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 Apr 3, 2019
Love how these guys can make golf funny!


The Shotgun Start with Andy Johnson of The Fried Egg and Brendan Porath of SB Nation is a podcast waiting for you early in the morning that quickly blasts through a variety of topics (usually) related to golf and (ideally) relevant to the day. It covers news from the pro tours around the world, amusing and important topics from the amateur game the rest of us play, and some irreverent stuff in between. There will be short interviews, previews, reviews, and dives into the archives. It provides what you need to know on golf through a rapid and fun catch-up discussion.

Episode Date
Bummed in Bratislava, Tiger’s attire, and Larry Nelson slander

After a brief diversion on Easter candy, Andy and Brendan return from the weekend to run through the results from the golf world. They get into C.T. Pan’s big win at the Heritage, DJ’s staggering implosion on the back nine, and Rory Sabbatini’s Sunday fade. The Sabbatini contention brings us to a possible scandal revealed on the coverage over the weekend and has us questioning whether his decision to become Slovakian came from pure intentions. On the Champions Tour, we discuss the two MLB pitchers that made starts at TPC Sugarloaf with limited success. Then we get to the matter of Tiger rolling out to The Woods in mesh shorts and his dri-fit gear. We wrap with a Sunday Scaries segment that suddenly dives down a rabbit hole on the life and times of Larry Nelson, war hero and three-time major champion.

Apr 22, 2019
OWGR board’s grand troll of the PGA Tour, Midwest money, and Zurich as a Member-Guest

We begin this Friday episode with the news that the PGA Tour’s grand finale and the crowning FedExCup test will now feature two leaderboards, one hidden and one for public consumption. We revel in the OWGR sanction board holding this over the Tour’s head and making them work for it, and also the fact that a move made for simplicity has resulted in this weird and convoluted two-leaderboard system. Then we get to the matter of Mike Weir playing in Alabama and wonder how many players have gone from the Masters one week to RTJ Trail the next. We also address the news of some big names committing to the new Detroit event and, combined with some star commits to the new Minneapolis event, question whether something untoward is happening on the money side with these events. Some two-man teams for next week’s Zurich Classic are out, including one father-son duo that will certainly raise eyebrows and maybe even tempers in the locker rooms. We wrap with a Flashback Friday on two-time Heritage winner Payne Stewart and some of his early career achievements and under-achievements, including that stretch when he played Top Flite cavity back irons.

Apr 19, 2019
The “Fraudulent Physicist,” Alabama golf corruption, and Fortnite Tent research

We’re back recording remotely after a week in Augusta and this Wednesday episode quickly devolves into covering all absurd corners of the golf world since Tiger won the Masters. We run through the schedule of the week and Andy delivers some intel on the great Pasatiempo when crowning his event of the week. We also ponder why Mitsubishi is putting all their marketing money into sponsoring senior events as well as some background on the sketchy circumstances that brought the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail into existence in Alabama, site of this week’s Web Tour event. Then we get to the news that a physicist has disproven Bryson DeChambeau’s crackpot science of putting with the flagstick still in the hole. We discuss the news of Hosung Choi’s exemption to the John Deere Classic and what he might do exploring the Quad Cities region in the heartland of America. Also in news, we hit on the PGA Tour releasing a new mobile video game, which gives Andy an opening to provide some field research he did on if the Fortnite tents have brought kids out to the PGA Tour events. We wrap with some quick picks for the Heritage.

Apr 17, 2019
Live from the Bixby House: Sunday Night at the Masters

Tiger Woods is a Masters champion again. Andy and Brendan react to an unforgettable, legendary day at Augusta National. But not without first discussing results from the Haikou Championship on the PGA Tour China series. Then we get into Tiger’s win, our favorite moments of the day, and his future prospects. Andy changed up his worst-case scenario fears and explains a moment of panic when he thought it might come to fruition on Sunday. We discuss The Pace Car’s smooth round of 80 and also hit on Matt Kuchar’s continued FedExCup stranglehold. We are joined in the Bixby House by the PGA Tour’s Sean Martin and CBS Sports’ Kyle Porter for some lightning round questions on Sunday at the Masters. After a solid two months of dispensing facts, we wrap with some final Masters Facts of the Day.

Apr 15, 2019
Live from the Bixby House: Saturday at the Masters

It’s Saturday night in Augusta and Andy and Brendan have come down from the high of Friday night’s off-the-rails episode. They have some intel from a doctor on the efficacy or quackery of Jason Day’s balloon treatments. They bring you a quick recap of the third round as well as some picks for Sunday’s early start. They react to Tiger’s 67 and charge into the final Sunday tee time at the Masters, as well as the machine Frankie Molinari refusing to give up an inch at the top of the leaderboard. They also address Adam Scott messing around with a table top putting stance just minutes before teeing off in the final group of a weekend round at the biggest event of the year. They get to the news of Rory saying Augusta’s rough is having a negative impact on the competition. Updated odds and picks for Sunday’s final round wrap up this truncated edition as they prep for an early start of the last 18 holes.

Apr 14, 2019
Live from the Bixby House: Friday at the Masters

An off-the-rails Friday night edition comes to you from the Bixby House recapping a wild day at the 2019 Masters. We begin with a story of Andy chasing a UPS truck down the streets in Augusta in the hopes of finding Lee Westwood. Then we get to the matter of Jason Day blowing up balloons as a medical remedy. We also hit on the Zach Johnson’s five-yard drive at the 13th tee and how one might play the hole if he’d been forced to from that spot. Then we get to the security slide tackle of Tiger Woods, which opens the door for Andy to reheat his take that there should be no fans on the golf course. We wrap with the sad news of Woosie’s retirement and hold out hope that it might be a Brett Favre situation.

Apr 13, 2019
Live from the Bixby House: Friday Jr. at the Masters

Brendan and Andy come to you live from the Bixby House with a raw and unedited episode reviewing the first day of the 2019 Masters. We get in to the flurry of late activity on Friday Jr. afternoon with Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, and Phil Mickelson going low in the last two groups on the tee sheet. We address Brooksy popping off at the haters on his weight loss and call out the SMU Physics Department after Bryson completely misused “terminal velocity” to explain why his ball didn’t go in the hole on the 18th. Then we get to the matter of Jason Day and if the simple fact of “being a good father” has cost him a shot at the Masters this year. We discuss Tiger’s 2-under round of 70 and what it might mean heading into the weekend. Then Kyle Porter appears to offer some hot takes on the “lost” Jordan Spieth. We do a lightning round of predictions on a few players who might miss/make the cut before wrapping with a Flashback Friday on the year of Woosie and a Masters Fact of the Day on a defunct opposite field event.

Apr 12, 2019
The first ever Shotgun Start Live: Masters Preview

It’s Masters eve and appropriately, we roll out a preview podcast recorded with a live audience from the B. Draddy house in Augusta. We start by reacting to some of our favorite tee times for the first two rounds and what to expect from some of these featured groupings. Then we move to the course and assess how the weather and conditions have changed this 2019 edition and who benefits the most. Pat Reed’s dinner menu gets a quick review. Then we welcome in Billy Draddy, a golf fashion icon, to discuss Masters scripting, mock necks, and some legendary Masters fashion looks and catastrophes. In a quotables segment, we run through some highlights from Masters week so far, including comments from Bryson that he’s figuring out how the club shaft works and comments from Brooks about how this is a “recovery” week following a puzzling diet change. We wrap with some dream scenarios we’d like to see come Sunday afternoon and our picks to win the green jacket.

Apr 10, 2019
So you’re saying Woosie has a chance? Paulie’s Picks, Masters edition

It’s the most heavily wagered and biggest fantasy week of the year in golf. So we broke off a special Paulie’s Picks episode to discuss some Masters pool strategies, one-and-done options, and daily fantasy plays. We also run through a lightning round, throwing names, including that of a diminutive Welshman, at Paulie for intel and fade-or-play judgments. Some interesting props are discussed, such as the over-under for highest round, another occasion to discuss the diminutive Welshman.

Apr 10, 2019
ANA recap, ANWA appreciation, and Canada’s new Masters hope

Greetings from Augusta! After 95 episodes, Brendan and Andy meet again to record their first ever in-person Shotgun Start. They begin with a review of the season’s first major championship, the ANA Inspiration. Then they get to the final round of the ANWA, appreciating what we got to watch over the weekend from the women at Augusta. Corey Conners’ big win in Texas is hailed after a season of banging the drum for improved status for our fine Canadian friend. We get into the machinations of how a guy with such lofty FedExCup status needed to Monday qualify to win. The Jordan Mixed Open, of course, is not lost in the shuffle as we examine that fascinating experiment. After a thorough review of the weekend, we begin our look forward with a few things we’re looking for early in the week at Augusta National. Finally, we wrap with a bucket of Masters facts, including the one about the time an amateur had a guest up to the crow’s nest.

Apr 08, 2019
ANWA backlash, Tiger’s new venture, and Masters betting with Golf Odds’ Jeff Sherman

It’s Friday! We begin with some thoughts on the first two days of the first ever Augusta National Women’s Amateur. We offer some critiques on the odd sequence of a practice round wedged in middle, the need for an 11-for-10 playoff, and if this is the right week on the schedule for it. Then we move to a discussion on the early action at the ANA Inspiration and the Texas Open, which provokes a Flashback Friday on how the ProV1 left Justin Leonard, and a potential legendary career, behind. In news, we hit on the revelation that Tiger Woods will be doing a series of matches with GolfTV and discuss what that might mean for the future of golf networks in the States. Then Jeff Sherman, expert handicapper and oddsmakers of the SuperBook and, joins for a quick segment on what the market looks like for next week’s Masters. We wrap with multiple juicy and enlightening Masters facts of the day, including one on the amateur who was thrown out of the Tournament for potentially salacious reasons and a body of water named after a famous 16th century explorer who allegedly crossed the grounds.

