Tag: PGA Tour

Episode 148 – Room For One More

This week, we welcome a new face to the pod with the addition of Knoop. We get to know him the only way we know how…with rapid fire! Then we recap the Sentry, quick hits, and picks for the Sony.

Episode 147 – 2021 Resolutions & Predictions

New year, same pod. This week we ring in 2021 with our New Years Resolutions for all things golf, we share our Bold Predictions for the PGA Tour, and finally, we pick the winners for all the majors. Plus Harv busts out a phenomenal Top 5.

Episode 146 – 2nd Annual Greenie Awards

This week, we finish off 2020 with the 2nd Annual Greenie Awards. The classics like Top Pod Guest, Top Pod Moment, and Top Recurring Guest are back. Plus, we add some great new categories. Always fun to finish off the year with awards. Enjoy.

Episode 145 – Clipshow 2020

This week, we use the penultimate episode of 2020 to recap some of our favorite moments from the show this year. Its been a helluva year and hope you all enjoy this as much as we did putting it together.

Episode 144 – The Festive Ultimate Foursome

This week, with Christmas around the corner the Ultimate Foursome returns with Christmas Movie Characters. We also recap the LPGA US Open, the QBE Shootout, preview the PNC, quick hits, and more.

Episode 143 – Figjam

This week, the PGA Tour season came to a conclusion (well kinda) with Viktor Hovland picking up his second career victory at the Corales. Plus, we breakdown what we are the best (and worst) at in our own golf games. Oh and a Bronel Top 5! Slammed ep this week.

Episode 142 w/ Butchy

This week, Brennan “Butchy” Little joins the boys for the 3rd time as Co-Host to catch up on this years Masters, Gary Woodlands transformation, The Match, Morikawa’s putting, and a whole lot more. Great hour with one of the best on Tour.

Episode 141 – SuperSpeed Golf

This week on the show, Mike Napoleon, Co-Founder of SuperSpeed Golf joins us to chat about how you can get a whole lot faster with the help of their program! Plus, we recap Bob Streb’s win at the RSM, quick hitters, and a lot more.

Episode 140 – Masters Recap w/ Swing Fitness

The Masters has come and gone and Dustin Johnson is donning the Green Jacket. We recap the weekend that was at Augusta with a special guest and friend of the pod, Chris Knoop from Swing Fitness. Lots to unpack so buckle up!

Episode 139 – Masters Preview w/ Cecil Peters

Its Masters Week and to celebrate we bring in one of Saskatchewan’s top golf gambling minds, Cecil Peters on the show. We chat DFS golf, Masters picks, Saskatchewan golf, and a lot more. Plus we recap the Vivint Houston Open, quick hitters, and we make our own Masters picks. LFG!

Episode 138 – Guess The Golfer Returns

This week, Guess the Golfer returns with 5 new questions. Some real brain busters in this bunch. Plus, we recap Brian Gay’s victory at the Bermuda, quick hits, and picks for the Houston Open.

Episode 137 – ZOZO Recap & Surprise Top 5

This week, we recap Patrick Cantlay’s come from behind win at the ZOZO. We touch on a wild week for the DTG boys on the home front, quick hits, and Bronel fires up another Top 5.

Episode 136 – UF Animal Nicknames

This week, after a long layoff, the Ultimate Foursome returns with Animal Nicknames. To clarify, its ZOZO week, won by Tiger, an animal nickname, and there you have it. Plus, we recap Jason Kokrak’s first career victory at the CJ Cup, Phil goes 2 for 2 on the Champions, and a lot more.

Episode 135 – MJ Daffue

This week, the Monday Q Legend MJ Daffue joins the boys to chat about his recent success, planning his schedule, his career, and a lot more. Plus, a great finish in Vegas and a bunch of news to recap. Had a lot of fun with this ep.

Episode 134 – Mackenzie Hughes

This week, the boys catch up with Friend of the Pod and RED HOT Mackenzie Hughes. We chat about his impressive run to the TOUR Championship, his upcoming schedule, and a lot more. Plus we recap Sergio’s return to the top at the Sanderson.

Episode 133 – Stuff n’ Things

This week, we recap the Corales won by Hudson Swafford and Mac Hughes continues his scorching run. Plus, quick hitters include the match at Payne’s Valley, Monday Q, and Jared Wolfe’s incredible career path. Then, its Sanderson Farms week and we make our picks!

Episode 132 – US Open Recap / Top 5 Big Guy Moments

This week, Bryson is the US Open Champion. The smash and gash game plan pays off and the game of golf might truly be changed for the foreseeable future. We recap the entire tournament and discuss where golf goes from here. Plus MattyB put together a Top 5 Big Guy Moments in honour of Bryson’s recent changes.

Episode 131 – US Open Week

Its US Open week and Winged Foot is looking TOUGH. But first, we need to recap the PLYR Cup as well as Stewart Cink’s win at the Safeway Open. Plus quick hits include the ANA Inspiration, John Daly, and a Top 5.

Episode 130 – Max Homa

This week, social media darling Max Homa joins the boys in one of our most entertaining interviews to date. We chat about his season, swing roasts, sports, and so much more. Plus we recap our Labour Day Classic and DJ wins the FedEx Cup. What an ep.

Episode 129 – Mac Daddy in the Ship

This week, we recap the wild finish at the BMW Championship with Jon Rahm canning a 60 footer to beat the red hot DJ. Canadian and Friend of the Pod, Mac Hughes makes the Top 30, Bronel busts out a Top 5, and quick hits top of this ep. To the TOUR Championship we go!

Episode 128 – BDDJ

This week, we recap Dustin Johnson’s march to World #1 after his runaway victory at The Northern Trust. We also discuss scramble tournament team building, quick hitters, and get ready for the home stretch of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Episode 127 – Goat Track Social Club

This week, the boys welcome Garrett Hadfield of The Goat Track Social Club on the show. We chat about the brand, the concept, and whats next for the boys. Then, we recap Jim Herman’s improbably victory at The Travelers Championship, quick hits, and make picks for the THE NORTHERN TRUST.

Episode 126 – Potpourri

This week, we recap Collin Morikawa’s insane victory at the PGA Championship. Crowded leaderboard, drama, great shot making, it had it all. We also get in a heated discussion regarding scramble tournaments. Plus quick hits, picks and a MattyB Top 5.

Episode 125 – PGA Championship Preview

This week, its the first Major of the year at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. Can Brooks make it 3 in a row? Plus we recap the FedEx St. Jude and Barracuda, Quick Hits in the news, and Bronel pumps out a Top 5.

Episode 124 – Aaron Crawford

This week, fresh off his Monday Q at the 3M, the boys catch up with Aaron Crawford. We chat about his whirlwind week, his career, The Outlaw Tour, and more. Plus we recap Michael Thompsons win at the 3M and get into quick hits.

Episode 123 – The Bet

This week, MattyB makes good on his bet from last week and we recap Jon Rahm’s victory at The Memorial. Plus, Harv lays out a Top 5 and a couple other tidbits for your listening pleasure!

Episode 122 – Caddie Roundtable 2.0

This week, the Caddie Roundtable returns with an All Canadian Edition. Billy Spencer, Brennan Little, Julien Trudeau, and Kurt Kowaluk join the boys to chat about Muirfield, the Tour, club throws, and MattyB gets roasted. Plus we recap Morikawa’s win at the Workday Charity Open.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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!

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!

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

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.

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.

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 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?

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.