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Shipnuck & Bamberger from St. Louis

GOLF's senior writers recap the PGA Championship from Mama's on the Hill in St. Louis. That means a lengthy discussion on the fire within Brooks Koepka, the firepower of Tiger Woods and if Shipnuck will run into some friendly fire at the Ryder Cup in Paris.


Roadtrippin' To Bellerive

Sean Zak and Dylan Dethier are back on the road to another major. After driving to the Masters from New York, they drive to the PGA Championship from Chicago. It's much shorter, but the conversation is hopefully just as good: Tiger, POY, Bellerive, conditions, a random course in Illinois and much more.


Shipnuck & Bamberger from St. Andrews

Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger recap the British Open from the Rufflets Country House in St. Andrews. Of course, that means some talk of Francesco Molinari, but it also means a break down of Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, how Carnoustie held up, past ventures to the Open, and playing St. Andrews at midnight.


British Open Preview

Sean Zak and Dylan Dethier preview the year's third major by breaking down what the course has to offer, what the vibe is like at a British Open, the favorites and sleepers, and much more. Bear with us, the audio quality isn't as great as it normally is for us. We're outfitting our new studio at the moment and hopefully will have it up and running perfectly in the coming weeks.


Shipnuck & Bamberger: U.S. Open Recap

Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger weigh in for the final time on all things U.S. Open. That means Phil Mickelson's memorable Saturday, the USGA's forgetful Saturday, Tiger Woods's forgetful performance, DJ v. Brooks v. Fleetwood and the rest. Enjoy!


Greg Norman

The Shark joins the podcast this week to talk about the upcoming debut of his radio show on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio. Greg Norman will host a monthly show that delves into not just golf but many other topics with the biggest names from Norman's rolodex. Fireside chats are the vibe he's going for with names from all industries — politics, sports, business or otherwise. We discuss that, the latter stages of his career, his friendship with Seve Ballesteros and much more.


Emma Talley

Emma Talley will be — or at least she should be — one of the fan favorites at this month's Women's U.S. Open at Shoal Creek. The 24-year-old is a member at the private club and will have more course knowledge than the rest of the field combined. Talley is a rookie on the LPGA Tour and a former U.S. Amateur and NCAA champion. She's also a Christina Aguilera fanatic. Enjoy this quick convo with her about all those things and more.


In the Mag: May

This week we dive into three stories from GOLF Magazine with the three writers, Alan Shipnuck, Michael Bamberger and Ryan Asselta. We learn about the eccentric Tour coach Tony Ruggiero, how a golf club in Erie, PA handled a brutal winter, and the many layers behind that classic Matt Kuchar smile. Shipnuck takes us to the range with a struggling Smylie Kaufman, Bamberger takes us through a blizzard in Pennsylvania and Asselta takes us to life lessons with the father of two, Kuchar.


The Making of Caddyshack

Everyone’s favorite golf movie was shot in 1979, released in 1980 and riddled with behind-the-scenes cocaine usage. Yep, that was the making of Caddyshack. Author Chris Nashawaty joins the podcast to discuss his new book 'Caddyshack: The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story.' As Chris knows well, there was all kinds of hilarity involved in making a golf comedy, and not just heavy drug use. There was a young guy named Bill Murray in one of his first breakout roles, there was the actual...


Recapping the Masters from Waffle House

Senior writers Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger recap the Masters from a Waffle House on Washington Road. In some ways, it's the perfect setting to recount everything from the Masters week that was. Bamberger and Shipnuck dive into the stories they wrote throughout the week, Patrick Reed's Masters moment, the charges of Spieth and Fowler, the disappointment from Tiger and Rory, and much more.


Masters Preview

Senior writers Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger preview the first major of the year like only they know how to. That means story after story, like almost running over Tiger Woods, working out with Rory McIlroy (and Wozniacki), sneaking into Butler Cabin and much, much more.


Jim Nantz

As we inch closer and closer to the first major of the year, who better to have on the podcast than the voice of the Masters himself, Jim Nantz. The longtime broadcaster caught up with Alan Shipnuck this week just before heading to San Antonio for the Final Four. Nantz has covered the Masters for CBS for more than 30 years now. Is this the most hyped Masters in his tenure? It just might be. But ask him who'd he'd like to see win and the answer might surprise you. He and Shipnuck cover all...


Rewatching the Masters: 1968

Haven't you heard? Final round broadcasts of the last 50 Masters tournaments are now available on YouTube. In an ode to the Rewatchables Podcast from The Ringer, set out to explain the details that have been lost in time...until now. Sean Zak, Jeff Ritter, Alan Bastable and Dylan Dethier break down one of the most riveting moments in Masters TV history: when Bob Goalby won the 1968 Masters...because Roberto De Vincenzo signed an incorrect scorecard.


Roger Maltbie

Roger Maltbie is in his 27th year as a reporter and analyst for NBC Sports. 27 years of analyzing putts, chips, approaches and drives. He joins the podcast this week to talk about his run as a broadcaster, his favorite moments covering the action and what it means to have Tiger Woods back playing again. Come for that, stay for some stories about the 1987 Masters, where Maltbie began the back nine as the leader, only to miss out on a playoff by a single stroke.


Christina Kim

Christina Kim has long been the LPGA's biggest personality. Known for her Kangols and brassy pronouncements, Kim has another side, too. She is an old-school purist when it comes to the game, and more philosophical and pensive that her saucy tweets might suggest. A free-spirited California girl with traditional Korean parents, she has spent nearly half of her 34 years on the LPGA, in a constant state of reinvention. Kim recently sat down with Alan Shipnuck to reflect on the state of the...


Jessica and Nelly Korda

The Korda sisters have always been in a hurry. Jessica, now 25, made the cut at the 2008 U.S. Women's Open at the age of 15 and was a full-time pro on the LPGA three years later. Nelly, 19, won her very first pro event on the Symetra tour in 2016, and spent last year as an LPGA rookie, making 19 of 23 cuts. And so far in 2018, they've been the talk of the town. After off-season jaw surgery and a brutal recovery, Jessica won her first start back. The very next week, Nelly battled Michelle...


Things We Must Discuss

This week, Dylan Dethier and Sean Zak break down all the relevant topics in the golf world. Was JT right to have a fan ejected? No. Why would the USGA choose a 2-hole playoff? It's a brilliant idea. Is Tiger really that impressive thus far? All that and much more.


The State of Tiger Woods

In this episode, we play a game with Tiger Woods. Three staffers come together for a State of the Union on the most popular golfer in the world. With five topics and one point per topic, they present arguments for, against and in relation to Woods's current state. Come for the points, stay for the mute button.


The Story of Vokey Wedges

The story of Vokey wedges begins with its namesake, Bob Vokey, a now 78-year-old man who isn't even close to retirement. Vokey's name or initials have been stamped on the back of every Titleist wedge of the past 15 years. His name competes against industry behemoths like Callaway and TaylorMade, which is ironic because Vokey could have easily — impossibly easily — become a TaylorMade brand. Tune in for details on that, and how a Montreal kid with no college degree slowly made his way up...


Fred Couples

Former Masters champion Fred Couples joins to talk sports, sports and more sports. It'll be something he needs to get used to as Couples is embarking on a radio venture with SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio in 2018. Couples will host The Fred Couples Show on a monthly basis beginning this week. He details his plans for the show here in addition to the topics below: 1:35 - The Fred Couples Show 7:30 - Tiger Woods's return to Torrey Pines 10:45 - What it's like trying to play competitive golf amid...