Jul
14
2017
Prestwick GC on Wednesday evening

Prestwick GC on Wednesday evening

I was joined by a special guest — golf renaissance man Geoff Shackelford, who is a senior writer at Golfweek, contributor for Golf Channel and pioneer in the game’s multimedia presence with his eponymous blog, co-host of the podcast ShackHouse, author, architect, etc. — during the second round of the Scottish Open at Dundonald Links. I tricked him into talking with me for 50 minutes (instead of the agreed upon 30 minutes) Friday afternoon.

We discussed the first episode of the second season of Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast Revisionist History, which is basically an essay on why he hates golf, the perception and culture of the game in the United Kingdom vs. the United States, links golf in Scotland, architecture, and more.

Listen via the player below, and your usual friendly reminder to subscribe to the pod on iTunes!

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Jul
11
2017

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Former LPGA pro and major champion Karen Stupples, who is now a Golf Channel broadcaster, joined me to discuss the impossible position that the competitors at the U.S. Women’s Open have been put in, the various “controversies” and distractions that have put a cloud over the championship, and the likely circus that will ensue if/when Trump goes through with his plan to attend the U.S. Women’s Open over the weekend.

Listen after the jump — or download in the Android/iPhones Podcast apps. Don’t forget to subscribe to the pod on iTunes!

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Jul
11
2017

*RELATED*: New podcast talking with former LPGA pro and now Golf Channel broadcaster Karen Stupples on the Trump factor and the U.S. Women’s Open. Listen here and/or subscribe via iTunes.

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Photo: USGA/Chris Keane

To be perfectly clear, this isn’t necessarily about politics. I repeat, THIS IS NOT ABOUT POLITICS. This is not about whether you lean left or right on the political spectrum, or if you’re a registered Democrat or Republican — Donald Trump has switched parties in various points of his life (which, of course, isn’t that unusual). This is not whether you support the GOP healthcare bill or if you believe in universal healthcare. For what it’s worth, I’m an Independent.

Mind you, this conversation could’ve been avoided had the President divested from his company and real estate properties, like all individuals in public office, including Presidents have in the past and are supposed to. Trump broke from this long-standing tradition and still owns the buildings and golf courses (which is arguably using the office of the President to enrich himself and bring business to his properties), so spare me the “stick to golf” comments — I’m just following the example set from the top.

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Jul
9
2017

Jon Rahm added to his growing legend with his runaway six-shot victory at the Irish Open at Portstewart GC. The 22-year-old Spaniard fired an impressive seven-under 65 in the final round — and he even missed a three-footer on the 72nd hole — to post 24-under for the championship, breaking the tournament scoring record by three strokes.

Rahm started the final round tied for the lead with American Daniel Im, both of whom posted 54-hole totals of 17-under. But Rahm quickly took control on the front nine, beginning with a hole-out eagle from the fairway on the par-5 4th hole to take the outright lead by two.

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Jul
7
2017

Hello from Northern Ireland! As I’m sure you’re aware by now via my social media channels, I’m covering the Irish Open at Portstewart (along with playing some of the world’s finest links courses — which you’ll hear more about it the next episode).

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Jun
29
2017

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We chatted with 2010 U.S. Amateur Champion and European Tour pro Peter Uihlein last Friday — it was one of those rare days when he was actually at home in Jupiter, Florida, where he lives with his girlfriend Chelsea and his dog Bagger.

Pete talks with us about his first trip internationally as a pro in India, playing the Challenge Tour and European Tour, and his plans to compete in the Web.com Tour playoffs to try and earn his PGA Tour card for next season.

Check it out after the jump! (There’s also list of time stamps where we addressed specific topics.)

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Jun
25
2017

Wow, that was a thriller! — I’m glad I dragged my butt up to Hartford last night and made it to the Travelers Championship, my favorite regular event on the PGA Tour schedule, in time before Jordan Spieth made the turn in the final round.

Hey, you know what they say, the Travelers doesn’t start until the back nine on Sunday! It’s been almost three hours since Spieth holed-out from the bunker on 18 for birdie in the first playoff hole against Daniel Berger, and I *still* have goosebumps.

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Jun
19
2017
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

At the start of the final round of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills, we thought we might be in for a thriller and perhaps even that dreaded “p-word,” but Brooks Koepka separated himself from the field on the back nine and cruised to a four-shot victory. Koepka’s 16-under total tied the tournament record for lowest total under par, which was set by Rory McIlroy in 2011 at Congressional — which quite a few players and caddies predicted as a possibility before championship commenced.

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Jun
17
2017

Nikki B and I talk about the thrilling action on moving day at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. We know the leaderboard isn’t filled with a bunch of “big” names, but we are loving the “nice guys” that are in contention heading into Sunday’s final round. Chances are we’ll crown another first-time major champion at the end of play.

Take your pick — they’re good storylines.

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Jun
17
2017

Sports Illustrated’s Alan Shipnuck joins Stephanie Wei and Nikki B before the leaders teed off in the third round of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. Shipnuck offers his witty, perceptive thoughts and his expert insights into what the weekend may hold and what the “very nice chaps” on the leaderboard need to do to come out on top and hoist the trophy on Sunday.

It’s a fun little 20-minute chat. Tune in after the jump!

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