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Episode 119 – J.J. Killeen

This week, the real West Texas Driving Range Pro, J.J. Killeen joins the boys. We talk about his career, his new world in West Texas, social media, beers, and more. Plus we recap Webb Simpson’s win at the RBC Heritage.

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Episode 112 – Erik van Rooyen

This week on the show, European and PGA Tour standout Erik van Rooyen joins the boys. We chat about his great run on both tours, his future plans, his busy travel schedule, guitar, joggers, and more. Great chat with a very fun dude. And of course, we breakdown the week that was in the news from around the world.

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Episode 100 – Graham Delaet

We did it. 100 Episodes. And we celebrate in style with none other than Graham Delaet! The fellow Saskatchewan native joins the boys to chat about growing up in Sask, his time on the tour, beer, flying, and F-bombs. Lets go!

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Drive The Green at the RBC Canadian Open


The 2019 RBC Canadian Open was held at Hamilton Golf & Country Club. Drive The Green was there and the trip was nothing short of amazing.
The crowds were large and loud, the course was in phenomenal shape, the field was stacked. Hamilton also features some fantastic golf courses, so we checked out a few. Mix in a Blue Jays game, a concert, two Toronto Raptor finals games, and you have yourself some CONTENT.
Hope you enjoy.
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Episode 121 – Mailbag Monday

This week, its finally time to let the listeners drive as we open up the mailbag and answer questions from the crowd. Some interesting topics led to some heated discussion! Plus we recap all things Bryson as he wins the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit.

Episode 120 – Kramer Hickok

This week on the show, PGA Tour Member Kramer Hickok joins us to chat about his rise to PGA Tour, how College golf is helping young players better prepare for success, his time on the Canadian Tour, and more. Plus we recap DJ’s 21st career victory at The Travelers.

Episode 118 – Scott Harrington

This week, the boys sit down with PGA Tour Rookie Scott Harrington to chat about his epic road to the show, his rookie season, and a whole whack of other stuff. Plus the PGA Tour returned this week with some serious fireworks at the Charles Schwab Challenge. We recap it all.

Episode 117 – Lovelady Returns

This week, the PGA Tour Returns at Colonial! Golf is back! We celebrate with a return of our own, one of our favorite guests, Tom Lovelady joins us for a second time. Buckle Up.

Episode 116 – Ultimate Foursome – Wrestlers

This week on the show, its been talked about for while, but the boys finally get to their Ultimate Foursome Wrestlers. As a semi-official wrestling podcast, it was tough for MattyB and Harv to narrow down but we did it. We also touch on some quick hitters and recap our recent Saskatchewan Course Reviews.

Episode 115 – The Match 2.0 / Leah Bathgate-Snethun

This week on the show the boys recap the spectacle that was The Match 2.0, we touch on the hilights, the lowlights, and whats next. Then Leah Bathgate-Snethun from #golflifeAB joins the show to chat about their Alberta Bracket, The Alberta Golf Tour, and more.

Episode 114 – Derek Ingram

This week on the show, Team Canada Olympic and Amateur Coach Derek Ingram joins the boys to chat about his time in the game, the Olympics, tips for the amateurs like us, and he shares some great stories. We also recap the Driving Relief match and quick hits for the week.

Episode 113 – The Caddie Roundtable

This week on the show, we sit down with PGA Tour Caddies – Scott Sajtinac (Jason Dufner), Damien Lopez (Michael Thompson) and Jeff Willett (Nick Taylor). Some incredible insight into what it takes to be a PGA Tour caddie, life on the road, the grind, behind the scenes stories, and much more. One thing is for sure, this is not the last you see of The Caddie Rountable.

Episode 111 feat. Roger Sloan – Chase Porter

In this episode we welcome a special guest as Roger Sloan joins the boys as a special Co-Host. He shares what he’s been doing while in quarantine and shares some memorable stories from his past. Then PLYR Golf Founder Chase Porter joins us to discuss his brand, their support of our show since Day 1, golf in Saskatchewan and more.

Episode 110 – Meet Bronel / David Dube

This week, David Dube joins the boys to share some stories on the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, his golfing travels, Masters stories, and why Augusta isnt in his Top 3 courses played. Oh and we finally get to meet Bronel

Episode 109 – Lisa Longball

This week, the boys sit down with 8-time Canadian Long Drive Champion Lisa “Longball” Vlooswyk. We have a great chat about her Golf School, her career, the state of golf in Canada and much more. Plus, we recap Masters week….without The Masters.

Episode 108 – Best of DTG – Adam Hadwin & Tom Lovelady

This week, we are changing things up a bit for the new listeners. First, we recap the news as always from the past couple weeks. The PGA might be back in June? Masters in November? Tiger vs Phil? Will we get to play on time in Sask?

Then, for those of you who been with us from the jump, enjoy to trip down memory lane. For the new listeners, please enjoy two of our favorite interviews from our first 100 eps – Adam Hadwin and Tom Lovelady.

Episode 107 – Tom Hoge / Brian Lee

This week, we present a double feature with TWO interviews for your listening pleasure. First up, PGA Tour Veteran Tom Hoge joins us to chat about his hot season that was halted, how his putter change sparked his turnaround, and more. Then, Golf Saskatchewan Executive Director Brian Lee joins us to chat about the new Handicap rules, how COVID-19 is affecting the season, plus we chat about the Sask Golf Civil War Bracket. Enjoy!

Episode 106 – Jared du Toit

This week on the show, Canadian Pro Jared du Toit joins the boys to chat about his recent 59, the state of golf in unknown times, the yardage quiz, and rapid fire. We also run through some Quarantine Questions, read the news, and recap the Sask Golf Civil War.

Episode 105 – Sombre Days

This week on the show, the boys deal with the effects of the COVID-19 virus and its impact on life in general. The show must go on however! We push through as we head around the world in news, a Top 5, and we unveil the Saskatchewan Civil War Bracket!

Episode 104 – Arnold Palmer Recap / Meet Harv

This week, we recap Tyrell Hatton’s first career PGA Victory at Bay Hill. Plus we head around the world in the news, make our picks for THE PLAYERS, and this week its time to meet another host, Harv!

Episode 103 – Honda Classic Recap / Guess The Golfer Returns

This week the boys discuss Sungjae Im’s breakout win at The Honda Classic, Mac Hughes almost gets it done, trophy talk, NBC Coverage, grandstanding, and more. We also head around the world in news and Guess The Golfer returns with 5 more picks.

Episode 102 – Kelly Taylor

This week on the show, the boys catch up with Comedian Kelly Taylor to discuss his golf game, life in comedy, Carlos Pippen, and much more. We also recap both the WGC – Mexico and the Puerto Rico Open, touch on some big news stories, and make our picks for the Honda.

Episode 101 – Genesis Recap / Meet MattyB

As we turn the page on the first 100 eps, we turn the tables on ourselves and its time to meet the boys – starting with Rapid Fire on MattyB. We also recap Adam Scott’s win at the Genesis Invitational, read the news, and make picks for both the WGC – Mexico and the Puerto Rico Open

Episode 99 – Michael Gligic

This week on the show we cross another Canadian PGA Tour Member off the list as Michael Gligic joins the boys to chat about his rookie season on the Tour. We also recap the fantastic finish at the WMPO, read the news, and make our picks for Pebble Beach. Enjoy!

Episode 98 – Adam Stanley 2.0

This week, Adam Stanley returns to recap his time at the PGA Show, Sawgrass with Rory, The Longest Drive, and more. Plus we recap the Leishman victory at Torrey Pines, the new golf tour, a secret Top 5, and a few other little diddies.

Episode 97 – The American Express

The West Coast swing kicked off this week at The American Express. We recap Andrew Landry’s victory, the downfall of Pro-Am withdraws, three course tournaments, other tour events, the news, and more!

Episode 96 – Player Quiz Premiere

This week, the boys debut a new feature – The Player Quiz. Tasty little treat to start off the west coast swing as we hit the hot stretch of must watch golf. Plus we recap Cam Smith’s win at the Sony Open, read the news, and make our picks.

Episode 95 – Ultimate Foursome – Hawaiians

The Hawaii stretch of the PGA Tour Season is in full swing so the boys brought back the Ultimate Foursome for it. We also recap the intense playoff at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, read the news, and make our picks for the Sony Open. Enjoy.

Episode 94 – The 1st Annual Greenie Awards – Live on Location w/ GMAC

The boys are back from the Christmas Break and they come bearing gifts! The 1st Annual Greenie Awards (name is a work in progress). From Top Guest to Best Pod Moment, there are plenty of awards to go around.

PLUS – It is the first ever Live on Location pod at First Tee Indoor Golf Center with GMAC – Garrett McMillan!

Happy Holidays from Drive The Green

Its the Holiday Season! Next week, we have a HUGE year end episode to tape and we need your help! But first, we have this short ep to recap the news as always. Big things next week so listen up and help us out….

Episode 93 – Harry Higgs

This week on the show, the boys catch up with PGA Tour Rookie Harry Higgs. We chat about his rise to the tour, life off the course, his time at SMU, and much more. Plus, the Presidents Cup did not disappoint and we break down the full tournament. Oh, and a sprinkle of news to go over.

Episode 92 – Dylan Frittelli

This week the boys are back after a week off with a huge ep. Fresh off his first career PGA Tour Victory at the John Deere Classic, Dylan Frittelli joins the show. Plus we recap the Hero World Challenge, preview the Presidents Cup, read the news, and a whole lot more!

Special Feature – Ultimate Saskatchewan Golf Roadie

This week, the Boys put together their Ultimate Golf Road Trips in Saskatchewan. Its up to YOU to decide which one you like! For our non Saskatchewan followers, don’t worry there will be more to come. Just pretend you live in Sask and it will all be alright.

Episode 91 – RSM Classic Recap

This week on the Drive The Green Podcast, the boys recap Tyler Duncan’s victory at the RSM Classic, Jon Rahm wins the Race to Dubai, Brooke Henderson’s incredible season, Aces, Albatrosses, feel good stories, and so much more!

Episode 90 – Jason Logan

This week on the Drive The Green Podcast, SCOREGolf Editor Jason Logan joins the boys to chat about the great game. Plus we pick his brain on Canada’s Top 100, Presidents Cup, broken arms, and more. We also recap red hot Brendon Todd’s victory in Mexico, and much more.

Episode 89 – Ultimate Foursome – Veterans

This week on the Drive The Green Podcast, the boys celebrate the Remembrance / Veterans Day long weekend with the return of the Ultimate Foursome. Also, Presidents Cup Captains picks, a ton of news to cover, and Bronel is officially boycotting picks.

Episode 88 – Hot Toddy

This week on the Drive The Green Podcast, Brendon Todd breaks a remarkably drought with the victory in Bermuda. Rory wins in China, Presidents Cup pick predictions, Harry Higgs, Xander the course horse, and much more.

Episode 87 – Nick Taylor

This week on the Drive The Green Podcast, Canadian Nick Taylor joins the show, Tiger Woods ties Sam Snead’s All Time Wins mark at 82, The Zozo was a huge success, we read the news, Harv prepares TWO Top Fives, and so much more!

Episode 86 – The Man Behind Monday Q

This week on the Drive The Green Podcast, the boys catch up with the man behind one of the best Twitter follows in Golf…..Monday Q Info (@acaseofthegolf1).

We also recap Justin Thomas win at the CJ Cup, Brooks WD, we read the news, and more.

Episode 85 – Victorious Lord Lanto

This week on the Drive The Green Podcast, the boys recap Lanto Griffin’s first career victory at the Houston Open. We chat about being first on the Lanto train, early season tourneys, bad weather golf, worst public places, and its Thanksgiving so plenty of Turkey Talk. Enjoy!

Episode 84 – Shriner’s Open Recap

This week on the Drive The Green Podcast, the boys recap Kevin Na’s big win at the Shriners in Vegas, Graham Delaet is back in the PGA, has Phil become a gimmick? and yet another low scoring tournament. Simple yet slammed episode.

Episode 83 – Trio of Top 5’s

This week Cameron Champ took home the coveted Barrel trophy at the Safeway Open, Phil Mickelson works on his body, and the Canadians light up the course. Its also time to for the PGA to head to the City of Sin for its annual stop. In honor of Vegas, we have a Trio of Top 5 lists! Plus….picks.

Episode 82 – Ultimate Foursome – Wine-O’s

This week on the show we recap Sebastian Munoz’s first career victory at the Sanderson Farms Championship, we recap the news including Danny Willett’s win at the BMW Championship, Sneds putter, Nelly Korda, and more. And then the triumphant return of the Ultimate Foursome. This week, in honor of the Safeway Open and their wine barrel trophy, we name our top Winery Owners. Plus, picks.

Episode 81 – Adam Hadwin

The PGA Season has officially started and we come out guns blazing! This week we have Canadian stalwart Adam Hadwin on the show to talk about his career, this upcoming season, his 59, and so much more. Lets Go!

