some New Year’s resolutions he’d like to see from different golfers and people associated with the game. We wrap with the return of Paulie’s Picks, as Paulie joins with some intel on Kapalua and a few names to tab for the ToC.

The Match gets renewed and Adam Sarson discusses his 2018 Year in Review

Andy and Brendan return from a holiday break to catch up on a week of golf news. That doesn’t take long, as they hit on reports that Tiger and Phil are in for two more matches, Tiger is out for Kapalua, and Francesco Molinari’s announcement that he may not play on the European Tour until The Open. Then we get to an interview with Adam Sarson, whose year-in-review series has achieved somewhat of legend status on the golf corner of the internet. We get into Sarson’s process for the 2018 list, any challenges he had in whittling it down and then ordering it, and a few predictions for the 2019 list.

A Holiday AMA free-for-all

The Shotgun Start put the call out for questions for a rapid-fire AMA experiment and you all responded with a potpourri of incisive golf prompts and random topics. In keeping with the intent of an AMA, we try to go through every single question you had for us and answer as best we can on the fly. The topics range from changes we’d make to the PGA Tour to thoughts on golf media to course design to PGA Tour pros we’d most want to play in basketball. At times, it may go off the rails but we appreciate your feedback and questions.

Memorializing a year on the PGA Tour, Part IV: The PGA and the Playoffs

We finish out the week with a few comments on the news of architect Keith Foster’s guilty plea to a federal crime with up to five years in prison. Then, prompted by an “event of the week” tip after our call for audience submissions, they get to an enlightening and amusing discussion on the the Minor League Golf Tour and its bedrock JupLife principles. After that quick news, we’re back to Part IV of the 2018 PGA Tour Memorial, finishing with the home stretch of the PGA Championship and the Playoffs. The season’s final major gets a fine tooth comb and we cover shanked wedges, maddening TV moves, DJ drama, and a certain Masters champion’s visit to Fenway Park.

Memorializing a year on the PGA Tour, Part III: The Open and open season for cheating

We lied! Our little game of back-and-forth revisiting the big moments and forgotten absurdities on the PGA Tour will *not* be three parts. We got carried away having fun doing part three, which came in at almost two hours. So much like a Ryder Cup captain in distress, we called an audible and will split it up into four total parts. Part 3 ranges from the Travelers up to the PGA Championship. We cover a spate of cheating controversies, John Peterson retirements, Military Tributes, oddball fields at opposite events, the summer of Tiger, and one of the great Sundays in major championship history. Stay tuned for part 4 later this week, when we wrap up with a deep dive on glory’s last shot and the playoffs.

Memorializing a year on the PGA Tour, Part II: The Masters and the U.S. Open

Andy and Brendan return with a weekend results update and react to the controversy engulfing the outcome at the PNC Father-Son Challenge. Then they move onto part two of their PGA Tour season review, going blow-by-blow starting with the Masters and ending with that crazy weekend at the U.S. Open. You’ll get a memory jog on some results, but more importantly, a recap of all the entertaining sideshows that made this year so fun. From angry Angela Garcia to bird strikes to JDay health maladies to Holly Sonders Freudian slips, they attempt to unearth the most enjoyable forgotten moments in part 2 before putting a bow on the entire summer with part 3 on Wednesday.

Memorializing a year on the PGA Tour, Part I: Amusing and sometimes useless facts

As part of an end-of-year series, Brendan and Andy run through the first quarter of the PGA Tour schedule to review key moments, controversies, and plenty of amusing ephemera you probably forgot. As you can guess, this is not meant to be a cut-and-dry recap of what happened, but rather a tribute to the many oddities and silly dramas that are often forgotten by the end of an interminable season. They alternate events, with one host armed with some research while the other trying to recall or guess cold on what transpired, starting from the top at Kapalua.

