Golf.com Podcast

Golf.com Podcast

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GOLF.com editors Alan Bastable and Sean Zak get up close and personal with some of the PGA's top players, personalities and commentators to discuss the latest golf news, life on the PGA Tour and more.

Episodes

Tiger Woods, Then and Now  

As Tiger Woods returns to professional golf this week, we return to his 1996 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award. Woods won the award as a 20-year-old and legendary writer Gary Smith profiled Woods for SI. This week, we talk with Smith and Jeff Ritter about that article from 20 years ago, the influence of Woods' parents, and what it means for the Tiger Woods we'll see now and in the future.

Gil Hanse: So You Want to Build a Golf Course?  

World renowned golf course designer and architect Gil Hanse explains everything you didn't know about golf course design...at least as much as he could in 30 minutes. Hanse talks about the process of building a golf course from start to finish, the differences between restoring and renovating and how courses need to be designed with a player in mind. We also revisit the Olympic Golf Course in Brazil and how that project received incredible reviews from the Olympians themselves.

Pat Perez Has Some Advice for the PGA Tour  

Recent Tour winner Pat Perez sounds off on his comeback from surgery, the absurdly long PGA Tour season, playing against Tiger Woods as an amateur, his beloved San Diego Chargers and much more.

Cody Gribble Talks his Sanderson Win, the Dallas Cowboys and Texting with Peyton Manning  

Recent PGA Tour winner Cody Gribble discusses his win at the Sanderson Farms, exchanging texts with Peyton Manning, what it's like being constantly associated with Jordan Spieth and whether he'd prefer Dak Prescott or Tony Romo to start at quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys.

Cabot, the Greatest New Golf Frontier  

In this short episode, we explore the golf experience of Cabot, including the merits of the Cliffs and Links courses, how it compares to Bandon Dunes and why it's the perfect taste of Scottish golf along the eastern shores of North America.

Padraig Harrington talks Tiger, Seve and the Ryder Cup  

Padraig Harrington joins the podcast fresh off his win at the Portugal Masters last weekend. Harrington explains why his attitude and posture were keys to his victory (2:15), why he switched to a new set of irons (11:07), why Tiger Woods is struggling like Seve Ballesteros once did (8:05), and why he isn't ready to be a Ryder Cup captain (22:10).

The Ghost of Tiger Woods  

Sean Zak offers commentary on Tiger Woods's recent withdrawal from the Safeway Open and asks the question: When was the last positive AND accurate report on Tiger Woods the golfer? It has been a while, yet our optimism reigns. Why is that?

The Ryder Cup You Didn't See on TV  

Chris Solomon from NoLayingUp joins Sean Zak to discuss what the Ryder Cup is like on site, inside the ropes and, at least for him, directly next to Rory McIlroy. Solomon explains why American fans were too harsh toward Danny Willett (17:20), his many interactions with McIlroy (26:07) and why the American celebration was all kinds of weird (46:30). Solomon and Zak also share a few stories about walking inside the ropes alongside Tiger Woods (35:53).

Ryder Cup Recap: The Americans Win!  

The Americans win the Ryder Cup 17-11 in thrilling fashion at Hazeltine. Jeff Ritter and Sean Zak break down their favorite stories from the week and recap the madness that ensued here in Chaska, Minnesota. That means Rory v. Reed, Tiger the assistant, and tipsy Americans in their winning press conference.

Ryder Cup Preview; Curtis Strange Interview  

The Ryder Cup is finally here. We preview the event with Curtis Strange, former captain and 5-time Ryder Cup player. Strange offers old Ryder Cup stories and thoughts on this year's event, which include: His strategies as captain. Why playing Seve Ballesteros was frustrating. He wants 12 Patrick Reeds on his team. Why the Task Force could be a problem. Why Tiger Woods might be a distraction.

Remembering Arnold Palmer  

Arnold Palmer, golf legend and iconic sportsman, has passed away at age 87. Jeff Ritter and Michael Bamberger cycle through their favorite memories of The King, from Palmer the person, the player, the pilot and the fan favorite. Everyone has a great Arnie story. You don't want to miss these.

NBC's Mike Tirico is Amped for the Ryder Cup  

NBC's Mike Tirico cannot contain his excitement for the Ryder Cup. He joins the podcast to talk about prepping for the event, his move to NBC, learning match play strategies from Tiger Woods and why some of his success is due to a cartoon rabbit. Yes, you read that correctly.

Make Golf Great Again: It Starts With You  

No Laying Up's Tron Carter brings his opinions to the GOLF.com podcast, venting on the worst stereotypes on the golf course. Any golf course. With an assist from sports radio host Jim Rome, we break down the worst things you can do on a golf course and offer solutions for fixing yourself. Here's a start: DON'T BE THAT GUY.

Do Ryder Cup Captains Even Matter?  

The answer will probably surprise you. Author and journalist Richard Gillis recently wrote a book on the topic, titled "The Captain Myth: How the Ryder Cup is Won." Gillis dissected what Ryder Cp captain's actually do, and how their actions are perceived by the public. He found that being an underdog is important, momentum isn't and it's possibly that luck matters more than anything else. Also: Paul Azinger should not captain another U.S. team.

Tiger Woods Returns -- What Does It Mean?  

Tiger Woods has announced his plans to return to the PGA Tour at the Safeway Open in mid-October. What does that mean? Jeff Ritter and Sean Zak tell you exactly how to handle Woods's return to competitive golf, discussing all the appropriate topics: will he contend, can he contend, why now, why the Safeway Open, what are the chances he wins again, and much more.

Ryder Cup: Who Should Davis Love Choose?  

We break down every possible Ryder Cup captain's pick, from Rickie Fowler to...Fred Couples? Exactly. We'll settle on a group of players that NEED to make the team and figure Bubba Watson's campaign is in a state of emergency.

Inbee Park on Winning a Gold Medal  

Olympic Gold medalist Inbee Park calls in to discuss what winning the Olympic golf competition meant to her and her home country, South Korea. She talks about the nerves of Olympic golf, why she has no plans for retirement and discusses why she is the "Silent Assassin."

PLAYOFFS!? The FedEx Cup Begins...  

It's playoffs time, which means two things: The Ryder Cup teams are being assembled and the Player of the Year race is being finalized. We discussed both today, including why Rickie Fowler and Jim Furyk are not as solid of captain's picks as you might think.

Golf Course Design with Tour Pro Zac Blair  

Zac Blair plays more golf than you. Way more golf than you. He leads the PGA Tour in events played so far this year, and isn't stopping any time soon. When he's not pegging it on Tour he's out scouting other courses around the world, because he's not only a Tour pro, but also a golf course designer in the making. Blair joins the podcast to talk about what makes a good golf course, why he plays so much, and shares plans for his own course, The Buck Club.

Alan Shipnuck at the Olympics  

Alan Shipnuck is onsite at the Olympic Golf Course down in Brazil, and weighs in on everything golf at the Olympics. Shipnuck details the course design by Gil Hanse, the reception of golfers in the Olympic Village and just how much fun the players seem to be having down at the Games.

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