Apr 05, 2019
An analytical dive in to the 2019 Masters with the brilliant Joe Peta

It’s a Friday Jr. miracle! With the Masters bearing down, we bring you this special edition to help you get dialed for the first men’s major of the season. Joe Peta, famed author with a prior focus on advanced baseball analytics and betting, shifted to golf and published a 2019 Masters Preview. It’s out on Amazon now and we wanted to pick Joe’s brain about next week’s Masters and what went into his work. He brings it as we talk Tiger, Spieth, Rory, DJ being more like Matt Kuchar, and course changes to Augusta. We finish with a mind-blowing segment on the man known as Sir Nick. Thanks to Joe for the time. You can buy his Masters preview, a fast and fascinating read before the tournament, on Amazon.

Apr 04, 2019
ANA and ANWA, A “National” Open in Texas, and scripting nonsense

This Wednesday episode begins with a rundown of the schedule and a surprise contender from abroad for Andy’s event of the week. We get in to the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, reviewing the format, and offering a different venue we’d prefer to see for the first two rounds. Then we hit on the ANA Inspiration and how it might be a model for The Players to wedge its way into the first major of the year. We ponder schedule difficulty and whether some amateurs should have to choose between Augusta and the first major championship. Then we get to the Texas Open, discussing the telecom-branded golf course and the field before proffering some absolutely fantastic Fan Vote Friday Jr. choices. Some bizarre language in a Masters scripting press release is panned. We close with Paulie’s picks for the Texas Open and a Masters fact of the day that unearths an amazing personality who could be considered a forerunner to the hands-on imposing style of Justine Reed.

Apr 03, 2019
Sergio-Kuchar beef, an essay on the Bjerregaard upset, and Westy taunts

We return from the weekend with a smorgasbord of golf news to assess. We go long on the WGC Match Play, which delivered the best day of golf so far this year. We start with a dramatic reading of an essay that appeared on TV on the unthinkable upset of Lucas Bjerregaard beating Tiger Woods. After having some fun with that, we get to Tiger’s actual play and Rory booting it against him. Then we get into Lee Westwood’s taunt of the American Ryder Cup operation, as well as the Tour attempting to cage the highlight of his ace because he endorses the wrong courier service. Then we give the Sergio-Kuchar concession drama a full reading. We examine how both are wrong and the reactions to the mess. We also discuss Brandel’s position that this Match Play event was not advancing the players who played the best golf, as well as the notion that success here means you should be on the team for the Cup events. We also quickly hit on Nick Faldo’s work, a source sending a nugget on some more Bryson match play antics at the Ryder Cup, and the “browning out” of Louis Oosthuizen’s shirt logo. We wrap with a Masters fact of the day and some Sunday scaries.

Apr 01, 2019
Match Play angst, the Bitcoin Boy goes low, and Romo’s amateur status

We begin this Friday edition with a personal story about the hazards of Los Angeles sidewalks. Then we get to the golf and Andy is not happy at all with how convoluted the PGA Tour has made such a simple, beautiful format of the game. We check in on some of the early match play results, lament Bryson’s actions from each of his first two matches, and critique the response to Tiger’s incredible shot from the bushes. Then we head to Puntacana to hail the Bitcoin Boy, aka Charlie Beljan, who returned to the PGA Tour living under par and inside the top 25. Also from Puntacana, we ponder the true amateur status of Tony Romo. In Flashback Friday, we celebrate a tournament that’s now extinct but is highly relevant for our modern moment. Our Masters fact of the day gets into some trademarking practices from the grounds at Augusta National.

Mar 29, 2019
Tiger’s pointed take on equipment, the Euro Tour course so bad it’s good, and more fun with opposite field players’ lists

The Shotgun Start content cup runneth over for this Wednesday edition. We begin with Tiger Woods’ perfect take on how equipment, not talent, has made fields more competitive compared to 10 years ago. We ponder who he might be referring to and who it has hurt most among the elite players. Then we get to the Indian Open at DLF Golf and Country Club, appreciating all the “ambient light,” rock outcroppings, waterfalls, and foam bunker faces that it has to offer. We also run through the tee sheet at the Corales DR event, which takes a lot longer than expected as we marvel at the field make-up of yet another opposite field championship. Eventually, we get to the WGC Match Play, where we make some picks, argue about the current format stinking, and review some of the features of the Austin course. In news, we update on the Reeds, both of them, enlisting David Leadbetter and the nugget that Justine’s swing analysis lined up with the famed instructor. We wrap with a Masters Fact of the Day on a forgotten champion who vehemently argued Augusta National conspired against him in an attempt to prevent him from winning over a favorite son.

Mar 27, 2019
Team Reed gets counsel outside the circle, backboard plays, and Garrigus suspended

Andy and Brendan return from the weekend to dissect the results from the various tours around the world. They begin with the Valspar and Paul Casey’s defense as Dustin Johnson quietly faded. They also address what could possibly be the most useless FedExCup graphic in the history of useless FEC graphics. Then they get to the biggest news of the weekend in Tampa -- Patrick and Justine Reed’s new swing coach. Skipping over to the European Tour, they hit on Scott Hend, the eventual Maybank winner, deliberately punching a shot off the grandstands, the ethics of it, and if we’ll see more of these backboard plays in the future. In news, we address the harsh Robert Garrigus suspension, which somehow diverts into a apoplectic shouting about Jason Gore and a new five-man player relations council at the USGA. Why are five people required for this? We wrap with a Masters Fact of the Day on the origins of the Pinkerton guards being enlisted at Augusta National.

Mar 25, 2019
Spicy Kenny Perry takes, Louisiana Open intel, and Brian Gay facts This is the Friday episode that almost wasn’t. After some scheduling trouble, Andy and Brendan whip around the world of golf quickly to get you to the weekend. We discuss the eclectic l

This is the Friday episode that almost wasn’t. After some scheduling trouble, Andy and Brendan whip around the world of golf quickly to get you to the weekend. We discuss the eclectic leaderboard at the Valspar, which leads to a diversion on Kenny Perry. We also get into the possibility that Pat Reed now stinks. Then we relay some intel we’ve received from a source on the ground at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open, which is now a must-visit event. The learning continues with our Fan Vote Friday Junior segment, where we deliver some fascinating background on Brian Gay and Alex Cejka. If you’re not into learning facts about the Louisiana Open and journeymen PGA Tour pros, then this is not the episode for you. We wrap with a Flashback Friday on yet another instance of Ernie Els breaking Andy’s heart.

Mar 22, 2019
PGA Tour deletes Rahm tapes, the snake motif of the Valspar, and a Chitimacha chat

After some concentrated weeks, the world of golf is spread far and wide again with the LPGA and Web Tours returning to action in the United States. We get into the Chitimacha Louisiana Open to start, pondering the local scene in Broussard, La. and about one day making the trip there. Lee Westwood, the king of the Maybank Championship, is skipping the event and Andy comes close to critiquing his scheduling practices. Then we get into the Valspar, examining some of the journeymen names for our Fan Vote Friday Jr. poll, and even a few that made it onto a truly puzzling ballot for the PGA Tour’s version of Fan Vote Friday. Also on the Valspar, we asses the Copperhead course and its general obsession with the snake motif. Matt Wolff’s win, and Rickie’s on-the-spot trophy presentation, get some love. Then we rant a little bit about the PGA Tour deleting the video of Jon Rahm’s captivating discussion with his caddie in the final round of the Players. Why the Orwellian wiping of the records? We contrast this with some of the other PGA Tour social media posts. We wrap with a Masters fact of the day and some quick picks for the Valspar.

Mar 20, 2019
Shotgun Start: Rory gets the Gold, Rahm’s hopeless hail mary, and Brooks Koepka’s hunger strike

Rory McIlroy wins the game’s “fifth major” but more important, at least for Andy, is his new status as the king of the world atop the FedExCup Standings. We react to Rory’s finish on Sunday at TPC Sawgrass and a manic final round that saw constant leaderboard shuffling. Andy reveals why he was rooting for Jim Furyk, and we give a verdict on the move to March. Then we get into Jon Rahm’s wild decision to go for the green against his caddie’s wishes, a mental mistake that was getting compared to Jean van de Velde’s by the end of Sunday night. After a lengthy Players review, we then get to the Magical Kenya Open, which featured an upstart Italian champion and maybe the new best trophy in golf. We close with a crazy story about Brooks Koepka losing weight and power for some mysterious (but not-so-mysterious) reason.

Mar 18, 2019
It's morning again in America: A Fan Vote Friday triumph at The Players

Andy and Brendan begin this Friday edition with a word of thanks to the greater golf community, from our friends in media to the audience, for coming out and keeping the world safe for democracy. We recall the pins and needles of Friday Jr. as election returns came in, and then the moment of triumph when all your get out the vote efforts came to fruition. We explain why Stenson-Kaymer-Scott beating the heavily favored Spieth-Fowler-Koepka is good for The Players and why it was a demonstration of the internet at its very dumb best. Then we get to the tournament at hand, discussing the pillow soft benign conditions, some early low scores from the two Rorys (Holywood and Bratislava), and the obscene Harold Varner III penalty. We also touch on Tiger’s day and react to Phil’s denial that he was not involved in the college admissions scandal. Flashback Friday focuses on the turmoil of 2011, when highly ranked European stars had a war of words with the Tour and decided to skip The Players. The Masters fact of the day explains how ANGC was a precursor to the jumbotron now ubiquitous at sporting events. And before we sign off, we have a few words about Sergio aiding a marriage proposal and whether it was a false flag setup.

