Irish Golfer PodcastSep 12, 2023
Ep 124 | Tiger's back, Hero Recap + The Ball Roll Back
On this week's edition of the podcast we discuss Tiger's comeback at the Hero World Challenge, Scottie Scheffler's hot putter and how that could shape up in 2024. The Irish get a round in with Cameron Smith in Australia and we try to add to Rory McIlroy and Pádraig Harrington's takes on rolling back the golf ball.
Ep 123 | Tiger's Return, Luke set for another Ryder Cup & LIV Golf changes
On this week's podcast we discuss Tiger's return to competitive action at the Hero World Challenge, the Irish down under rounding off their 2023, the big transfer story of the year as Graeme McDowell joins Brooks Koepka at Smash GC. We hear from Maynooth University student Ryan Griffin ahead of the LIV Golf qualifier next week and news of Luke Donald securing a second Ryder Cup captaincy breaks during the recording!
Ep 122 | Højgaard & Åberg thrive but whats next for the Irish on Tour
In a week of impressive wins for Ludvig Åberg and Nicolai Højgaard we look at their wins and also reflect on the lack of progression of the Irish to the Tour following the disappointment of Q-School.
Ep 121 | Mark Power on his impressive start as a professional and Q-School
In this edition of the podcast we sit down with new touring professional Mark Power who has impressed in his first few weeks as a pro with eye catching performances at the Horizon Irish Open and Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. He is looking to make weeks like that a regular occurrence by earning his DP World Tour card at Q-School Final Stage this week.
Ep 120 | Sara Byrne's record breaking win + Q-School and Challenge Tour final preview
On this week's edition of the Irish Golfer Podcast we revel in Sara Byrne's record-breaking victory in the United States as she made it back-to-back collegiate titles while Conor Purcell looks to earn promotion to the DP World Tour at the Challenge Tour Grand Final in Mallorca. Eleven Irish hopefuls are set for the four corners of Spain for the Second Stage of Q-School and we discuss Ryan Griffin heading to LIV's version of Q-School and the future for Graeme McDowell.
Ep 119 | Ryder Cup Recap
This week is all about Team Europe winning back the Ryder Cup in style. Ronan was in Rome all week and had a front seat view of the dramatic victory.
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Ep 118 | Ryder Cup preview and Solheim recap
On this weeks edition we take a deep dive into all things Ryder Cup. With Ronan on site at Marco Simone we discuss everything from potential pairings, predictions and the build up to the matches teeing off early on Friday. We also have a brief recap on Europe retaining the Solheim Cup and chat about the positives and a few negatives around the epic battle.
Ep 117 | Wentworth recap, Solheim Cup preview + magic Mullarney wins again
On this week's edition of the podcast Rónán and Mark go back to back like all good teams do and dive into Ryan Fox's Wentworth win and cast an eye towards Leona Maguire and Team Europe as they hunt a historic Solheim Cup hat trick. We catch up with Ronan Mullarney fresh off his second Alps Tour win which secures him his Challenge Tour card.
Ep 116 | Horizon Irish Open Recap
On this weeks podcast Ronan and Mark sit and recap the Horizon Irish Open. We may not have had the home winner we all wanted but we were served up plenty of drama as The K Club showed its teeth.
Ep 115 | Ryder Cup wild card reaction + Walker Cup & KPMG Women's Irish Open recap
On this week's edition of the podcast we come in with Luke Donald's Ryder Cup wildcard picks hot off the press with Shane Lowry given the captains nod for Rome. We reflect on a valiant Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup bid that just came up shy against the now four-in-a-row winning USA side at St Andrews. Dromoland waves goodbye to the KPMG Women's Irish Open after two sensational years of hosting. Leona Maguire impressed as did Olivia Mehaffey, Sarah Byrne and the rest of the Irish amateurs. It's Irish Open week with some big hitters heading for the K Club and a lot of Irish players in hot form.
Ep 114 | FedEx Cup debrief + Luke Donald's Ryder Cup headache
On this week's edition of the podcast we wax lyrical about Viktor Hovland and delve into what works and what doesn't with the FedEx Cup, it's last chance saloon for Europe's Ryder Cup hopefuls as the clock ticks towards the deadline for Luke Donald's team and it's a huge week for Irish golf as we preview the KPMG Women's Irish Open and the Walker Cup.
