Podcast Podcast

United States 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.


2017 Prop Bets, Predictions  

We're here to make you some money in 2017. This episode of the 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

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 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.

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.

Mike Tirico  

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

Make Golf Great Again  

No Laying Up's Tron Carter brings his opinions to the 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  

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.

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