Mar 15, 2019
TPC Target golf, Tiger’s return, and Players picks

This Wednesday episode goes long on the Gold Standard but not without some debate over what gets Andy’s “event of the week.” The Magical Kenya Open makes a strong bid. We review the Fan Vote choices and decide to make an official endorsement for Friday in a bid to upset the best laid plans for the heavy favorites. Then we get into some the comments from Tiger, bad press conference questions, the “brand equity” of the new trophy, and Justin Rose insisting the new March date makes this target golf. Then we embrace debate on the pros and cons of the schedule change, discussing firm and fast vs. increased winds. We discuss our favorite holes at Sawgrass, our favorite Players champions, and our favorite controversy. We recall that time cows grazed on Augusta National in our Masters fact of the day before wrapping with Paulie’s picks and fantasy intel for the richest purse of the season.

Mar 13, 2019
Rory fades and Frankie rises, Gold Standard grievances, and Ernie Els is done with Augusta

We return from the weekend surly and ready to air some grievances. We start with the Sunday leaderboard shuffle at Bay Hill, where Rory sputtered and Francesco Molinari got hot. We lament some of the troubling FedExCup facts crowbarred into the broadcast and Paul Azinger’s contention that it was the biggest moment of Molinari’s career. We also address the matter of the instant contest at Bay Hill being interrupted with players arriving to the range and practicing at TPC Sawgrass, site of the gold standard. We review some of the featured groups for The Players and a couple competitors already calling it the first major of the year. Reports of soft conditions also have Andy hot and bothered as we get into some early Players discussion. Then we marvel at Ernie Els’ refreshingly candid comments about his relationship with Augusta before parting with a Masters fact of the day and some thoughts on the Jacksonville food scene.

Mar 11, 2019
The Players gets a theme song and Eamon Lynch joins from Bay Hill

A punchy Andy and Brendan take you into the weekend with an avalanche of informative segments, some more useful than others. They start with a quick scan of the early action from Bay Hill, where Cam Champ and Andrew Landry, the rules renegade from Wednesday’s episode, posted big numbers. Andy also attempts an impression of Carson Daly, who has popped up in Orlando and hijacked some of the week so far. Then we get to the little matter of The Players theme music and ponder the cost of this project -- was it more or less than a Web Tour purse? Fan Vote Friday Jr. takes us down the winding road of Rod Perry’s North Florida PGA achievements, Viktor Hovland’s bland hobbies, and something called BAW golf.


Eamon Lynch then graces us with his presence and discusses some early storylines from on the ground at Bay Hill, the golf and personal life of Arnold Palmer, the reduction of player access on the PGA Tour, Rory’s current state, and defends the idea of The Players as a major. Eamon is one of the most insightful and quick-witted mouths in golf and this interview corroborated that. Flashback Friday hits on Bubba’s allergies and a fascinating gripe from a former Bay Hill champion (and a call to action to take up his cause). Then we wrap with a Masters fact of the day that focuses on the rules drama from Arnold Palmer’s first green jacket that would have caused golf Twitter to self-destruct in modern times.

Mar 08, 2019
Decoding Tiger’s WD, Détente in the USGA v. PGA Tour, and Bay Hill picks

Andy and Brendan begin this Wednesday episode with a preview of the schedule of the week and the event of the week. This leads to a diversion on the use of Champions Tour sponsor’s exemptions. Then they get to the biggest news of the week -- Tiger Woods’ withdrawal from the Arnold Palmer Invitational. They attempt to piece together a timeline for what happened and why he played Mexico at all, while dodging the press the last two days there. Then we update the Justin Thomas vs. USGA contretemps with the latest statements from both the PGA Tour and USGA. It would appear there is a momentary hold on the conflict but that doesn’t stop us from reviewing some of the truly idiotic player statements positing for a separate set of PGA Tour rules. Then we narrow the ballot for Fan Vote Friday Jr. nominees before wrapping with some Masters facts of the day and Paulie’s picks for API.

Mar 06, 2019
Judging the USGA vs. PGA Tour fight, reactions to wild Honda weekend, and Seminole Pro-Member

We return from the weekend ready to discuss the Honda Classic, which, despite the weakened field, managed to entertain us as much as any final round this season. We get into the Keith Mitchell story and why his win makes the PGA Tour great. We also hit on Brooksy’s close call, Rickie’s macho finish, and Vijay turning back the clock. Then we get into a lengthy discussion on the USGA vs. Justin Thomas, and really the PGA Tour at large. We try to sort out the timeline and analyze a complicated issue, picking where both sides are wrong and where they might have a point. We go down a path that has us falling more on the side of the USGA and concluding that JT may be a little whiny. In the Masters “Fact of the Day” segment, we get into some of the origins of Augusta National during the 1930s building phase of the course. Finally, we wrap with a call to action for a friend and some quick thoughts on the tee sheet at the Seminole Pro-Member.

Mar 04, 2019
A hilarious Honda DQ, musings on the US bear population, and Fan Vote madness

Brendan and Andy take you into the weekend with a check-in from early action at the Honda, where Andy’s hero Ernie Els has come to dance. They discuss Alex Cejka’s amusing DQ for using a non-conforming greens book that was also obsolete. Rickie’s “dump drop” gets a grade. Given the Bear Trap setting this week, there is an extremely naive digression on the bear population of the United States. They praise Brooks Koepka’s acknowledgement that he’s stopped being polite and started getting real. The winners of the first ever Fan Vote Friday Junior -- Bud Cauley, Shawn Stefani, and Morgan Hoffmann -- are given some love, even if it comes at the expense of Stefani’s published “bucket list.” A new segment on the Masters fact of the day focuses on Augusta National’s Clifford Roberts and where he left his fortune after his death. We wrap with Flashback Fridays on the Boy from Bratislava, Rory’s wisdom teeth, and Shane Lowry’s foul mouth.

Mar 01, 2019
The Honda takes a hit, prescriptions for a new Florida swing, and Fan Vote Friday Junior

Brendan and Andy run through the weekly schedule to begin this Wednesday episode and learn about the Greg Norman course hosting the Oman Open and the Dump-in-a-Box Classic in the process. After running through the featured groups for the Honda, they get to the primary discussion topic of the week -- the diminished field at PGA National. They review how low the strength of field has dipped, why it went that way, and prescriptions for what is an incredibly cramped five-week stretch running into the Gold Standard. In news, they hit on Tiger blowing off his usual chat with the press two straight days to opt for his sit-down with State Run Media. Then they get to some more big commitments for Bay Hill, the Open locking in another future site, and Marty Sleeps taking a dramatically different tone than Mike Davis on the rules changes. The inaugural Shotgun Start Fan Vote Friday Junior nominees are announced and the ballot is trimmed to four options. They wrap with Paulie’s Picks for the Honda.

Feb 27, 2019
DJ gets it done in Mexico, absurd drop penalties, and disruption to the way of #JupLife

We return from the weekend worse for the wear but ready to praise Dustin Johnson, now a 20-time winner on the PGA Tour. We review DJ’s style of play and how it worked to dominate at Chapultepec, the company he joins in the 20-win club, and if those lofty achievements set against his major record make his career a disappointment in a way. We also hit on Rory’s continued run of top 5s and Brandel’s pointed critique that Tiger played in a conservative way that he had to know could not get him a win. Then Andy gets all worked up about the embarrassing penalty on Rickie Fowler’s shoulder-height drop. Bryson’s hollow Twitter apology gets an assessment and we ponder if enraged needless course damage should be a DQ. In further rules drama, we also discuss the LPGA backstopping controversy and whether that rises to the level using the word “cheating.” Andy provides an important update on the bottom of the Puerto Rico leaderboard before we wrap with news, which includes the disturbance to #JupLife that busted Bob Kraft. Finally, we end with an announcement on a new Shotgun Start Fan Vote initiative.

Feb 25, 2019
Rory goes low in Mexico, more Bryson vandalism, and future U.S. Amateur sites

It’s Friday and after a diversion discussing the career achievements of Daniel Chopra and the use of exclamation points in emails, Brendan and Andy get to the matters at hand in Mexico. They discuss Rory McIlroy’s opening 63, his current run of contention, and whether or not he has to win to validate anything. They also discuss the drivable par-4s on the Chapultepec setup, Tiger’s opening round, and another Bryson temper tantrum that led to more course damage just a week after he took a chunk out of a Riviera bunker edge. The occasion of Zion Williamson’s high-profile shoe blowout also has them trying to recall some of the most notorious equipment failures in golf. Then they get to the news of future U.S. Amateur sites, some wrinkles from the Steve Stricker Ryder Cup announcement, and Tiger’s decision to skip the Honda Classic. We wrap with Flashback Friday on some beefs from old WGC Doral days that included Sergio vs. Brandel and Poulter vs. Hideki as well as Michael Bradley’s Puerto Rico Open dominance.

Feb 22, 2019
WGC season begins, mysteries of the Puerto Rico Open field, and Skipper Stricker

The first WGC of 2019 is here and the field, as you’d expect, is loaded in Mexico City. So naturally, we lead off with a list of pressing and amusing questions about the field at the Puerto Rico Open, where a cadre of Champions Tour talents and unknowns will populate Coco Beach. Then we move to the WGC Mexico Championship and discuss the Chapultepec course, featured groups, Fan Vote options, and Trackman making adjusting to altitude a lost skill. In news, we salute the new shorts rule, review the expected announcement that Steve Stricker will be the next USA Ryder Cup captain, and react to Tony Romo’s exemption at the Byron Nelson. We wrap with some intel from Paulie with picks for both Puerto Rico and WGC Mexico.