Greenbrier Recap / Takeaways (0:00 – 23:50):

  • Joaquin Niemann Breaks Through
  • Korn Ferry Grads comin in hot
  • Kevin Chappell 59, Trophy Talk, Dicky

In The News (23:50 – 34:47):

  • Solheim Cup, Shirtless Barn Rat, Rory POY

Interview with Adam Hadwin (34:47 – 1:16:43):

  • Hometown pride on display this week as we chat with fellow Moose Javian Adam Hadwin about his time on the PGA Tour, life as a pro, some memorable moments and we have a blast in Rapid Fire.

Picks (1:16:43 – 1:23:30):

  • MattyB picks up where he left off
  • Sanderson Farms Picks – Our favorite trophy

Episode 80 – PGA Season Preview

The PGA Tour returns this week and the boys are back from their Labour Day break with a packed Season Preview Episode.

We Back. First we recap the Korn Ferry Playoffs, catch up on notable news from the past two weeks, and tackle some would you rathers.

Season Preview:

  • Our picks for Major and FedEx Cup Winners
  • Bold predictions
  • Canadians on Tour

Picks – New Season, fresh slate.

Episode 79 – Taylor Pendrith

Its Labour Day and in the true spirit of the holiday, the boys took the week off. But not fully! We caught up with Canadian Pro Taylor Pendrith to chat about his great season on the Mackenzie Tour, the home stretch, and more.

Episode 78 – Andrew Putnam and Season Recap

With another PGA Tour Season in the books, the boys recap the year that was. Rory wins the FedEx Cup, we read the news, and its award season! Then they catch up with PGA Tour standout, Andrew Putnam, who heads into the offseason with plenty to build off. What an episode!

FedEx Cup Recap:

  • Rory takes down Brooks and Xander for his 2nd FedEx Cup title
  • New system a rousing success?
  • Takeaways include The Money, Xander, East Lake and more.

In The News:

  • CP Women’s Open
  • Erik Van Rooyen wins overseas
  • Faking injuries, pulling pins, Korn Ferry playoffs.

Interview with Andrew Putnam:

  • PGA Tour pro Andrew Putnam joins the show to chat about his great 2019 season, his great putting, rapid fire, and lots more.

Season Awards:

Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Best Moment, Most Disappointing, Best Social Media follow, and Best Win.

Pick Recap:

  • Season is over and a winner is crowned. Plus some interesting pick stats.

Episode 77 – Justin Time for Atlanta

The field is cut to 30 and the TOUR Championship is set. Justin Thomas in the cat bird seat as we head to Atlanta. The boys recap the BMW, discuss their takeaways, a special Top 5 Justin’s, and more.

BMW Championship Recap:

  • Justin Thomas goes low and takes a two shot lead to Atlanta
  • Takeaways include FedEx Cup on the fly, Corey Conners in the big dance, camera work needs work
  • Presidents Cup is set

Top 5 – Justins

In The News:

  • Korn Ferry Playoffs underway
  • Phil with a week to remember (or forget?)
  • Adam Scott with some thoughts on course length

Would You Rather?

Picks

  • Down to the wire – One tie we all tie.

Episode 76 – Jake Knapp

This week the boys recap the PGA Tour Playoffs that kicked off this week at the Northern Trust in New York, the electric debate about pace of play on tour, and Mackenzie Tour standout Jake Knapp joins us.

Northern Trust Recap (0:00 – 45:09):

  • The Boys test out a new format – Takeaways
  • Patty Reed with a less than desirable victory
  • Bryson gets railroaded by pace of play warriors
  • The playoffs are off and running – flawed system?

In The News (45:09 – 53:05):

  • Brandel and Brooks at it again
  • Korn Ferry wraps up regular season – lives are changed
  • Big Ben / Scott Harrington / and more

Interview with Jake Knapp (53:05 – 1:25:04):

  • We catch up with Mackenzie Tour standout Jake Knapp to chat about his fantastic season thus far, closing the deal, the Canadian Tour, and he shares a few great stories!

Picks (1:25:04 – 1:32:22):

  • Dream is still alive for Harv
  • BMW picks from Medinah CC in Medinah, Ill

Episode 75 – Who’s In, Who’s Out

The PGA Tour Regular Season wrapped up at the Wyndham Championship. We recap who made the playoffs (and who didnt), JT Poston’s win on home soil, recap a ton of news, and we are in the homestretch on picks.

Wyndham Championship Recap:

  • JT Poston – Another (yes another) 1st time winner
  • Who’s In, Who’s Out of Playoffs
  • FedEx Cup Point System discussion

In The News:

  • Maurice Allen Drives Over Niagara
  • All Kinds of Canadian News
  • Thorbjorn Olesen – WTF

Picks:

  • Bronel cracks double digits
  • MattyB is one win away

Episode 74 – Holy-Kawa

This week the boys break down Brooks’ flawless Sunday at the WGC- FedEx St. Jude, Collin Morikawa’s first career victory at the Barracuda, In The News, and a ton of random junk.

WGC and Barracuda Recaps:

  • Collin Morikawa – another first career victory
  • Brooks takes down Rory and the field at the WGC event
  • Stableford, Roger Sloan, and more

In The News:

  • Airline Troubles yet again
  • Adair Manor gets the 2026 Ryder Cup
  • Bernhard Langer the MACHINE
  • 2020 Schedule Released
  • Holey Moley, Shane Lowry, Paula Creamer, and more!

Picks:

  • Bronel skunked again
  • Wyndham Championship Picks

Episode 73 – Open Recap

This week the boys recap Shane Lowry’s surreal victory at The Open, Jim Herman wins the Barbasol, read the news, and a couple of surprise Top 5’s for the listeners!

Open Recap:

  • Shane Lowry – Champion Golfer of the Year
  • Sunday Scaries
  • Brooks with another season for the record books

Barbasol Recap:

  • Jim Herman won

Top 5: Irish Inventions

In The News:

  • Hale Irwin / Rory & Tiger / Graham Delaet

Top 5: Saints

Picks:

  • Bronel officially TOAST
  • WGC St. Jude / Barracuda Picks

Episode 72 – Roger Sloan – Part Deux

This week the boys welcome back their first repeat guest, Canadian Roger Sloan. Fresh off three straight Top 25 finishes on the PGA Tour, Roger catches up to chat about his season. It is also The Open week at Royal Portrush so a preview is in order.

John Deere Classic Recap (0:00 – 23:15):

  • Dylan Fritelli – A 1st time PGA Tour Winner – Water Wet
  • Is your dog hungry?
  • A few notable finishes

In The News (23:15 – 37:15):

  • Goosen, Weisberger, Stricker make headlines
  • John Daly and Tyrell Hatton throw fits

PLYR Interview with Roger Sloan (37:15 – 1:15:56):

  • Roger Sloan is back and this time the three of us chat. We recap our time at the Canadian Open, Roger’s season, his dads golf shoes, and more!

The Open Preview and Picks (1:15:56 – 1:36:58):

  • Its the final major of the season with plenty of storylines to cover and who do the boys think takes the Claret Jug?

Episode 71 – Clap for the Wolffman

In this Episode the boys break down Matthew Wolff’s breakout performance at the 3M Open, read the news, and a few Top 5’s to celebrate the week.

3M Open Recap:

  • Matthew Wolff – Don’t knock the swing
  • Young Guns firing early and often
  • Canadian fare very well

In The News:

  • John Daly denied cart at The Open
  • Feng wins her 10th LPGA Title
  • 14 club challenge

Top 5 – 3M Products and Unconvential Athletes

Picks:

  • Bronel inching towards the top
  • John Deere Classic Picks

Episode 70 – Corey Conners

This week, to celebrate Canada Day, Drive The Green catches up with Canadian and 2019 Valero Texas Open Champion Corey Conners! We chat about his 1st career victory, how life has changed, statistics, and more.

Rocket Mortgage Recap (0:00 – 27:08)

  • Good Guy Nate Lashley with an improbable victory
  • Detroit Golf Club – too easy?
  • The ultimate dogs breakfast leaderboard

In The News (27:08 – 41:06)

  • Steve Stricker makes it look easy at Senior US Open
  • DJ gender reveal
  • Darren Clarke, Bezuidenhout, Wie, and Phireside

PLYR Golf Interview with Corey Conners (41:06 – 1:09:52)

  • We celebrate Canada Day in style with Corey Conners. We talk about his victory, his wife getting more airtime, life on the tour, and so much more.

Top 5 – Canadian Songs to listen to on Canada Day (1:09:52 – 1:15:53)

  • Bronel with a special Top 5 to honour the Holiday

Picks (1:15:53 – 1:25:04)

  • Stay hot Bronel
  • 3M Open picks – Inaugural event in Minnesota

Episode 69 – Ultimate Foursome – Rockets

This week on the Drive The Green Podcast – the boys break down their week across the province, Chez Reavie’s run at the Travelers Championship, recap the weekly news, and the Ultimate Foursome is back!

Travelers Championship Recap:

  • Chez Reavie – 11 years in the making
  • Local Hero Keegan Bradley falls short
  • Zach Sucher with an improbable showing

In The News:

  • Hannah Green with the Women’s PGA Championship
  • Korn Ferry Tour….wut?
  • Drake pic, Phil, Masters Ticket Scandal

Ultimate Foursome – Rockets:

  • To honor the Rocket Mortgage Classic this week, the boys bring back the Ultimate Foursome for the first time since Halloween with a Rocket themed UF!

Picks”

  • Bronel back to reality at the Travelers
  • Picks for the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit

Episode 68 – David Hearn and US Open Recap

In this weeks episode, David Hearn joins Harv and MattyB to chat about the electric Canadian Open, his long career, Wyoming, and more. We also recap good guy Gary Woodland and his impressive US Open victory.

US Open Recap (0:00 – 51:59)

  • Gary Woodland holds off Brooks for his first career major
  • Brooks impresses yet again in defeat
  • Pebble Beach – overrated?

Brooke Henderson – Winning-est Canadian in history (51:59 – 56:15)

PLYR Golf Presents DAVID HEARN (56:15 – 1:18:10)

In The News (1:18:10 – 1:29:50)

  • Brandel trolls Brooks
  • Golf carts, Hadley, Stenson

Picks (1:29:50 – 1:39:05)

  • Bronel – 3 in a row!
  • Travelers Championship picks

Episode 67 – Drive The Green at the RBC Canadian Open

This week, the boys headed to Hamilton, Ontario for the RBC Canadian Open. What a trip. Meeting many of our previous guests, walking the course with Roger Sloan, carrying the bag, golfing local tracks, smashing windows, and more.

Canadian Open and Trip Recap

  • The boys chat about the week that was in Hamilton – inside the ropes, local courses, hot dogs, food reviews, crowds. What a first DTG trip!
  • Rory runs away with it
  • Hadwin wins the Rivermead with a very solid week
  • Our Top Moments from the week

In The News

  • Hank Haney fires back at Tiger
  • Steve Williams returns to caddy for Jason day
  • Graham Delaet is almost back!

US OPEN Preview

  • The US Open returns to Pebble Beach and the storylines are endless – Tiger, Phil, Brooks, Rory, Speith, DJ. We break down all of them.
  • Picks – Bronel on a mini heater – who does he like this week?

Episode 66 – RBC Canadian Open Week / Billy Spencer

It has arrived! It is RBC Canadian Open week and the boys are jacked up to head to Hamilton to cover the festivities. But before we head East, we sit down with long time PGA Tour Caddie Billy Spencer.

The Memorial Recap:

  • Cantlay rides a massive Sunday to victory
  • Strong field delivers results but no drama
  • Muirfield Village is one epic track

In The News:

  • Hank Haney becomes public enemy #1
  • Pro Tip – Don’t leave an event early if you’re around the cut line
  • Velcro Shoes

PLYR Golf Interview with Billy Spencer:

  • 19 year PGA Tour Caddie, and current caddie for Stephen Jaeger, joins the boys to talk about his time on the Tour, becoming a caddie, Tiger Woods house party, and more.

Picks:

  • No Benny Hill this week as Bronel is off the schneid.
  • We draft out the Canadians in the field for the week.

Willow Bunch Golf Course – Review

MattyB headed down to the hills of Southern Saskatchewan to check out the beautiful 9 hole Willow Bunch Golf Course.

Episode 65 – New Mics!

The boys test drive some new equipment in the latest episode of the Drive The Green Golf Podcast. This week:

Charles Schwab Challenge Recap:

  • Kevin Na wins his 4th PGA Tournament in anti-climactic fashion
  • Mackenzie Hughes comes up short
  • Jordan Spieth – relevant again?

In The News:

  • Strong week for the Canucks – Brooke T2, Nesbitt wins, Gligic qualifies
  • RBC Canadian Open returns to St. George’s
  • Hadwin/Conners match, Tiger talk, Brooks Over / Under

Picks:

  • All time futility this week – and not just from Bronel
  • Memorial at Muirfield picks

Episode 64 – PGA Championship Recap

This week on the show we catch up with Drive The Green correspondent, Gottsy, who was on location for the 101st PGA Championship at Bethpage Black.

