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Irish Golfer Podcast
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The latest news, reviews, features and in depth interviews from every level of Irish Golf. Stay Ahead of The Game with Irish Golfer. New Episode every Monday www.irishgolfer.ie
Jul 27, 2022
Ep 70 | Irish Challenge preview with the K Club’s Liam Grehan & Weekly Recap
On this week’s edition of the podcast we were delighted to be joined by the K Club’s own Liam Grehan on the eve of his first appearance on the Challenge Tour. The Irish Challenge tees off on the K Club’s Palmer South course on Thursday where Grehan recorded a sizzling 66 to claim second place at the K Club PGA Pro-Am earlier this month. We have all the latest from the Straffan venue, including a chat with one of the form home players, Gary Hurley. We also recap an eventful weekend for Irish golf as the island secured another Major winner in Darren Clarke, while Royal Dublin’s Hugh Foley followed in the Northern Irishman’s footsteps with a North-South double on the amateur scene. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Jul 18, 2022
Ep 69 | The Open Recap - Smith steals Rory's thunder + LIV threat ever-increasing
On this week’s edition of the podcast we recap a memorable week at The Open where Cam Smith stole the show from Rory McIlroy with a remarkable 64 to win his first Major title. We discuss a tale of two putters at St Andrews and what the result means for the main protagonists, with Smith rumoured to be LIV-bound and McIlroy major-less for another year despite an incredible season of near-misses. As ever, we cover the Irish angle from The Open and beyond, with another tour ‘W’ in the bag for the island courtesy of Ballymena’s Dermot McElroy on the EuroPro Tour, and a home win for Hugh Foley at the North of Ireland Championship. We hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Jul 13, 2022
Ep 68 | The 150th Open - Picks, Predictions & TaylorMade bag competition
On the eve of this week’s historic 150th Open, we dive deep into all things St Andrews, from the six-strong Irish contingent chasing the Claret Jug, to Tiger’s chances, our own idea of the winner and the Old Course itself. Much has been made about how St Andrews will cope with this new breed of golfer and although the wind isn’t forecast as strong as we’d like, there’s enough nuance to ensure a would-be champion will be well and truly tested come Sunday evening. We also run through the latest golf news from elsewhere, highlighted by Stuart Grehan outgunning a local favourite in Straffan to capture the K Club Pro-Am. As always, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
1 hr 3 min
Jul 7, 2022
Ep 67 | Irish Open future + JP's supreme Pro-Am + eye on the Tiger
On this week’s edition of the podcast there was no shortage of talking points, from the future of the Irish Open to the JP McManus Pro-Am and the Open at St Andrews. Mount Juliet was an undoubted success but would a date change appeal to the game’s best players given how they lapped up all things Irish in Adare? JP’s Pro-Am set the world alight, not least because of Tiger Woods’ return to Ireland. We wonder if this year’s Open Championship might be his last? And we round-up all the action elsewhere too, including a first on the island – the inaugural Irish Open for Golfers with a Disability at Roganstown. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
1 hr 7 min
Jun 27, 2022
Ep 66 | Victories for Harrington & Hurley + KPMG Women’s PGA recap
On this week’s edition of the podcast there was only one place to start as Padraig Harrington collected a fourth Major title of his career at the U.S. Senior Open. Harrington held off a strong Steve Stricker challenge to win his first USGA title by a single stroke, making it two Irish wins on the weekend after a first pro win for West Waterford’s Gary Hurley on the Alps Tour. There was also a top-10 for Stephanie Meadow at the KPMG Women’s PGA where slow play and Lexi Thompson was the talk of the weekend despite In Gee Chun’s victory. We also chat a near miss for Ruaidhri McGee on the Alps Tour and look ahead to this week’s Irish Open at Mount Juliet. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Jun 23, 2022
Ep 65 | PGA Tour in financial warfare + Opportunity knocks at KPMG Women's PGA
On this week's edition of the podcast we analyse the PGA Tour's response to the LIV Golf threat and wonder where men's golf goes from here. As prize money increases, the rich are about the get richer but at what cost to those at the base of golf's earning pyramid? Speaking of money, the KPMG Women's PGA Championship announced a significant prize bump, doubling its purse to $9m ahead of this week's action at Congressional. We discuss the chances of Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow as Major opportunity knocks once more. As ever, there was plenty of lively debate. We hope you enjoy the listen, subscribe, and let us know what you think.
1 hr 3 min
Jun 13, 2022
Ep 64 | Is McIlroy's win enough to save the game or is golf liv-in on a prayer?