Feb 20, 2019
The Plumb-Bob Prince wins at Riv, Tiger shows signs of life, and Spieth ejects

Andy and Brendan return to discuss all things Genesis Open, but first get to shoutouts and just credit for Ryan Fox, Nelly Korda, and Mark Hubbard on their big wins Sunday. Then we get to the matter of J.B. Holmes, who made more news for his pace of play at Riviera than his victory over Justin Thomas. We discuss the slow play pandemic, what could actually force change, where JB falls on the spectrum of offenders (he’s the worst), and the ultimate nightmare slow-play foursome. The “season of championships” is now officially a thing, with graphics weaved into the broadcast, so we address that. We also discuss Tiger’s charge and future prospects as well as Jordan Spieth’s big implosion that led to his worst PGA Tour round. Andy gets angry about the Genesis Open’s new elevated status sweeping aside the event’s illustrious history. Then we wrap with a news segment on Matt Kuchar trying to make good with El Tucan, Bryson’s enraged vandalism of a Riviera bunker, and the architect of the “Live Under Par” campaign leaving the PGA Tour.

Feb 18, 2019
Kuchar speaks and makes it worse, Phil’s anti-Players stance, and Bubba’s acting career

We lead off the show marveling at the tredecuple bogey 17 made by Ben DeArmond on the Web Tour and commend him for his response to the implosion. Then we move to the Genesis Open, where we lament the decision to wipe out scores and also make it hard to watch in primetime. Andy delights in Phil Mickelson’s decision to lead the #resistance against The Players “First Major” campaign. Brendan applauds Adam Scott saying the the game is becoming a “laughingstock” from the new rules and dismisses Sergio’s hollow apology. Matt Kuchar’s quotes are given a review, and it’s not particularly kind on Mr. Kuchar or his agent’s ability to manage PR crises. Then we get to some fantastic lines from Bubba Watson, who says he’d quit golf to be an actor while also saying he’d be bad at it. We end with some amusing and memory-jogging flashback Fridays from L.A. Opens past.

Feb 15, 2019
Boarding the Riviera hype train, Phil and Sergio apologize, and Kuchar’s big mess

The best event on the PGA Tour schedule gives Andy and Brendan the occasion to swoon about Riviera and the field for the Genesis Open. They re-hash their experience walking inside the ropes last year at the Genesis and Andy breaks down some of the best holes and features of this top venue. Then they review some of the featured groups for this week, giving Andy the opportunity to question Cam Champ’s profile alongside some of the more established stars and Hall-of-Famers. A news segment (that becomes a debate) focuses on the report from Michael Bamberger confirming the paltry sum Matt Kuchar paid to his local caddie, El Tucan, after winning $1.3 million at Mayakoba. They also hit on Sergio re-emerging to public life with an apology before wrapping with the weekly Paulie’s Picks segment from @FriedEggPaulie.

Feb 13, 2019
The Mickelson v. Casey sundown staring contest and the “Season of Championships”

We return from the weekend without a winner at Pebble Beach but with plenty of drama to discuss from the sundown debate between Phil Mickelson and Paul Casey. We get into Mickelson’s unbridled attempt to keep playing deep into the darkness, Casey standing his ground, Mark Russell and Jay Monahan mediating, Jim Nantz and Clint Eastwood presiding, and the fantastic TV it made after what had been a rough watch all afternoon. Andy also digs his heels in on his ProTracer panning and the Tour’s Dru Love problem. Brendan applauds Scott Stallings’ fantastic interview about his health, which gives Andy the occasion to drop some explosive intel from on the ground in Jupiter about a Joey D workout client. Then we react to golf’s new “Season of Championships” that, per Jay Monahan, begins next month at The Players. We finish with some troubling quotes on Gary Nicklaus’ PGA Tour Champions debut.

Feb 11, 2019
A nuclear take on ProTracer, Fan vote apathy, and naming the new gold Players trophy

Andy and Brendan close out the week with some quick reactions to the play at Pebble and the Vic Open. They review Phil’s improved accuracy, Hosung’s struggles, and Ted Potter’s complete implosion. Then they discuss the idea of Dru Love as “America’s Guest” (hat tip Lou Brown) and Andy puts it on him to find another Tour to train as a professional. They reveal their disappointment at the widespread, almost incomprehensible voter apathy for “Fan Vote Friday.” They dismiss the alleged tee box inequities scandal between the Euro Tour and LPGA Tour competitions at the Vic Open. A news segment covers the new Players trophy and tries to come up with a name for the gold fella, while Andy gets confused and angry around the promotional wording of it. They close with a Flashback Friday on Gene Littler and that time some sand vandals ruined CBS’ blimp shot of Pebble Beach.

Feb 08, 2019
The Vic Open experiment, Brooks calls out Sergio, and Pebble Beach picks

We’ve calmed down a bit from Monday’s Sergio rantings and ravings to assess the new week of events across the globe. We begin with the Vic Open, a concurrent European Tour and LPGA Tour event with alternating tee times on the same courses and for the same size purses. Andy highlights the best way this unique event could be broadcast and showcased. Then we move to Pebble Beach, where we celebrate Ted Potter Jr. getting a press conference and lament the mainstreaming of Hosung, while staying happy to see him on the main stage. We also ponder some of he worst celebrities you could get paired with at Pebble. In news, we revel in the big story of the day -- Brooks Koepka saying Sergio’s actions were that of a “child” and disrespectful to the rest of the field. We wrap with Paulie’s picks for Pebble Beach and some late breaking news on Fan Vote Friday!

Feb 06, 2019
Rickie hangs on, Sergio snaps in Saudi Arabia, and another rules fiasco

Brendan and Andy return from the weekend and the content bounty is plentiful. They react first to Rickie Fowler’s win at the Phoenix Open, where he hung on during a day of ugly play all over the course. They assess what it might mean for the future and whether his underwhelming play on Sunday does anything to bury the narrative that he has trouble closing. Then they get to Sergio Garcia’s shameful weekend in Saudi Arabia, where he damaged at least five greens during a temper tantrum unprecedented at the highest pro level. They discuss what the punishment should be for Sergio and why the tapes and story have been buried. Other topics hit are Pat Reed’s bizarre honorary lifetime membership from the European Tour, the alignment rule fiasco and the rescinding of Denny McCarthy’s penalty, and Johnny Miller’s farewell broadcast.

Feb 04, 2019
Matt Wolff’s big debut, Bryson’s Saudi propaganda, and Augusta’s new 5th hole

Following Thursday’s interview with legendary caddie Andy Martinez that served as Johnny Miller send-off homage, Brendan and Andy close out the week discussing the early action from Phoenix and Saudi Arabia. In Phoenix, they hit on Matthew Wolff stealing the show for the golf nut crowd. They ponder Wolff’s ceiling and how he’s the start of a new way elite prospects are recruited and prepped for the big leagues. They also spend time lamenting another blowout Fan Vote Friday. Then they swing over to Saudi Arabia for a segment of scorn directed at Bryson DeChambeau, who came off as a dunce lauding the beauty of Saudi Arabia and the “grow the game” potential of this event. The lengthening of Augusta’s 5th hole gets a cursory review before they close with a Flashback Friday focused on some ignominious moments from Tiger and Bubba at TPC Scottsdale.

Feb 01, 2019
A Johnny Miller homage: Hall of Fame caddie Andy Martinez discusses his time with Johnny

We go off schedule for this Shotgun Start special edition, a Friday Jr. treat. Johnny Miller’s last broadcast this week at the Phoenix Open is the public end of a Hall of Fame career in golf, both as a player and broadcaster. With that occasion, we brought on Andy Martinez, a Hall of Fame caddie and legend in his own right, to discuss his time as Johnny’s looper. Martinez caddied for almost 50 years around the globe and for eight different winners on the PGA Tour. He worked for Johnny during the peak of Miller’s powers in the 1970s and is loaded with anecdotes and stories about Johnny’s career and the pro game across multiple eras. He discusses his first ever encounter with Johnny, what it was like to be on the bag for a Johnny heater, why Johnny never won a Masters, and how the game has changed for better or worse over the decades. Thanks again to Andy Martinez for his time and regaling us with so many incredible first-hand stories.

Jan 31, 2019
Brooksy rages against slow play, Saudi International critiques, and Phoenix Open picks

We run through the schedule on this Wednesday edition, spotlighting the PGA Tour’s annual stop in Phoenix and the Euro Tour’s inaugural stop in Saudi Arabia. In keeping with tradition, neither of these make the cut for Andy’s “event of the week.” For Phoenix, we discuss Matt Wolff’s debut, the TPC Scottsdale finish, and laugh about those odd PXG ads that emerged. For Saudi Arabia, the tone is a bit more serious and somber as we discuss the players’ decisions to patronize and the Euro Tour’s decision to even hold an event in a country with such a horrible human rights record. In news, we champion Brooks Koepka’s fiery quotes about his peers inability to keep pace, discuss the new distance report from the USGA and R&A, and some schedule choices from high-profile players. We cap it off with Paulie’s pick for an overwhelming favorite for any one-and-done pools as well as some preferred player types for Phoenix.