PGA Championship Recap:

  • DTG Correspondent, Gottsy, breaks it down with the boys. Tiger on the range, the crowds, the media tent, the course.
  • Brooks dominates (small speed wobble) – are we in Tiger territory?
  • Bethpage eats up the field

In The News:

  • John Daly – the cart, the cup, the pants, the hair
  • Trump handicap hacked – or was it?
  • Nick Taylor and Mike Weir (!) qualify for US Open

Picks:

  • Harv by a hair over MattyB…….Cue the Benny Hill
  • Charles Schwab Challenge Picks

Episode 63 – Jonathan Coachman / PGA Championship Preview

In this weeks episode of the Drive The Green Podcast, the boys are joined by the Voice of World Long Drive and long time WWE personality, Jonathan “The Coach” Coachman.

AT&T Byron Nelson Recap:

  • Sung Kang becomes 9th first time winner on Tour this season
  • Trinity Forest too easy?
  • Tony Romo covers all bets

In The News:

  • Bubba’s rebuttal to Phil
  • Tiger bettor doubles down
  • Max Homa victory tour

Eagle Energy Interview with Jonathan Coachman:

  • Harv and MattyB chat with The Coach about his time as the voice of World Long Drive, his time in WWE, his love for golf, the PGA Championship and so much more!

PGA Championship Preview & Picks:

  • MattyB stay hot kid
  • PGA Championship Picks

Episode 62 – Jamie Sadlowski

In this weeks episode of the Drive The Green podcast, the boys catch up with fellow Canadian Jamie Sadlowski to chat about his Long Drive success, the road to the PGA, his time in hockey, and more.

Wells Fargo Recap (0:00 – 24:49)

  • Max Homa – rags to riches
  • FOTP Joel Dahmen oh so close
  • No dogs breakfast leaderboard this week

In The News (24:49 – 50:25)

  • Romo Bets for the AT&T
  • Brooks and Chamblee at it again
  • Tiger topics galore

PLYR Golf Interview with Jamie Sadlowski (50:25 – 1:28:54)

  • Jamie Sadlowski joins the boys to chat about his success in Long Drive, the commitment and transition to the pro ranks, early life in hockey, rapid fire, and more.

Picks (1:28:54 – 1:35:12)

  • New picks leader
  • AT&T Byron Nelson Picks

Episode 61 – Stephen Ames

This week – Stephen Ames, he of the Mount Rushmore of Canadian Golf, joins the boys! We chat about life on the Champions Tour, Golf in Canada, his career, and more. We also breakdown the Zurich, read the news, and make our picks for the Wells Fargo.

Zurich Classic of New Orleans Recap (0:00 – 30:25):

  • Palmer hitches his trailer to the Big Rig
  • Stallings / Mullinax – a Sunday to forget
  • Hard K and Hadwin – meet and greet

In The News (30:25 – 44:40):

  • Scott Piercy and CBD
  • Andy Sullivan with all time content
  • Phil is back with his calves

Eagle Energy Interview with STEPHEN AMES (44:40 – 1:16:50):

  • Canadian Golf Icon Stephen Ames joins the show for a memorable chat.

Top 5 – Bronel surprises the boys yet again (1:16:50 – 1:23:01)

Picks (1:23:01 – 1:33:31):

  • Zurich – MattyB ties it up
  • Wells Fargo picks

Episode 60 – Walk Up Songs

It is Zurich Classic of New Orleans week and that means walk up song predictions! In the latest episode of the Drive The Green Podcast:

RBC Heritage Recap

  • C.T Pan ditches his own event to go cash a check
  • DJ messes himself
  • Matt Kuchar is a machine – El Tucan with the magic touch

In The News

  • BROOKE HENDERSON VICTORY!
  • Masters Stats
  • Jason Dufner mocks Phil with hilarious video

Walk Up Song Predictions

  • It Zurich Classic week which means teams of two coming out to walk up songs. The boys try to predict some of the songs for key pairings.

Top 5 – Walk Up Songs

  • Not to be outdone, MattyB hits us with his list of All-Time walk up songs.

Picks

  • He Is Risen – Bronel with his first Victory of 2019
  • Zurich Picks

Episode 59 – Masters Recap

Tiger has won the 2019 Masters!

In the latest episode of the Drive The Green podcast:

Masters Recap (0:00 – 1:00:17)

  • Tiger, Tiger, Tiger
  • The Tournament that never disappoints
  • Everything is scripted?
  • Leaderboard slammed with names

In The News (1:00:17 – 1:06:49)

  • Guy bets 85K to win a million
  • Skippin Balls
  • John Daly

Top 5 – Bronel with a GREEN theme (1:06:49 – 1:13:29)

Picks (1:13:29 – 1:23:47)

  • Bronel still on 3 wins
  • Bronel lets you know who NOT to bet on

Episode 58 – Masters Preview with Adam Stanley

Its Masters week and a Canadian just won a golf tournament! What a time to be alive. This week on the Drive The Green Podcast, the boys catch up with Adam Stanley, freelancer for Sportsnet, the PGA Tour, TSN, you name it. We recap Corey Conners run to victory in Texas, read the news, and preview the greatest weekend in golf. Lets Go!

Valero Texas Open (0:00 – 21:55)

  • Corey Conners – from Monday Qualifier to Tournament Champion
  • Rollercoaster final round for the leaderboard
  • Decent week for Friends of the Pod
  • Mix in a little Wrestlemania chatter and Trophy bracket winner

In The News (21:55 – 40:16)

  • ANWA hits Augusta
  • Graham Delaet health update
  • Holey Moley Donny Trump

Masters Preview with Adam Stanley (40:16 – 1:29:53)

  • Adam Stanley joins us to chat about Corey Conners victory, winning the Masters Lottery, the state of Canadian Golf, and then we hit him with some rapid fire.

Masters Preview (1:29:53 – 1:38:06)

  • Field is wide open so we touch on some of the many players who could win the week.

Picks (1:38:06 – 1:47:21)

  • Valero – Bronel may never win again
  • Masters Picks – no Tiger?

Episode 57 – Tournament Trophy Bracketology

In the latest episode of the Drive The Green Golf Podcast, the boys breakdown both the WGC Match Play and the Corales, read the news, unveil their Final Four Tournament Trophies, and make their picks for the Valero Texas Open. Bronel also with a surprise Top 5!

WGC Match Play & Corales Recaps

  • Kevin Kisner – match play specialist
  • Does this format stink?
  • Kuchar in hot water again
  • GMac back in the winners circle
  • Mac Hughes and the Canadians fare quite well

In The News

  • Bronel connects the news to his Bold Predictions 2019 – all of which are still intact……Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Cameron Smith.

Tournament Trophy Bracketology

  • Last week, Harv unveiled his PGA Tournament Trophy Bracket. This week the boys sit down to discuss and decide the Final Four

Top 5 – TPC Sawgrass

  • Bronel unveils his Top 5 choices for 16/17/18 at TPC Sawgrass to replace “Three Wet Holes”.

Picks

  • Harv and MattyB split the week, Bronel with a couple 2nd’s
  • Valero Texas Open picks

Episode 56 – Anna Young

In this episode of the Drive The Green Podcast, the boys connect with Saskatchewan’s own Anna Young, we recap the Valspar Championship, read the news, and in honor of March Madness and the Match Play, Harv reveals his Trophy Bracket!

Valspar Championship Recap (0:00 – 17:10)

  • Casey goes back to back
  • The Johnson’s have a rough week
  • Lucas. Glover. Is. Back.

In The News (17:10 – 31:25)

  • Tiger Foot Wedge – common occurence?
  • Big Easy 300
  • Brendan Todd – not a Bryson guy

Eagle Energy Interview – Anna Young (31:25 – 1:15:13)

  • MattyB and Harv catch up with Anna Young as she prepares for her upcoming season. We chat about her journey from Saskatchewan to the professional ranks, PLYR golf, her local success, and hit her with some rapid fire.

Harv’s Trophy Bracket (1:15:13 – 1:26:17)

  • Harv steps up and presents his Top 32 Trophies on the PGA Tour. Complete with regions and seeding. Who made the cut?

Picks (1:26:17 – 1:37:10)

  • Valspar – Bronel finally claims vict……just kidding Harv won
  • WGC Match Play & Corales Picks

Episode 55 – Willy Wilcox and PLAYERS Recap

In Episode 55 of the Drive The Green Golf Podcast, the boys recap that incredible action at The PLAYERS Championship, read the news, and PGA and Web.com Golfer Willy Wilcox joins the boys!

The PLAYERS Recap (0:00 – 36:35)

  • Just a matter of time before Rory broke through
  • Jimbo Furyk turns back the clock
  • Stacked leaderboard / relentless action

In The News (36:35 – 43:44)

  • Some players take on Jimmy Fallon funny lines
  • New rules / penalties pop up yet again
  • Two aces on same hole…..why bring your putters?…..

Eagle Energy Interview with WILLY WILCOX (43:44 – 1:25:48)

  • PGA and Web.com Golfer Willy Wilcox joins MattyB and Harv to chat about his time on both tours, his PLAYERS experiences (Ace!), his Canada golf memories, and his rapid fire is a cant miss!

Picks (1:25:48 – 1:28:50)

  • Harv back on top, Bronel continues to be futile
  • Valspar Championship picks – find out who to fade

Episode 54 – The PLAYERS Preview with Jason Sobel

In latest episode of the Drive The Green Golf Podcast, Jason Sobel from The Action Network joins the boys to talk about the growing world of golf gambling, The PLAYERS, and more.

Arnold Palmer Invitational Recap (0:00 – 23:44)

  • Francesco Molinari with the Sunday 64 – “greatest moment of his life”
  • Rory fizzles in the final group yet again
  • Bay Hill delivers yet again

In The News (23:44 – 31:56)

  • Eddie Pepperell puts his foot, er sock, in his mouth
  • Anything worse than early morning tee times?
  • Champions Tour provides some memorable moments

Eagle Energy Interview – JASON SOBEL (31:56 – 1:21:56)

  • Jason Sobel from The Action Network sits down with the boys to chat about his time at ESPN and Golf Channel, his new dream job, the difficulty in handicapping golf, and we preview The PLAYERS.

Picks (1:21:56 – 1:25:15)

  • MattyB closes the gap on Harv.
  • Bronel is becoming a laughing stock
  • The PLAYERS picks – the ultimate crapshoot tournament

Episode 53 – Jimmy “Hard K” Knous

In the latest episode of the Drive The Green Golf Podcast, the boys catch up with the man they call Hard K, PGA Tour Rookie Jim Knous.

Honda Classic Recap (0:00 – 27:00)

  • Keith, do not call me Kim, Mitchell with ice in his veins
  • Big names lurking
  • Bear Trap overrated?

In The News (27:00 – 33:27)

  • Bob Ritchie Ace
  • Sandstorm at the Oman Open
  • Hadwin, the king of the skull

Eagle Energy Interview with Jimmy “Hard K” Knous (33:27 – 1:08:27)

  • Hard K sits down with MattyB and Harv to discuss his name, his powerhouse college program, the Denver Broncos, baby puke, cart rolling, and more!

Top 5 – Handles (1:08:27 – 1:14:50)

  • Bronel is back with another Top 5. Inspired by Hard K, he has compiled his list of top names on the tour

Picks (1:14:50 – 1:24:29)

  • MattyB closes the gap with a victory at the Honda
  • Arnold Palmer Invitational – Can Rory repeat?

Drive The Green Presents: 1621 Club

1621 Club is a semi-private health, social and athletic club in Regina, Saskatchewan. Just so happens they also feature a golf simulator and offer golf specific training programs. As a result, this place was a must see for the boys of Drive The Green!

Honda Classic Recap

Those patio lanterns,

they were the stars in the sky,

those patio lanterns,

lighting up our lives

Those patio lanterns…..

Wait that’s the wrong Mitchell……Congratulations go out to Keith not Kim Mitchell this week. Keith Mitchell held off two of golfs hottest players on Sunday to capture the title at the Honda Classic this week. The whole world (myself included) was pulling for a super playoff with potentially 6 players being involved as the final groups teed off on the back nine Sunday.

A couple early low rounds from Lucas Glover and Ryan Palmer set the pace early only to come up a few shots short. K.H Lee, 54-hole leader Wyndham Clark and 56 year old Vijay Singh were eaten up by the Bear Trap. That left Brooks Koepka, Rickie Fowler and Keith Mitchell as the last 3 remaining for a playoff.

But Keith Mitchell playing in a few groups behind the big name superstars made the bear trap look like the easiest holes on your local municipal course including a clutch birdie putt on the 18th hole to win the 2019 Honda Classic. For his trouble Keith took home $1.225 million dollars and a crystal trophy. I am not even going to comment on the trophy this week. As much as getting your first PGA tour win in your 40th start is impressive.

It was Mitchell’s Caddie Crunchy Pete who stole the show Sunday. Whether it was him busting out a compass mid round for whatever reason or his twitter page becoming headline news with the comparisons to the caddy in Happy Gilmore. After seeing that I had to rewind to make sure he had two shoes on. He also won the internet on Sunday when he took a picture of the cheque Keith won and tweeted about not being good at math but what is 10% of this. In case you were wondering he took $125k this week.