On this week’s edition of the podcast we recap a wild one for golf. A week that began with those defecting to the controversial LIV series and facing the wrath of the media, ended with Rory McIlroy delighting in eclipsing Greg Norman’s 20 PGA Tour career wins at the Canadian Open. There was also a monumental win for Sweden’s Linn Grant at the Scandinavian Mixed; the 22-year old beating Henrik Stenson into second place by a whopping 9 shots. But while golf showed up Sunday in all its glory, major questions remain due to the bottomless pockets of LIV. We don’t claim to have the answers, but we do our best to pick apart the madness and plot a way forward for the game we all love. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
1 hr 5 min
May 31, 2022
Ep 63 | U.S. Women's Open preview with Leona Maguire + JP Pro-Am announcements & Weekend recap
On this week's edition of the podcast we were delighted to have Leona Maguire on the phone ahead of this week's $10m U.S. Women's Open at Pine Needles. Back in North Carolina, where she enjoyed a remarkable collegiate career at Duke University, Maguire is hoping a return to a happy hunting ground might trigger an upturn in fortunates following three missed cuts heading into this week's event. Maguire is joined by Stephanie Meadow who will also look to shine at women's golf's richest tournament having finished third at the tournament on her pro debut in 2014. Away from golf's main event this week, the JP McManus Pro-Am is shaping up to be a major in itself. We chat more big announcements with Scottie Scheffler and Jordan Spieth among those set to tee up at Adare Manor. There's Ryder Cup news, no news from LIV Golf which is news in itself, and much, much more. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
May 24, 2022
Ep 62 | US PGA Championship Recap: JT win, Power positives, McIlroy questions
On this week’s edition of the podcast we recap an eventful US PGA Championship where Justin Thomas captured his second Wanamaker Trophy at Southern Hills. From JT’s playoff win over Will Zalatoris to agony for Mito Pereira, and another top-10 for Rory McIlroy, we dive deep on everything from Tulsa, including what a tied-ninth finish means for the ever-improving Seamus Power and Shane Lowry coming to the defence of a certain Olympic teammate. Elsewhere, we roundup all the Irish action from at home and abroad on the pro and amateur scene. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
1 hr 2 min
May 16, 2022
Ep 61 | Colm Campbell 2022 Flogas Irish Amateur Champion + Weekly Roundup
On this week’s edition of the podcast we were delighted to be joined by Warrenpoint’s Colm Campbell fresh from his latest Flogas Irish Amateur victory at The Island on Sunday. The two-time champ explains how this past weekend’s win differed from his first Irish am title in 2016 and what he hopes to achieve off the back of the success. Away from home there was plenty to catch up on too with nearly weeks for Seamus Power and Niall Kearney on the PGA and DP World Tours while we ramp up our U.S. PGA Championship preview and discuss plenty of hot topics from the world of golf in between as the opening LIV Golf Invitational looms. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
1 hr 14 min
Apr 26, 2022
Ep 60 | The boys are back in town
The Irish Golfer podcast returns after a mid-season hiatus and we had plenty to catch up on from our studio on the road at Slieve Russell. The K Club heralded a new era for the Irish Open and Irish Challenge in the lead up to the Ryder Cup at Adare in 2027. We react to the news, discuss the classic links -v- parkland debate and ponder future dates for the tournament. Host Peter was away at Augusta for the Masters and he fills us in on his trip, from Tiger's heroics to what the performances of Rory, Shane and Seamus could mean for their respective seasons. We talk all the latest from Greg Norman's LIV Golf Invitational, round-up all the Irish tour news from at home and abroad and as ever, we pick out our heroes and villains of the piece. We hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Mar 7, 2022
Ep 59 | Bay Hill bites back + Rory rallies against "crazy golf"
On this week's edition of the podcast we start with a brutal Bay Hill test where the best players in the world were made to look silly at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Rory McIlroy felt like the course was more Pirate's Cove than PGA Tour but was the four-time Major winner's 'crazy golf' assessment an accurate one? We dive into course setup, Scottie Scheffler shining brightest, a nearly week for GMac, a poor weekend for Rory and much more. Leona Maguire didn't have her best stuff but she finished tied 13th in Singapore where Jin Young Ko continued to raise the bar. We also have everything from Kenya and the Challenge Tour to the latest on Europe's Ryder Cup captain and how ongoing SGL speculation is harming Europe's decision making process. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Feb 21, 2022
Ep 58 | Is the Saudi Golf League dead in the water?
On this week’s edition of the podcast, we react to an explosive week off the fairway where Phil Mickelson’s Super League masterplan was exposed by none other than Mickelson himself. U.S. journalist Alan Shipnuck delivered Mickelson on the record like never before, with Phil talking openly about sports-washing, using the Saudis for leverage and the scary m*therf***ers he’s going into business with. Since then, the Saudi-backed SGL has taken some almighty hits with Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau joining the game’s best players pledging loyalty to the PGA Tour, while Rory McIlroy didn’t mince his words in condemnation of Mickelson, believing the breakaway league is now “dead in the water”. We have all that and lots more, with actual tournament coverage from the Genesis where Niemann was the man, a near-miss for a real talent in Tom McKibbin and plenty of Irish angles in between. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you…
Feb 14, 2022
Ep 57 | Pandemonium in Phoenix + Hoffman unites the world of golf
On this week’s edition of the podcast we might’ve been short of Irish weekend involvement across golf’s main tours but there was still much to talk about from a festival of golf in Phoenix. The TPC Scottsdale desert showpiece has built a reputation of no-holds-barred fun and the tournament lived up to its name, and then some, with Scottie Scheffler’s maiden PGA Tour victory just one of a number of talking points from a wild week in Arizona. We chat the people’s champ, Sahith Theegala, the shenanigans at the famous stadium hole par-3 16th, and discuss how a hot-headed Charley Hoffman outburst united the world of golf against him. We also reflect on great news for the Irish Open thanks to new title sponsor, Horizon Therapeutics. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Feb 8, 2022
Ep 56 | Leona Maguire on a week she'll never forget
On this week's edition of the podcast we were delighted to be joined by Leona Maguire fresh off her history-making maiden victory on the LPGA Tour. The Cavan star continues to blaze a trail for Irish golfers to follow and spoke to us from Florida to reflect on a title still very much sinking in since Saturday's three-shot triumph at the Drive On. Maguire opens up about what the victory means, highlights those who helped her achieve it and her hopes for the season ahead. There was plenty of golf to discuss elsewhere too, from a nearly week for Seamus Power at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am to a certain event in Saudi where the rumour mill was abound about a potential Super League takeover. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
1 hr 4 min
Jan 31, 2022
Ep 55 | No Laying Up for Rory in Dubai
On this week's edition of the podcast we recap a thriller in Dubai, focussing our attention, rightly or wrongly, on the man who finished third, Rory McIlroy. We discuss THE shot, whether it was the right one to take on, and whether or not it will have a lasting impact on the four-time Major winner this season. There was plenty more to talk too, with Viktor Hovland claiming his third win in five events, Padraig Harrington purring to a top-10 finish, Irish Open chat following interviews with Rory and Seamus Power, the doom and gloom of those preparing their media spiels for Saudi, and much more. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Jan 24, 2022
Ep 54 | The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
The Irish Golfer Podcast is back for 2022 with this week's first episode fresh off a Sunday that left us wondering what might've been on the PGA and DP World Tours. The Seamus Power/Shane Lowry double looked very much on when the country shut its eyes on Saturday night but Irish eyes weren't smiling after disastrous starts for the pair put paid to their chances on Sunday. It was still a week where the positives outweighed the negatives with Rory McIlroy also showing encouraging signs and Padraig Harrington making a solid start to his season. We also discuss the hot topics sweeping the golf world, putting our necks on the line with our Major predictions for 2022 and so much more. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Dec 13, 2021
Ep 53 | Brendan Lawlor - A lot done. A lot more to do.