Jan 30, 2019
Rose runs away, a Reed-Spieth hug, Haotong gets hit, and the worst of the PGA Show

We return from the weekend to discuss Justin Rose’s dominant win at Torrey Pines and Bryson DeChambeau’s dominant win in Dubai. Andy argues that Rose’s win confirms his belief that clubs don’t matter. Also from the Farmers, we review Tiger’s impressive week, the theatrics of the Reed-Spieth hug, and the aspirational vibe of Adam Scott. Then we swing out to Dubai, where Andy has some strong feelings on pace-of-play enforcement when it comes to Bryson. We also get worked up about the egregious Haotong Li penalty. After results, we run through the reader submissions of some of the useless, inane, and amusing products from the PGA Merchandise show. We wrap up with a whiparound news segment on the The Players (aka The First Major) re-taking the game’s richest purse throne, Steve Wheatcroft’s tweet on Tour travel price-gouging, and former-reinstated-amateur-turned-pro-again Gary Nicklaus doing damage on Andy’s beloved the Minor League Golf Tour.

Jan 28, 2019
Tiger is back, Westy is re-born, and Alan Shipnuck regales with stories from a life of golf writing

Golf Magazine Senior Writer Alan Shipnuck joins Brendan and Andy on this Friday edition. Alan was generous with his time as we discussed two of his incredible 2019 stories on José de Jesús Rodríguez and the murder of Celia Barquín Arozamena. We get into the process of how he crafted both pieces and the reception of each. Then we freelance on Tiger and his prospects for 2019, Andy’s obsession with the Ernie vs. Phil debate, and stories from his life in golf writing, including a Masters when Billy Payne chased him out of Augusta National. Before the interview with Alan, we do our usual Friday roundup, hitting on some amusing inanities from the Farmers, Tiger’s first round of 2019, Lee Westwood’s change in attitude, and Rory McIlroy’s comments on Hosung Choi. This Friday episode runs longer than normal but we think it will be worth the time.

Jan 25, 2019
Tiger makes his 2019 debut, the Tour’s Corey Conners problem, and Torrey picks

The new golf season steps up a level this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, where Tiger Woods will make his 2019 debut. The field is absolutely loaded at Torrey Pines and despite Andy’s objections to the course, it’s a strong contender for “event of the week.” We discuss the prospects for Tiger’s 2019, some curious prop bets, and the tough choices he’s going to have to make about what events to play on a condensed schedule. We also discuss the watered down Dubai Desert Classic, the Web Tour finish, and the “Pro Golf Tour’s” Red Sea Ain Sokhna Classic. Brendan rants about the needless gizmos at the PGA Show and Andy rants about the Corey Conners problem that the PGA Tour has right now -- it’s worth a rant and completely objectionable. Finally, we get to Paulie’s Picks for some fantasy and one-and-done insight on the Farmers.

Jan 23, 2019
Long outlasts Lefty and “The First Major” campaign gets a notable advocate

It may be a day off for most of the USA but the Shotgun Start is here to review the entire weekend of golf from across the globe. After watching Pat Mahomes put on ice and not even get a chance to touch the ball in OT, we discuss one of the worst tiebreaker formats in golf. Then we get to Adam Long’s big finish at the Desert Classic and Phil Mickelson’s big week trying to “crush drivers.” We discuss what that philosophy might mean for the rest of his year. Then we hit on the Euro Tour results with more questions about the validity of the Rolex Series, the Singapore Open and Dru Love’s strong finish that might just shut us up, and a stud prospect getting a Masters berth at the Latin America Amateur. We wrap with Brandel Chamblee advocating not for the usual four-major system but what he called “The Big 5 Events” and what this support means for Andy’s theory that the PGA Tour is slowly trying to brainwash us into accepting a First Major campaign.

Jan 21, 2019
Phil knocks off the “rust,” a Latin America Am story, and a PGA West Flashback Friday

Brendan and Andy close out the week with a review of all the golf from across the globe. They cover Phil Mickelson’s 2019 debut and some of the fascinating less heralded stories on the Desert Classic leaderboard. Then they whip around from Westy’s work in Abu Dhabi to the Singapore Open and back to the LPGA’s celebrity event in Orlando. Andy goes into the archives for a Flashback Friday on the debut of PGA West at the 1987 Bob Hope and the revolt of angry players against the Pete Dye design. Brendan then relays a story from a listener and former Latin America Amateur contestant from the United States who became a Dominican citizen over one weekend to get into the field. They also discuss the latest from Matt Kuchar’s tipping travesty and comments from Fred Ridley on the how the Masters plans to operate within the new rules.

Jan 18, 2019
Hosung comes to Carmel, Latin America Am intel, and Desert Classic picks

There is almost too much to discuss on this Wednesday edition, with seven televised events coming this week. But first Brendan and Andy react to the news that Hosung Choi will make his PGA Tour debut at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in a few weeks. Then they cover different entertaining tidbits from the PGA Tour to the LPGA to Abu Dhabi to Singapore and everything in between in this jam-packed week. Andy relays intel from the Latin America Amateur Championship while Brendan relives a harrowing confrontation with Larry the Cable Guy, who is back in the field at this week’s Diamond Resorts Invitational. Then we are joined by @FriedEggPaulie for some fantasy intel and one-and-done picks for this week’s Desert Classic on the PGA Tour.

Jan 16, 2019
Matt Kuchar’s wild weekend and Jay Rigdon on golf’s TV coverage

Andy and Brendan are both finally settled at home and ready to review a weekend of perfectly normal news from the PGA Tour. They discuss Matt Kuchar’s win at the Sony Open, where he falls in the always evolving “best never to win a major” list, and a few other takeaways from the leaderboard. Then they get to bigger news that engulfed Kuchar over the weekend, with rumors that he stiffed his local caddie with just $3k from a $1.3 million winner’s payout at the Mayakoba Classic. Are Tom Gillis and Kip Henley golf’s version of Woodward & Bernstein? Is this fake news? If true, how shitty of a move was it? They also discuss the collapse of Stephen Curry’s event in the Bay Area. Then they get to Jay Rigdon of Awful Announcing for an interview on how the broadcasts of golf have improved, where they’re still lacking, dream and nightmare broadcast teams, and what he’d like to see change in 2019. Follow Jay on Twitter @JayRigdon5.

Jan 14, 2019
Spieth’s Sony struggles, more ‘Players as 1st major’ conspiracies, and Flashback Friday

After a WiFi emergency challenges Andy’s sanity, a Friday edition does miraculously make it to the light of day. Brendan and Andy immediately go on a lengthy digression about the OWGR committee reviewing whether the new staggered start Tour Championship should be eligible for world ranking points. That digression then leads to another about the WGCs following Adam Scott’s comments that he might skip them all, which then leads to more on the conspiracy about The Players trying become the “First Major.” On the Sony, they discuss some questionable grandstand placement, the new 18th green, Shugo’s big day, and Spieth’s poor day. They finish with a Flashback Friday that Andy uses as an excuse to argue yet another case for his favorite player while Brendan recalls one of the all-time awkward interviews in PGA Tour history.

Jan 11, 2019
Andy’s ace and a reply to his pants haters, Captain Paddy, and Rob Allenby Open picks

The typical Wednesday format is cast aside as a fired up Andy joins while on his way to night of merriment after making a hole-in-one. We discuss the circumstances around his ace and his questionable pants in the tweeted video of the shot that had the haters responding in full force. Then we set aside the personal tales and get back to pro golf, covering the news of Shotgun Start favorite Shugo Imahira’s special exemption into the 2019 Masters. We review the expected announcement of Padraig Harrington taking the reins of the European Ryder Cup team. We finish with a discussion of the Sony Open, hitting on the strengths of Waialae, Jordan Spieth expectations, and the Tour chickening out by putting Pat Reed a group ahead of Spieth and not with him.

Jan 09, 2019
The X-man gets a chase-down W, more fun with the new rules, and the Lucy Li controversy

We have a new No.1 in the FedExCup standings! Andy and Brendan discuss Xander Schauffele’s incredible Sunday 62 to win the Tournament of Champions. They get into the X-man’s future prospects after another win puts him atop the FEC. They also address Gary Woodland’s impressive week and Rory’s unimpressive Sunday flop. Then we get to a further review of the new rules in action, including Bryson DeChambeau’s struggle to comprehend the new drop height. After watching the rules officials loosen up a bit and wear Hawaiian shirts, Andy hypothesizes about placing “undercover plain clothesed” rules officials in the crowd. They end with a discussion on Lucy Li’s amateur status controversy after it came out that she starred in an Apple Watch commercial.

Jan 07, 2019
Bryson’s pin to win, Golf Channel tweaks, Gainzzz and reactions to a delightful opener

The Shotgun Start was created to go deep on all the amusing quirks and inanities that made the PGA Tour’s opening night at the Sentry Tournament of Champions so entertaining. We’re not overstating it when we say it was fantastic from start to finish. There was Bryson putting with the pin in, Gainzz going low, and a near catastrophe in the first ever in-round interview on the PGA Tour. We also discuss a bombshell of a listener question on the new rules that could render this entire season fraudulent. We also go over the disturbing evidence from the first round that promptly supported Andy’s crackpot theory from Wednesday that the PGA Tour is going to try and make The Players the “first major.” We conclude with a quick news roundup on Pat Reed’s champions dinner, Mike Davis stepping down, and a Flashback Friday to a year when Kapalua wreaked havoc on the leaderboard.

Jan 04, 2019
New year, new takes: Resolutions we’d like some golfers to consider, 2019 predictions, and Kapalua picks

It’s a New Year and the Shotgun Start is back after a brief (one episode!) hiatus. Andy and Brendan discuss the Tournament of Champions and how it holds a special place for them as the annual opener. Then they offer some picks for the 2019 majors, a couple awards, and mix in a few possibly insane/extreme longshot predictions. Andy also has a list of some New Year’s resolutions he’d like to see from different golfers and people associated with the game. We wrap with the return of Paulie’s Picks, as Paulie joins with some intel on Kapalua and a few names to tab for the ToC.