Ep 113 | Alex Maguire reacts to Walker Cup selection + FedEx Cup and AIG Irish Close recap
On this week's edition of the podcast we talk to Alex Maguire on getting selected for the GB&I Walker Cup panel for next month's contest. We discuss Robert Moran's break through at the AIG Irish Close, plus the usual roundup including Rory's putting woes, Seamus Power's ever fading Ryder Cup hopes as well as the ISPS Handa as Galgorm & Castlerock. As always we hope you enjoy the listen and if you do leave us a review and share with your friends!
Ep 112 | Irish PGA Recap + Women's Open & FedEx Cup review
On this week's edition of the Irish Golfer Podcast we recap on David Higgins' hat trick at the 113th Irish PGA Championship, the Irish Boys win at the R&A Home Internationals, Lucas Glover's sweaty trousers and the Irish at the AIG Women's Open and FedEx Cup playoffs
Ep 111 | South of Ireland recap with Colm Campbell + Heartbreak for Harrington & Headfort Challenge recap
On this week's edition of the podcast we caught up with South of Ireland winner Colm Campbell who came through a thrilling final in Lahinch on Sunday afternoon and we reflect on Padraig Harrington's playoff heartbreak in the Senior Open and the Challenge of Ireland at Headfort. We also dive into all the happenings over the last week in the golf world including Olivia Costello's bronze medal at the European Young Masters and Leona and Steph chasing Major success.
Ep 110 | The 151st Open Championship Recap
On this week’s edition of the podcast we recap The Open Championship where Brian Harman put the field to the sword at a sodden Royal Liverpool. Try as they might, nobody could reel-in the unflappable American as the likes of Rahm, Rory and Fleetwood fell away on Sunday. We go down the leaderboard, picking out all the talking points, from how the Irish fared to where the results leave our Ryder Cup hopefuls. We also recap the rest of the action from around the world and identify our heroes and villains from the final men’s major of the year. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 109 | U.S. Women's Open recap + Power's Ryder Cup revival
On this week's edition of the podcast we reflect on a landmark U.S. Women's Open as the best women golfers in the world strutted their stuff at the iconic Pebble Beach. Aine Donegan was the star of the show from an Irish perspective, the Lahinch amateur lapping up every minute as she delighted the Californian crowds for four rounds at Pebble. It wasn't to be for Leona Maguire despite the Cavan star's name looming large early in a week that ultimately belonged to one of the home contingent as Allisen Corpuz collected the title. We discuss what the event might mean for the women's game and round up the rest of the action elsewhere from a big week for Seamus Power at the John Deere Classic to a busy week on the domestic amateur scene. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 108 | KPMG Women's PGA recap + Harrington's successful defence
On this week's edition of the podcast we look back on a great week for Irish golf as Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow challenged at Baltusrol, and Pádraig Harrington defended on the Champions Tour. At the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, Maguire threatened to go wire-to-wire once again before coming unstuck on Sunday. The Cavan star will no doubt learn from the experience and so too will Meadow who couldn't wipe the smile from her face after securing a podium finish and the biggest cheque of her career. Pádraig Harrington has nothing left to prove and yet still he surprises after a back-nine 28 saw the Dubliner defend the DICK's Sporting Goods Open. We discuss the merits of a Harrington Ryder Cup call-up and also recap a heap of golf elsewhere, including a great week for Douglas on the Irish amateur scene. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 107 | Leona Maguire – that winning feeling + U.S. Open recap
On this week’s edition of the podcast we were delighted to be joined by Leona Maguire fresh off her second LPGA Tour victory. After two runner-up finishes, it proved third time lucky at the Meijer Classic for Maguire who gears up for another Major opportunity at this week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship high on confidence. And speaking of Majors, we also look back on the men U.S. Open as Holywood’s Rory McIlroy fell short of the Hollywood ending he craved by a single stroke. It was Wyndham Clark’s week at LACC and we discuss the highlights, and the lowlights of the penultimate men’s Major of the year. Elsewhere, we round-up the best of the action from at home and abroad, including an emotional victory for Eddie McCormack in Douglas. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 106 | Alex Maguire conquers St Andrews and a US Open deep dive & Canadian Open Recap
