Hey guys, Brent is back! After a couple of weeks off for vacation, Brent rejoins Eric to recap the events of the past week. There was a lot of news and in this episode the guys help to break it all down. Headlines included Team Canada’s bronze medal win at the Pan Am Games, a couple of feel-good stories on the Korn Ferry Tour, and Bryson’s slow play meltdown at The Northern Trust. We also set up the weeks ahead and what’s at stake for several pros as the Korn Ferry Tour heads into its season-ending Finals to determine which players will secure their cards and move up to the Big Tour for the 2019-20 season. They also give a rundown of who will move on to the next leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, the BMW Championship.
This week Eric takes on solo hosting duties with both Brent and John away for the long weekend. But fear not! He is joined by TSN’s Adam Scully (@adam_scully), a producer and frequent contributor on Golf Talk Canada and TSN Radio’s Junior Hockey Magazine. Adam helps Eric set up the FedEx Cup Playoffs, covering the format changes new to this season as well as giving some expert analysis on the field of 125 players who qualified for the first event. They also discuss the five Canadians who qualified and talk about what they need to do to crack the top 30 and make it to the season finale: the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club.
The FedEx Cup Playoffs kick of this weekend with the Northern Trust at Liberty National. Check back next week for our recap!
With Brent away on vacation, John steps up and joins Eric in studio to take on full co-hosting duties. They begin the episode recapping this week’s news from the major tours including another big win by Jin Young Ko at the Evian Championship, Brooks capping off an incredible season with a $5 million payday at the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational, and Collin Morikawa officially getting his promising career started with a win at the Barracuda Championsip in Reno, Nevada.
Then, with the calendar just about ready to turn to August, the guys take some time to reflect on some goals they set out for this season and evaluate their performance. They also discuss what they want to accomplish with the remaining 2-3 months of golf left in the 2019 season and how they can make a push to get the most out of their remaining rounds.
This week we recap Shane Lowry’s epic victory in front of a (almost?) hometown crowd at the Open Championship at Royal Portrush. We also discuss some of the other big names and story lines from the event, including Rory’s struggles off the first tee, Brooks flirting with history, as well as a somewhat bizarre equipment controversy for Xander Schauffele.
We also kick off the episode by catching up with John, who was live in studio, as he regales us with some stories from his previously mentioned Wasaga Open that he hosted.
Be sure to check out Ready Golf’s growing list of course reviews at readygolf.ca/reviews.
With the 148th edition of the Open Championship returning to Northern Ireland for the first time in 68 years, not many people know what to expect out of Royal Portrush. So, to help us with our preview show, we’ve once again called in the expert - Golf Talk Canada’s Mark Zecchino. In this week’s episode Mark discusses what to look for out of the course and some of the biggest names in the field. He also shares some of his expert picks and gives us an idea of who to watch out for atop the leaderboard.
Later in the episode, Eric and Brent also offer their usual head, heart and wildcard picks and shed some insight on who they believe has the best chance to bring home the coveted Claret Jug.
For a deeper look at the year’s fourth and final major, check out Golf Talk Canada’s Acura at the Majors show Wednesday afternoon on TSN.
This week college phenom Matthew Wolff made his official entrance into the winner’s circle on the PGA Tour, taking home the 3M Open title in only his 3rd start as a professional. Wolff’s incredible weekend run was capped off by a clutch eagle putt on the 72nd hole to edge out Bryson DeChambeau and fellow rookie Collin Morikawa by one stroke. This episode recaps Wolff’s performance as well as a strong showings from a whole group of Canadians, led by Adam Hadwin’s 4th place finish.
After the recap, Eric, Brent and John catch up on some of the golf they’ve played over the past couple of weeks. John takes us through a quick review of Piper’s Heath Golf Club, and Brent and John revisit their thrilling 9-hole skins game played out at Toronto Hunt Club.
Join us next week as we’re joined by friend-of-the-pod Mark Zecchino to help us preview the final major of the PGA season, The Open Championship.
No tour news this week since we’ve all been away enjoying the Canada Day long weekend! However, last week we had the opportunity to sit down for an extended interview with Jason Logan, editor of SCOREGolf Magazine and co-host of SCOREGolf TV. In the interview, Jason discusses his background, how he got into golf media, and some of his more memorable interviews. He also takes a deep dive into what goes into creating the renowned Top 100, a ranking of Canada’s best golf courses. Finally, Jason discusses some of his own personal stories and what makes golf so important to him.
Check out scoregolf.com for the latest golf news and a comprehensive list of course reviews. You can also follow Jason on Twitter at @jasonSCOREGolf and catch him on SCOREGolf TV Tuesdays at 1pm ET on TSN4.
In this week’s episode, Eric and Brent unveil the new course rating system that Ready Golf will be implementing moving forward.
One of the original ideas behind this podcast was to talk about things at a local level that are more relevant to the average golfer. Our course ratings look at some of the popular courses that anybody would play and help to evaluate them in terms that the everyday golfer can appreciate.
Our course ratings are made up of 7 factors: condition, design, difficulty, entertainment, facilities and overall experience. To demonstrate an example, we go through these categories for a course that Eric and Brent played together on Sunday, Mill Run Golf Club in Uxbridge, Ontario.
Fresh off the parade celebrating the Toronto Raptors’ NBA title, Eric and Brent recap some of the top moments from this year’s US Open. We talk about Gary Woodland’s unshakeable final round, Brooks Koepka’s run at history, and a few other big names who came out at Pebble Beach.
We also take some time to discuss Brooke Henderson and her incredible achievement of winning the Meijer LPGA Classic and securing her place as the most decorated Canadian professional golfer with her 9th tour victory. We also discuss whether she can carry her momentum into the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship this week and see who may be her biggest threat at Hazeltine National Golf Club.
In the first half of this week’s show, we wrap up our coverage of the RBC Canadian open, by recapping Rory’s incredible victory - his 16th on tour and first on Canadian soil! We discuss his dominant weekend as well as catch up on some of the other big names in the event, including some strong performances by a few Canadians in the field.
Then, we reconnect once again with Boyd Mickle to get his firsthand take on how the course played and get some highlights from his weekend.
We then shift our attention to the next big event: the US Open taking place at the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links (36:04). Here we take a quick look at the venue, known for its signature ocean views and tiny greens, and then John, Brent and Eric make their picks for the week.