TOP 10

The top ten was filled with great story lines, nobodies and guys turning back the clock. It would have been something if after opinionated Brooks mode was engaged earlier this week that Brooks Koepka came out and made a statement and won this tournament, but he will have to settle for a tie for 2nd.

Rickie started the week pretending to poop out a golf ball in a mockery of the new drop rules for the PGA Tour and ended the week by pooping away a chance to win this tournament with one of the worst par 3 displays I have ever seen by a professional golfer ever. Lucas Glover brought home $300K this week and is up to 92nd in the OWGR, let that sink in. Hopefully his wife reads this.

Ryan Palmer had an amazing Sunday to finished T4 with Lucas his 63 was the low round of the day. The Texas swing cannot come soon enough for Palmer. Vijay Singh workout King was right there until he hit it in the water on the 71st hole. I have always disliked Vijay but man was it hard not to root for him on Sunday. Kyoung-Hoon Lee and Wyndham Clark finished tied for 7th. Which is about where you figured they would finish after seeing they were 1st and T2 going into Sunday.

The Sergio Garcia apology tour continued this week with another good showing a T9 finish and a few more autographs and publicity photos taken along the way. Jim Furyk and Jason Kokrak also finished T9 to round out the top 10 this week.

Canadian Contingent

There were 6 Canadians in the field this week and I would say this was a pretty successful week for the contingent from the great white north. Friend of the pod Roger Sloan finished T30 for another respectable week after a T2 in Puerto Rico last week. Keep it up Rog, I am here to caddy whenever you need me.

Nick Taylor also finished T30 this week another solid week for a guy who plays a lot of golf, 11 tournaments so far this year and only 3 missed cuts. Ben Silverman finished T36 which is decent, but you know he was hoping to be a little higher after a hot start and this being one of his home courses that he has had some success on in the past.

Adam Svensson continued his streak of starting tournaments well and having weekends to forget. He was in the hunt this week until a 5 over 75 on Sunday plummeted him to T59. Still a cheque to be cashed, ask CH3 how those can add up.

Drew Nesbitt was the talk of the tournament Thursday when he took off his shirt to reveal the extremely white shirt he had on underneath or atleast that is what it looked like, rolled up his pants and hit a shot out of the water. Then got up and down for par. Unfortunately, Drew was caught in the dreaded MDF finish this week. Finally, Mac Hughes missed the cut this week for his 4th straight missed cut after a T29 at the farmers insurance open. I am sure he will turn it around soon though.

Notables

Adam Schenk finished T30 which most of you are thinking “sounds about right” but he was the victim of the stupid caddy standing behind the player as he addresses the ball rule. That cost Schenk a two stroke penalty in the 3rd round. Had he not gotten that penalty he would have been in the final pairing.

Justin Thomas and Gary Woodland had rollercoaster showings this week. A couple of the biggest names in the tournament. Justin Thomas went 68-74-67-71 to finish T30 but there were times he was in the top 5 and times he was dead last on Saturday. He also played through the 2nd round with a dead arm and had a twitter fight with the USGA. What a week. Gary Woodland was in the same boat he needed to birdie the last 2 holes on Friday just to make the cut. Then came out hot on Saturday shooting 66, only to fizzle out on Sunday with a 73 and a T36 finish.

Charl Schwartzel had a very respectable week after struggling for some time lately. Charl finished T16 despite using what may be the ugliest putter in the history of golf. But hey, whatever works I guess. Charl was also involved in a heated argument with a rules official after he was put on the clock at one point this week. He was paired with Ben Crane so I imagine Charl was pleading his case that Crane was the one slowing them down. Either way, Crane and Charl in the same group is going to result in slow play. Throw JB Holmes in there and that tournament is still going on.

Cam Smith hadn’t missed a cut for almost a calendar year and then this week happened. Cheer up lil guy there is always next week to start a new streak.

Finally, the thanks for coming out award this week goes to Alex Cejka. Cejka was DQ’d from the Honda Classic for using an old yardage book that had the larger green diagrams in it. I mean how hard is it to grab a new yardage book you got to think they hand them out when you check in. Anyways that blunder cost him an embarrassing walk off the course mid round and earned him the thanks for coming out award this week.

On To Next Week

Another week in the books, another first time winner on tour and another GD crystal trophy. At least next week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational we will see a legit trophy with Arnie on top and let’s not forget about the sword the winner gets. Maybe Justin Rose will play in this, we know Tiger is out and setting the ground work for a go to excuse down the road. Anyways, whatever happens, I will be back next week to recap it.

Episode 52 – STEVE WHEATCROFT

In the lastest episode of the Drive The Green Podcast, the DTG boys recap DJ’s runaway win in Mexico, Friend of the Pod Roger Sloan and his T2 in Puerto Rico, recap the weekly news, and chat for almost an hour with longtime professional golfer Steve Wheatcroft. Here we go!

WGC Mexico Recap

  • DJ does it all to capture his 20th career victory
  • Rory with another Top 5, continues to troll the hat game
  • Top 10 – United Nations version

Puerto Rico Open Recap

  • Friend of the Pod Roger Sloan with a career best T2
  • Matt Trainer picks up first career victory
  • Ben Crane overcomes sunburn for a T8

In The News

  • Brooke is back / Amy Wang wins in Thailand for the third time
  • Zac Blair’s wild week
  • Golfballs, Bubba’s Balls, Harv with another idea

Eagle Energy Interview with Steve Wheatcroft

  • Wheatie joins the boys and shares some great stories about his unlikely start in college, his 14 year career, the Steelers, Phil playing mind games, and his weirdest moment is an all timer.

Picks

  • Harv takes both tournaments last week
  • Honda Classic – another strong field with lots to choose from

Genesis Open Recap

JB Slow Plays JT

Another week on the PGA tour, another young stud blowing a big lead on Sunday. Just like Rickie Fowler a few weeks ago, Justin Thomas was up big after the third round. But unlike Rickie, Thomas could not hold off JB Holmes. It wasn’t so much that JB came out on Sunday and won this tournament. It was more that Thomas didn’t have enough rocks in his pockets to keep him steady over putts in the windy conditions Sunday.

But JT’s faults are JB’s gains because JB methodically or is it painstakingly? Or is it slowly? ended up winning by one stroke. It is not too often tour players call out other tour players for on-course antics but that has not been the case for JB this year. His slow play is catching the eye of his peers and let’s make no bones about it – JB is SLOW on the course. There were a few times on Sunday I was left shaking my head and asking what the heck is he doing while the other two playing partners are hitting. He cannot be analyzing things while they are hitting too? There is no way he takes that long there. But I don’t think JB was ever put on the clock on Sunday so I am sure his mentality is if they are not going to warn him, why would he change what he is doing.

While JB and his family were happy with his pace, I am pretty sure the sponsors and companies who pay for ad time on CBS were also happy because of the new feature where they show split screen ads during the play. JB’s long shot preparation allowed for a ton of extra ad time. I could go on about how slow JB is for pages but let’s move on. For his trouble, Holmes took home a shade over $1.3 million dollars and a beer funnel of a trophy. I am starting to wonder when the good trophies are going to start being presented. Anyways, congratulations to JB Holmes on his 5th PGA Tour win and hopefully your 6th win doesn’t include a 9 hour Sunday round.

Top 10

The rest of the top 10 was a tale of the good, the bad and the ugly. Let’s start with the ugly. I touched on it earlier but JT started the 4th round up by four shots. But a 4 over round of 75 (10 shots worse than round 3) left JT as the bridesmaid this week. There was only one round uglier than JT’s in the top 10 and it was Adam Scott and his 76 to drop him into a tie for 7th. There wasn’t much for really bad rounds but I guess Rory would fall in there because even though he finished tied for 4th, if he could putt it is likely Rory hoisting the beer funnel on Sunday.

While the final group might fool you, there was actually some good golf played on Sunday. Si Woo Kim shot the round of the day with a 5 under 66 to jump 7 spots into solo 3rd place. It is even more amazing considering Si Woo was putting with the pin in from everywhere and a few times it looked like the flag was going to hit him due to the wind.  Si Woo is always a feel good story because he has to bank as much money as he can before the army comes calling. It was windy and the big cat Marc Leishman was in the top 5 – surprise, surprise. Likely the most consistent guy of the week was Chuckie MF’ing 3 stix finishing in solo 6th and my dude cashed another big ol cheque, $266k big.

This top 10 was filled with guys you can cheer for. Michael Thompson banked his second straight top 10 with a tie for 7th with Scott. Six people tied for 9th to round out the top 10. Hideki Matsuyama jumped 27 places on Sunday to get into the top 10.  The Mexican Bean pole Carlos Ortiz picked up his second top 10 of the season. Kelly Kraft and Vaughan Taylor were also in that 6 way tie although we never saw a shot of theirs all week so who really knows. Jonathan RAM hung around all week to get that $177K payday for 9th and last but certainly not least, DJ quietly banked another top 10 and looks like he is adjusting to golf on this side of the Atlantic again.

Canadian Contingent

It was a quiet week for the Canadians playing in this tournament. Nick Taylor had another respectable performance with a tie for 33rd and it seems like it is only a matter of time before he breaks out. The cut making machine Adam Hadwin made the cut as per usual but crumbled on the weekend to finish 75th. Mac Hughes was also in the tournament but missed the cut.

Notables

The other notable finishes that need to be discussed are: Tiger Woods was electrifying the crowds like the Tiger of old on Saturday, but the excuses came out Sunday with the 9 hour round and the cold windy temperatures. Tiger wilted to a very respectable T15 finish. The 15th spot had quite a few notable names in it. Bryson never really got it going but still managed to claw to 15th. Bubba Watson looked poised to potentially repeat then it got windy and Bubba STINKS in the wind. Xander was up there again but inconsistent this week but watch out for this guy this year. Just sayin.

Tony Finau was also in this group and it seems like Tony is always in the 10-30th spot this year. Then there was Beau Hossler and Patrick Rodgers. Arguably the most handsome and ugliest guys on tour. I won’t name names though. Matt Kuchar was in the news again for caving to the shake down his rent-a-caddie put on him this week to the tune of 50K, the good news is Kuchar took home $50,320 for finishing 28th this week (EIS).  Phil is just too old to play well for back to back weeks but at least we get to see those thighs he calls calfs on a regular basis with the new shorts rule.

The Genesis Open was the first stop on the Sergio Garcia apology tour. His agent or publicist or someone made him kiss babies, hand out merch to fans and basically be one step away from being fully prepared to be like the guy from the Fyre Festival documentary. Sergio also finished in 37th. Vijay Singh was in this tournament and he missed the cut so maybe the new workout isn’t working for Vijay but I doubt that is going to stop Vijay from going even harder on that workout. Get back to the range Veej.

Finally, we get to the thanks for coming out award for this week. Usually an award reserved for guys hovering around dead last but the display from Jordan Spieth on Sunday locked him into this award. Jordan shot a 10 over 81 with 2 bogeys, a double, a triple, a quad and a 2 hole stretch where he had 7 putts. This award may have never had a better fit. Thanks Jordan.

On To Mexico

Well that wraps up the Genesis Open. The early round delays made for great weekend golf watching with golf basically on all day Saturday and Sunday. However, I am a little disappointed they didn’t bring Clint Eastwood back this week. The slow play of JB Holmes made it feel like Clint was on the call again. Next week we have two tournaments going. The WGC in Mexico where all the big guns are paying and the Puerto Rico Open which will likely lead to a first time winner which is always exciting. My money is on the Italian mob boss Dominic Bozzelli. I’ll be back next week to recap it all.

Episode 51 – TOM LOVELADY

In this weeks episode of the Drive The Green Golf Podcast, the boys chat about the week that was at the weather delayed Genesis Open, whats in the news, they meet up with PGA Tour Player TOM LOVELADY, Bronel surprises the boys with a Top 5 list, and as always, picks.

Genesis Open Recap (0:00 – 24:43)

  • JB slow plays his way to victory
  • JT topples in the wind
  • Weather causes all kinds of havoc on the tournament
  • Tiger wearing snow pants?

In The News (24:43 – 38:44)

  • Bring on the shorts!
  • Kuchar story just wont die
  • The Rooster, Ben DeArmond, Steve Stricker

Eagle Energy Interview with TOM LOVELADY (38:44 – 1:16:47)

  • The boys catch up with Tom Lovelady to discuss with rookie season on the PGA Tour, living in a house with Justin Thomas and Bud Cauley, Tips with Tom & Trey, social media, and of course Bama Football.

TOP 5 – Movie Trilogies (1:16:47 – 1:31:22)

  • In honor of the 9 hours of golf played on Sunday, Bronel surprises the fellas with a special Top 5 – Movie Trilogies.

Picks (1:31:22 – 1:41:20)

  • MattyB tightens the standings with a new all time low total
  • WGC Mexico and Puerto Rico Open Picks

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am Recap

Lucky Number 44

No matter how fast Phil got that big body moving between the greens and tee boxes on the back nine there just wasn’t enough time to finish the final round on Sunday and the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am had to wait until Monday morning to crown its champion. In somewhat of an underwhelming finish, Phil Mickelson captured his 5th win at Pebble Beach and his 44th win of his career. Phil started the day three shots back of 54-hole leader Paul Casey but cruised past him with the low round of the day, while Casey struggled with the cold weather conditions.