On this week's edition of the Irish Golfer Podcast we revel in another super success for Irish amateur golf as Laytown & Bettystown star Alex Maguire roared to victory at the Home of Golf as he strengthened his Walker Cup bid at the St Andrews Links Trophy. There was a feel good story at the end of a chaotic week for the world of golf as Nick Taylor ended 69 years of hurt for Canada at the RBC Canadian Open. And it's US Open week as the third major championship in the men's calendar is upon us. We have five Irish hopefuls rocking up to LA Country Club looking to make a Hollywood splash. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 105 | Tom McKibbin - A Holywood Smash Hit
On this bonus edition of the podcast we were delighted to be joined by the latest star name out of Holywood GC, Tom McKibbin, fresh off his first DP World Tour win at the Porsche European Open. The 20-year old has grown up with Rory McIlroy comparisons ringing in his ears but in Germany last week, McKibbin proved he's very much his own man, running out a two-shot victor as a host of tour title winners chased him in vain. McKibbin talks about the influence of experienced caddie Dave McNeilly on his game, how getting over the line didn't feel all that different to his amateur days, and what's next as he reevaluates his goals with the second half of the season still to play. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 104 | Reaction to PGA & DP World Tours' PIF partnership
On this week's edition of the podcast we react to the news that has rocked the world of sport, never mind golf, as the PGA and DP World Tours partner with the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia. On Tuesday, golf's existing tours performed the mother of all U-turns and signed a deal that unites the warring factions under a new for profit entity, and while some people celebrate, others are left scratching their heads. We try to make sense of this new direction for golf, highlight the winners and losers, and take on the impossible task of predicting what's next, as if anybody knows! As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 103 | Brabazon, Block, and around the world recap
On this week’s edition of the podcast we had another victory to celebrate as Liam Nolan claimed a famous win at the Brabazon Trophy. There was more Major action in America as Pádraig Harrington endured another near-miss at the hands of Steve Stricker at the U.S. Senior PGA. It was a similar story for Leona Maguire who settled for a share of third at the LPGA Match Play, a result that bodes well for a busy summer. And we look back at the Michael Block madness of the past two weeks, a story that highlighted the best and the worst in all of us. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 102 | PGA Championship + Flogas Women’s & Girls Irish Amateur Open recaps
This week’s edition of the podcast was Major as we discuss all things Oak Hill and Woodbrook after a week of high-class action at home and abroad. There was no denying Brooks Koepka a deserved fifth Major title at the US PGA. We look at what Koepka’s victory means for him, LIV Golf, the Ryder Cup and the game at large. As ever, we have the Irish angle covered, plus arguably the story of the week as Mike Block melted hearts as he lived out his wildest dreams in Rochester.
Meanwhile, there was no such fairytale for the home contingent at Woodbrook where Lorna McCylmont captured the Flogas Women’s Amateur at Woodbrook despite a stout Beth Coulter challenge. There was ample joy for Roscommon’s Olivia Costello, however, as the teenage talent romped to the Girls prize. We also have heroes and villains, and we round-up all the action from elsewhere too, including a landmark week for Gary Murphy on the Legends Tour. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 101 | Flogas Irish Men’s Amateur recap + Brendan Lawlor G4D Open champ
On this week’s edition of the podcast we look back on a wonderful week at The Island Golf Club where John Gough ran out a worthy winner of the 2023 Flogas Irish Men’s Amateur Open Championship. Our man on the ground Rónán Macnamara provides his insights from the week where Laytown & Bettystown's Alex Maguire led the home charge. Elsewhere, Brendan Lawlor captured the G4D Open title at Woburn and the Carton House man joins us after another history-making performance in the name of disability golf. There was more Irish success further afield as Ronan Mullarney claimed a maiden Alps Tour win at the Gosser Open. We reflect on a meaningful ‘W’ for the Galway pro and round-up all the tour news elsewhere, from victories for Day and DJ in America to the storylines taking shape ahead of this week’s US PGA Championship. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 100 | Wells Fargo & Italian Open recaps + Irish Amateur preview
On this week’s edition of the podcast we catch up on all the news from the world of golf, from the latest designated event on the PGA Tour to Adrian Meronk putting his hand up for Ryder Cup selection in Italy. After a couple of weeks away from the mic there was much to ponder, not least an interesting few weeks for Rory McIlroy that have us scratching our heads as to what’s next for the four-time Major winner. We also look ahead to this week’s Flogas Men’s Irish Amateur Open at The Island where we were delighted to be joined by Managing Director at Flogas, John Rooney. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 99 | The Masters Recap
