Episode 57 is here and it’s an exciting one for us and the Podcast. We are very lucky to be joined by the greatest of all time, Annika Sorenstam. We discuss her career, Ten Majors wins, The Solheim Cup and delve into Annika’s strength at handling and thriving under pressure. The Annika Foundation is a massive part of Annika’s life now and we talk about it’s continuing success, her integral part in bringing Golf to the Olympics, shooting 59 (the only woman in history to shoot a competitive 59), her recent return (albeit it brief!) to the LPGA Tour and lots more. Stay in Annika’s company long enough and you cannot but feel positive and energised. Enjoy!
Phil “The Thrill” Mickelson is again a Major Champion at just a couple weeks shy of his 51st Birthday. The oldest Major Winner in history. We are delighted to be joined by RTÉ Golf Correspondent Greg Allen as we review this historic moment in not just golf but sport itself. We chat about the challengers, Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen and of course the Irish interest, Shane Lowry and European Ryder Cup Captain Padraig Harrington, himself turning 50 later this year! A T4th finish for both!
The second Major Championship is here at the stunning Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. We’re joined by RTÉ Golf Correspondent Greg Allen to preview this years PGA Championship. Rory McIlroy is the favourite after his impressive victory at Quail Hollow two weeks ago. We also assess the chances of Shane Lowry, Jordan Speith and others. We also chat about Seamus Powers play at last weeks Byron Nelson Championship and the recent Walker Cup at Seminole, in particular the stunning performances from Ireland’s own Mark Power and John Murphy. A huge thanks to Greg as always for his time. We have the winner picked!
On this weeks pod, we return to our “Role of the PGA Professional“ series. We’re delighted to chat to one of the most well known and respected PGA Professionals in Ireland, John Byrne, the Head Professional at Royal Tara Golf Club.
We chat to John about his career to date, the challenges and opportunities facing Head Professionals and trainees in the ever changing role of a PGA Professional. We also discuss the Distance debate, junior golf and the impact both positive and negative that Covid has had on the golfing industry.
We’re very grateful again to be joined by RTE’s Golf Correspondent Greg Allen as we review the historic 2021 Masters Tournament. Hideki Matsuyama’s victory, the up and coming Will Zaletoris, Justin Rose resurgence in a Ryder Cup year, Shane Lowrys best performance at The Masters, Jon Rahm’s Top Ten performance and the further confirmation that Jordan Speith is back. We also review our tips for the weekend and console Harry over his poor decisions yet again! Enjoy folks.
Olivia Mehaffey & Greg Allen join us for our Masters Preview Podcast. Olivia, fresh off her amazing week in the Augusta National Women's Amateur, shares her reflections on the week & the experience of being in contention on the back 9 at Augusta. We chat through the form players, some outsiders too and what we can expect for the week ahead at the 1st Mens Major of the year. Greg has his usual expert insights and ones we just love to challenge him on! Who will be right come Sunday evening? Huge thanks to both Olivia & Greg for their time.
For this weeks episode, Ian chats with Gregor Jamieson, The Director of Golf at the world renowned Lake Nona Golf & Country Club.
From Turnberry (where his Father Bob was the Head Professional for 32 years) to his training at North Berwick West Links to Bay Hill to Lake Nona. We chat about travelling on a private chat piloted by “The King” Arnold Palmer, coaching the worlds stars, the distance debate and his approach to overseeing the golf operations at one of the most famous resorts in world golf.
Gregor is a Top 50 Instructor in the United States and a long standing member of the Advisory board member at Taylormade. Enjoy this chat with one of the games most respected gentlemen, Gregor Jamieson.
To celebrate one year of the podcast and the milestone of reaching episode 50!, Louis Oosthuizen joins us this week. Louis tells us of how life changed the minute he won The Open at St Andrews. His ambitions for the year ahead and some brilliant insights into how he tried to chase distance and went back to the game he knew. Louis had interesting views on golf course set ups and also told us about his favour club in the bag.....so funny! Advice for holing pressure putts and how he enjoyed Ireland in the Summer of 2019.
Today we are joined on the podcast by renowned short game guru Dave Pelz. What a pleasure to have Dave on the pod where he shares his wisdom, life experiences and cracking stories from his time in the world of golf. He admits to his 22 & 0 losing streak to Jack Nicklaus in college, how he focused on working on weaknesses and the scientific approach that he brought to his analysis. Short game is his passion and Dave explains the belief that all golfers can improve hugely from 80 yards and in and also on the putting......what he calls the scoring game! A story about the Odyssey 2 ball invention and the deal that was brokered with Callaway on the launch of that iconic putter. Memories of Augusta, working with Phil and culminating with his first major win at the Masters in 2004. We discuss the yips and how you can drive yourself to those demons within the game. His love of Ireland and how proud he his of the short game scoring school facility at Killeen Castle. Dave's passion for the game is hugely infectious and we hope you can get some tips & thoughts for when golf returns.
For our Review of the Year podcast, we are joined by one of the greatest hurlers of all time, Waterford’s Paul Flynn. We chat about his career on the pitch including Waterford’s success in Munster in 2002, 2004 and much more.
Paul, a +2 handicapper is also a talented golfer and was part of Tramore Golf Club’s All-Ireland Senior Cup winning team in 2014.
We review the Major Championships, Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry, Leona Maguire and Stephanie Meadow long with the other talking points of 2020. Enjoy!