It should be mentioned that Paul Casey is now dead to Phil after that stunt of using complete common sense and electing to stop playing in pitch dark conditions instead of finishing the last 2 holes like Phil wanted to do. The 2nd best interaction (see the last paragraph for the first best) on Sunday was when the announcers, Paul Casey, Paul’s caddy, the PGA rules official, Casey’s amateur partner, and everyone in the gallery were commenting how dark it was and Phil walks up to the rules official and says I can see fine. This was after Phil was overheard saying he had 20/80 vision while walking up the 16th fairway.

Anyways, for winning the tournament Phil took home just over $1.3 million and a weirdly shaped crystal trophy. I don’t know what other people think but I think it is high time the PGA tour puts a limit on the crystal trophies. It seems like every second week the winner is hoisting a crystal trophy. Maybe that is why the Players changed its trophy this year, to get away from being just another tournament with a crystal trophy.

Top 10

I already touched on how Paul Casey sputtered to a solo second finish. Casey is known to have back problems and as the round went on his swing was getting shorter and shorter on Sunday. On hole 16 he barely took the club back. It is no wonder he wanted to get off that course. Guy was seized right up.

Friend of the pod and contender for DTG interview of the year Scott “Scooter” Stallings finished in 3rd place. This has to be a confidence boost for a guy going through some pretty big overhauls to his lifestyle and work regimen. Jason Day was again quietly tied for 4th. This is looking like a year where Jason Day gets a second major if he can stay healthy. Si Woo Kim also finished tied for 4th with Day. Keep cashing those cheques Si Woo because one of these days the army is going to come calling.

Scott Langley finished 6th?? Kevin Streelman, Brian Gay and Lucas Glover all finished tied for 7th -which is pretty amazing considering Lucas was probably beaten within an inch of his life last week #prayforlucas and Brian Gay overcame taking off and putting on his vest every time he shot on Sunday. I mean Gay only shot minus 1 on Sunday so maybe he should have picked one and stuck with it, but still two impressive finishes all things considered.

Max Homa (who was added to this tournament late after some guys dropped out) finished T10 and is likely going to jump up from his 718 OWGR. No word on where Bronel has him. Chris Stroud has back to back top 10s in the last two tournaments. The sky is the limit for this up and coming…….oh he is 37 and been on tour for 12 years? Keep grinding Chris! Scott Piercy is probably kicking himself that he decided to finish 18 in the dark last night. His bogey cost him about $25k on the pay cheque he will be getting. Michael Thompson also finished in that group at T10 after birdieing two of his last 3 holes just to make the cut on Saturday.

Canadian Contigent

There was 8 Canadians in the field this week and it was a bit of a mixed bag for results. Adam Hadwin finished tied for 18th in a week where he is probably left wondering what could have been. Hadwin only had one really good round and the others were pretty average with a pair of 72s and a 70. Nick Taylor finished tied for 28th. I guess he got back to practicing golf and not playing Mario Kart. Ben Silverman ho hummed his way to a T45 finish. Not sure you know this Ben but the $25K you won this week will buy you a pretty sweet fully loaded Honda Odyssey.

Mac Hughes, Adam Svensson, Corey Conners all missed the cut. Conners must be in the low point of his peaks and valleys consistency approach to golf. While Mac and Svensson have been playing a lot of golf lately so they were bound to miss a cut sooner or later. Hopefully all three bounce back in their next tournament. David Hearn and Roger Sloan missed the cut in epic fashion shooting +11 and +13 respectively. How does the saying from The Mighty Ducks go? It’s not worth losing if you don’t lose big? No, that’s not it. Anyways back to the drawing board guys and come out hot next time.

Notables

Some of the other notable finishes this week included: A large group of notable guys in 14th place. Jim Furyk turned back the clock for a solid finish this week. Sung Kang might be the world’s best cheater at golf or maybe he is just good at the game- jury is still out. Matt Every and his balaclava finished T14 – try playing golf in Canada Matt. I think it is safe to say Graeme McDowell wishes every event was played at Pebble – the 2010 US Open winner finished T18 which is his best finish in A WHILE (Update: he finished T11 at the RSM Classis).

Matt Kuchar finished tied for 22nd and continues to lead the FedEx cup race. If Kooch holds on to win the Fedex cup, DTG deserves at as much as his caddie got at the Mayakoba classic. Just when you think Jordan Spieth has figured this game out, he goes and shoots a combined 5 over on the weekend to fall all the way to 45th. Dustin Johnson who had to be battling jet lag from a flight he partied the whole way home on after winning in Saudi Arabia also finished 45th. European fan favorite Tommy Fleetwood also finished 45th. Popular spot for some of the games big names this week.

Adam Scott got bit with the dreaded MDF cut this week; I am not sure how it works this week when it was a 3-round cut. However they sorted it out, Scott was on the wrong end. Anders Albertson with another missed cut. Is he playing bad or is the PGA trying to get us to forget about him? Stay woke. The coveted thanks for coming out award goes to Steve Jones. The 60-year-old Jones finished pretty much exactly how you would expect a 60-year-old to finish in a PGA event – dead last and carded an 83 in the second round. A round in the 80s is definitely a way to get noticed for this award.

We’re On To Riviera

I am sure some of you are saying this was a Pro Am and you didn’t mention the amateurs once in the recap. There are two reasons for that: 1. It’s my blog so I can do what I want and 2. There wasn’t much newsworthy stuff out of the amateurs this week. Tony Romo hit a shot from the gallery and then withdrew from the tournament, Bill Murray did Bill Murray things, FOTP David Dube had a respectable showing and some Patriots fan won. The amateur that stole the show was the one in the booth.

Clint Eastwood showed up Sunday and man did he put on a show. (this is best interaction moment I mentioned above) From dragging the Grammy’s on live television, to saying in the nicest way possible there is a snowball’s chance in hell he was waking up to join for the early morning coverage on Monday, to the 35 second time lapse where someone unplugged his power cord and he shut down. Either way, Clint was a hit. Next week the PGA Tour is off to the Genesis Open at Riviera with some big names set to play. Congrats one more time to Phil and I will see you guys next week.

Episode 50! – Brennan Little & Kevin Thistle

We made it! Episode 50. The boys celebrate the big 5-0 with a great conversation with PGA Tour Caddie Brennan Little – the man on Mike Weir’s bag for his legendary 2003 Masters title. Also, Kevin Thistle – PGA of Canada CEO joins the pod to chat about Canadian golf and his new role. Hope you enjoy!

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-AM Recap (0:00 – 22:38)

  • Phil has night vision – who knew?
  • Weather causes havoc all week
  • Who unplugged Clint Eastwood?

In The News (22:38 – 31:45)

  • Congrats to Canadian Michael Gligic
  • Bernhard Langer still doing it
  • NINE birdies in a row!

Eagle Energy Interview – BRENNAN LITTLE (31:45 – 1:12:10)

  • PGA Tour Caddie Brennan Little joins us to discuss his 20 years on the tour, winning the Masters with Mike Weir, his current time with Gary Woodland, his Canadian roots, and much more!

PLYR Golf Interview – KEVIN THISTLE (1:12:10 – 1:33:53)

  • PGA of Canada CEO Kevin Thistle stops by to chat about his new role as CEO, the importance of PGA of Canada, JFK, you name it.

Picks (1:33:53 – 1:42:29)

  • Harv backdoor victory at Pebble
  • Genesis Open picks – Can Bubba make it 4?

Waste Management Phoenix Open Recap

Rickie Finally Conquers

It wouldn’t be a Waste Management Phoenix Open if Rickie Fowler wasn’t in the hunt and he wasn’t trying his best to come up short. And give Rickie credit, he tried his darndest to blow the 4 stroke lead he entered Sunday with.  He even mixed in some very creative ways to come back to the field. I do not know how that ball started moving on its own after Rickie placed it and it was stationary for a couple minutes. But it does make me wonder if a ProV1x would have started rolling? If you put that weird triple bogey aside, Rickie managed to hang on and get his 5th PGA tour victory.

Rickie barely beat Brandon Grace by 2 shots after Grace hit it in the water on 17off the tee to ruin any chance he had of putting the pressure on Rickie and probably winning because you just knew Rickie was going to wilt away if it was tight on the last couple holes. BDR (or SDR depending on who you are) took home $1.27 million this week with the win and one of the better trophies for mantle displaying. A nice glass trophy with a real Kachina spin on the design will look great on any mantle.

The weather was something else on Sunday or so the announcers wanted you to think. There was rain yes, but it was off and on. The wind was also a big talking point but after I did the conversion the wind was gusting to the equivalent of a calm southern Saskatchewan afternoon at 24km/h. I will never not get a kick out of the announcers saying how strong the wind is when it is just a regular day here. Never the less, the conditions did make for a weird scoring Sunday in a tournament guys usually lick their chops on when teeing it up on hole one. The top 10 echoes that pretty well.

Top 10

What a dog’s breakfast of a top 10. There were big guns like Justin Thomas, Matt Kuchar, JoHn Ram, Bubba, Xander and course horse Gary Woodland in there. But you also had Branden Grace, Chez Reavie, Chris Stroud and Sung Jae Im. Which I guess is probably what the PGA wants to see. You wouldn’t know that though given their coverage on Sunday. From what they showed on TV, I figured only 6 players played 18 holes (Rickie, Kuchar, JT, Woodland, Grace, Bubba) and the rest of the field only played 16 because that is all they showed all day. Xander shot the 2nd lowest round of the day (3 under LOL) and jumped 16 spots in the standings to get into the top 10 and no one knew about it. Come on PGA!

Canadian Contigent

It was a tough week for the Canadians this week after some pretty good recent results on tour. PGA journeyman David Hearn was the top finishing Canadian of the week in a tie for 33rd. Hearn was on the first page of the leaderboard after round 1 but fizzled away as the week went on.  The cut making machine Adam Hadwin did just that, made the cut but a tournament bookended with 72’s makes it tough to cash a big cheque. Nick Taylor missed the cut by one. It’s a damn shame there isn’t a strokes gained from Mario kart wins stat because then Nick would be raking. Status pending FOTP Mac Hughes also missed the cut after having a good week at Torrey Pines last week. Finally, Blair Hamilton also missed the cut. I don’t know who that is but hard luck Blair, keep on grinding.

Notables

Some other notable finishes this week included: Hideki Matsuyama tied for 15th. I throw around the term course horse a lot, but this guy has to be disappointed in a T15 finish considering his dominance in this event over the past few years. Byeong (Ben) An shaved his greasy moustache and finished tied for 20th. I will let the readers decide if that means he should bring it back or leave it gone. Denny McCarthy made headlines a couple days at the WM Phoenix open, not for great play or anything. He was actually given a 2-stroke penalty under the new rules of having his caddy help him line up a shot. The problem was his caddy was nowhere near him when he addressed and hit the ball. The video went viral and had the golf world buzzin. A day later Denny was back in the news when the PGA rescinded the penalty strokes. I guess common sense does prevail sometimes.

As most of the readers will know, I am a big William Horschel fan but that guy wore a GD hoodie on Sunday and I can’t let that slide. Come on William, you are better than that. That is Billy league stuff. In related news, Billy Horschel shot the low round of the day Sunday in said hoodie. College amateur Matt Wolff and his goofy swing finished tied for 50th. It looked like he was going to take this tournament by storm with a 4 under 67 on Thursday. He got worse as the tournament went on, but I’ll give him a pass because he better have been partying all week since he cannot claim any of the prize money anyways.

Cam Champ is really starting to make me look like an idiot. Early on in the silly season I proclaimed him to be the next big thing and since then he has been the definition of mediocre. T67 this week to go along with a T73 and a MC in his last tournaments. Yuck. Anders A. Albertson missed the cut this week. Pretty clever move by the PGA to get the fans off the scent. Stay woke guys, Triple A doesn’t exist.

Other notable guys who missed the cut were Phil Mickelson, hopefully this wipes that smug look off his face and Lucas Glover (November 12, 1979 – February 1, 2019) RIP Lucas. The TFCO award of this week goes to Whee Kim. This course is known for being a track that the players just eat up and Whee managed to shoot 14 over in the two rounds he played which was 27 strokes worse than what Rickie Fowler shot to lead the tournament after 36 holes. Woof.

Wrap It Up

That about wraps up another week in the PGA tour. It should be noted a lot of the big names were playing overseas again the week and my boy DJ got his 20th worldwide win. He beat Haotong Li by 2 strokes to take home a cheque about one third the size of the cheque Rickie cashed. Not sure what the appeal is to play in some of these overseas tourneys if the big money isn’t there. Especially in Saudi Arabia with all the negative press that place is getting. Speaking of negative press, Sergio Garcia had a tough day at the office in that tournament. It started with a temper tantrum in the sand trap and ended with him being disqualified after damaging 5 greens in a row. Not a good look but I would also like to find out who the narcs were.

