Who will make the field Quail at the PGA Championship?

In the latest Golfing World Podcast Matt Rose was joined in the studio by Danny Prior and Jack Hayward to reflect on Hideki Matsuyama's masterclass at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and I.K. Kim's long-awaited major breakthrough at the RICOH Women's British Open.

In addition to reacting to Matsuyama's victory Matt, Danny and Jack took a close look at the man himself, or rather at how little we know about him as a person, with the help of several golf journalists that have great insight into the enigmatic that is Hideki.

The second half of this week's pod saw the guys comprehensively preview the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow, assisted by the return of the GW Podcast Power Rankings Top 10.

(What's the story) JP & Rory?

Mick Le Mare was joined in the studio by Danny Prior and Jack Hayward for this episode of the Golfing World Podcast, in which they offered their take on the breaking news that Rory McIlroy has parted company with his long-time caddie JP Fitzgerald.

In happier news, the guys also looked back on a packed week in the golfing calendar that saw the likes of Jordan Smith, Mi Hyang Lee, Bernhard Langer and Jhonattan Vegas land big victories around the world.

There was also time for a chat on the phone with GW Presenter Anna Whiteley who was set to tee it up in the RICOH Women's British Open Pro-Am at Kingsbarns and a preview of the event itself, including tips for the title.

Jordan Bennett!

In this episode of the Golfing World Podcast pod regular Jack Hayward took the presenting reigns and was joined by Ben Lane, to react to an amazing week of action and a bonkers final round at The Open Championship.

Jack and Ben reflected on the brilliant final round showdown between Champion Golfer of the Year Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar, as well as some of the other highlights from a dramatic week including Branden Grace's record-breaking round on 'Moving Day' and Alfie Plant's brilliant performance and even better support on his way to winning the Silver Medal.

There was, as ever, time for a Golf Maths shootout between Jack and Ben but who played the role of Jordan Spieth and who had to fill Matt Kuchar's unlucky shoes? Listen to find out...

The Open Championship preview

For our Open Championship preview podcast we thought 'where better to record than in the grandstand overlooking the 18th green at Royal Birkdale?'

In this episode Matt Rose was joined by Anna Whiteley and Jack Hayward to run the rule over the host venue for this year's edition of golf's oldest major, including a look back at some of the most memorable moments from Open Championships gone by at Royal Birkdale.

Matt, Anna and Jack also took a look through the field and discussed some of the favourites to triumph, as well as a few names that are perhaps a little less fancied but will be interesting to keep a close eye on nonetheless.

There was also time for our panel to go head-to-head for the Golf Maths Claret Jug and for them to share their favourite historical Open Championship moments and memories from working at The Open over the past few years.

Prince Rahming

This week Danny Prior was joined in the studio by the returning Jack Hayward to look back on an intriguing week of action on both sides of the pond.

The pair were joined, following his successful debut outing last week, by Golfing World's resident Northern Irishman Shane Stitt to run the rule over Jon Rahm's latest leap up the golfing ladder at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

The guys also spoke to European Tour star Richie Ramsay on the phone to discuss his great week at Portstewart, had their say on The Greenbrier Classic and presented the inaugural GW Power Rankings Top 10 to help kick off our pre-Open excitement.

Danielle Kan

Before we get into things, we're aware of the 'typo' in the episode title. It is NOT a mistake, rather, it is a tribute to Danielle Kang who landed her first major victory, and indeed her first LPGA victory, at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

Following this brilliant triumph at Olympia Fields Danielle topped the billing in this latest instalment of the Golfing World Podcast, in which Danny Prior was joined for the whole episode by Rob Phillips-Knight.

The pair also discussed Tommy Fleetwood's latest supreme performance en route to victory at the HNA Open de France at Le Golf National, were joined in the studio by resident Northern Irishman Shane Stitt to look ahead to the Irish Open and called up Anna Whiteley for a chat.

Flash Jordan

In this episode of the Golfing World Podcast Danny Prior was joined at IMG Studios by fellow Golfing World Producer Rob Phillips-Knight and Jack Hayward to discuss Jordan Spieth's incredibly dramatic Travelers Championship triumph

The guys reflected on Jordan's magical moment beside the 18th green and THAT celebration, which all came at the end of an otherwise pretty tough day at the office for the two-time major champion.