It’s been a whirlwind three years for the world’s best disability golfer, Brendan Lawlor. Since signing for Modest! Golf, the Louth man’s star has been on the rise. A three-time Tour winner this year where he shared the fairways with some of the biggest names in golf, Lawlor is eternally grateful for all that’s happened but opens up about a niggling frustration when it comes to financial reward. He also shares brilliant encounters with Rory McIlroy, Collin Morikawa and someone you might not expect. As ever, the 24-year old funny man and ferocious talent continues to dream big with talk of World Tours, Paralympics and an Irish Open firmly on the agenda. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Nov 22, 2021
Ep 52 | McIlroy's shirt + Tiger's comeback + Lawlor's win & Morikawa's membership
On this week's edition of the podcast we round up a superb weekend for the Irish on Tour where Leona Maguire signed off on a fine rookie season in style at the CME Group Tour Championship and Seamus Power moved up to a career high 70 in the world golf rankings and Brendan Lawlor wins again and re-claims world number 1 on the EDGA standings. Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry were also in the mix at the Race to Dubai finale but in the end it was a case of Morikawa the merciless as Collin collected both the money-list title and the DP World crown. We discuss the merits of his lifetime membership, and also chat two social media highlights that almost broke the internet - McIlroy's shredded shirt and Tiger Woods' comeback video. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Nov 17, 2021
Ep 51 | Niall Kearney | Perseverance Rewarded
On this week's edition of the podcast we were delighted to be joined by Niall Kearney fresh off his best year in the professional ranks to date. Although the Royal Dublin man would've dearly loved to be competing this week in Dubai, his eventual finish of 133 on the Race to Dubai standings means improved status and more opportunity for Kearney on the European Tour next season. Niall opens up about what's been a tough slog to this point in his pro career, the importance of making this year a profitable one and his frustration knowing that with a the benefit of a couple more starts, he might just have locked down his full main tour card for 2022. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Nov 15, 2021
Ep 50 | Meadow Survives, Harringtons Hokey Pokey & Langer the Legend
On this week's edition of the podcast we round up another busy shift for the Irish around the tours with Stephanie Meadow's latest LPGA Tour survival act receiving top billing. The Jordanstown pro left it late to sneak back inside the top-100 on the Race to CME Globe on the number at 100, thus ensuring her full LPGA Tour card for next year. Where Meadow revelled in the finish, Leona Maguire was left to rue a closing 76 having bolted to the first round lead. It was also a case of what might've been for Padraig Harrington who narrowly missed out on this week's DP World Tour Championship. Remarkably, world number one Jon Rahm is among those opting out of the Dubai curtain closer. We discuss where that leaves the European Tour in the pecking order of the game's elite. There was also the small matter of Bernard Langer defying his age and the odds to claim another Champions Tour Order of Merit title. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you th…
Nov 10, 2021
Ep 49 | The DP World Tour & Golf's Great Bidding War
This week's podcast caught us by surprise, news that the European Tour is to become the renamed DP World Tour from 2022. A rebranding heralded as a new dawn for golf in Europe just two years after the last one, we weigh up the pros and cons of the deal which undoubtedly adds to the riches of those at golf's top table, but at what cost? There was also the announcement of the Irish Open returning to Mount Juliet for a second straight year. We look at how the event sits in the schedule and what we can expect from the field. There was also plenty of Irish action to run through from around the world so we hope you enjoy the listen. As ever, don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Nov 1, 2021
Ep 48 | Saudi-backed Asian Tour: Is this good for golf?
On this week's edition of the podcast there was only one thing to talk about, a Saudi-backed investment in the Asian Tour and what it means for the world of golf as we know it. LIV Golf Investments, the investing arm of the Saudi Arabian government, have announced Greg Norman as its Commissioner in a $200m 10-year commitment with 10 new Asian tour events set to hit the calendar in 2022. Exactly what implications will follow for golf's existing tours remains to be seen but with the heads of current PGA Tour members expected to be turned by eye-watering sums of money, there is a siege coming for golf's status quo so something's got to give. We lay out the facts and ask the question, is this good for golf? As always, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Oct 26, 2021
Ep 47 | John Murphy - The Breakthrough
On this week's edition of the podcast we were delighted to be joined by Ireland's latest member of the Challenge Tour, Kinsale's John Murphy, fresh off a frantic but fruitful first introduction to professional golf. The 23-year old reflects on a whirlwind few weeks in the paid ranks, highlighted by his top-10 finish at the Dunhill and his plans for the off-season ahead of his first full season on Tour next year. We also had a lot of golf to round-up from a busy weekend, from Main Tour frustration for Niall Kearney, to a near-miss for Dermot McElroy and Q-School disappointment for Olivia Mehaffey. As always, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Oct 18, 2021
Ep 46 | O’Keeffe conquers all at The European Club + Is McIlroy back?
