A weekly podcast from the makers of McKellar golf journal. Hosted by Lawrence Donegan.
McKellar Golf Podcast #71 Geoff Shackelford and Lawrence Donegan, with guest, Nick O'Hern
1:31:13In the latest episode our intrepid hosts discuss this week's big events in golf - the demise of the World Matchplay, belt tightening at LIVGolf , the changing face of golf's "media establishment", and Rory McIlroy's ability to identify and ride that wave, plus his frankly stunning (and smart) intervention in the ball rollback debate. Friend of the Pod is Nick O'Hern, matchplay conqueror of Tiger Woods and one of shortest hitters to ever make a serious living on the PGA Tour.
McKellar Golf Podcast #70 Geoff Shackelford and Lawrence Donegan, with extra special guest, author Geoff Shackelford.
1:28:29This week our intrepid hosts wander through the thick undergrowth of the week in golf, celebrating the wonders of state and local golf associations and berating the conspicuous capitalism of college golf team that fly private. What are we teaching these kids? We look back at the Players and ahead to Scottie Scheffler's Masters champions' dinner. Our Friend of the Pod is Geoff Shackelford, author of 2004 "classic" (it says here) The Future of Golf which looked forward to the day when USGA and R&A would take steps to rein in modern equipment. Geoff gives his views on this week's epochal (it says here) announcement that the governing bodies are about to do exactly that.
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McKellar Golf Podcast #69 Geoff Shackelford and Lawrence Donegan, with guest, former PGA Tour pro Joe Ogilvie
1:31:15This week Geoff and Lawrence are joined by Friend of the Pod, Joe Ogilvie, one of the smartest, most thoughtful guys to ever play in the professional ranks. Joe, once touted as a future PGA Tour commissioner, gives us his thoughts on the tour's proposed schedule changes for 2024, both the good and the baffling, and what one version of the future might hold for LIV. It is definitely an "elevated" discussion. Before that, our co-hosts talk women's college golf, NBC's coverage, and this week's Players championship. We give Jay Monahan's press-Players press conference the Rotten Tomatoes treatment (look away now, Jay!)
McKellar Golf Podcast #68 Geoff Shackelford and Lawrence Donegan, with guest, James Corrigan of the Telegraph newspaper
1:33:55This week Geoff and Lawrence discuss the PGA Tour's proposed schedule for the 2024 season. Elevated events! No cuts! Limited Fields! Does it all sound a little familiar? We break down....sorry ... we break it all down. In our irregular USGA segment, we look at the organisation's new "national development" plan, and at its proposal to allow rich old dudes to run amok at the Walker... (correction: endow the Walker Cup and Curtis Cup for future generations) . Friend of the pod this week is James Corrigan of the Telegraph, who takes a look back at his trip to Mexico for last week's LIV event and looks ahead to what's next for the "renegade" golf tour. It's a bumper show, especially for anyone who enjoys a good "Donald Trump going into the dressing rooms at the Miss Universe pageant" metaphor.
McKellar Golf Podcast #67 Geoff Shackelford and Lawrence Donegan, with guest, LIV caddy Craig Connolly.
1:16:16This week Geoff and Lawrence discuss a great 2023 Genesis Invitational at Riviera - Tiger's appearance (and performance), a compelling Sunday climax, and they dissect the golf course, its genius and its flaws. They also chat about the Netflix documentary and the sad death of long-time rules official John Paramore. Long-time European and PGA Tour caddy Craig "The Weeman" Connolly joins Lawrence to discuss his new life working with Martin Kaymer on the LIV Tour, which starts its 2nd season this week. Don't ever say we're not fair and balanced.
McKellar Golf Podcast #66 Geoff Shackelford and Lawrence Donegan, with guest David Dusek of Golfweek
1:12:54On this week's podcast Lawrence and Geoff discuss the great Swilcan Bridge fiasco and what it says about the Old Course and the Links Trust. They look back at Peeble Beach and ahead to this week's millennial major, aka the Waste Management Open. Friend of the Pod is David Dusek, senior writer at Golfweek, who brings his insight into forthcoming announcement from the governing bodies on how they aim to rein in distance in elite golf.
McKellar Golf Podcast #65 Geoff Shackelford and Lawrence Donegan, with guest Brian Keogh
1:10:02On this week's podcast Lawrence and Geoff discuss what's going on in the world of golf - Rory, Reed, the advent (finally) of decent TV coverage of the PGA Tour, the telling shift in the marketing priorities of equipment manufacturers. They are joined by Brian Keogh of the Irish Independent, who talks about his experiences covering the teenage McIlory and takes a wider look at Irish golf in general.
McKellar Golf Podcast #64: Geoff Shackelford and Lawrence Donegan, with guest Iain Carter
1:25:59This week Shackelford and Donegan get down in the dirt with everyone else and discuss the Dubai drive range free-for-all (eyes rolling) between Rory McIlroy and P Reed. They also take a stroll through the biography of Reed's lawyer and look back at exciting Sunday finishes in Abu Dhabi and Palm Springs. Friend of the Pod Iain Carter of the BBC checks in from Dubai and reports on the mood in and around the Europea...sorry... DP World Tour.
McKellar Golf Podcast #63: Geoff Shackelford and Lawrence Donegan, with guest Bob Harig.
1:15:39Our latest podcast with Shackelford and Donegan. This week they are joined by Bob Harig of Sports Illustrated to discuss LIV Golf's new TV deal in the US with The CW Network, as well as Bob's book, "Tiger and Phil: Golf's Most Fascinating Rivalry".