Brooks Koepka starts getting real on Twitter and golf in a South African bestiary

With just three events this week, one of which Andy vehemently proclaims “doesn’t count,” we look to the ends of the earth for the distinguished “event of the week” honor. This leads to longer-than-expected but delightful discussions on the Dunhill Championship and the Indonesian Masters, aka the Westy Invitational on the Asian Tour. For the Dunhill in South Africa, we review Gary Player’s Leopard Creek redesign, with a spotlight on some of its curious finishing holes and what the content makers at the PGA Tour would do with all the animals that roam near its grounds. We also examine the purse size and field makeup of the Indonesian event. Andy makes a plea for no John Daly Jr. coverage at the Father-Son. We then discuss Brooks Koepka taking umbrage with an arbitrary end-of-year list and how that relates to an interesting Golfweek article on players working with the PGA Tour to try to grow their brands on social media (we argue to stop taking the Tour’s suggestions as gospel and just be authentic, among other things).

The Mattress King re-takes the throne, Q-School review, and a shocking breakup

Brendan and Andy return from the weekend to discuss King Louis’ win in South Africa, as well as the Open qualifiers that punched their tickets to Portrush. They then transition to the QBE Shootout for a quick analysis on some of the scoring yielded by those different formats. If the Tour really wants to Live Under Par, should they put more scramble formats on the schedule? A lengthy discussion on Web Q-School focuses on the studs that made it, some that didn’t, super-low scores on an apathetic layout, and outrage over the lack of coverage during a slow time of the year. Finally, they wrap with a news segment that focuses on Steph Curry’s event likely going to Lake Merced and the Damon Green-ZJ breakup that shook the golf world to its core over the weekend. They speculate on some cryptic quotes from ZJ that may have led to the separation.

The worst golf club names of all time and Shark Shootout formats, teams we’d like to see

Almost no one watches the QBE Shootout, but it’s an event with a solid foundational concept and some good formats! Brendan and Andy review the 3 separate formats for the 3 separate days and ponder other two-person teams that could pump more life into a weekend that’s sans college football. They dive in on Q-School developments, which provokes a fun/agonizing Flashback Friday from Andy. Brendan opts to flashback to one of the oddest couples to ever play the Shark Shootout as well as Bryson’s face-on putting experiment at the Shootout (and subsequent freakout on the USGA when his club was ruled non-conforming). Finally, with manufacturers starting to tease and announce their new wares for 2019, they recall and laugh at some of the worst-named clubs of all time.

PGA gets in bed with Big Tex and the new Tour “feeder system” for college players

It’s a light week for golf on TV but the content gods always provide for the Shotgun Start podcast. Andy and Brendan discuss the report that Tiger Woods may get his own Monster drink and he may now also have a new Presidents Cup assistant captain if one oddball star’s pleas are answered. They then explore the idea of the Tour providing a system that gives NCAA stars access to more playing opportunities. Andy explains what this embrace of the youth movement says about the state of the game. Then they move to the PGA of America announcement that they’re headed to Texas as part of a mega-development that is being called the “Silicon Valley of golf.” They offer a skeptical critique of the lengthy release outlining these plans. Finally, they wrap with a discussion of the South African Open in Joburg, where three spots for the British Open are up for grabs. Is this the best way to qualify for the world’s major championship?

Rahm wins motorbike world challenge, Tiger double-hit drama, and Reed pops off again

Brendan returns from the most magical place on Earth to catch up with Andy and discuss an eventful weekend at the Hero World Challenge. They review Jon Rahm’s win and ponder who from the under-30 set and the Euro set will win more in the coming years. An Andy divergence on Henrik Stenson goes down the path to providing a valuable history lesson on Calvin Peete. They examine the Tiger double-hit penalty exoneration from late Friday afternoon that had the golf world frenzied. Back from the fantasyland of Disney, Brendan provides his breakdown of Pat Reed’s continued fantasy world assessment of the U.S. Ryder Cup experience. They wrap with some Sunday scaries and the best thing from the weekend before providing a few details on December plans for the Shotgun Start.

Hideki and his hero, Rickie hitting 30 and Cam Champ and the rooks

The PGA Tour's Sean Martin joins the podcast in place of Brendan who is still in Disneyworld. A pair of Patricks sit a top the leaderboard but the story comes from the bottom with Hideki and his boyhood hero teeing off first. Sean spits some stats about the importance of Strokes Gained: off the tee and Andy debates consistency vs winning.

