Golf.com Podcast

Golf.com Podcast

United States

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

Danny Willett  

Danny Willett joins Alan Shipnuck (in Dubai) to discuss his world away from golf. That includes his wife and newborn baby, his brothers and an easy-going life in Yorkshire. Shipnuck and Willett go in depth on the following topics: 2:45 -- Life in Yorkshire 3:50 -- The Yorkshire dialect 8:10 -- The Yorkshire bread debate 11:30 -- Why he hasn't dry cleaned his Masters green jacket 13:00 -- The details of his perfect day 16:00 -- His brother Pete's writing 19:40 -- How 2016 wore him out 21:45 -- His plans for the Masters Champions dinner

Visiting Streamsong  

One of the best golf resorts in America is situated equidistant from Tampa and Orlando down in central Florida. It's called Streamsong. You may have heard of it. We had the pleasure of visiting the resort again and touring the highly anticipated Black Course, designed by Gil Hanse. We tell you all about that, the Blue Course, the Red Course and the rest of the Streamsong experience here. 5:00 -- Black Course 10:20 -- Blue Course 23:00 -- Red Course 33:50 -- 6-Hole Loops // The Roundabout

Zac Blair 2.0  

Zac Blair joins Alan Shipnuck to share the story of The Buck Club, a golf club he is creating in Utah. Over the course of 28 minutes, Blair touches on the following: What the Buck Club is (1:30) His architecture influence (4:46) Why signing a big name architect would be "a waste" (7:33) His epic long island golf birthday (11:49) When we'll see The Buck Club completed (16:00) His biggest gripe with courses (17:25) The most unusual request he's received (20:50) How the course got its name (26:40)

Phil Mickelson  

Phil Mickelson joins Alan Shipnuck on the GOLF.com Podcast to share stories from his career, lessons he has learned and even advice for approaching women. Seriously. Over the course of an hour, Shipnuck and Mickelson dive deep into a number of juicy topics, including: Why Phil needed offseason surgery (4:01) How Bones likes to use his yearly veto (17:05) The dumbest shot he ever played (18:18) His Tuesday money games (25:10) Why settling up bets quickly is vital (29:20) American Ryder Cup strategies (34:00) His relationship with Tiger Woods (39:32) Why golf is his therapeutic release (41:15) AND MUCH, MUCH MORE.

Greg Norman  

The Shark joins the podcast to discuss how he turned his golfing career into a successful life as an entrepreneur. We start with how he recognized he would become a brand (2:35) and ended with why he wants to invest in your sports business ideas. Everything else in between is located below. 6:30 -- When he knew his brand would become international. 7:25 -- Why he thinks his logo is sexy. 8:25 -- How the 2008 market collapse changed his company forever. 10:50 -- His favorite test for finding employees he would hire. 13:15 -- Why he wants to be 'a mile wide and an inch deep.' 18:35 -- How he's prepping his brand for 200 years from now. 20:00 -- Why golf course design is still his favorite business. 21:30 -- Why he feels ready to disrupt the golf industry.

2017 Prop Bets, Predictions  

We're here to make you some money in 2017. This episode of the GOLF.com Podcast delves into a bunch of prop bets, some of them real, others fictional. All you need to do is find a bookie or friend that will take you up on it. From Tiger Woods to Rory McIlroy to Jason Day and Justin Thomas, we've got every corner of the game covered with some type of wager.

Smylie Kaufman's Coach, Tony Ruggiero  

Smylie Kaufman's coach and recently awarded Top 100 Golf Teacher Tony Ruggiero joins the podcast to discuss his work with the 25-year-old Tour winner. The conversation begins with a flash back to the 2016 Masters, where Kaufman played his way into the final pairing on Sunday, but faltered in his final 18 holes. Ruggiero believes that all great players need an experience "by fire" like Kaufman had that day. He shares stories about that Masters and more.

ESPN's Chris Fallica Talks Golf Gambling, Tiger vs. the Field  

Chris Fallica, better known as 'The Bear' on College Gameday, joins us to talk about gambling on golf. The conversation includes a breakdown of Tiger Woods vs. the Field (12:08), why you need to bet on the longshots (17:55), and what you should look for in gambling on the Masters (22:06). Stay for Fallica's admission that while Tom Watson lost the 2009 British Open, he was holding a winning ticket (29:15).

You've Been Playing Match Play All Wrong  

Playing off the low-handicap is an antiquated (and most popular) form of match play. Spoiler alert: it may be unfair. Martin Puterman joins us to explain why playing match play that way puts the weaker player at a disadvantage. He also offers a multi-layered solution to make match play uniformly fair. For a summary of his findings, check out GOLF.com.

Before Hideki Matsuyama, There Was Jumbo Ozaki  

Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki is the greatest Japanese golfer of all-time. He's also likely the most mysterious golfer of all-time, at least in America. We travel back to 1998 with writer John Garrity to try and understand the golfer who: 1. Played professional baseball 2. Was often accused of cheating 3. Was allegedly linked to the Japanese mafia 4. Still competes today, at age 69.

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  

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  

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 v2  

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

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 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.

Curtis Strange  

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

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