On this week’s edition of the podcast we recap the 87th Masters Tournament where Jon Rahm ran out a worthy winner. The Spaniard conjured the spirit of Seve on his hero’s birthday to claim the Green Jacket in a week that started with a four-putt for Rahmbo. From his march to the title, to Brooks Koepka’s challenge coming unstuck on Sunday, we have all the angles covered, from Mickelson and Reed showing up for LIV, to Koepka’s brush with the rules, TV coverage and much more. As ever, we get our green tinted glasses on to dissect the Irish showing. If Shane Lowry left dejected, who knows what Rory McIlroy must be feeling after a missed cut. We discuss McIlroy’s Augusta no-show, and his absence from this week’s RBC Heritage. And don’t worry, we have an extra West of Ireland preview pod coming later in the week, too. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 98 | Masters & West of Ireland preview
On this week’s edition of the podcast we get our teeth into all things Masters related ahead of Thursday’s opening day. From Rory McIlroy’s latest grand slam attempt to Shane Lowry flying in under the radar, we have the Irish angle covered, as well as a bunch of other storylines, from Tiger’s hopes to LIV contenders, the weather forecast, the merchandise scrum and standout names in the betting. Elsewhere we look ahead to this week’s West of Ireland Championship which promises a festival of golf at Rosses Point. We also recap the Valero Texas Open where Pádraig Harrington’s top-10 finish bodes well for the season ahead. Brooks Koepka enjoyed his second win in six LIV starts in Orlando - what does this mean for Augusta? - while Leona Maguire failed to fire at the LA Open. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 97 | Match Play reflections, McIlroy & Golf Ball Rollback concerns
On this week’s edition of the podcast we recap a memorable WGC Dell Match Play and wonder why the PGA Tour has decided to rid it from the schedule in 2024. It wasn’t the final the world wanted as McIlroy and Scheffler bowed out in the semis but there was no denying a worthy champion in Sam Burns. We look at how the form-lines are now trending from Austin Country Club through to next week’s Masters, while also rounding up a heap of action from around the wonderful world of golf as Leona Maguire and Steph Meadow begin to ramp up their reps on the LPGA Tour. We also get into the ball rollback discussion, reacting to USGA Commissioner Mike Whan’s strong views over the weekend that highlighted the necessity of the proposed change. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 96 | The Players recap as Scheffler strikes gold at Sawgrass
On this week's podcast there was really only one show in town as Scottie Scheffler was all class in completing a dominating victory at Sawgrass. We try to pick holes in the American's armour but it proves easier said than done with the defending Masters champion in ominous form less than a month out from Augusta. We go down the leaderboard to find the other standout moments from the week at PGA Tour HQ where Shane Lowry was resolute and Rory McIlroy showed signs of fatigue. We round up all the news from elsewhere too with a strong performance from Tom McKibbin in Kenya and a big week for Maynooth at the R&A Student Series - Spain. We also round out the show reflecting on a certain Pádraig Harrington's induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 95 : Arnold Palmer Invitational recap + Good, Bad & Ugly of PGA Tour changes
On this week’s edition of the podcast we look back at the Arnold Palmer Invitational where Kurt Kitayama bested an all-star leaderboard at Bay Hill. The latest designated event delivered a Sunday leaderboard that kept everyone guessing, with Rory McIlroy amongst those who came close to slipping into the famous red cardigan. We assess where McIlroy’s game is at, and also discuss his role within the PGA Tour where more change is afoot ahead of the 2024 season. We react to the proposed no-cut, limited field tournaments in the pipeline, why they’re making the changes, and where it leaves the DP World. We also round-up the latest amateur and tour news, including Leona Maguire’s week in Singapore. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think
Ep 94 | Honda Classic & LPGA Thailand recaps + LIV’s season launch
On this week’s edition of the podcast we get to grips with the new-look golfing ecosystem for 2023 as the men’s tours stretched across the world. From Shane Lowry’s impressive showing at the Honda, to Marcel Siem’s resurgence in India and a Charles Howell III procession in Mexico, there was no shortage of story lines to shine a light on. Meanwhile, in calmer waters, the LPGA visited Thailand where Leona Maguire put in another superb showing. We predict big things for the Cavan star in 2023 who turns her attention to Singapore this week. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 93 | Phoenix Open recap + Netflix Full Swing: What viewers can expect (No Spoilers!)