We ride into the Hero with Kyle Porter

Brendan is on "vacation" with his kids in Disneyworld so CBS Sports' Kyle Porter joins the podcast to ride into the Hero. Andy and Kyle talk about the the ongoing fallout from The Match and the paywall gaff. Kyle reminises about how far Tiger has come since last year. Of course, Andy dives into the whereabouts of Hosung Choi's start this week. The conversation wraps up with a discussion on Oklahoma State golf and the bright future of Matthew Wolff. Listen to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or Spotify.

The reign of Hosung begins and reactions to The Match and World Cup

It’s another victory Monday on the Shotgun Start, and perhaps, it’s the sweetest one yet. The legend Hosung Choi gets the win, going for it all on the 18th hole of the Casio World Open to convert on the Japan Tour. Andy reacts to this historic moment in the game, and we wonder about what it might mean for the future. Then we spend time reviewing the good, bad, and ugly from The Match. We cover what worked, what didn’t, what we’d like to see next ... and if you’re the Bleacher Report tech guy responsible for the PPV mishap, do you even go into work on Monday? Finally, we check in on the results of our first annual World Cup of Golf draft.

Turner Golf producer Matt Kane discusses The Match

It’s Thanksgiving Friday! The Match is nigh and Brendan and Andy hop on to discuss their expectations for the experiment while also running through some prop bets. A Flashback Friday segment recalls their two favorite matches of recent years. Then Matt Kane, who has worked in golf production for Turner for 20 years and is working The Match, joins us for a fascinating (and evergreen if you’re traveling over the weekend post-Match) chat on the challenges and opportunities of broadcasting this event. He also discusses a particularly proud moment from his production career that happened with bunker-gate and DJ at the Whistling Straits PGA.

A World Cup draft and Shane Bacon discusses The Match and his role in the broadcast

Before we get to the biggest bar night of the year, Andy and Brendan settle in to preview Tiger v. Phil and the World Cup of Golf. The two praise the World Cup format and hope for a better future with more hype and attention on the event. They hold the inaugural Shotgun Start World Cup of Golf draft to make things more interesting while watching the primetime golf from Australia. Then TV superstar Shane Bacon joins to discuss The Match and his role as a reporter in the unique broadcast of the pay-per-view event on Friday. We get into his preferred spots in Vegas, what he wants to do with Charles Barkley while they’re out there, and what he expects from Tiger and Phil at Shadow Creek.

Honest Abe delivers while CH3 climbs the courier service rankings mountaintop

Andy and Brendan start the short holiday week with a review of all that happened over the weekend, from Australia to Sea Island to the gluttonously named PGA assistant professional champion. Abraham Ancer’s dominance in Australia has Andy almost as giddy as last Monday after Westy’s win. Then we pivot stateside and give Charles Howell III --- that’s NEW FedExCup Standings No. 1 Charles Howell III --  lots of love for his playoff win at the RSM Classic. We also discuss Danny Willett’s drought-ending W in Dubai, where Pat Reed couldn’t keep pace. We end with a review of the best things we saw from the weekend tangentially related to golf.

More Match details, Dunlop Phoenix intel, and an Andy rant on amateur status

It’s Friday! Brendan and Andy react to the announcement of The Match’s broadcast team, which will feature notable golf heavyweights Samuel L. Jackson and Charles Barkley. Brendan gives short review of the 24/7 show and what it did or did not reveal about what we may see in Vegas. Then we run through some early action from around the globe, marvel at the consistency and longevity of CH3 and DL3, and discuss some fascinating intel from our Japanese source about the Dunlop Phoenix setup. Before we close with Flashback Friday, Andy gets off a rant about John Peterson announcing the USGA said he’ll get his amateur status back in four years. Here’s hoping a Peterson v. Johnson match is in our future at the Mid-Am.

Fixing the Australian Open, Rory doesn’t hold back, and RSM picks with Paulie

Andy is still riled up as this Wednesday episode navigates the busy golf schedule from around the globe. Brendan begins with his argument questioning the existence and need for the RSM Classic. Then they both discuss Geoff Ogilvy’s article on the fall of the Australian Open, and suggest a few ways the event could return to the prestige it deserves. A review ensues of several candid Rory McIlroy comments that took aim at the Tiger-Phil match, the Euro Tour’s strength, and even maybe his equipment sponsor. Brendan discloses some unnerving details about the Dunlop Phoenix venue before Paulie joins with a few picks and some intel for the RSM.