Also in this edition of the pod the guys had a chat about sponsor's invite Andres Romero's shock victory at the BMW International Open, which came at the expense of some seriously big names, and looked ahead to the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

King of the Hills

After a late night in the UK watching the climax of the U.S. Open Mick Le Mare, Rob Phillips-Knight and Jack Hayward were in the studio to discuss Brooks Koepka's maiden major triumph.

In this episode the guys discussed Brooks' brave display at Erin Hills and the man himself at length, following his supreme final round performance in tricky conditions in Wisconsin.

Also on the agenda this week were other players that contended strongly, some of the highlights of the week at Erin Hills and also some surprising failures from the world's top ranked players at a host course that it is fair to say has split opinion.

 

 

U.S. Open Preview

In this episode of the Golfing World Podcast Mick Le Mare was joined in the studio by Golfing World Senior Producer Danny Prior and Jack Hayward to look ahead to an exciting week of action at Erin Hills.

Mick, Danny and Jack kicked off proceedings by taking a look back at Dustin Johnson's dramatic breakthrough major victory at the U.S. Open in 2016, which came in spite of some very questionable event handling from the USGA. 

The guys also ran the rule over this year's first-time host venue with the help of some of the course architects, had their say on who they think could go well in Wisconsin and took part in a fiercely contested U.S. Open edition of Golf Maths.

Duff Cheer

For this episode Mick Le Mare was joined in the studio by Anna Whiteley and Jack Hayward to look back on an intriguing week of action that saw Jason Dufner return to winning ways on the PGA TOUR despite a serious third round wobble.

Also on the agenda were 20-year-old Italian Renato Paratore's breakthrough European Tour triumph at the Nordea Masters and I.K. Kim's win at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Mick, Anna and Jack also found time to react to the huge and in some quarters distasteful reaction to the recent news concerning Tiger Woods and had their say on the aforementioned ShopRite LPGA Classic, an event which has attracted some serious criticism for a controversial Twitter poll run by the event organisers.

Alex Noren's great scoren'

In this edition of the Golfing World Podcast Matt Rose, Anna Whiteley and Jack Hayward paid tribute to Alex Noren's sublime final round 62, which sealed his remarkable triumph at the BMW PGA Championship.

The guys also looked back at the first ever Rolex Series event more broadly and Anna had her first crack at Golf Maths glory in a head-to-head against Jack.

Away from the BMW PGA there was plenty of other big news for Matt, Anna and Jack to offer up their reaction to, including Kevin Kisner's impressive DEAN & DELUCA Invitational victory where he fought off strong challenges from the likes of Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm and Sean O'Hair and Shanshan Feng's LPGA Volvik Championship triumph.

Because we're Wentworth it...

In this episode of the Golfing World Podcast Mick Le Mare was joined by Jack Hayward and John Grabowski to comprehensively preview the European Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship.

On the agenda were the significant course changes that have been made to Wentworth's famous West Course over the past year, a look ahead to the Pro-Am which this year will feature the likes of Damien Lewis and Ryan Giggs and also our pick of '5 to Watch at Wentworth'.

In this episode we also heard from the likes of defending champion Chris Wood, European Tour pro Anthony Wall, English cricketing legend and Wentworth member Kevin Pietersen as well as Wentworth CEO Stephen Gibson, who all had plenty of insight to offer ahead of the event.

Woo saw that coming at THE PLAYERS?

Matt Rose returned to presenting duties this week and was joined by Golfing World Senior Producer Danny Prior and Jack Hayward to discuss events at THE PLAYERS Championship.

As well as reacting to Si Woo Kim's record-breaking victory at the 'fifth major' and all the major talking points from a dramatic week at TPC Sawgrass, the guys also had their say on the return of the Open de Portugal, which saw Matt Wallace come out on top to claim his first European Tour triumph.

Ahead of BMW PGA Championship week the guys also took the great opportunity to chat to English cricketing legend and Wentworth member, Kevin Pietersen, on the phone.

 

 

Danish duo's six appeal

This week's episode of the Golfing World Podcast was presented by Danny Prior, who was accompanied by pod regular Jack Hayward to look back on a week of golfing innovation on the European Tour.

Danny and Jack were joined by Anna Whiteley for the first part of the show, an in-depth reaction to the European Tour's exciting new GolfSixes event, an event which Anna was part of Sky Sports' presenting team for throughout the week.