On this week’s edition of the podcast we look back at the loudest event in golf that saw Scottie Scheffler return to the summit of the world golf charts. The man he usurped, Rory McIlroy didn’t have his best stuff in the desert but it was another big week for Seamus Power who edged closer to $10m in career-earnings on the PGA Tour. Irish eyes were smiling elsewhere too as Tom McKibbin and Conor Purcell shone in Singapore and South Africa respectively. We have our man on the ground back from Oman to recap the latest International Series event featuring Graeme McDowell, while we also let you know what to expect from the Netflix ‘Full Swing’ docuseries having enjoyed an early access look at a show that’s got the golf world talking. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 92 | Golf wars, rankings, hypocrisy and meritocracy
On this week’s edition of the podcast we dive into the murky waters of golf’s splintered tours as the ongoing hearing between the DP World Tour and LIV Golf spells big changes for the men’s professional game. We also take a look at the official world golf ranking system, highlighting a lopsided distribution of points across the PGA Tour, the DP World Tour and the Asian Tour that simply can't continue. Thankfully there’s plenty of golf talk too with Justin Rose putting his hand up for Ryder Cup selection in Pebble Beach, a wild finish on the DP World Tour for Dan Gavins and also the end of an era for Shane Lowry and his caddie Brian ‘Bo’ Martin ahead of this week's $20m WM Phoenix Open. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 91 | McIlroy’s desert delight + Tee-Gate and Tree-Gate
On this week’s edition of the podcast there was only one show in town as Rory McIlroy out-duelled Patrick Reed in the desert. From Tee-Gate to Tree-Gate, Reed’s name wasn’t far from controversy all week but it was the man who sidestepped his advances on Tuesday that proved elusive once more as McIlroy captured the Dubai Desert Classic crown. We have all the talking points from a wild week in golf and look ahead to another busy week on the calendar as the Challenge Tour and MENA Tour return for Ireland’s next tier of tour stars. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 90 | Harrington threatens history as Rahm’s relentless run continues
On this week’s edition of the podcast we recap the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship where Pádraig Harrington led a stellar Irish challenge that ultimately fell just short in the desert. The Dubliner is eyeing a history-making victory on the DP World Tour and few would bet against him after last week’s showing. It wasn’t to be either for Shane Lowry despite a brilliant ball-striking display from tee to green. We asses Lowry’s week that came unstuck at the finish and what Séamus Power can take from his fortnight in the UAE as he returned to Vegas as focus shifts to the PGA Tour. That’s where Jon Rahm continues to dominate after cashing in at the AmEx. We look at Rahmbo's reign and also recap Leona Maguire's return to action at the LPGA’s Tournament of Champions. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 89 | Golf Ireland changes + Netflix ‘Full Swing’ & Hero Cup recap
On this week’s edition of the podcast we discuss Golf Ireland’s changes to its Championship Qualification criteria and also reflect on Europe’s victory over GB&I at the Hero Cup, and the implications, if any, it will have for the Ryder Cup in September. It wasn’t the week Séamus Power and Shane Lowry were hoping for but strong performances from the likes of Italian duo Francesco Molinari and Guido Migliozzi certainly give European Captain Luke Donald food for thought. Also in Abu Dhabi, Brendan Lawlor dials in to discuss his first podium finish of the new G4D year, while elsewhere it was victory for Si Woo Kim at a sub-par Sony Open and the Netflix ‘Full Swing’ trailer officially dropped ahead of the documentary’s February release. We’ll have all the latest there and as ever, if you like what you hear, don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 88 | New year, new us + Tournament of Champions recap & Hero Cup preview