Jan 02, 2019
The Match gets renewed and Adam Sarson discusses his 2018 Year in Review

Andy and Brendan return from a holiday break to catch up on a week of golf news. That doesn’t take long, as they hit on reports that Tiger and Phil are in for two more matches, Tiger is out for Kapalua, and Francesco Molinari’s announcement that he may not play on the European Tour until The Open. Then we get to an interview with Adam Sarson, whose year-in-review series has achieved somewhat of legend status on the golf corner of the internet. We get into Sarson’s process for the 2018 list, any challenges he had in whittling it down and then ordering it, and a few predictions for the 2019 list.

Dec 28, 2018
A Holiday AMA free-for-all

The Shotgun Start put the call out for questions for a rapid-fire AMA experiment and you all responded with a potpourri of incisive golf prompts and random topics. In keeping with the intent of an AMA, we try to go through every single question you had for us and answer as best we can on the fly. The topics range from changes we’d make to the PGA Tour to thoughts on golf media to course design to PGA Tour pros we’d most want to play in basketball. At times, it may go off the rails but we appreciate your feedback and questions.

Dec 26, 2018
Memorializing a year on the PGA Tour, Part IV: The PGA and the Playoffs

We finish out the week with a few comments on the news of architect Keith Foster’s guilty plea to a federal crime with up to five years in prison. Then, prompted by an “event of the week” tip after our call for audience submissions, they get to an enlightening and amusing discussion on the the Minor League Golf Tour and its bedrock JupLife principles. After that quick news, we’re back to Part IV of the 2018 PGA Tour Memorial, finishing with the home stretch of the PGA Championship and the Playoffs. The season’s final major gets a fine tooth comb and we cover shanked wedges, maddening TV moves, DJ drama, and a certain Masters champion’s visit to Fenway Park.

Dec 21, 2018
Memorializing a year on the PGA Tour, Part III: The Open and open season for cheating

We lied! Our little game of back-and-forth revisiting the big moments and forgotten absurdities on the PGA Tour will *not* be three parts. We got carried away having fun doing part three, which came in at almost two hours. So much like a Ryder Cup captain in distress, we called an audible and will split it up into four total parts. Part 3 ranges from the Travelers up to the PGA Championship. We cover a spate of cheating controversies, John Peterson retirements, Military Tributes, oddball fields at opposite events, the summer of Tiger, and one of the great Sundays in major championship history. Stay tuned for part 4 later this week, when we wrap up with a deep dive on glory’s last shot and the playoffs.

Dec 19, 2018
Memorializing a year on the PGA Tour, Part II: The Masters and the U.S. Open

Andy and Brendan return with a weekend results update and react to the controversy engulfing the outcome at the PNC Father-Son Challenge. Then they move onto part two of their PGA Tour season review, going blow-by-blow starting with the Masters and ending with that crazy weekend at the U.S. Open. You’ll get a memory jog on some results, but more importantly, a recap of all the entertaining sideshows that made this year so fun. From angry Angela Garcia to bird strikes to JDay health maladies to Holly Sonders Freudian slips, they attempt to unearth the most enjoyable forgotten moments in part 2 before putting a bow on the entire summer with part 3 on Wednesday.

Dec 17, 2018
Memorializing a year on the PGA Tour, Part I: Amusing and sometimes useless facts

As part of an end-of-year series, Brendan and Andy run through the first quarter of the PGA Tour schedule to review key moments, controversies, and plenty of amusing ephemera you probably forgot. As you can guess, this is not meant to be a cut-and-dry recap of what happened, but rather a tribute to the many oddities and silly dramas that are often forgotten by the end of an interminable season. They alternate events, with one host armed with some research while the other trying to recall or guess cold on what transpired, starting from the top at Kapalua.

Dec 14, 2018
Brooks Koepka starts getting real on Twitter and golf in a South African bestiary

With just three events this week, one of which Andy vehemently proclaims “doesn’t count,” we look to the ends of the earth for the distinguished “event of the week” honor. This leads to longer-than-expected but delightful discussions on the Dunhill Championship and the Indonesian Masters, aka the Westy Invitational on the Asian Tour. For the Dunhill in South Africa, we review Gary Player’s Leopard Creek redesign, with a spotlight on some of its curious finishing holes and what the content makers at the PGA Tour would do with all the animals that roam near its grounds. We also examine the purse size and field makeup of the Indonesian event. Andy makes a plea for no John Daly Jr. coverage at the Father-Son. We then discuss Brooks Koepka taking umbrage with an arbitrary end-of-year list and how that relates to an interesting Golfweek article on players working with the PGA Tour to try to grow their brands on social media (we argue to stop taking the Tour’s suggestions as gospel and just be authentic, among other things).

Dec 12, 2018
The Mattress King re-takes the throne, Q-School review, and a shocking breakup

Brendan and Andy return from the weekend to discuss King Louis’ win in South Africa, as well as the Open qualifiers that punched their tickets to Portrush. They then transition to the QBE Shootout for a quick analysis on some of the scoring yielded by those different formats. If the Tour really wants to Live Under Par, should they put more scramble formats on the schedule? A lengthy discussion on Web Q-School focuses on the studs that made it, some that didn’t, super-low scores on an apathetic layout, and outrage over the lack of coverage during a slow time of the year. Finally, they wrap with a news segment that focuses on Steph Curry’s event likely going to Lake Merced and the Damon Green-ZJ breakup that shook the golf world to its core over the weekend. They speculate on some cryptic quotes from ZJ that may have led to the separation.

Dec 10, 2018
The worst golf club names of all time and Shark Shootout formats, teams we’d like to see

Almost no one watches the QBE Shootout, but it’s an event with a solid foundational concept and some good formats! Brendan and Andy review the 3 separate formats for the 3 separate days and ponder other two-person teams that could pump more life into a weekend that’s sans college football. They dive in on Q-School developments, which provokes a fun/agonizing Flashback Friday from Andy. Brendan opts to flashback to one of the oddest couples to ever play the Shark Shootout as well as Bryson’s face-on putting experiment at the Shootout (and subsequent freakout on the USGA when his club was ruled non-conforming). Finally, with manufacturers starting to tease and announce their new wares for 2019, they recall and laugh at some of the worst-named clubs of all time.

Dec 07, 2018
PGA gets in bed with Big Tex and the new Tour “feeder system” for college players

It’s a light week for golf on TV but the content gods always provide for the Shotgun Start podcast. Andy and Brendan discuss the report that Tiger Woods may get his own Monster drink and he may now also have a new Presidents Cup assistant captain if one oddball star’s pleas are answered. They then explore the idea of the Tour providing a system that gives NCAA stars access to more playing opportunities. Andy explains what this embrace of the youth movement says about the state of the game. Then they move to the PGA of America announcement that they’re headed to Texas as part of a mega-development that is being called the “Silicon Valley of golf.” They offer a skeptical critique of the lengthy release outlining these plans. Finally, they wrap with a discussion of the South African Open in Joburg, where three spots for the British Open are up for grabs. Is this the best way to qualify for the world’s major championship?

Dec 05, 2018
Rahm wins motorbike world challenge, Tiger double-hit drama, and Reed pops off again

Brendan returns from the most magical place on Earth to catch up with Andy and discuss an eventful weekend at the Hero World Challenge. They review Jon Rahm’s win and ponder who from the under-30 set and the Euro set will win more in the coming years. An Andy divergence on Henrik Stenson goes down the path to providing a valuable history lesson on Calvin Peete. They examine the Tiger double-hit penalty exoneration from late Friday afternoon that had the golf world frenzied. Back from the fantasyland of Disney, Brendan provides his breakdown of Pat Reed’s continued fantasy world assessment of the U.S. Ryder Cup experience. They wrap with some Sunday scaries and the best thing from the weekend before providing a few details on December plans for the Shotgun Start.

Dec 03, 2018
Hideki and his hero, Rickie hitting 30 and Cam Champ and the rooks

The PGA Tour's Sean Martin joins the podcast in place of Brendan who is still in Disneyworld. A pair of Patricks sit a top the leaderboard but the story comes from the bottom with Hideki and his boyhood hero teeing off first. Sean spits some stats about the importance of Strokes Gained: off the tee and Andy debates consistency vs winning.

Nov 30, 2018
We ride into the Hero with Kyle Porter

Brendan is on "vacation" with his kids in Disneyworld so CBS Sports' Kyle Porter joins the podcast to ride into the Hero. Andy and Kyle talk about the the ongoing fallout from The Match and the paywall gaff. Kyle reminises about how far Tiger has come since last year. Of course, Andy dives into the whereabouts of Hosung Choi's start this week. The conversation wraps up with a discussion on Oklahoma State golf and the bright future of Matthew Wolff. Listen to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or Spotify.

Nov 28, 2018
The reign of Hosung begins and reactions to The Match and World Cup

It’s another victory Monday on the Shotgun Start, and perhaps, it’s the sweetest one yet. The legend Hosung Choi gets the win, going for it all on the 18th hole of the Casio World Open to convert on the Japan Tour. Andy reacts to this historic moment in the game, and we wonder about what it might mean for the future. Then we spend time reviewing the good, bad, and ugly from The Match. We cover what worked, what didn’t, what we’d like to see next ... and if you’re the Bleacher Report tech guy responsible for the PPV mishap, do you even go into work on Monday? Finally, we check in on the results of our first annual World Cup of Golf draft.