On this week’s edition of the podcast we were delighted to be joined by the form amateur golfer in Ireland, Peter O’Keeffe. Fresh off completing an extremely rare Irish Amateur Close/Open double, the Douglas man talks about the significance of the win, the test that was Pat Ruddy’s European Club and his Walker Cup ambitions. There was also the small matter of PGA Tour win number 20 for Rory McIlroy to get through while we round-up a brilliant weekend of Irish action with Kinsale’s John Murphy once again to the fore after a brilliant podium finish on the Challenge Tour. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don’t forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Sep 27, 2021
Ep 45 | America, F**k Yeah! It's our Ryder Cup review
On this week's edition of the podcast we review the only show in town, the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits where Team USA lived up to their billing to record a record breaking win over Europe in Wisconsin. We react to the 19-9 demolition at the hands of Steve Stricker's immensely talented team on a difficult week for Europe's Captain, Padraig Harrington. We look at where the contest was won and lost, and what the manner of America's win means for the Ryder Cup as a whole as we take a view towards Rome in two years time. As ever, we have the Irish angle covered too in what was a highly emotional week for both Shane Lowry and Rory McIlroy. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Sep 17, 2021
Ep 44 | Paul McGinley - Ryder Cup Preview
On this week's edition we catch up with Paul McGinley to preview the Ryder Cup. Everything from pairings, wildcard picks and some behind the scenes secrets from the 2016 Ryder Cup captain
Sep 13, 2021
Ep 43 | Ryder Cup team reaction
On this week's edition of the podcast we react to news of the confirmed twelve players set to represent Team Europe at the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits from September 24-26. We ask the question, 'did Padraig Harrington get his wildcard selections right?', look at the reasons behind Justin Rose's omission and discuss Europe's chances of retaining the Cup in Wisconsin. We also discuss Leona Maguire's homecoming and the hopes for a Women's Irish Open off the back of her Solheim Success. Talk The Open's return to Royal Portrush in 2025, a big week for John Murphy and take aim at our heroes and villains for the week. As always, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Sep 7, 2021
Ep 42 | Hello world - I'm Leona
On this week's edition of the podcast we scour our list of superlatives to sum up Leona Maguire, no longer just a star of Irish golf but now a superstar on the world stage. The rookie racked up 4.5 points out of a possible 5 in an historic debut performance, leading Team Europe to a second straight Solheim success and a second in three stagings on US soil. We look at the knock-on effects her performance is sure to have in inspiring the next generation of golfers at home and abroad while we also tear into the Tour Championship and the FedEx format, look at how the Italian Open impacted the Ryder Cup standings and round-up the Irish angle from another busy weekend of golf. As always, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know know what you think.
Aug 30, 2021
Ep 41 | No love lost as Cantlay cracks Bryson + Ryder Cup countdown is on
On this week's edition of the podcast there was no place else to start than the showdown at Caves Valley between Patrick Cantlay and Bryson DeChambeau at the BMW. Bryson proved box-office once more but it was Cantlay who prevailed in a no love lost affair between the two American teammates. As ever, we've got the Irish angle sorted with Rory McIlroy marching onto East Lake while Shane Lowry flies home quietly confident of a Ryder Cup start. We dive deep into the make-up of both Team Europe and Team USA with just weeks to go to Whistling Straits while we also take a look at action from further afield with the Curtis Cup, a near-miss for Michael Hoey and double-joy for Tim Rice all on the agenda. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Aug 24, 2021
Ep 40 | Leona makes Solheim history + Tony comes good + Ryder Cup conundrums
On this week's edition of the podcast there was only one place to start - Leona Maguire becoming the first Irish woman to be selected to represent Europe at the Solheim Cup. We catch up with the Slieve Russell star to get her reaction on making the team and look back on the AIG Women's Open where amateur Lauren Walsh put in an excellent performance in making the cut. We also tackle the Northern Trust where Tony Finau finally delivered. We look back at Seamus Power's playoff near-miss, chat Lowry's Ryder Cup hopes and examine the movers and shakers to try and get a handle on Captain Harrington's team. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Aug 9, 2021
Ep 39 | Hero Open & St. Jude recap + Irish Open reservations
On this week's edition of the podcast we have a whole lot of golf to catch up on, from good finishes for Niall Kearney and Rory McIlroy, to David Higgins' Carne win, golf at the Olympics, an Irish Open cash injection and much, much more. Bryson DeChambeau continues to make headlines for all the wrong reasons but has the Bryson bashing gone too far? We also take a look at how the Ryder Cup teams are shaping up ahead of next month's renewal, pick out our heroes and villains and look ahead to another bumper week of golf for the Irish on Tour. As always, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Jul 19, 2021
Ep 38 | We've got the Power! + Morikawa 'The Merciless'
Who would've thought on the Monday after The Open the top story on our agenda would be an Irishman winning the Barbasol Championship but that's exactly where we start this week's edition of the podcast courtesy of Seamus Power's maiden PGA Tour win. The pre-tournament favourite justified the tag, toppling all on his way to securing his PGA Tour card while pounding down the door to a Players start, a first Major and much more. We soak in a breakthrough win for Power and also look back on a superb Open renewal where Collin Morikawa didn't give an inch on his way to winning on debut at Royal St. George's. We also take a look at Shane Lowry's defence and what it means for his Ryder Cup prospects while we try to get our heads around a strange week for Rory McIlroy and wonder where he goes from here. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Jul 14, 2021
Ep 37 | Open Championship Preview - 149th Royal St Georges
It's Open week at Royal St. George's and on this week's edition of the podcast, we try to narrow down our idea of the winner at the last men's Major of the year. Shane Lowry finally gave back his Claret Jug after a two year reign but he'll be hoping it is back in his grasp in a few days time in Sandwich. Rory McIlroy says he's found something ahead of Thursday's start. Is it McIlroy's time to shine and end a seven-year wait for one of golf's Major titles? Jon Rahm will no doubt have something to say about the fate of the famous piece of silverware but are the favourite's odds a fair reflection of where this field is at? We delve deep into all these questions and more, and look ahead to another busy week on the fairways further afield, especially where Seamus Power narrows in on a PGA Tour card at the Barbasol. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Jul 6, 2021
Ep 36 | Rory's Olympic hassle + Where does the Irish Open go from here?