Coming up this week, we have a fan favorite tournament on the PGA tour – the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am. However, it probably won’t be that fun to be in attendance this week with the forecasted weather. And on the European tour, we got a “it’s 2019 guys” event with the European tour and LPGA teaming up for the ISPS Handa Vic Open where men and women both compete on the same course but not against each other. Baby steps. I will be back next week to recap all of that.

Farmers Insurance Open Recap

Well it only took 2 weeks for Justin Rose to get accustomed to those new clubs. In only his second tournament after making a questionable decision to change clubs (Insert picture of money truck backing up to his house), Justin won the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. After becoming number one in the world a few weeks ago while not even playing, Rose held off Adam Scott (Yes that is not a typo) by 2 strokes in a tournament that looked a lot closer than it was with Scott birdieing his last 4 holes while Rose had it in cruise control.

Rosie wasn’t only winning a tournament yesterday, he was multitasking as he was also debunking the theory of “look good, feel good, play good”.  He definitely did not look good on Sunday with those fresh new sponsor threads and he decided to show them off in the color of peach…..peeyou. For his trouble, Rose took home a shade under $1.3 million and a couple trophies, one that looks like a tree and a surf board. I am really starting to kick myself that I was chirping the barrel trophy from the Safeway open as that is one of the best of the year it seems.

Top 10

The top ten was filled with high end players this week. Adam Scott turned back the clock and had one of his best weeks since he won the masters. His week was so good it got people talking about how silky his swing is again and not about how he is a bottom 5 putter of all time. He seems to be another guy who is pro-putting with the pin in and it only backfired on him once from 18 inches ha. Talor Gooch, that’s Talor with no Y finished tied for 3rd and has had great start to 2019 with 3 of 5 cuts made and has already made more money than he did all of last year.

Hideki Matsuyama was also tied for 3rd with Talor which isn’t new for him during this stretch of the schedule.  However, he did catch the biggest break of the week when he flat our duck hooked a 3 wood and it was left of left into a hazard but managed to “land” just inside the boundaries of the course and he managed to get it up and in for a par. I see you PGA. Tied for 5th was the big rig John Ram, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy. Rahm looked like a guy who was one more missed shot away from murdering someone on Sunday. The known hot head was trying his darndest to keep his cool. Rory on the other hand just needs to put it all together and we will see dominant Rory again. He is getting closer but fizzled on the weekend yet again, but also I could just watch him on the driving range for 8 hours a day every day. 

Finally, Jason Day was in that grouping I watched pretty much the entire round on Sunday and kept wondering why they were showing Jason Day then saw he was 5th. What an unmemorable top 5 for team dad bod Jason Day. William “don’t call me Billy” Horschel finished in solo 8th which is nice to see him finding his game. Gary Woodland quietly finished tied for 9th, I don’t even think they showed one shot of his on the weekend. Three others tied for 9th as well. The mannequin boy Cam Smith, PGA Journeyman Scott Brown and soon to be Friend of the Pod Joel Dahmen and his bucket hat rounded out the top 10.

Canadian Contingent

It was another strong week for the Canadian contingent this week. Mac Hughes was the most consistent player in the entire tournament shooting four straight rounds of 70 to finish tied for 29th. Adam Svensson continued his strong play finishing tied for 35th and if it wasn’t for a stumble on Sunday, he could have been much higher up the leaderboard. Nick Taylor probably isn’t happy with his finish but still cashed a check in 43rd and Ben Silverman played with Tiger on Sunday and it looks like he might have been star struck as he shot 75 and fell into a tie for 52nd. The lone Canadian to miss the cut was our boy Roger Sloan but the guy has been grinding for weeks so a missed cut was bound to happen after playing that many tournaments in a row. All in all, a good week for the Canucks.

Notables

Some other notable finishes this week were: Tony Finau was one birdie away from his first top 10 finish of the 2019 season instead he finished tied for 13th with a slimmer version of Patrick Reed. Reed made headlines Saturday when Jordan Speith hugged him on the first tee to squash the Ryder Cup beef that may or may not have been a thing. I cannot believe it has taken me this long to mention Tiger Woods. Tiger finished tied for 20th and slowly got better all week. If Tiger can keep building on this, he should definitely be in the hunt come major time. More importantly though, my dude Chucky 3 Stix cashed another cheque. Just under 80K this time. Sung Kang was also in that clump at T20, no word on whether he cheated or not this week.

Jordan Speith looked like he had things figured out after round 1 and then he found out there were 3 more rounds and while he kept making birdies he also had a few large numbers to balance them out. Rickie Fowler pissed off the golf gods with that disgusting untucked bowling shirt on Thursday and he finished T66, don’t try and tell me that is a coincidence. Alex Noren, who lost in a playoff here last year, missed the cut. Fun fact: the low score last year was -10 compared to Justin Rose’s -21 this year. In the bad break of the week, Patrick Cantlay needed a birdie on 18 to make the cut and he hit his approach, it was looking really good, then it hit the pin in the air and spun off the side of the green and Cantlay could not chip it in and ended up missing the cut.

That begs the question, should caddies be tending the flag on makeable approach shots? It might sound meaningless but hitting the pin in the air is much more detrimental than a ball rolling over the cup with no pin in. Bryson if you are reading this, make sure you credit DTG when you do this down the road. Finally, the thanks for coming out award goes to Dicky Werenski who was right in the hunt after Thursday then a Friday round of 80 had him miss the cut by 5 shots.

Wrap It Up

The Farmers Insurance Open did not disappoint in terms of quality golf, that’s for sure. The only thing that could have made it better was if it was night golf. But we got our night golf fix this week with the Omega Dubai Desert Open which was won by none other than Bryson Dechambeau for his 4th win in his last 9 starts. That is a Tiger in his prime like winning percentage. Take that for what you will. Bryson also gave us a new term this week: He was discussing an approach shot with his caddy and they were discussing the air density. I am not even sure how you measure air density let alone how it fluctuates hole to hole or affects a shot. But hey whatever he is doing it is working. This week, the PGA makes one of its more popular stops with the Waste Management Phoenix Open. If it is anything like the golf that went down this week it should make for a good recap article come Monday.

Sony Open Recap

For the second week in a row……Aloha.

The PGA Tour’s Hawaiian swing wrapped up this week and the Sony Open from Waialae Golf Course (shout out to N64) was won by none other than the lovable doofus (or is it cheapskate?) Matt Kuchar.  Kuchar made headlines on and off the course this week when word got out that he only paid his “fill-in” caddy $3000 when he won the Mayakoba Classic last November. A tweet went viral when someone said most caddies make 10% of the players take home cheque for the week but that rule probably does not apply when the caddy is essentially a guy off the street. Kuchar came out and said he paid the guy more than 3K for his troubles or maybe it was just when he was on his death bed, he would achieve true enlightenment.

Kuchar Rolls to Victory #2

Anyways, let’s get to the part where Kuchar made headlines on the course. Kooch opened with back to back rounds of 63 then went 66, 66 on the weekend to win in pretty much a runaway. Long-time grease monkey Andrew Putnam from Putnam & Putnam auto sales took time off this week to put a scare in Kuchar early on Sunday but could not keep with Kuchar on the back nine Sunday. Kuchar took home $1.152 million dollars for the win which is surprisingly a smaller winner cut than Kooch’s last win at the Mayakoba Classic. Fun Fact: last year Patton Kizzire won the Mayakoba and the Sony Open and also booked a spot in the Tour Championship. So, it is safe to say Kooch has booked his ticket to the big dance this year after winning the same two events.

Along with the money he took home, Kooch also took home one of the most underwhelming trophies on the schedule. The Sony Open trophy is not as bad as some of the generic jugs out there, but it certainly leaves a lot to be desired trophy-wise.  It kind of looks like something someone gets for a lifetime achievement in local real estate but at the end of the day it’s another trophy for Kooch’s case and hopefully he didn’t stiff his caddy this week.

Top 10 Round Up

I touched on Andrew Putnam earlier in the recap but it should also be noted that Putnam got a bee sting on his toe early in the week and STILL managed to get second. What could have been if that bee picked a different toe to die on. Surprise, surprise the big cat Marc Leishman finished T3 in a week where the wind played a factor. I will be honest I was more interested in Marc’s son Harvey losing his tooth he was working on than how well the big cat did because it was a lock he would be high up on the leaderboard. Mr. Inconsistent Corey Conners finished T3 after qualifying Monday. I don’t know much about gambling, but I would say bet the house on Conners finishing well in weeks he qualifies Mondays. Because you know he is feeling it that week.

Chez don’t call me Shey Reavie also finished tied for third but the most amazing thing about Chez this week was that he holed out for eagle 3 times in one round and not one of them was shown on TV. HOW. DOES. THAT. HAPPEN!! Hudson Swafford, the lanky goofball, was also T3. How cool is DL3? Guy is 51 years old and still bombing it and still finishing 7th at PGA Tour events, then after the round just fly fishing in the ocean next to the course. Never change DL3. Who is Brian Stuard? He finished T8, alongside Chuckie 3 Sticks. CH3 has quite a resume at this tournament. He has 10 top 10s, 18 for 18 cuts made and 2.8 million in earnings. Cash another cheque my dude.

Canadian Contigent

Quite a few Canadians went over to Hawaii this week. 8 in total after Corey Conners qualified on Monday and turned that into a 3rd place finish. Friend of the POD Roger Sloan finished tied for 33rd. A very respectable finish and was looking like it was going to be a much better finish until a Sunday stumble dropped him to 33rd. Don’t worry Roger when you get me on the bag, we will work out those hiccups. First round leader Adam Svensson came out of the gates hot shooting a career low 61. However, he then played the next couple rounds like he drove a cart into a lake. The cut making machine Adam Hadwin made a cut but flirted with the Saturday cut until a couple birdies came late in his round and he finished 57th.  Mackenzie Hughes was not so lucky as he was claimed by the dreaded Saturday cut. Ben Silverman, David Hearn and Nick Taylor all missed the cut on Friday. But hey, at least Silverman got to enjoy the beach on Thursday with that late tee time.

Notables

Some of the other notable finishes at the Sony Open were known-cheater Sung Kang finishing T10, no word on whether he cheated this week or not. Patrick Reed and his see-through pants managed to finish tied for 13th. But come on Patrick, no one wants to see that. Very few people can pull off white pants and you ain’t one of them.  Ryan Armour had 52 straight fairways hit streak going into this week, seven fairways away from breaking the record. He missed the fairway on his second hole of the week. Dang, but he still finished T22. Jason Dufner was another one claimed by that dreaded Saturday cut, but he signed a big sponsorship deal with Dude Wipes, so you probably couldn’t wipe the smile off his face.

WTF is going on with Jordan Spieth? Another missed cut and looks nothing at all like a 3-time major winner when he plays these days. Bubba Watson, man just stop playing tourneys in the wind. I am sure that is what his caddy wants to say to him, but Bubba has berated him so many times for suggestions he cannot bring himself to do it. Adam Scott came out this week and said he may skip WGC events this year for his schedule. I got news for Adam, keep playing like you have been and you don’t have to worry about playing in WGC events ever again. It was a good news bad news week for Vijay Singh. Good news is his work out went viral and his lawsuit with the PGA was dropped. The bad news is he stunk at golf this week and likely cannot hang with PGA tour players anymore.

Tough Week for Peter

The coveted thanks for coming out award this week goes to………. Amateur Peter Jung. I don’t care if you are 16 years old or not, you shoot bogey golf on 9 holes in a PGA event you are claiming this prize. Everyone was hoping this would be a real Cinderella story for the youngster but instead it can be summed up in 3 words. Was. Not. Ready.

Well that wraps up another week on the PGA Tour and the end of evening/night golf for the year. It was a week where there was as much stuff happening off the course as on and that is saying something because there was something like 50 hole outs during the tournament this week. But again, congratulations to Kooch and again PGA Tour pros if you want the DTG boys to call you out on a pod cast don’t hesitate to contact us. Look what it has done for Kuchar.

Episode 49 – JOEL DAHMEN & DAVID DUBE

Drive The Green is bringing the heat to start February! In the latest episode we chat with PGA Tour Player Joel Dahmen about all kinds of topics including walking a chicken on a leash? We catch up with Saskatchewan Native David Dube as he prepares for his 10th AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. And of course, the usual recap, in the news, and picks.

Waste Management Phoenix Open Recap (0:00 – 25:40)

  • Rickie gets it done in the desert
  • Sunday rain puts a damper on scores
  • WMPO saves Super Bowl Sunday

Eagle Energy Interview with JOEL DAHMEN (25:40 – 1:00:16)

  • The boys chat with Joel about the bucket hat, is really a big rules guy, his Ultimate Foursome, and more!

In The News (1:00:16 – 1:17:05)

  • DJ wins the Saudi International
  • Sergio goes nuts in the bunker
  • Mike Weir’s Winery makes headlines!

PLYR Golf Interview with DAVID DUBE (1:17:05 – 1:35:40)

  • Fellow Saskatchewanian David Dube is getting ready for Pebble Beach so we get the lowdown on what the tournament is like, his favourite moments, and his Saskatchewan hidden gem course.

Picks (1:35:40 – 1:46:32)

  • MattyB goes back to back in Phoenix
  • Pebble Beach picks – Can DJ shake off the jet lag?