Nov 26, 2018
Turner Golf producer Matt Kane discusses The Match

It’s Thanksgiving Friday! The Match is nigh and Brendan and Andy hop on to discuss their expectations for the experiment while also running through some prop bets. A Flashback Friday segment recalls their two favorite matches of recent years. Then Matt Kane, who has worked in golf production for Turner for 20 years and is working The Match, joins us for a fascinating (and evergreen if you’re traveling over the weekend post-Match) chat on the challenges and opportunities of broadcasting this event. He also discusses a particularly proud moment from his production career that happened with bunker-gate and DJ at the Whistling Straits PGA.

Nov 23, 2018
A World Cup draft and Shane Bacon discusses The Match and his role in the broadcast

Before we get to the biggest bar night of the year, Andy and Brendan settle in to preview Tiger v. Phil and the World Cup of Golf. The two praise the World Cup format and hope for a better future with more hype and attention on the event. They hold the inaugural Shotgun Start World Cup of Golf draft to make things more interesting while watching the primetime golf from Australia. Then TV superstar Shane Bacon joins to discuss The Match and his role as a reporter in the unique broadcast of the pay-per-view event on Friday. We get into his preferred spots in Vegas, what he wants to do with Charles Barkley while they’re out there, and what he expects from Tiger and Phil at Shadow Creek.

Nov 21, 2018
Honest Abe delivers while CH3 climbs the courier service rankings mountaintop

Andy and Brendan start the short holiday week with a review of all that happened over the weekend, from Australia to Sea Island to the gluttonously named PGA assistant professional champion. Abraham Ancer’s dominance in Australia has Andy almost as giddy as last Monday after Westy’s win. Then we pivot stateside and give Charles Howell III --- that’s NEW FedExCup Standings No. 1 Charles Howell III --  lots of love for his playoff win at the RSM Classic. We also discuss Danny Willett’s drought-ending W in Dubai, where Pat Reed couldn’t keep pace. We end with a review of the best things we saw from the weekend tangentially related to golf.

Nov 19, 2018
More Match details, Dunlop Phoenix intel, and an Andy rant on amateur status

It’s Friday! Brendan and Andy react to the announcement of The Match’s broadcast team, which will feature notable golf heavyweights Samuel L. Jackson and Charles Barkley. Brendan gives short review of the 24/7 show and what it did or did not reveal about what we may see in Vegas. Then we run through some early action from around the globe, marvel at the consistency and longevity of CH3 and DL3, and discuss some fascinating intel from our Japanese source about the Dunlop Phoenix setup. Before we close with Flashback Friday, Andy gets off a rant about John Peterson announcing the USGA said he’ll get his amateur status back in four years. Here’s hoping a Peterson v. Johnson match is in our future at the Mid-Am.

Nov 16, 2018
Fixing the Australian Open, Rory doesn’t hold back, and RSM picks with Paulie

Andy is still riled up as this Wednesday episode navigates the busy golf schedule from around the globe. Brendan begins with his argument questioning the existence and need for the RSM Classic. Then they both discuss Geoff Ogilvy’s article on the fall of the Australian Open, and suggest a few ways the event could return to the prestige it deserves. A review ensues of several candid Rory McIlroy comments that took aim at the Tiger-Phil match, the Euro Tour’s strength, and even maybe his equipment sponsor. Brendan discloses some unnerving details about the Dunlop Phoenix venue before Paulie joins with a few picks and some intel for the RSM.

Nov 14, 2018
Boom times return to Westwood Island

There’s nothing but sunshine and rainbows on Westwood Island and Andy has never been happier or better positioned in the real estate market. We break down Lee Westwood ending a four-year winless drought on the European Tour after his inspiring Sunday charge at the Nedbank in South Africa. Then we cover a similar comeback story on the PGA Tour, where Matt Kuchar ended his own four-year winless streak by taking the Mayakoba Classic by a shot. With both players using temporary caddies, we also address how much impact a caddie can have on a veteran player. Finally, we end with a Sunday Scaries segment and our favorite things we saw this week.

Nov 12, 2018
A good day for Tiger news and Jonathan Wall talks equipment free agency mania

Andy and Brendan take you into the weekend with a miscellany of golf news and an interview with ace equipment reporter Jonathan Wall of Andy starts with his exuberant joy about Bubba, just not that Bubba. The week ended with Tiger news on multiple fronts and they run through it. After some underwhelming announcements and botched promo attempts, The Match had a strong day with some intriguing details about the production and what it might mean for live wagering. They also review the field coming to Tiger’s Hero World Challenge and offer an irresistible option for one of the final two exemptions. Flashback Friday re-acquaints us with a player that won in Mexico a decade ago and could, in all likelihood, no longer cut it on the power-game PGA Tour. Finally, J-Wall educates us on just what the hell Honma is, why Justin Rose is going there, and regales us with some amusing stories of the equipment free agency game.

Nov 09, 2018
Elections for a United States of Golf and Paulie’s Mayakoba picks

Andy and Brendan are here to provide a Wednesday morning diversion from all the election reactions and punditry. They run through the schedule for the week and wonder if there could be more events scattered outside the USA on the PGA Tour. After providing some searing commentary on Greg Norman’s course at Mayakoba, Andy delivers his event of the week. They also ponder what could be more random than Rory McIlroy tweeting well wishes to Purdue basketball on the start of its season. Then, in a topical election-related segment, they appoint positions for a United States of Golf. Finally, Paulie joins with some insights and picks for the Mayakoba Classic in Cancun.

Nov 07, 2018
BrySin City, Rose gets back to No. 1, and LPGA cheating drama

Brendan and Andy return to catch you up on a strong weekend in golf. The beautiful boy Bryson DeChambeau rolls on with his fourth win in his last 12 starts and his fifth career W since last summer. After the Shriners win in Vegas, he’s now No. 5 in the world so they discuss his trajectory and where we go from here. Sam Ryder’s extremely aggressive jogger pants look in Vegas gets a review. They also discuss Justin Rose’s work in the Euro Tour’s first Race to Dubai event pushing him back to the top of the world rankings. A scandalous cheating moment at LPGA Q School also demanded a critique of the overbearing parent allegedly at the heart of it. Finally, they wrap with segments on the best things they saw over the weekend and a couple Sunday scaries nominees.

Nov 05, 2018
Bryson goes full pinhead and Jeff Sherman of the Vegas SuperBook talks Golf Odds

Brendan and Andy finish the week with a quick discussion of the action from Vegas so far, both from household names and one guy you should Google. Then they react to Bryson’s revelation that he will be putting with the pin in next year when the USGA rules change to allow it. Andy takes the reins for a Flashback Friday loaded with nostalgic goodies from a past Vegas event. Finally, Jeff Sherman, the go-to expert for golf odds (@GolfOdds on Twitter) and a veteran of the Las Vegas SuperBook, joins for an enlightening interview on how he sets the lines and some of the more dramatic moments from his decades doing it.

Nov 02, 2018
Golf-related costume ideas, Euro Tour schedule changes, and Shriners Picks

A Halloween edition of the Shotgun Start begins with Andy and Brendan discussing the new European Tour schedule, which adapted and adjusted in response to the new PGA Tour schedule. Then they review the hokey promo for Tiger and Phil coming to HBO’s acclaimed 24/7 series for The Match. To celebrate the holiday, both deliver some golf-related but obscure costume ideas that only the Shotgun Start audience could probably appreciate. Finally, they bring in the expert, @GolfmanPaulie, for some Shriners Open intel and picks.

Oct 31, 2018
X gives it to ya and Cam Champ bashes his way to 1st PGA Tour win

Andy and Brendan return from the weekend to discuss Xander Schauffele’s win in China and Cameron Champ’s breakout victory in Mississippi. But first they get to the incredible story that is Scott Parel vying for a Champions Tour season-long title. Brendan responds to Andy’s continued jabs about once calling the X-man overrated and Andy responds to Twitter critics of his fears about what Champ and the new generation of big hitters are doing to the game and its courses. They also rank the WGCs from best to worst, or just bad to absolute worst. Finally, they get in a quick review of Pat Reed NOW trying to no-comment the Ryder Cup questions and wrap it with Sunday scaries nominees.

Oct 29, 2018
A surprise host joins from Mississippi to discuss Cam Champ and Matt Wolff

Andy is indisposed on the road so a surprise guest host calls in from the Sanderson Farms Championship. Brendan and guest host discuss Pat Reed going low in China, compare the Sanderson to an NBA “League Pass Team,” and assess Cam Champ’s early lead in Jackson. Then they briefly marvel at Matthew Wolff, the Oklahoma State stud tearing it up this fall in the college ranks. Finally, a Flashback Friday segment covers that one time an HSBC executive called out Tiger for not playing the company’s China WGC event.

Oct 26, 2018
Golf's best/worst trophies and a WGC in need of a facelift

The occasion of the Sanderson Farms Championship means Chanticleer the proud rooster trophy returns. So Andy and Brendan run through some of their favorite trophies on the PGA Tour and then explain why the European Tour’s menagerie of hardware is superior. Then they discuss the longggg list of no-shows at this week’s WGC in China, and how that event could use a facelift to inject some new life into it. Finally, @GolfmanPaulie joins to offer some advice for both events this week as well as one-and-done options.