On this week's edition of the podcast we reflect on the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Mount Juliet and wonder, where do we go from here? Rory McIlroy echoed Shane Lowry's calls for a date change, but what slot in the calendar could make the Irish Open the attractive proposition we want it to be? We also discuss Team Ireland's Olympic medal hopes after Rory and Shane were pictured wearing Irish green. Across the Atlantic, it was another huge week for Seamus Power who's now eyeing an open date at Royal St. George's while we round-up the rest of the Irish action after another frantic week on the fairways. As ever, we hope you all enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Jun 28, 2021
Ep 35 | Maguire, Power & Kearney make bank + Mount Juliet musings
On this week's edition of the podcast we recap a fruitful week for Ireland's fairway fliers, from Leona Maguire's best Major finish at the KPMG Women's PGA to big pay-days for Niall Kearney and Seamus Power on both sides of the Atlantic. We also look ahead to this week's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open where 5,000 spectators a day will be given great access to a field that includes Major winners Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry, Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell. Far from a vintage renewal, we discuss the outlook for our National Open and what's in store at Mount Juliet, where we were also joined by Niall Kearney to look ahead to a big week in Kilkenny. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Jun 14, 2021
Ep 34 | Caldwell Master Class + Nearly weeks for Maguire & Power
On this week's edition of the podcast we have an Irish victory toast to Jonathan Caldwell who claimed his maiden European Tour title at the Scandinavian Mixed. From plying his trade on the EuroPro Tour in 2019 to entering the winner's enclosure at the top tier of European Tour golf two years later, we talk through an inspiring sporting story and look ahead to the doors this victory opens for the now 37-year old. We also recap weeks of what might've been for Leona Maguire and Seamus Power and round-up a busy week of golf at home and abroad as the season ramps up ahead of Thursday's starting US Open. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know you think.
May 31, 2021
Ep 33 | Irish Challenge at Portmarnock Links review & Team Ireland funding
On this week's edition we look back at the Irish Challenge at Portmarnock Links where, although no fans could see it, there were plenty of Irish eyes smiling as Dermot McElroy lifted the Christy O'Connor Jnr trophy as the top home player in Dublin. Interestingly, McElroy, along with the Ireland's other leading players on the week, Michael Hoey, Cameron Raymond and Tom McKibbin will not benefit from Team Ireland funding in 2021. We discuss the merits of that system and also round-up all the action from across the tours with Leona Maguire beaten by eventual champion Ally Ewing in the LPGA Match-Play while we also look ahead to Stephanie Meadow competing at this week's US Women's Open. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. If you do, don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
May 24, 2021
Ep 32 | Majestic Mickelson; Lowry & Harrington bromance - PGA Championship Review
It had all the ingredients pre-tournament for a week to remember and Kiawah Island delivered on all counts, providing a Major experience - actually unlike any other - at least in recent years. From life starting at fifty for Phil Mickelson, to Brooks Koepka's gripes almost twenty years his junior, on this week's podcast we dissect a great week on the Ocean Course where two Irish stalwarts typically rose to the challenge to enjoy top-4 finishes in South Carolina. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. If you do, don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
May 19, 2021
Ep 31 | The PGA Championships Preview - Rory, Lowry & Kiawah contenders
The second men's Major of the year visits the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island this week for a wide open US PGA Championship. We take aim at the Irish angle with two live chances this week, not least a rejuvenated Rory McIlroy, returning to another happy hunting ground off the back of a win two weeks ago at Quail Hollow. The 2012 champ at Kiawah carries pre-tournament favouritism into the event where Shane Lowry will also look to build on his strong form on Pete Dye designed courses. We discuss their claims to the Rodman Wanamaker trophy, and also look at the other narratives doing the rounds this week in South Carolina, not least Jordan's Spieth's exciting Grand Slam bid. As ever, there's plenty of chat in between. We hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
May 10, 2021
Ep 30 | Is Rory back? Kearney comes good & Walker Cup recap
It was the type of weekend Irish golf fans have been waiting for; a Rory McIlroy win, tri-colours in contention in Europe and the cream of the amateur crop rising to the challenge on arguably the biggest stage in the unpaid ranks. We dive deep into the Wells Fargo where McIlroy was a worthy winner and ask the question, is he a Major player once more? We also have the takeaways from Tenerife where Niall Kearney grabbed a career-best finish on the European Tour. We look back at a super weekend of amateur action at Seminole where John Murphy and Mark Power played leading roles for GB&I and there's plenty in between too, from Darren Clarke and Michael Hoey to a lengthy villains' list and a look ahead to a potential Irish Open with fans. As always, we hope you enjoy the listen. Let us know what you think, and if it's good, don't forget to subscribe.