Episode 48 – OLLIE SCHNIEDERJANS

In the latest episode of the Drive The Green Golf Podcast, we tune up the Waste Management Phoenix Open by chatting with PGA Tour Young Gun Ollie Schniederjans. That and more.

Farmers Insurance Open Recap (0:00 – 17:35)

  • Rosie’s club rust is officially off
  • Rahm can’t finish the hot start
  • Tiger wears pink

In The News (17:35 – 26:12)

  • The Mad Scientist Bryson Dechambeau wins in Dubai
  • Tiger denied a slice
  • Reed and Spieth hug it out, I guess

Eagle Energy Presents: Ollie Schniederjans (26:12 – 59:36)

  • The DTG Boys catch up with Ollie as he prepares for another Top 5 run at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He shares insight on his road to the tour, the story behind his patented no hat look, and more.

Top 5 – Chip Ins……..and Chips (59:36 – 1:07:56)

  • With the recent blitz of chip ins on tour, Bronel presents his Top 5 All Time Chip Shots…….with a surprise twist.

Picks (1:07:56 – 1:13:34)

  • MattyB rides Rosie to victory
  • Waste Management Picks

Episode 47 – Jason Glass

In this weeks episode of the Drive The Green Podcast:

Desert Classic Recap (0:00 – 12:40)

  • Adam Long breaks through….in only his 6th career start
  • Adam Hadwin, speed wobble
  • Phil wastes that 60

In The News (12:40 – 22:08)

  • Kuchar, again
  • Teenager finds ALL the golf balls

Eagle Energy Interview – Jason Glass (22:08 – 1:04:30)

  • MattyB and Bronel chat with one of the top rotational strength and conditioning coaches in the world.

Picks (1:04:30 – 1:10:17)

  • Bronel on a heater
  • Torrey Pines has arrived……Tiger Time?

Episode 46 – PGA Professional Mike Midgette

In the latest episode of the Drive The Green Podcast:

Sony Open Recap (0:00 – 19:00)

  • Primetime Golf – The gift that keeps on giving
  • Matt Kuchar – Patton Kizzire 2.0? Lovable Doofus? Cheapskate?
  • Canadians make a splash
  • ALL the hole outs

In The News (19:00 – 28:34)

  • Jason Dufner – DUDE WIPES
  • A bunch of other stuff that is not nearly as important as Jason Dufner

PGA Professional Mike Midgette (28:34 – 56:25)

  • Mikey finally makes an appearance! He’s given us plenty of tips over the past year and now we finally get to hear from him.

Picks (56:25 -1:03:40)

  • Bronel up off the canvas
  • Desert Classic Picks

Bold Predictions for 2019

2018 turned out to be a pretty great season on the PGA Tour.  There was a nice mix of veterans, established younger players and some interesting rookies every week.  Of course, we had Tiger Woods come back and almost win a couple majors then win the Tour Championship.  Tiger being back is a big enough story in itself. 

Brooks Koepka won 2 major championships, no small feat in this era.  Many other players made their mark in some fashion on Tour; whether its Cam Champ blasting drives or the ultra-antagonist Patrick Reed winning a major and then going off the rails or the multiple comeback wins, the season had everything. 

So here we are in 2019, could it actually improve from 2018?  I think so.  Here are my bold (for the most part) predictions for the upcoming year.

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Sentry Tournament of Champions Recap

Aloha……The PGA tour is back and so are the DTG recaps. It was a long three weeks with no golf and attempts at boycotting soft drinks. The holiday season fell in there as well and all of us at DTG want to wish all of our followers a belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Anyways, let’s get to the tournament.

Xander Comes From Way Back

Xander F*$&@#G Schauffele!! What a Sunday performance by this kid who is bullying himself into the conversation as one of the top young players on tour. Fun Fact: Xander Schauffele has 4 wins in his first 61 starts, Speith, Fowler, Bryson and JT combined for 3 wins in their first 61 starts.

Xander shot a final round 11 under 62 to erase a 5 shot deficit and beat Gary Woodland by 1. I guess that social sciences degree from San Diego State University (Go Aztecs!) taught him how to handle pressure and overcome adversity because some of the shots coming down the stretch reminded me of how Tiger used to dominate a course. The hole out for eagle on 12, the approach on 17 and the power draw to 11 feet for eagle on 18 to name a few. Xander would ultimately miss the putt for eagle but it didn’t matter when Gary Woodland couldn’t get up and down for birdie at the last to force a playoff.

Along with his 4th win, Xander took home $1.3 million dollars and the Whale Tale Trophy. All of this after being snubbed from the Ryder Cup team in favor of Phil Mickelson who didn’t win or even halve a match for the US team but that is a topic for a different day. Xander has won his last two official PGA tour starts and has jumped to 6th in the world. Considering that he started 2018 in 26th, I would say that is a pretty impressive accomplishment. The only thing that might be more impressive is that he got those two wins while playing Callaway Irons.

Flip The Script

As most followers of DTG know, we are big advocates for the “Everything is Scripted” (EIS) theory of life. Well this week on the PGA Tour still followed that theory with the 5-stroke come from behind win. The Universe did however throw us a curve ball because everyone thought Gary Woodland was going to win this tournament for his grandma who passed away Friday night. Our Condolences go out to Gary Woodland’s family.  I did think this was going to the be the week he didn’t puke all over himself in the 4th round like he did the previous 6 times he held a lead after 54 holes and to be fair to Gary he still carded a final round 5 under par. He just didn’t expect Xander to go HAM on the Plantation Course at Kapalua.

The Top 10 was filled with top end guys as it should be where the field is only filled with winners from last year. Justin Thomas finished solo third after shooting the second-best round on Sunday. Most of you know I am a big JT guy, but man does he have to stop talking to his ball. First the instant “get in” comment last year when hitting a 3 wood to a drivable par 4 and then saying “Stay left Honey” yesterday when he hit a second shot into a par 5. Guy needs to work on his golf ball talk game.

Rounding Out The Top Ten

Three players tied for 4th: Marc Leishman, who was the top dog in the power rankings because he is a known wind negotiator, lived up to the billing. Dustin Johnson failed to shoot under par in round 2 this week which doesn’t sound like much but considering he hasn’t shot over par at Kapalua in 32 consecutive rounds it is a bit of big deal. DJ still finished in 4th and will probably be back next year to start a new streak.

Rory Mcilroy was also in the cluster at 15 under, this was just another tournament for Rory. Play well enough to get into the final pairing and then turn into a completely different golfer on Sunday. This guy is mind fucked in a big way when it comes to final pairings. Hopefully he can get that monkey off his back and get a win where he doesn’t have to come from behind……..Augusta anyone??

Rounding out the top 10 was Webb Simpson who looks to show everyone last year wasn’t a fluke.  Jon Rahm ho hummed his way to a T8 finish. Not much else to say about Jon Rahm this week other than does anyone else find it weird his name is Jon Rahm and the “H” is in Ram and not Jon?

The KING of the silly season Patton Kizzire just doing what he does with another top 10 finish in Hawaii. Although I think I am going to make a sizeable bet saying Patton is not playing at this tournament next year. 

And then there was Bryson. Sure, he finished 7th this week but that is not what anyone is talking about. The way he trolled the entire golf world by putting with the pin in the entire tournament or his over exaggerated attempt to drop it from his knee was next level stuff. Then he comes out after the round and stays committed to the troll by saying “guys putting with the pin in makes it easier”. This guy’s personality is the best on tour, there I said it.

Notables

Even though this was a smaller field, there was still a few other notable finishes to touch on. Cam Champ showed he can hang with the big boys in his first tournament with a stacked field finishing T11 and if he could just get over his one bad round a tournament this guy is going to have a big 2019. Jason Day finished 13th and is starting to look like the Jason Day of old again. Playing style not physique because that guy is full on team Dad Bod now.Shout out to Chucky 3 sticks for grinding out another 6 figure paycheck to keep building that career earnings total my dude.

There were also a few surprising and not so surprising poor finishes in this tournament. If you told me Satoshi Kodaira and Michael Kim were going to tie for last in this tournament before it started, I probably would have looked at you and said yeah, you are probably right. In fact, the thanks for coming out award this week goes to Michael Kim for his smooth 80 in round three. He and Satoshi both finished 27 shots behind Xander, so it was the 7 over par 80 that tipped the scale in Michael Kim’s favor.

While those two finishes shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone, there were 3 players who stuck out to me with quite surprising finishes. The first was Bubba Watson. A guy who is trying and failing to turn his off-the-course persona around as of late struggled in the wind and finished 31st. Turns out trying to hit 40-yard hooks and slices in 60k winds backfires more than it works.

World number 1 entering the tournament Brooks Koepka looked more like world number 150 this week, never really getting it going. The most surprising finish of the week comes from BWGR (Bronel World Golf Ranking) number 1 Franny Molinari. Mr. Consistency only broke par in one round and finished T27th and yes you readers are correct, the BWGR is a very flawed ranking system.

Bring On 2019

Speaking of world golf rankings, we have a new number one in the world. After Brooks laid an egg at the Sentry tournament of champions and Justin Rose elected not to play, Rosie is your new number one golfer in the world. When are we going to get to see those new Honma’s in action Justin? All in all, a very solid week for the PGA and its return from its Christmas yatus. The Sentry TOC delivered in terms of quality of golf and also the return of evening/night golf. I cannot stress enough how much better it is compared to the mid-afternoon rounds. Congrats to Xander Schauffele on the win and hopefully the Sony Open next week is as exciting to watch.

Episode 45 – SCOTT STALLINGS

The PGA Season is back and we head into our first full field tournament of the New Year. In the latest episode of the Drive The Green Podcast:

Sentry Tournament of Champions Recap (0:00 – 15:00)

  • Xander Schauffele goes off to win
  • Papa rocks a ponytail
  • Trophy Talk
  • DJ the first rules casualty of 2019

In The News (15:00 – 27:50)

  • Cody Blick’s clubs come home
  • Pernilla Lindberg – is the wedding off now?
  • Joel Dahmen – knows all the sports rules

Eagle Energy Presents – An interview with Scott Stallings (27:50 – 1:17:40)

  • MattyB and Bronel chat with Scooter about the USGA, he shares some incredible stories about Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer, and speaks about his first love……Dr. Pepper.

Picks (1:17:40 – 1:27:21)

  • Sentry TOC – Harv by a hair
  • Sony Open – 2019 begins!

Episode 44 – Mackenzie Hughes

Its 2019! Drive The Green opens the year on a high with an action packed interview with Canadian PGA Tour Member Mackenzie Hughes.

In this episode:

In The News (0:00 – 18:40)

  • Social Media Takes Over
  • New Year, New Rules
  • Rosie Using Honma
  • The Match 2.0
  • Forward Tees? or Ladies Tees

Mackenzie Hughes Interview (18:41 – 1:02:41)

  • Mac joins MattyB and Harv to chat about his life on tour, the new rule changes for 2019, his Ultimate Foursome, and more!

Recap and Picks (1:02:42 – 1:18:37)

  • Sentry Tournament of Champions

Episode 43 – Holiday Special – Maurice Allen & Naughty / Nice 2018

In a stuffed final episode of the Drive The Green Golf Podcast for 2018:

In The News – 0:00 – 16:22

  • Father / Son Tournament – The Loves take home the trophy but the Daly’s take the headlines
  • Across The Pond – Rory back on the European Tour and a body is found at Carnoustie

Naughty / Nice 2018 – 16:22 – 34:12

  • Bronel gives his Naughty / Nice list for 2018

Maurice Allen – 34:12 – 1:10:32

  • MattyB and Harv talk at length with 2018 World Long Drive Champion Maurice Allen about Long Drive, his game, his Ultimate Foursome(s) and more!

Recap and Airing of Grievances – 1:10:32 – 1:23:34

  • The boys recap the Maurice Allen interview and take the pole out of the crawlspace.

Episode 42 – COLT KNOST

In the latest episode of the Drive The Green Golf podcast:

QBE Shootout Recap (0:00 – 9:05)

  • From Enemies to Champions – Patton Kizzire and Brian Harman
  • Champ & Kisner Last Place – Pardon?

In The News (9:05 – 17:00)

  • Winners on home turf trend continues
  • LPGA stuffing their purses

An interview with PGA Tour Veteran – Colt Knost (17:00 – 32:48)

Colt Recap and Wrap (32:48 – 38:10)

Episode 41 – JUSTIN JAMES

In this weeks episode of the Drive The Green Golf Podcast:

Hero World Challenge Recap (0:00 – 13:15)

  • Tiger cheats his way to 2nd last
  • Big Rig Jon Rahm flexes

 

In The News (13:15 – 21:38)

  • Cam Smith wins at home
  • Gibby Gilbert Three Sticks

 

The Boys sit down with 2017 World Long Drive Champion Justin James (21:38 – 50:18)

 

Picks (50:18 – 64:45)

  • Harv pulls in another victory
  • QBE Shootout Draft

Episode 40 – The Match Recap & BEN SILVERMAN

NOTE: APOLOGIES TO OUR LISTENERS AS THE SOUND QUALITY OF THE LATEST EPISODE HAS BEEN COMPROMISED. THE SILVERMAN INTERVIEW IS STILL INTACT HOWEVER! HOPE YOU CAN STILL ENJOY.