Oct 24, 2018
A new No. 1 (FedExCup, that is) and Brendan’s must-attend events for 2019

Andy and Brendan return from the weekend to run through the results from across the globe. We have a new world No. 1 but more importantly, we also have a new No. 1 in the 2019 FedExCup standings. Then Andy gets worked up about a promising development on Westwood Island. They also discuss on admirable candor of Danielle Kang and a curious slow-play penalty on the Senior circuit. Finally, Brendan responds to Andy’s list from last week and delivers his top five events he wants to take the Shotgun Start on the road to in the coming year.

Oct 22, 2018
A chat with the legend Berry Henson and Andy’s must-attend events for 2019

Andy revises his “event of the week” based on a new revelation. Then he delivers his top five events he wants to take the Shotgun Start on the road to in the coming year. And then Berry Henson, a veteran of the Asian Tour who played in last week’s CIMB Classic, joins for a fascinating interview about pro golf on the other side of the world. Berry entertains with great anecdotes on some of the oddjobs, such as driving Ubers, during a lengthy injury rehab. He also regales us with some of the great “lost in translation moments” and experiences from his eight years playing pro golf in Asia.

Oct 19, 2018
The CJ “Plaque,” Johnny says goodbye, and picks with Paulie

Andy and Brendan discuss what feels both wrong and appropriate about the CJ Cup. Is it a soulless contrivance or just the kind of thing that pro tours should be experimenting with during this slower part of the golf calendar? Then they get to the big news of the week: Johnny Miller is retiring from the head analyst chair at NBC. They discuss Johnny’s contributions to the game as an analyst and assess the report that Paul Azinger will be the replacement. Finally, Twitter’s top golf handicapper, @GolfmanPaulie joins for a couple quick tips on the CJ Cup.

Oct 17, 2018
Leish and Eddie P, a football-throwing debacle, and combat over tree removal

Brendan and Andy return from an eventful weekend to discuss results from across the globe. They review Marc Leishman’s win in Malaysia and Eddie Pepperell’s victory in England. Then they appreciate the dominance of Bernhard Langer and handicap his shot to break the all-time Senior tour wins record. After watching Conor McGregor’s hideous and viral attempt to throw a football in Dallas, they ponder about who from the golf world would be most likely to commit a comparably embarrassing throw. Finally, they wrap with a discussion on the tree removal fight that has now gone public at Congressional.

Oct 15, 2018
The failures of the Tiger v. Phil Match, Jason Day’s bad takes, and a new PGA TV deal

Andy and Brendan begin this Friday episode wondering who the hell is calling the shots and organizing The Match between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. The most recent report on an event that’s losing steam after a series of missteps is that no tickets will be sold and there will be no public access. So they come up with some fake WWE-style controversies and conflicts that could put this thing back on the hype train. Then they get into the impacts of the PGA Championship finally divorcing from TNT and getting a modern TV deal. They wrap with Andy challenging some horrible Jason Day opinions delivered in a Golf Digest interview this week and a Flashback Friday segment honoring the legacies of Bo Van Pelt and Jeff Overton.

Oct 12, 2018
Brooks & DJ go for a Short Film Oscar and CIMB Classic picks

Andy and Brendan discuss the Brooks Koepka Player of the Year announcement video and the cheeky attempt to go viral by including Dustin Johnson. The attempt is derided. Then they get into the Jim Furyk interview and discuss the idea for an alternative Bachelor “After the Final Rose” alternative for airing all this Ryder Cup drama out once and for all. Finally, Golfman Paulie comes on to provide some fantasy and gambling insights for this week’s CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur.

Oct 10, 2018
FedExCup standings back and Phil’s “waste of time” comments on Ryder Cup

Andy and Brendan return from a weekend of respite and merriment to discuss the thrilling conclusion at the Safeway Open. Andy presents a case for Kevin Tway’s big future of #Gainz and Brendan wonders about the need for a Safeway Open. Then they get into Phil Mickelson’s comments on the course conditions of the Ryder Cup being “unplayable” and that style of golf being a waste of his time.

Oct 08, 2018
A mother-in-law + Facebook = danger, Phil goes low, and the International Crown template

Brendan is under the weather, Andy is in an airport, and Pat Reed’s mother-in-law nuked the show plans. But we soldier on to deliver a Friday episode that covers more Reed family drama, Brooks Koepka’s denial, Phil suddenly pouring in birdies, and the fantastic UL International Crown format. We cap it off with a flashback Friday to an ignominious smother-hook from a Safeway Open past.

Oct 05, 2018
Premium American Beef: DJ-Koepka and a Reed response

Andy and Brendan dissect all the Ryder Cup drama, which grows and expands with each passing day. They dive into the anonymous response calling Pat Reed “full of shit,” take a guess at who may be the source, and then go through Koepka-DJ tussling. The try to assess what it means and where we go from here. Finally, PGA Tour fantasy ace Paulie joins with a few names for the Safeway Open.

Oct 03, 2018
Pat Reed burns down the USA Ryder Cup house and other reactions from Paris

Brendan and Andy go deep into Patrick Reed’s controversial quotes pointing an angry finger at his teammates and captain. They dissect how he threw multiple people under the bus, from Tiger to Spieth, and if he has a future on these teams. And they get into the role his Reed’s wife's tweets played in the entire mess. Finally, they hand out some Ryder Cup superlatives from the weekend in Paris.

Oct 01, 2018
Ryder Cup Sunday singles reaction

Brendan and Andy get on the horn for a short, insta-react to the Sunday singles blowout by the Europeans, who won the Ryder Cup with 17.5 points to the USA’s piddling 10.5 points. There was a glimmer of hope for the US at one point early on Sunday, but reality quickly arrived and it arrived in the form of more bad American golf. It was a fitting end for Tiger and Phil, and a fitting end to this 2018 edition that saw Europe steamroll since Friday afternoon. They’ll back later Sunday night for a more holistic reaction to the entire week in Paris.

Sep 30, 2018
Ryder Cup Day 2 reaction: We got a bad feeling about this

Andy and Brendan run through another day of matches at the Ryder Cup, where the USA is down 10-6 heading into Sunday singles. They discuss the disgrace that was Patrick Reed shushing the crowd in the middle of getting his ass kicked by Frankie Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood. They discuss the disappointment that was DJ, and the continued revelation that is Webb Simpson. And then they get into the prospects for Sunday, looking at the weak spots and strengths of the lineup on tap for singles.

Sep 29, 2018
Ryder Cup Day 1 reactions: We are who we thought we were

Andy and Brendan deliver some instant reactions from the first day of matches in Paris. They critique some puzzling lineup decisions from USA captain Jim Furyk that played at least some part in the biggest blowout session in Ryder Cup history. Bubba and Phil are called onto the carpet. Then they review some of the positive from the morning session, as well as the European fan behavior. Finally, they look forward to Saturday’s lineups and discuss who they would like to see try and stop this alternate shot disaster.

Sep 28, 2018
Tiger and Reed pair up, Team Europe talk, and Ryder Cup predictions

Andy and Brendan discuss some of the apparent US pairings taking shape, including a Tiger and Pat Reed duo. They also review Rick Reilly’s flub of a question to Justin Thomas, Webb Simpson becoming the unsung hero of the team, and wonder what Zach Johnson’s caddie is doing at this event? Then they go into Team Europe, its strengths and weaknesses, and what pairings they’d like to see from Thomas Bjorn. Official predictions are made to close it out before Friday’s opening session.

Sep 27, 2018
Ryder Cup fever and a day of golf media failures

Andy and Brendan digest the first couple days of Ryder Cup week. It’s been an ugly week for golf media, from softball press conference “questions” to a failure to do the most basic vetting of an Anthony Kim swing video, setting off false alarms everywhere. They speculate on some of the American pairings based on what we saw on the first practice day, giving Andy a reason to bash Phil and Bubba. Then they get into the scripting for this week and the practicality of having a 7,000-seat grandstand on the first tee at a golf course.

Sep 26, 2018
Victory Monday for everyone! Tiger Woods gets his first win in 5 years

Brendan and Andy crack open some Monsters and go long to discuss all things Tiger. They review their favorite moments, some obvious and others random, from Tiger’s weekend at the Tour Championship. They reflect on what the win meant to the golf world and personally to them, and assess what it might mean for Tiger’s future. Then they hit on a recent retiree looking to get his amateur status back and a few players stumbling into the Ryder Cup in the Sunday scaries segment.

Sep 24, 2018
A homage to the “FedExCup Rap,” Tiger goes low, and Big Boi puts on a show

It’s Friday! Andy and Brendan review Tiger’s opening 65 that put him in a share of the Tour Championship lead. Then they take a moment discussing Big Boi, who performed for the PGA Tour this week in ATL. We finish with a Flashback Friday segment showcasing two of the great moments in Tour Championship history: Bill Haas’ win in 2011 and the infamous 2013 FedExCup Rap, the lyrics of which get a dramatic reading.

Sep 21, 2018
Welcome to the WWE FedExCup, Tour Championship picks, and Congo weds the PGA

The PGA Tour is completely overhauling its FedExCup Playoffs format and Andy and Brendan have some strong opinions about the dramatic changes. There’s more money, some hotel rewards, and a staggered scoring system. Can we even call it a playoffs anymore? Does Andy’s PGA Tour x WWE analogy look better each day? They discuss the new format and also preview this week’s Tour Championship. Finally, they wrap with a few thoughts on Congressional tying the knot with the PGA of America.

Sep 19, 2018
KVV, Stanford, Bae is back and Ryder Cup rankings

ESPN's Kevin Van Valkenburg fills in for Brendan to discuss the weekend in golf. KVV and Andy discuss the LPGA's final major of the year, Sangmoon Bae's Web Finals win, Phil's outfit and the Ryder Cup.

Sep 17, 2018