Boom times return to Westwood Island

There’s nothing but sunshine and rainbows on Westwood Island and Andy has never been happier or better positioned in the real estate market. We break down Lee Westwood ending a four-year winless drought on the European Tour after his inspiring Sunday charge at the Nedbank in South Africa. Then we cover a similar comeback story on the PGA Tour, where Matt Kuchar ended his own four-year winless streak by taking the Mayakoba Classic by a shot. With both players using temporary caddies, we also address how much impact a caddie can have on a veteran player. Finally, we end with a Sunday Scaries segment and our favorite things we saw this week.

A good day for Tiger news and Jonathan Wall talks equipment free agency mania

Andy and Brendan take you into the weekend with a miscellany of golf news and an interview with ace equipment reporter Jonathan Wall of Golf.com. Andy starts with his exuberant joy about Bubba, just not that Bubba. The week ended with Tiger news on multiple fronts and they run through it. After some underwhelming announcements and botched promo attempts, The Match had a strong day with some intriguing details about the production and what it might mean for live wagering. They also review the field coming to Tiger’s Hero World Challenge and offer an irresistible option for one of the final two exemptions. Flashback Friday re-acquaints us with a player that won in Mexico a decade ago and could, in all likelihood, no longer cut it on the power-game PGA Tour. Finally, J-Wall educates us on just what the hell Honma is, why Justin Rose is going there, and regales us with some amusing stories of the equipment free agency game.

Elections for a United States of Golf and Paulie’s Mayakoba picks

Andy and Brendan are here to provide a Wednesday morning diversion from all the election reactions and punditry. They run through the schedule for the week and wonder if there could be more events scattered outside the USA on the PGA Tour. After providing some searing commentary on Greg Norman’s course at Mayakoba, Andy delivers his event of the week. They also ponder what could be more random than Rory McIlroy tweeting well wishes to Purdue basketball on the start of its season. Then, in a topical election-related segment, they appoint positions for a United States of Golf. Finally, Paulie joins with some insights and picks for the Mayakoba Classic in Cancun.

BrySin City, Rose gets back to No. 1, and LPGA cheating drama

Brendan and Andy return to catch you up on a strong weekend in golf. The beautiful boy Bryson DeChambeau rolls on with his fourth win in his last 12 starts and his fifth career W since last summer. After the Shriners win in Vegas, he’s now No. 5 in the world so they discuss his trajectory and where we go from here. Sam Ryder’s extremely aggressive jogger pants look in Vegas gets a review. They also discuss Justin Rose’s work in the Euro Tour’s first Race to Dubai event pushing him back to the top of the world rankings. A scandalous cheating moment at LPGA Q School also demanded a critique of the overbearing parent allegedly at the heart of it. Finally, they wrap with segments on the best things they saw over the weekend and a couple Sunday scaries nominees.

Bryson goes full pinhead and Jeff Sherman of the Vegas SuperBook talks Golf Odds

Brendan and Andy finish the week with a quick discussion of the action from Vegas so far, both from household names and one guy you should Google. Then they react to Bryson’s revelation that he will be putting with the pin in next year when the USGA rules change to allow it. Andy takes the reins for a Flashback Friday loaded with nostalgic goodies from a past Vegas event. Finally, Jeff Sherman, the go-to expert for golf odds (@GolfOdds on Twitter) and a veteran of the Las Vegas SuperBook, joins for an enlightening interview on how he sets the lines and some of the more dramatic moments from his decades doing it.

Golf-related costume ideas, Euro Tour schedule changes, and Shriners Picks

A Halloween edition of the Shotgun Start begins with Andy and Brendan discussing the new European Tour schedule, which adapted and adjusted in response to the new PGA Tour schedule. Then they review the hokey promo for Tiger and Phil coming to HBO’s acclaimed 24/7 series for The Match. To celebrate the holiday, both deliver some golf-related but obscure costume ideas that only the Shotgun Start audience could probably appreciate. Finally, they bring in the expert, @GolfmanPaulie, for some Shriners Open intel and picks.