In the latest PACKED episode of the Drive The Green Golf Podcast:

The Match Recap

  • Phil loses his breath, oh and beats Tiger
  • Slow start, solid finish

World Cup of Golf Recap

An Interview with BEN SILVERMAN of the PGA Tour (32:00 – 52:42)

Hero World Challenge – Live Picks

The Match Recap / World Cup of Golf Recap

The Match

Well the most hyped round of golf in the history of the sport happened last Friday and I am going to say it: it was a bit of a letdown. The golf portion of the match wasn’t bad even though both Tiger and Phil shot around even par. But this event was made out to be a look behind the curtain into the world of the PGA with everyone being mic’d up. The trash talking was supposed to be next level stuff and the side bets were going to blow everyone’s minds. In reality, I don’t think there was a more awkward conversation in the history of the world than Tiger and Phil’s exchange walking up the fairway on hole 1.

If you missed it, they talked about their kids awkwardly, then moved on, then circled back to the awkward kid stuff because it was the lesser of the awkwardness. The side bets seemed more forced than anything and the trash talking was non-existent. The most surprising thing the mics picked up was the wounded buffalo taking its last breaths just off camera for most of the round. Oh, that was just Phil Mickelson breathing as he gingerly walked a golf course? Yikes….

Slow Start

But anyways, let’s recap what happened. The first hole had an intriguing side bet where Phil said he would birdie the 1st and tiger bet him 200K he wouldn’t. Well, Phil had a chance for birdie but like we would see the rest of the round – both players could not figure out these greens.  Phil made par, losing 200K in the process.

Phil drew first blood on the 2nd hole when Tiger lipped out a short part putt. Fast forward through some pretty boring golf for 14 holes (yes, I just skipped 14 holes in my recap – I said it was a letdown). The takeaways from those holes were Phil has never drove the ball better than he did last Friday and Tiger looked more like the 1199th ranked player in the world than the 13th ranked player. Then we came to hole 17 and like I mention almost every week……..

Everything. Is. Scripted.

Tiger Woods chipped in for birdie to halve the match heading into 18. Tiger generously gave Phil a knee knocker for par on the 18th hole to force extra cups. After halving the 1st extra hole they went under the lights on a short par 3 that they would play over and over until they had a winner. It looked like Phil was going to win with par, but he gave Tiger a long par putt because he “didn’t want to win that way” which for 9 million dollars I wouldn’t be complaining how I won. My opponent could have dropped dead on the 2nd tee and I would have been making a bee line for the cheque presentation spot.

Anyways, the match went on for a couple more holes until Phil finally drained a birdie putt to win the match. Seemed like the perfect time for Phil to bust out the classic 3-inch vert, double fist pump celebration but it was just another way “The Match” disappointed. Although, I have a feeling this might spawn a few more matches in the future. Dj vs Brooks? Moliwood? Jordan vs Justin? Either way, they have options. The only question left unanswered is what did Tiger hand that woman in the front row. A room number, his phone number maybe?  And should Tiger’s 6 out of 10 girlfriend be worried he is reverting back to his waffle house days?

World Cup of Golf

The Match wasn’t the only golf going on this past weekend. The ISPS Handa Melbourne World Cup of Golf was played down unda this weekend. You guys know what that means…..the return of watching golf at night! Now I know most of you are asking: “What is the World Cup of Golf?”, and that is a fair question. Apparently it is an event that takes place every two years or sometimes every three years or sometimes every year. That is besides the point, it is a team event tournament that pits countries against each other in 2 rounds of best ball and 2 rounds of alternate shot golf for world golf supremacy; even though a lot of golf’s top stars skip the event.

Fun Fact: it was created by a Canadian way back in 1953 and was called the Canada Cup until 1967. This year’s tournament was won by the team of Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry from Belgium. Not only do they share a name, they were teammates on the university of Illinois golf team and best friends. Not sure there would be much things better than winning a PGA tour team event with your best buddy. The Tom’s finished 23 under par and 3 shots ahead of second place Australia who were the favorites entering the tournament with the Big Cat Marc Leishman and the Boy Mannequin Cam Smith representing the host country. For winning the World Cup of Golf Tom and Tom took home $1.12 million each and the largest trophy I have ever seen.

Notables

With such a small field and being teams of two there is not many noteworthy finishes this week, but I will touch on a few. The Danes seem to like this tournament style. They won the dang thing in 2016 and if it wasn’t for a terrible Friday in absolutely nasty playing conditions, they likely win the thing again this year. Team Europe might want to consider Soren Kjeldsen for a captains pick to pair with Thorbjorn Olesen in two years if they want to retain the Ryder Cup.

One of the hottest golfers in golf and probably a Top 3 player on the DTG Bronel world golf ranking Abraham Ancer put his partner Roberto Diaz and his 742nd world ranking on his back and carried them to a T2 finish. The Canadian team did better than most probably expected. The Canadian cut making machine Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor finished in a tie for 4th. Si Woo Kim and Ben An not only look the same, they play very similar as well. That symmetry helped them finish tied for 6th.

There were a couple teams leaving Australia feeling like they could have done better. England and the USA both were favorites to be in contention this week but known turkeys Tyrell Hatton and Ian Poulter finished 8 strokes back of the winners. And the lovable Doofus Matt Kuchar and Kyle Stanley finished 14 shots back. Got to think both those countries wished they had better players representing them given the options they have.

TFCO Award

Now it is time for the thanks for coming out award. I almost want to give it to whoever was handling the payments for the match because that was a complete schmozzle and if I don’t give it to them. Most people will think I will go with the obvious choice (Team Greece) in the World Cup of Golf. I mean they finished +19 and a whopping 42 strokes off the lead, but they weren’t even supposed to play in the tournament. They were a 3rd or 4th alternate and Peter Kamis – the highest ranked Greek player ranked 242nd in the world and he got to pick his partner. I am pretty sure he either picked a close friend or just picked up a stranger on the way to the airport because Alexander Tranacher is ranked 2012th in the world. They shot 87 and 86 in the alternate shot. But you got to think that was too be expected.

So, I am going off the board and giving the thanks for coming out award this week to team Germany. This is a team that features the most successful golfer in the entire tournament – two-time major winner Martin Kaymer. Sure, he has fallen from grace a little bit, but he could pick any German player he wanted. He chose Maximilian Kieffer and they ended up finishing 26th out of 28th and 25 strokes off the lead. But the main reason they get this award is like I said he could have picked any German golfer and he left Bernhard Langer on the table. I don’t care how old Bernhard is, if he is available you beg him to be on that team. That is the move that seals their fate for this illustrious award this week. Come on Martin!

Into the break we go…..

That wraps up the last week of serious golf and what a way to go out. The Tiger and Phil match had some flaws, but it was good for those two to be the guinea pigs because if it was any other two golfers and it went down like it did, that idea would be dead in the water. The World Cup of Golf is what it is, and the big names will likely never all play at the same time. BUT it brought back night golf for a weekend and that is fine by me. Tiger is back in action next week hosting his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

The RSM Classic Recap

Chuckie Three Sticks

Chuckie GD Three Sticks!!!! Show me a better nickname on the PGA Tour, I’ll wait. Once one of the most talked about collegiate golfers in history, Charles Howell III, the 2001 PGA Tour rookie of the year, 18 years ago it seemed like was going to be the next guy to go toe to toe with Tiger. Fast forward to yesterday and Charles Howell III got only his 3rd win on tour. While he might not be a household name like many thought he would be, with this win CH3 ranks 20th on the all-time career earnings list. Which is incredible given he only has three wins and everyone ahead him on the list is a sure-fire golf Hall of Famer.

Almost History

Getting back to The RSM Classic, the tournament went to a 2-man playoff after Patrick Rodgers shot 61, 62 on the weekend to tie Howell. Chuckie three sticks had three chances to win the tournament with makeable putts. He left the first two short on the amateur side, but they say the third times a charm and CH3 canned one on the 2nd playoff hole to win the tournament. For his troubles Howell took home $1.15 million dollars and the most generic looking golf trophy I have ever seen. Seriously though, I comment a lot on how stupid some of the trophies are, but I would much rather display one of those over something that looks like it was picked up at: insert random trophy store (Bazaar Novelty).

Patrick Rodgers would have set a record for the largest 36-hole deficit overcome if he won this weekend. He was 12 shots back after round 2 on Friday. Rodgers is still looking for his first win on the PGA Tour and what a story would this of been if he completed this come back. But don’t feel too bad for Patrick he still took home just shy of $700K and will be consoled by his actress fiancé.

Close But Not Quite

The Webb Simpson redemption tour of 2018 kept rolling at the RSM classic. Webb finished in solo 3rd, which was his 10th Top 10 finish during the 2018 calendar year. He was also Top 20 in all 4 majors and had a pretty good showing at the Ryder Cup. This is impressive considering how Webb has been all but forgotten since his US Open win.

I am starting to feel bad for the other rookies on the PGA Tour this year, considering the rookie of the year award is already locked up. Cam Champ had another Top 10 this week. I wonder if there will be a week he plays where he does not make the recap. A mediocre Sunday (starting to be a theme) cost Champ a shot at winning or a spot in the playoff.

Course horse Kevin Kisner showed why he is the all-time scoring leader at Sea Island. Another Top 10 finish for the guy who wishes every tournament was played at the Georgia Resort courses.

Rounding out the Top 10 and once again proving the DTG bump is a real thing is Zach Johnson. ZJ became the latest victim of the DTG boys asking what has he done lately? Being out of the winner’s circle since his British open win in 2015. ZJ was a couple uncharacteristic poor wedge shots on the back nine on Sunday away from being in the playoff as well.

Canadians Fare Well

While there was no standout Canadian this week like Hadwin last week, 4 of the 6 Canadians in the field did make the cut. The veteran of the Canadian contingency on tour, David Hearn, had a very respectable week finishing tied for 15th. Corey Conners keeps proving me right, Mr. Inconsistency had one of his good weeks where the mechanics of the swing aligned, and he finished in a tie for 23rd. Not sure a 6-8 week break before he can play again is what Conners wants right now.

Ben Silverman finished T46. A 2 over first round put him a little behind the 8-ball, but he can still go out and buy a fully loaded Kia Sportage with the cheque he cashed this week. Friend of the Pod Roger Sloan made the cut but never really got it going and I have to ask is if he was drinking coke would his game improve? The two not so fortunate Canadians this week were Adam Svensson and Mackenzie Hughes. Svensson missed the cut by 5 shots and Hughes missed by 13 shots. Nothing else to say here other than watch for Hughes popping up again later in the recap (sigh).

Notables

There were quite a few notable finishes and storylines from the RSM Classic. Let’s start with the biggest (literally and figuratively) of the week. Jason Gore showed up Thursday and said he is an insurance salesman, but he is here to play golf today. Gore was 1 shot back of the lead after Saturday and threatened to make it back to back weekends of turning back the clock until his final round 2 over round dropped him to 15th. Not surprising but still disappointing because a Top 10 finish would have got him in a few more tournaments in 2019. But I bet every playing partner he had this week feels better about their life insurance premiums moving forward because you know the big man always be sellin.

Graeme McDowell really screwed the DTG content for later in the week. I was planning on having him in the latest where are they now installment but then he goes and finishes T11. Thanks Graeme. Tie for 15th was a hot spot this week. Not only did Gore and Hearn finish there but King of the Silly Season Patton Kizzire, Mr. DQ Matt Every, Richy with a Y Werenski and most surprising of all the field filler who I am still certain is a fake name and person Anders A. Albertson all finished T15. The PGA tour was almost in a bind Sunday. If Triple A would have climbed any higher on the leaderboard they would have had to cut to Anders and it would just be a blank screen.

Fun Fact: there is no Wikipedia page for Anders Albertson. Just sayin.

Ernie Els was in this tournament?……Why? Dru Love finished tied for 54th which is nothing to write home about but the fact he beat his old man Davis Love III by 2 shots is likely going to make for Thanksgiving banter later in the week. To be fair Davis could drop the hammer on him pretty quick if he wanted to. But I am not sure what type of dad DL3 is.

How bad is Wesley Bryan these days? He withdrew this week after 4 straight miss cuts leading into the RSM Classic. His game is starting to make Smylie Kaufman feel good.

Finally, we get to the thanks for coming out award. I was really hoping a Canadian would avoid ever receiving this award but the second round 80 by Mack Hughes takes the cake. Not one birdie and two 7s on the card that day on route to tying for dead last after 2 rounds. There were two other 80s in round 2 but both those players at least mixed in a birdie.

See You Soon

That wraps up the first half of the silly season as the PGA tour heads into a 6 week break before the Hawaii stretch to start off 2019. For a so-called silly season, it was quite entertaining. Multiple tournaments were decided in playoffs. There were a few first-time winners emerge, a few of the studs won and a couple old dogs turned back the clock to win again on the PGA Tour. If the 2019 season is half as exciting as the first 7 weeks were, buckle up because we are in for a wild season.