On this week’s edition of the podcast we look back at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, and a Sunday meltdown Collin Morikawa won’t be forgetting any time soon. Kapalua produced a worthy champion in Jon Rahm who took aim at the official world golf rankings where he sits unmoved in fifth spot despite winning three of his last five starts. 2022 was an unprecedented year for Irish golf and Galway’s Liam Nolan ensured 2023 got off to a flier too with victory at the South American Amateur. We reflect on his significant win in a Walker Cup year and look ahead to this week’s Hero Cup. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 87 | Richard Kilpatrick - The 2022 PGA Order Of Merit Winner is Hungry for More
Ep 86 | Leona Maguire – Looking back on a winning 2022 season
On this week’s edition of the podcast we were delighted to be joined by Leona Maguire to reflect on a breakthrough season for the Cavan star. Maguire’s maiden LPGA victory last February feels like a long time ago now but it wasn’t just a first ‘W’ that satisfied the now world number 11 who also points to Major improvement at golf’s biggest events as a big reason for optimism ahead of 2023. The Solheim Cup hero also gave her assessment of a new date for the Women’s Irish Open, while looking ahead to the new season which will kick off for Maguire at the Tournament of Champions in January. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 85 | John Murphy - My Breakthrough Year
On this week’s edition of the podcast we were delighted to be joined by one of Ireland’s latest DP World Tour stars, John Murphy. Back home in Kinsale after a whirlwind year, Murphy reflects on a season of firsts, from teeing up on the PGA Tour to earning his European Tour card and his initial impressions of life on the main tour. Murphy details the nerves he felt during that life-changing week at Q-School and also looks back on brilliant experiences at the JP McManus Pro-Am, the Irish Challenge, and even not so brilliant experiences, like doing his best Pierce Purcell impression more recently in Mauritius. He even chats chance encounters with George W Bush and Macklemore. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think
Ep 84 | Hovland heroics, Purcell’s career-best & more Hurley & McKibbin magic
On this week’s edition of the podcast we look back on the talking points from a busy week of global golf, from Viktor Hovland’s successful Hero defence to a home favourite filling his boots in South Africa, and an Adrian Meronk mauling Down Under. Tournament host Tiger Woods served up plenty of talking points from behind his Bahamas microphone, while Conor Purcell enjoyed a career-best week in Australia. There were also strong showings by ace in the hole, Tom McKibbin, and Gary Hurley in South Africa, and we also discuss Golf Ireland’s new tournament schedule for 2023. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 83 | A month to remember, a wounded Tiger & golf's silly season
On this week’s edition of the podcast we enter golf’s silly season where we sit down and chat about the trending topics in golf. As Ireland’s tour pros continue to punch well above their weight, we look back on a magical month of golf, shining the spotlight on Séamus Power, Tom McKibbin, Leona Maguire, Gary Hurley and many more. Tiger Month stumbled to a disappointing start with news of 15-time Major winner Woods’ withdrawal from the Hero World Challenge. We ask the hard question, is it the end of the road for the wounded Woods?, and also touch on subjects ranging from a new Irish Open date, to WHS worries, a relentless schedule, G4D shortcomings and a faulty Official World Golf Ranking system. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 82 | Raflewski Performance Academy at PGA National Slieve Russell
During Covid a state of the art short game facility opened up in Cavan at The PGA National Slieve Russell.
The academy is called the Raflewski Golf academy after the world renowned short game coach Gareth Raflewski who has joined forces with PGA professional Gordon Smyth. With the season closing out we made our way up to Cavan to check it out and chat to the two coaches behind it.
Ep 81 | Power makes Ryder Cup claim, Q School preview & new Irish Open date
As we bask in Seamus Power’s second PGA Tour title in 15 months we also take a look at the new date for the Horizon Irish Open, review the end of the first LIV Golf season, preview the lads looking to progress at DP World Tour School and Alps Tour Q-School. Tom Mckibbin and John Murphy are vying for DP World Tour promotion at the Challenge Tour Grand Final while we also discuss a glaring omission from Golf Ireland’s High Performance panel. And of course Rory is top of the world again.