Apr 27, 2021
Ep 29 | Caolan Rafferty - Walker Cup omission, ageism & painting fences
Eyebrows were raised in many circles when Caolan Rafferty's name was overlooked for Walker Cup selection this year. Having already been capped in 2019 and after proving time and time again that he can play to the peak of his powers after a lengthy absence, the Dundalk man thought he'd done enough to earn a crack at the US side in Seminole in May. It wasn't to be for Rafferty, but for the now 28-year old, it's not the first time he's felt slightly overlooked when it comes to a selection process. A winner of the South and the West and ranked as high as 14 on the World Amateur Golf Charts, Rafferty's often been left to wonder whose fence he has to paint for opportunities to come his way. In this chat he shares his frustrations, but also his drive this season to prove to selectors that his omission was a mistake. We hope you enjoy the listen. As ever, don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
1 hr 6 min
Apr 22, 2021
Ep 28 | Golf Ireland CEO Mark Kennelly on golf’s reopening, government negotiations & the future of golf in Ireland
Ahead of golf reopening on Monday April 26th we are joined by Golf Ireland CEO Mark Kennelly to discuss golf’s reopening, government negotiations & the future of golf in Ireland.
Apr 19, 2021
Ep 27 | Leona Maguire reflects on her best LPGA finish + RBC Heritage Recap
On this week's edition of the podcast we were delighted to be joined by Leona Maguire fresh off her career-best LPGA Tour finish at the LOTTE Championship. The Cavan professional hadn't even slept when we spoke to her, still flying high after tying second behind Lydia Ko on her first trip to Hawaii. Far from resting on her laurels, Leona returns to action at this week's LA Open determined to keep her foot to the floor as she closes in on her first LPGA Tour win. We also recap another top-10 for Shane Lowry after an encouraging week at Hilton Head. We chat European Tour and the impact of the pandemic, Seamus Power, and we also start to get excited as golf's return nears in the ROI. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. If you do, please subscribe. If you don't, let us know what you think!
Apr 12, 2021
Ep 26 | Matsuyama Masters Augusta + Is the Irish Open in doubt?
On this week's edition of the podcast, we recap the 85th Masters tournament, chatting everything from Hideki Matsuyama's historic win for Japan to what might've been for Shane Lowry despite his best finish amongst the pines. We hear from the Open Champion who's set to be without caddie Bo Martin for the next few weeks due to Ireland's new mandatory hotel quarantine regulations and why he feels the Irish Open could be in doubt. We also take aim at the other stories of the week, from Schauffele's implosion, to Zalatoris' coming-of-age showing and a shady cameo from honorary starter, Gary Player. As always, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Apr 7, 2021
Ep 25 | Through green tinted glasses - 2021 Masters preview with Shane Lowry
The azaleas are in bloom, the patrons are back, it's April, and it's Masters week! No surprise then that this edition of the podcast focuses on all things Augusta as we asses the chances of Shane Lowry and Rory McIlroy ahead of the 85th edition of the Masters. We caught up with Shane prior to his opening tee-shot on Thursday and with Lowry cutting a confident figure behind the mic and we also got some insight from Rory McIlroy from his pre event press conference going into detail around what he and new coach Pete Cowen have been working on pre-tournament. We also take a look at the other contenders, of which there are many, and look back on the ANA, the Augusta National Women's Amateur and the resurrection of Jordan Spieth.
Mar 31, 2021
Ep 24 | Tee-Day on April 26th, ANA Inspiration, GMac motivation & Masters musings
This week's edition of the podcast comes off the back of bitter news for golf in the ROI with the wait extended to April 26th before play will resume due to Covid-19. We react to the unexpected date, discuss the implications of the reopening for golf clubs and share what we hope to see come April 26. There was also lots to of actual golf to get through, from Match Play musings and GMac's resurrection at Corales to Ireland's Walker Cup call-ups and near-misses, Leona and Steph at the year's first Major, Mehaffey and McCarthy at the Augusta National Women's Amateur and an early look at the next week's Masters. We hope you enjoy the listen. As always, don't forget to subscribe and be sure to let us know what you think.
Mar 19, 2021
Ep 23 | State of the industry address - Golf's return after lockdown
Wednesday, March 24th will mark one-year since golf was first suspended due to the virus known as Covid-19. Since then, golf has opened and closed between lockdowns with players around the country missing out on the best part of six months' golf. Both clubs, and members have suffered through this pandemic but both rely on the support of one another more than ever to come out the other side of a dreadful time for the industry. In that spirit, to help golfers everywhere better understand the current state of the industry and where we go from here, we thought it would be a good idea to invite some representatives from all corners of golf in a special edition of the podcast. We don't know when golf will be officially back, but we manage to answer many of the questions that have been circling social media in recent weeks. Former GUI CEO, Pat Finn was the man in the hot seat when Covid-19 first hit Irish shores and he explains the challenges the Union faced when coming to terms with this un…
1 hr 1 min
Mar 16, 2021
Ep 22 | Gavin Moynihan - Missed cut frustrations and fresh beginnings in 2021
In a special edition of the podcast, we caught up with Gavin Moynihan ahead of his long-awaited return to action at this week's Magical Kenya Open. After a torrid time of missed cuts last season, the 26-year old is hoping that a fresh start on the Challenge Tour in 2021 can spark his safe passage back to the Promised Land of the main European Tour. We touched on the highlights of Gavin's professional career to date, including his GolfSixes win alongside Paul Dunne and an agonising near-miss for a hole-in-one that would've seen him drive home in a €150,000 BMW from the French Open. He also reflects on the difficulties of darker days on Tour and a winter's work in Dubai that he hopes will stand him in good stead for a fast start to the new campaign. We hope you enjoy the listen. Let us know what you think.
Mar 15, 2021
Ep 21 | Lowry gets Ryder Cup bid rolling as Thomas strikes gold at Sawgrass - The Players Recap
The golf is coming thick and fast and there was no shortage of things to talk about on this week’s edition of the podcast. From another near-miss for Lee Westwood to joy for JT at The Players, we recap all the action from Sawgrass, including a big week for Shane Lowry in his mission to make this year’s Ryder Cup, and a nightmare one for Rory McIlroy. We also have the action from Qatar where Tour looper and proud Irishman, Darren Reynolds carried Frenchman Antoine Rozner to victory while we take aim at our heroes and villains from a wild week in golf. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. If you like what you hear, don’t forget to subscribe, we’d love to know what you think.
