Today our lucky stars have aligned, and we're joined by Ashley Mayo, Golf Digester extraordinaire and one of Sports Illustrated's Top 100 Twitter follows. Ashley and I chat about her life and times, Golf Digest's new hip young direction, and the upcoming Match Play Championship in San Francisco. Ashley has played TPC Harding Park since the re-routing, and we talk about the course and the groups that were announced on the Golf Channel special. Will Victor Dubuisson destroy all? We finish up by taking Twitter questions, covering everything from Poulter to the name of this podcast to how to behave around people you have a crush on to whether Ashley is interested in dating a Twitter user named PiltyBones. Don't miss it!
Transatlantic heart-throb Luke Kerr-Dineen is on the program today, and it doesn't take long before we get into the reallll good stuff. Luke wrote an article about Jordan Spieth's high marketability, but we both puzzle over the fact that he's kinda...dull. We go from there to a discussion about the differences between American and European golf fans, and as someone who has spent years on both sides of that big ol' pond, Luke has a terrific perspective. Next, it's on to Poulter, and whether he has a good point about not playing at the BMW PGA Championship, or if he's just being his usual self. We field Twitter questions, share some predictions about the Zurich Classic, and generally just let it fly. NOTE: There are some audio issues on Luke's end for the first 8 minutes. Hang with it, they get better after that!
I'm psyched to have my good friend Stephanie Wei on the show, and we waste no time getting into the nitty-gritty of Jim Furyk's win at the RBC Heritage. He came out storming with a Sunday 63, and survived two grueling playoff holes against a game Kevin Kisner to win his first event since 2010. It's a big moment for Furyk, and we talk about how people will view the playing legacy of one of the most thoughtful, but also contradictory, players on the Tour. We touch on Kisner's heroics, and we round it out by talking about our experiences on the PGA Tour with angry players (*ahem* Els and Poulter *ahem*), paranoid tournament hosts, and overzealous locker room attendants. It's a humdinger!
Today I'm joined by Kyle Porter of CBS—the perfect shot in the arm for our collective Masters hangover. We're talking about Jordan Spieth and his appearance on David Letterman, Bubba Watson's latest foray into the world of hip-hop, Phil's lunacy, and why it seems like the PGA Tour pros like Spieth better than Rory McIlroy—and why we're so ready to move beyond Rory and place the crown on young Jordan. It's a really fun hour with Kyle, so don't miss a minute!
We didn't fold after episode one! This week, we're talking Jordan Spieth's Masters victory with Shane Bacon of Fox Sports (you can read Shane's post-Masters article here). We also touch on Tiger's bone-poppin' skills, Shane's hilarious Tiger illustrations from last week, and the good and bad from Augusta. Also, is Jordan Spieth exciting, boring, or somewhere in between? Take a listen, my friends!
In the first ever "Friends of Tiger" podcast, Shane welcomes Chris Solomon, co-owner and co-proprietor of NoLayingUp.com. It's Masters week, and the dudes discuss all the hot topics, including Rory's chances to win, Tiger's resurgence, Spieth's composure, and the ESPN player poll that has Bubba as the least-liked golfer on Tour. There are some red-hot takes in this episode—wear a flame-retardant poncho.