Ep 80 | Dan Godding CEO of The PGA EuroPro Tour
As the first major domino has fallen in golf's ecosystem we are joined by Dan Godding the CEO of the PGA EuroPro Tour. As the final day of the Tour was playing out Dan joined us to discuss why the EuroPro Tour has ended after 20 years and the tough situation professional golf finds itself in post pandemic. As always we hope you enjoy the listen.
Ep 79 | Yates' grand plans after scaling Alps mountain + weekly recap
On this week’s edition of the podcast we were delighted to be joined by Jonathan Yates, fresh off his maiden professional win on the Alps Tour. The Naas star has secured some Challenge Tour status for 2023 with more opportunity to come this year at Stage Two Q-School. It was double joy for Ireland as Gary Hurley claimed one of five cards to Europe’s secondary tour via the season-long Order of Merit. We recap a brilliant season for Gary and round-up the rest of the news from an action-packed week in the wonderful world of golf. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 78 | Dunhill Links, Dromoland & the EuroPro break in the chain
On this week’s edition of the podcast we had a lot to get through, from recapping the triumphant return of the KPMG Women’s Irish Open to reacting to news of the PGA EuroPro Tour’s demise. Leona Maguire’s weekend heroics ensured massive crowds descended on Dromoland Castle and while the Cavan star’s performance will no doubt inspire a new generation, the next generation of male golfers were hit with news that their platform on the EuroPro Tour had been pulled from under their feet. We chat the impact of both stories and look ahead to this week’s Alfred Dunhill Links where Pádraig Harrington, Shane Lowry and Rory McIlroy are all in action. We also look back at a surprisingly enjoyable Presidents Cup, an event that added to an encouraging week all round for Team Europe’s Rome Ryder Cup bid. We hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 77 | Irish eyes can't stop smiling on golf's global stage
On this week’s edition of the podcast there was only one place to start as Matthew McClean came out on top of an All-Ireland Final against Hugh Foley at the prestigious U.S. Mid-Amateur. Major dates at the US Open and the Masters now await the Malone man in 2023 after he ended a run of near-misses in fine style against his Irish international teammate. There was also plenty to cover on the pro scene, from Robert MacIntyre’s Italian job to Danny Willett’s horror three-putt to where a Cam Smith win in Chicago stands in golf’s pecking order. And last but by no means least, we also look ahead to this week’s KPMG Women’s Irish Open at Dromoland Castle where home hero Leona Maguire is the pre-tournament favourite. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 76 | Lowry, Harrington & Grehan - Our little island just keeps punching
On this week’s edition of the podcast we had three global wins to celebrate as this little island of ours continued to punch well above its weight on golf’s world stage. Shane Lowry’s victory at the DP World Tour’s flagship event at Wentworth will live long in the memory as he got the better of Rory McIlroy down the stretch to claim another mega win. Not to be outdone and clearly inspired, Lowry’s great friend Pádraig Harrington picked up his hat-trick of PGA Champions Tour wins on Sunday night while a weekend of unprecedented celebrations began with Stuart Grehan claiming a maiden EuroPro win after a seven-hole epic playoff battle against Ballymena’s Dermot McElroy. There was plenty to recap at home too, including a magnificent course-record win for Liam Grehan at Millicent and the latest from the AIG Cups and Shields. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Ep 75 | Focus shifts to Europe + Finding the meaning with LIV
On this week's edition of the podcast we recap a jam-packed week of golf from the worlds of competition with consequence to the latest LIV Golf event in Boston. We go deep on what was a social media storm for the pro and anti-LIV brigade over the weekend and look ahead to how the so-called Saudi defectors will be greeted back on the DP World Tour at this week's Flagship event at Wentworth. We also discuss another top-10 for Leona Maguire as she shows form ahead of the eagerly-anticipated Women's Irish Open. There was a big week for Tom McKibbin on the Challenge Tour, pennants won and hearts broken at the AIG Cups and Shields at Tramore, and an emotional victory for Oliver Wilson in HimmerLand. We hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.