X gives it to ya and Cam Champ bashes his way to 1st PGA Tour win

Andy and Brendan return from the weekend to discuss Xander Schauffele’s win in China and Cameron Champ’s breakout victory in Mississippi. But first they get to the incredible story that is Scott Parel vying for a Champions Tour season-long title. Brendan responds to Andy’s continued jabs about once calling the X-man overrated and Andy responds to Twitter critics of his fears about what Champ and the new generation of big hitters are doing to the game and its courses. They also rank the WGCs from best to worst, or just bad to absolute worst. Finally, they get in a quick review of Pat Reed NOW trying to no-comment the Ryder Cup questions and wrap it with Sunday scaries nominees.

A surprise host joins from Mississippi to discuss Cam Champ and Matt Wolff

Andy is indisposed on the road so a surprise guest host calls in from the Sanderson Farms Championship. Brendan and guest host discuss Pat Reed going low in China, compare the Sanderson to an NBA “League Pass Team,” and assess Cam Champ’s early lead in Jackson. Then they briefly marvel at Matthew Wolff, the Oklahoma State stud tearing it up this fall in the college ranks. Finally, a Flashback Friday segment covers that one time an HSBC executive called out Tiger for not playing the company’s China WGC event.

Golf's best/worst trophies and a WGC in need of a facelift

The occasion of the Sanderson Farms Championship means Chanticleer the proud rooster trophy returns. So Andy and Brendan run through some of their favorite trophies on the PGA Tour and then explain why the European Tour’s menagerie of hardware is superior. Then they discuss the longggg list of no-shows at this week’s WGC in China, and how that event could use a facelift to inject some new life into it. Finally, @GolfmanPaulie joins to offer some advice for both events this week as well as one-and-done options.

A new No. 1 (FedExCup, that is) and Brendan’s must-attend events for 2019

Andy and Brendan return from the weekend to run through the results from across the globe. We have a new world No. 1 but more importantly, we also have a new No. 1 in the 2019 FedExCup standings. Then Andy gets worked up about a promising development on Westwood Island. They also discuss on admirable candor of Danielle Kang and a curious slow-play penalty on the Senior circuit. Finally, Brendan responds to Andy’s list from last week and delivers his top five events he wants to take the Shotgun Start on the road to in the coming year.

A chat with the legend Berry Henson and Andy’s must-attend events for 2019

Andy revises his “event of the week” based on a new revelation. Then he delivers his top five events he wants to take the Shotgun Start on the road to in the coming year. And then Berry Henson, a veteran of the Asian Tour who played in last week’s CIMB Classic, joins for a fascinating interview about pro golf on the other side of the world. Berry entertains with great anecdotes on some of the oddjobs, such as driving Ubers, during a lengthy injury rehab. He also regales us with some of the great “lost in translation moments” and experiences from his eight years playing pro golf in Asia.

The CJ “Plaque,” Johnny says goodbye, and picks with Paulie

Andy and Brendan discuss what feels both wrong and appropriate about the CJ Cup. Is it a soulless contrivance or just the kind of thing that pro tours should be experimenting with during this slower part of the golf calendar? Then they get to the big news of the week: Johnny Miller is retiring from the head analyst chair at NBC. They discuss Johnny’s contributions to the game as an analyst and assess the report that Paul Azinger will be the replacement. Finally, Twitter’s top golf handicapper, @GolfmanPaulie joins for a couple quick tips on the CJ Cup.

Leish and Eddie P, a football-throwing debacle, and combat over tree removal

Brendan and Andy return from an eventful weekend to discuss results from across the globe. They review Marc Leishman’s win in Malaysia and Eddie Pepperell’s victory in England. Then they appreciate the dominance of Bernhard Langer and handicap his shot to break the all-time Senior tour wins record. After watching Conor McGregor’s hideous and viral attempt to throw a football in Dallas, they ponder about who from the golf world would be most likely to commit a comparably embarrassing throw. Finally, they wrap with a discussion on the tree removal fight that has now gone public at Congressional.

The failures of the Tiger v. Phil Match, Jason Day’s bad takes, and a new PGA TV deal

Andy and Brendan begin this Friday episode wondering who the hell is calling the shots and organizing The Match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. The most recent report on an event that’s losing steam after a series of missteps is that no tickets will be sold and there will be no public access. So they come up with some fake WWE-style controversies and conflicts that could put this thing back on the hype train. Then they get into the impacts of the PGA Championship finally divorcing from TNT and getting a modern TV deal. They wrap with Andy challenging some horrible Jason Day opinions delivered in a Golf Digest interview this week and a Flashback Friday segment honoring the legacies of Bo Van Pelt and Jeff Overton.