Mar 8, 2021
Ep 20 | Bryson, the Bay Hill Bomber & Rory missing that spark and hints at big changes
Bryson DeChambeau entertained us all this week as he attacked the famous par-five sixth hole at Bay Hill, driving over the water for a 370-yard tee-shot to set up victory the Arnold Palmer Invitational. It was box office TV that had us all on the edge of our seats. This week Peter chats to PGA Professional Mark O’Mahony for a bay hill recap covering everything from the elation of Bryson to the disappointment of Rory McIlroy who admitted he needs to find a spark and soon. As always, we hope you enjoy the listen.
Mar 1, 2021
Ep 19 | WGC Workday Recap + Leona and Seamus Power show form
A busy week to work through on this edition of the podcast as the men’s season gathered pace with Collin Morikawa a worthy winner of the first WGC of 2021. We recap all the action at The Concession and discuss what it means for Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry. We also dissect Seamus Power’s solid week in Puerto Rico and take aim at the LPGA Tour where Leona Maguire produced a top-20 finish on her seasonal reappearance in a hopeful sign of things to come for the Cavan professional. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. Let us know what you think.
1 hr 3 min
Feb 22, 2021
Ep 18 | A golfing nation holds its breath + Genesis recap & Rory's big changes
The hot topic in golf, on these shores at least, remains whether or not golf will be given the green light to resume in March. With England all systems go for a March 29th restart, we discuss the situation in Ireland and how we might go about getting back to playing sooner rather than later. In the meantime, live golf has helped many of us through a bleak winter and the Genesis certainly didn't disappoint in this regard. From the playoff drama between Homa and Finau to why a rare missed cut and some huge changes for McIlroy at Riviera isn't all bad, we take aim at the week in golf in this edition of the podcast. As always, we hope you enjoy the listen and let us know what you think.
Feb 15, 2021
Ep 17 | Golf's return in Level 5 + Pebble Beach post-mortem
On this week's podcast we ask why golf remains closed in Ireland despite proving itself safe to reopen already amid this pandemic. With rumours of a six-week extension to current restrictions abound, we hope the case is being put forward so that golf can be one of a number of exceptions made by the Government as people seek a much-needed boost to morale post-March 5th. In Tour news, there was only the PGA Tour to talk about this week but the AT&T Pebble Beach Championship provided plenty of topics for discussion. From Daniel Berger's superb win to another near-miss for a resurgent Jordan Spieth, we assess what's next for both 27-year old Americans in the coming months in a Ryder Cup year. We also chat Padraig Harrington's hopes of a return to action at this week's Genesis at Riviera after the European Ryder Cup Captain contracted Covid-19, while we take a look at the PGA of America's decision to permit Distance Measuring Devices at their Major championships and how that might impact t…
Feb 8, 2021
Ep 16 | Saudi & Phoenix Open Recap + Shane Lowry on the Distance Debate
On this week’s edition we are joined by PGA Professional Mark O’Mahony to take a look back at all the action from both Tours. It was a big weekend for Team USA as DJ claimed the Saudi International before Brooks Koepka rallied his way to a second WM Phoenix Open. We chat to Cormac Sharvin after a great start to his 2021 campaign that saw him claim his second highest career cheque on invite in Saudi while we also get Shane Lowry’s take on the proposed changes to be made by the R&A and USGA on distance. We hope you enjoy the listen. As always, let us know what you think.
Feb 2, 2021
Ep 15 | Reed remorseless, Harrington headaches & Saudi misgivings
There was plenty to unpack on this week's podcast after a lively weekend for golf around the world. Patrick Reed was immense in winning The Farmers but a cloud was once again cast over Captain America after an embedded ball incident during Saturday's round. There was no such drama at the Dubai Desert Classic where Paul Casey played his way firmly into Padraig Harrington's Ryder Cup plans. Juggling duties on and off the golf course, Captain Harrington put in another great showing himself and is eyeing up victory in this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open. We also discuss Thursday's starting Saudi International but rather than run through the field, we ask should the European Tour be traveling to Saudi at all? We hope you enjoy the listen. Let us know what you think.
Jan 25, 2021
Ep 14 | Abu Dhabi Recap | Hatton’s brilliance to another Sunday of disappointment for Rory
Something a bit different this week as we look back on the first event of the 2021 European Tour season in Abu Dhabi. Far too early to draw too many conclusions but we made a good fist of it anyway, from Hatton’s brilliance to another Sunday of disappointment for Rory. Where the sky seems to be the limit for Hatton, a worrying pattern is emerging in McIlroy’s play that we get stuck into. We also touch on Shane Lowry’s missed cut and what that means for his Ryder Cup mindset. And we talk Darren Clarke who claimed his second win in as many Champions Tour events on Sunday in Hawaii. This is a new format for us so we’d love to hear your feedback. We hope you enjoy the listen.
Jan 19, 2021
Ep 13 | Leona Maguire | Going for Gold
When Leona Maguire was dreaming about one day competing on the LPGA Tour, she could've hardly imagined a rookie year like 2020 turned out to be. After hitting the ground running with a a tied-4th result at the ISPS Vic HANDA Open, Maguire's momentum was stopped in its tracks as Covid-19 decimated Tour schedules worldwide. There was still plenty of golf to play once the Tour resumed and Maguire was typically consistent, tying 18th at the ANA Inspiration before qualifying for December's Tour Championship. We were delighted to catch up with Leona who shares her report card from a year like no other, and also looks ahead to a bumper year for golf with a second date at the Olympics top of her agenda in 2021. We hope you enjoy the listen.