Brian Harman's big win at the PGA TOUR's Wells Fargo Championship was also on the agenda as well as a look ahead to the 'fifth major' of the year, THE PLAYERS Championship.

Golf but not as we know it feat. Chris Wood

Matt Rose, Danny Prior and Jack Hayward were all in the studio this week for another instalment of the Golfing World Podcast, in which BMW PGA Champion Chris Wood was the headline act.

Matt, Danny and Jack called Chris Wood ahead of the inaugural GolfSixes event to hear his thoughts on the European Tour's concerted efforts to try and innovate and attract more people to the game.

In addition to our chat with the Englishman there was also time to discuss the outcome of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, another event attempting to breathe new life into golf, where Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith came out on top.

Alexander Levy's dramatic comeback victory at the Volvo China Open and Haru Nomura's marathon playoff triumph over Cristie Kerr at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout also made the cut in a very busy week.

Champion Chappell's prayers answered

Mick Le Mare was joined by John Grabowski and Jack Hayward in this episode of the pod, which featured reaction to 30-year-old Kevin Chappell's breakthrough PGA TOUR victory at the Valero Texas Open.

Bernd Wiesberger's fourth European Tour victory at the Shenzhen International was also reflected upon in addition to another Golf Maths head-to-head between John and Jack.

The guys were also all briefly joined in the studio by fellow Golfing World team member Ben Lane who reported back on his date with golfing perfection after he had the privilege of playing Augusta National the day after the Masters.

Sergio shrugs off major doubts at the Masters

Sergio Garcia is finally a major champion and all involved with the Golfing World Podcast are delighted, not least because his superb victory at the Masters made for a brilliant focus point for this episode!

For this episode Mick Le Mare was once again in the Presenter hot seat and we was joined by Jack Hayward and Golfing World TV Producer Rob Phillips-Knight.

The trio in the studio for this episode looked back on Sergio's hugely exciting battle down the stretch with fellow European and 2013 U.S. Open winner Justin Rose as well as some of the other great performers and moments from across the week.

In addition to a detailed look back at the week that was the guys also had time for another round of Masters-themed Golf Maths and looked ahead to the the events that had the tough gig of following up events at Augusta.

Who will Master Augusta National?

In this episode of the Golfing World Podcast Mick Le Mare, John Grabowski and Jack Hayward were in unsurprisingly fine form ahead of perhaps the year's most exciting event, the Masters!

On the agenda was a look back at Danny Willett's dramatic triumph at Augusta National last year, a close look at the favourites to win this year's event and also a glance at some of the rookies who are heading to the event with eyes on becoming the first first-timer since Fuzzy Zoeller to slip on the famous green jacket.

In a jam-packed episode the guys also spoke to European hopeful Ross Fisher on the phone ahead of his return to the event and also called up Golfing World TV Presenter Anna Whiteley who was on-site at the first major of the year.

DJ repeating like a broken record

The latest instalment of the Golfing World Podcast featured Matt Rose, 'golf nut' Jack Hayward and the very opinionated John Grabowski who was making his debut on the show.

The guys discussed Dustin Johnson's supreme performance at the WGC-Dell Match Play, which was his third straight tournament victory and a triumph that meant he became the first player to win all four WGC events.

Matt, Jack and John, with the help of the likes of Jordan Spieth, then discussed match play as a format more broadly and whether there should be more of said events played on the world's leading tours.

There was also time for a look ahead to the first women's major of the year, the ANA Inspiration, which is very much 'the Masters of the women's game' and a chat on the phone with Anna Whiteley ahead of her trip to Augusta National.

Leishman wins the race at Arnie's place

The second episode of the Golfing World Podcast saw Mick Le Mare sub in for Matt Rose in the presenter hot seat, joined by Golfing World Senior Producer Danny Prior and the returning Jack Hayward.

Mick, Danny and Jack, with the help of Golfing World TV presenter Anna Whiteley on the phone, looked back on an eventful Arnold Palmer Invitational which was won by Australian Marc Leishman despite strong challenges from the likes of Rory McIlroy.

The guys also reacted to an LPGA birdie-fest at the Founders Cup where Sweden's Anna Nordqvist came out on top and looked ahead to the week's episode of the Golfing World TV show, which features a seven-time major champion and a six-time major champion.