Brooks & DJ go for a Short Film Oscar and CIMB Classic picks

Andy and Brendan discuss the Brooks Koepka Player of the Year announcement video and the cheeky attempt to go viral by including Dustin Johnson. The attempt is derided. Then they get into the Jim Furyk interview and discuss the idea for an alternative Bachelor “After the Final Rose” alternative for airing all this Ryder Cup drama out once and for all. Finally, Golfman Paulie comes on to provide some fantasy and gambling insights for this week’s CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur.

FedExCup standings back and Phil’s “waste of time” comments on Ryder Cup

Andy and Brendan return from a weekend of respite and merriment to discuss the thrilling conclusion at the Safeway Open. Andy presents a case for Kevin Tway’s big future of #Gainz and Brendan wonders about the need for a Safeway Open. Then they get into Phil Mickelson’s comments on the course conditions of the Ryder Cup being “unplayable” and that style of golf being a waste of his time.

A mother-in-law + Facebook = danger, Phil goes low, and the International Crown template

Brendan is under the weather, Andy is in an airport, and Pat Reed’s mother-in-law nuked the show plans. But we soldier on to deliver a Friday episode that covers more Reed family drama, Brooks Koepka’s denial, Phil suddenly pouring in birdies, and the fantastic UL International Crown format. We cap it off with a flashback Friday to an ignominious smother-hook from a Safeway Open past.

Premium American Beef: DJ-Koepka and a Reed response

Andy and Brendan dissect all the Ryder Cup drama, which grows and expands with each passing day. They dive into the anonymous response calling Pat Reed “full of shit,” take a guess at who may be the source, and then go through Koepka-DJ tussling. The try to assess what it means and where we go from here. Finally, PGA Tour fantasy ace Paulie joins with a few names for the Safeway Open.

Pat Reed burns down the USA Ryder Cup house and other reactions from Paris

Brendan and Andy go deep into Patrick Reed’s controversial quotes pointing an angry finger at his teammates and captain. They dissect how he threw multiple people under the bus, from Tiger to Spieth, and if he has a future on these teams. And they get into the role his Reed’s wife's tweets played in the entire mess. Finally, they hand out some Ryder Cup superlatives from the weekend in Paris.

Ryder Cup Sunday singles reaction

Brendan and Andy get on the horn for a short, insta-react to the Sunday singles blowout by the Europeans, who won the Ryder Cup with 17.5 points to the USA’s piddling 10.5 points. There was a glimmer of hope for the US at one point early on Sunday, but reality quickly arrived and it arrived in the form of more bad American golf. It was a fitting end for Tiger and Phil, and a fitting end to this 2018 edition that saw Europe steamroll since Friday afternoon. They’ll back later Sunday night for a more holistic reaction to the entire week in Paris.

Ryder Cup Day 2 reaction: We got a bad feeling about this

Andy and Brendan run through another day of matches at the Ryder Cup, where the USA is down 10-6 heading into Sunday singles. They discuss the disgrace that was Patrick Reed shushing the crowd in the middle of getting his ass kicked by Frankie Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood. They discuss the disappointment that was DJ, and the continued revelation that is Webb Simpson. And then they get into the prospects for Sunday, looking at the weak spots and strengths of the lineup on tap for singles.

Ryder Cup Day 1 reactions: We are who we thought we were

Andy and Brendan deliver some instant reactions from the first day of matches in Paris. They critique some puzzling lineup decisions from USA captain Jim Furyk that played at least some part in the biggest blowout session in Ryder Cup history. Bubba and Phil are called onto the carpet. Then they review some of the positive from the morning session, as well as the European fan behavior. Finally, they look forward to Saturday’s lineups and discuss who they would like to see try and stop this alternate shot disaster.

Tiger and Reed pair up, Team Europe talk, and Ryder Cup predictions

Andy and Brendan discuss some of the apparent US pairings taking shape, including a Tiger and Pat Reed duo. They also review Rick Reilly’s flub of a question to Justin Thomas, Webb Simpson becoming the unsung hero of the team, and wonder what Zach Johnson’s caddie is doing at this event? Then they go into Team Europe, its strengths and weaknesses, and what pairings they’d like to see from Thomas Bjorn. Official predictions are made to close it out before Friday’s opening session.