Jan 12, 2021
Ep 12 | Shane Lowry | 2021 Season Goals
We were delighted to spend time with reigning Open Champion Shane Lowry ahead of what promises to be a bumper year for professional golf. The Clara man has made no secret of his desire to book his seat on the plane to Wisconsin for the 2021 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, but there’s much work to be done before then, with Lowry’s qualification bid teeing off in the UAE where he’ll compete at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and the Omega Dubai Desert Classic before February’s starting Saudi International. Find out about what Shane’s been up to over Christmas, his take on Dublin’s dominance after the All-Ireland football championship final and his hopes for a quick start to an all-important season. We hope you enjoy the listen.
Jan 8, 2021
Ep 11 | James Sugrue | The next chapter
As he looks to the next chapter of his golf career in the professional ranks, James Sugrue looks back on a Major 2020, brushing shoulders with Tiger at the Masters and looking forward to 2021.
Nov 15, 2020
Ep 10 | The 2020 Masters Review with Roddy Carr
In this episode we caught up with Roddy Carr, son of Ireland's most decorated amateur, JB Carr to look back at Dustin Johnson's record breaking win at the 84th Masters. We discuss all the weeks takeaways from DJ's win, Rory chasing the Slam, James Sugrue, Bryson and some great stories of his dad playing the Masters and his relationship with Bobby Jones.
Nov 10, 2020
Ep 9 | The Masters Preview with Paul McGinley, Graeme McDowell & James Sugrue
There may be no azaleas, patrons or famous roars ringing around Augusta this week but when you’re in level 5 lockdown in Ireland, you’ll take what you can get. And what we’re getting is a Masters like no other, an invite to Augusta National in autumn and one of the most timely interjections of sporting heaven we could wish for at this time. The last time the country found itself in a level 5 lockdown, sport was off the agenda but what we pined for back in April is very much on the calendar for a unique November celebration, an escape from all things COVID and hopefully, without pushing our luck too much, a first chance to see an Irishman don that famous Green Jacket in the Butler Cabin come Sunday. Our website has been inundated with all the latest from Augusta so far this week and our special digital edition Masters magazine dropped on Tuesday, packed with quality content from drives up Magnolia Lane, past and present. Our access this week has been nothing short of incredible an…
Nov 4, 2020
Ep 8 | The Distance Debate with Mark O'Mahony
With Bryson posting a Trackman carry distance of over 400 yards last week we sit down with Irish PGA Professional and master club Fitting Technician, Mark O'Mahony to discuss the route golf's governing bodies will take, if any, to dial back distance.
Sep 22, 2020
Ep 7 | Padraig Harrington | Opens & Ryder Cup goal
This week we caught up with the three-time Major Champion Padraig Harrington ahead of entering the European Tour bubble to discuss his relationship with the Irish Open - from a stressful beginning to the week he sees fit to make his return to golf at today. Plus there's plenty in between as one of the greatest minds to ever play the sport of golf lets us in on his thought processes at some key junctures in his career.
1 hr 11 min
Aug 31, 2020
Ep 6 | Brendan Lawlor | Dreaming Big
Brendan Lawlor was brimming with pride after he made his European Tour debut, a continuation of his life-long mission to put disability golf on the worldwide map. We caught up with the Carton House professional to discuss what he has achieved in his two years as a professional and the big ideas he has for the future.
Aug 2, 2020
Ep 5 | Conor Moore - The voices in my head
He may have risen to national prominence with his pitch-perfect impressions of Joe Brolly and Ger Loughnane but impersonator, Conor Moore has found his big break inside the ropes through his take on the world of professional golf. It was great to have the opportunity to sit down with the Mullingar funnyman and chat all about the journey so far, from his first encounter with Tiger Woods to a special dinner with Barbara and Jack Niclaus that neither he nor his dad will ever forget. We also discuss his new title show, ‘The Conor Moore Show’ which airs on GolfPass and find out how he's been received by the players he impersonates. We hope you enjoy the listen.
Jun 3, 2020
Ep 4 | Niall Horan | Modest! Golf & The Masters
This week we catch up with self-confessed golf fanatic, Niall Horan. The global musician admits he's missing live sport almost as much as his own tour life. The Mullingar man chats everything golf, from this year's Masters to getting starstruck meeting his idols and how his golf management company, Modest! Golf is helping to grow the game.
May 26, 2020
Ep 3 | James Sugrue | Hitting Jimmys & Signing Wardrobes
On this week's episode we caught up with one of the standout performers from 2019. It’s hard to believe that it’s nearly a year ago since he was crowned The Amateur Champion at Portmarnock Golf Club. We took a fun trip down memory lane and journeyed elsewhere, from his Open Championship disappointment to the Masters postponement and even hitting his famous Jimmy, a shot he’ll be taking all the way to the big leagues post-Covid-19. It’s the reigning Amateur Champion from Mallow, James Sugrue.
May 5, 2020
Ep 2 | Lisa Maguire | No Regrets
After one of the most decorated careers in ILGU history and nearly two years plying her trade as a professional golfer, Lisa Maguire took the brave decision to swap a life on the fairways for a career on the other side of the ropes as she started a new stage in her journey with Modest! Golf Management. Six months on from that decision we caught up with Lisa to reflect on her career to date, the ups and downs of her professional career and her vision for growing the women’s game.
Apr 20, 2020
Ep 1 | Paul Dunne | Bouncebackability
An in depth chat with Paul Dunne on his transition into the professional game and the ups and downs of his professional career to date from his first Tour win and dealing with losing his European Tour Card.