Ryder Cup fever and a day of golf media failures

Andy and Brendan digest the first couple days of Ryder Cup week. It’s been an ugly week for golf media, from softball press conference “questions” to a failure to do the most basic vetting of an Anthony Kim swing video, setting off false alarms everywhere. They speculate on some of the American pairings based on what we saw on the first practice day, giving Andy a reason to bash Phil and Bubba. Then they get into the scripting for this week and the practicality of having a 7,000-seat grandstand on the first tee at a golf course.

Victory Monday for everyone! Tiger Woods gets his first win in 5 years

Brendan and Andy crack open some Monsters and go long to discuss all things Tiger. They review their favorite moments, some obvious and others random, from Tiger’s weekend at the Tour Championship. They reflect on what the win meant to the golf world and personally to them, and assess what it might mean for Tiger’s future. Then they hit on a recent retiree looking to get his amateur status back and a few players stumbling into the Ryder Cup in the Sunday scaries segment.

A homage to the “FedExCup Rap,” Tiger goes low, and Big Boi puts on a show

It’s Friday! Andy and Brendan review Tiger’s opening 65 that put him in a share of the Tour Championship lead. Then they take a moment discussing Big Boi, who performed for the PGA Tour this week in ATL. We finish with a Flashback Friday segment showcasing two of the great moments in Tour Championship history: Bill Haas’ win in 2011 and the infamous 2013 FedExCup Rap, the lyrics of which get a dramatic reading.

Welcome to the WWE FedExCup, Tour Championship picks, and Congo weds the PGA

The PGA Tour is completely overhauling its FedExCup Playoffs format and Andy and Brendan have some strong opinions about the dramatic changes. There’s more money, some hotel rewards, and a staggered scoring system. Can we even call it a playoffs anymore? Does Andy’s PGA Tour x WWE analogy look better each day? They discuss the new format and also preview this week’s Tour Championship. Finally, they wrap with a few thoughts on Congressional tying the knot with the PGA of America.

KVV, Stanford, Bae is back and Ryder Cup rankings

ESPN's Kevin Van Valkenburg fills in for Brendan to discuss the weekend in golf. KVV and Andy discuss the LPGA's final major of the year, Sangmoon Bae's Web Finals win, Phil's outfit and the Ryder Cup.

#HosungWatch is back, Web Tour Finals check-in, and Pieters talks trash

There’s no PGA Tour event this weekend, and that’s a space where Andy and Brendan operate most comfortably. They run through 3 sets of newsworthy Ryder Cup quotes -- one de-escalating, one deflating, and one denigrating. Then they hit on the Web Tour finals, explain the process, names to track, and why it feels higher-states than the FedExCup. They wrap with what to watch this weekend, which was basically an excuse to bow down and praise Hosung Choi for a few more minutes.

Ryder Cup rosters are set, Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner on Tony Finau, and Keegan’s comeback

The last man into the Ryder Cup is Tony Finau, and we’re joined by Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner, who has chronicled Finau’s improbable rise from a low-income household to making the most elite team competition in golf. It’s one of the best stories going and Lav has all the details from the challenges of his childhood to now that illuminate why. We also get into the BMW final round, which featured Keegan’s comeback, Rose’s rise to No. 1, an idiot pouring beer on himself that had Brendan upset, and grandstands too close to the green that had Andy upset.

Rain, Playoffs, Aronimink and Rose

In this episode, Andy and Brendan talk about the rain at the BMW, how Aronimink held up to the world’s best, and how it felt for Brendan for the Browns to break their winless streak with a tie.

Tiger, Rory, Hanse and more

Brendan and Andy discuss Tiger and Rory's opening round 65's at the BMW. Also Gil Hanse joins the podcast to discuss Aronimink, challenging the modern professional and Pinehurst.

Orientation, L’Artiste and the Ryder Cup

In episode one Brendan and Andy introduce the Shotgun Start, discuss the Ryder Cup picks, Bryson's ascent and the BMW. Subscribe to the podcast to get it every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.