Rank #1: U.S. Open preview with Hunter Mahan
Six-time PGA Tour winner Hunter Mahan joins the show to talk about the upcoming U.S Open at Chambers Bay, his endurance in the FedEx Cup playoffs, fatherhood and fulfilling his potential as a major champion.
Jun 10 2015
Rank #2: Why Phil Mickelson avoided jail and Muirfield is in Open purgatory
Phil Mickelson can thank a pair of 2014 cases for why he isn't in handcuffs right now, charged with insider trading and securities fraud. We explain that precedent and how Mickelson was a pawn of the feds. New GNN team member Kevin Power joins the show to talk about Muirfield's decision to remain an all-male club, talking about the implications for them, the Open Championship, the R&A, the Scottish economy and more. We also delve into Rory McIlroy's issue activism and the potential influence he could have on the game and his peers.
May 22 2016
Rank #3: What really happpened to Robert Allenby?
Some 12 days after Robert Allenby's weird Friday night in Honolulu, we still don't have a clear picture of what happened. So let's figure it out based on all the info we have and a little detective work.
Jan 28 2015
Rank #4: Talking golf in Michigan & at Sand Valley, and Patriot Golf Day with Major Ed Pulido
Ryan Ballengee is back from a pair of amazing trips to play golf in Michigan at Forest Dunes and elsewhere, as well to Sand Valley is Wisconsin. Then Major Ed Pulido joins the conversation to talk about the upcoming Patriot Golf Day, raising money for the Folds of Honor Foundation.
Sep 01 2017
Rank #5: PGA Championship review and talking Hogan Golf with Mitch Laurance
Brooks Koepka won his second major of 2018 in perhaps of one of Tiger Woods' best-ever major duels (even in a losing effort) at the PGA Championship at Bellerive. We go over the fantastic showdown between the two, throwing in Adam Scott and Justin Thomas. We go over the clutch shots, the big moments and what it all means for Koepka and Woods, as well the Ryder Cup.
Then Ryan's GNN compatriot and friend Mitch Laurance, host of the "Talking GolfGetaways" travel podcast, joins the show to talk about his journey from playing hickory golf clubs back to modern equipment with the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company.
Aug 16 2018
Rank #6: Playing The Riviera Country Club
On this episode, Ryan recaps his round at The Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. It was a round that came together somewhat by happenstance but turned out to be a fabulous day on one of the best golf courses on the planet. Ryan talks about strategy and architecture around the George C. Thomas design, compliments one of the best batteries of par 3s in the world and goes into some of the cultural aspects of the club.
Oct 19 2018
Rank #7: Tiger Woods' comeback on hold, and guest Pat Perez
Tiger Woods shocked the golf world again on Monday, announcing he was pulling out of his intended comeback at the Safeway Open because of a "vulnerable" game. Will he play again? What's holding him back? Our guest is PGA Tour winner Pat Perez, who will make his own comeback to golf after 7 months out following surgery to repair a torn labrum. We'll talk his return, his relationship with Bill Murray's new golf clothing line and his work on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio.
Oct 12 2016
Rank #8: Playing Shinnecock Hills before the US Open
On this episode, Ryan talks about his experience of playing Shinnecock Hills Golf Club for US Open preview day. He takes you on a complete tour of the Southampton, N.Y., club, including the current setup, the demands on each hole and what players can expect inside the ropes as they battle for the national championship.
This was a likely once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and Ryan is beaming with excitement to share it all.
May 24 2018
Rank #9: Dustin Johnson is amazing, and announcing our first GNN trip
After some kids' illnesses and school weather closures, Ryan's back to talk about Dustin Johnson crushing it at the Tournament of Champions and how scary his best game is compared to everyone else in the world.
Ryan also shares several of our new sponsors for this year, including 2UNDR (GNN20 at checkout to save 20%), Ship Sticks (click for 20% off), Health IQ and Happy Putter (GNN10 for a 10% discount) as well our first GNN audience trip in August to the Myrtle Beach World Am.
Then he gets into a discussion about buying golf clubs and some skepticism that clubs tests and reviews really mean all that much to most golfers.
Jan 14 2018
Rank #10: Tiger Woods across the River Jordan at the Hero
How did Tiger Woods look in his return at the Hero World Challenge? What expectations should we have for Woods going into 2015? On the other end of the leaderboard, the sky is the limit for winner Jordan Spieth, despite what he says.
Dec 11 2014
Rank #11: Reaction and fallout from the 2018 Masters
This episode is all about the 2018 Masters, of course. Patrick Reed wins, and the story about more than him winning. It's about how he got to this point, what he changed about his approach to Augusta to get the green jacket, how his past informs his present and future, and what's next for a guy who is beloved on American teams but wasn't beloved on Sunday.
We dig into Alan Shipnuck's Sunday night piece on Reed and his relationship with his family, trying to figure out what from what.
We also get into the weeks turned in by Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Jon Rahm.
Apr 09 2018
Rank #12: Tom Watson sharing stories about and honoring former caddie Bruce Edwards
Tom Watson is one of several keynote speakers at an important Friday night dinner put on by Travelers and the Travelers Championship. The dinner will benefit the Bruce Edwards Foundation and is expected to raise more than $1 million that will support research toward a cure for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), which claimed Edwards' life. Mr. Watson speaks about his works with ALS since Edwards' passing, sharing stories of their 30-plus years together and talking about how people can help.
Aug 05 2016
Rank #13: Guest Dean Snell and experiencing golf in Houston
On this episode, we're joined by Snell Golf founder Dean Snell to talk about his new MTB Red and MTB Black golf balls, his company four years into it, as well the experience of making golf balls for the average golfer. Dean is always a great guest, and his insights into the golf ball and the golf business are a must-listen.
Ryan also shares his experiences in Houston for a few days, including playing golf with Steve Elkington, meeting Jack Burke Jr., and more on what's coming in the future with Secret Golf.
Mar 30 2018
Rank #14: Rolling back the golf ball, and a major turf war
On this episode, Ryan Ballengee looks into the comments made by Bridgestone CEO Angel Ilagen that the time is now for a pro-only, scaled-back golf ball. Is something in the works? Also, we look at the run of future major site announcements from the USGA and PGA of America. Why are they making unprecedented future announcements so soon?
Nov 17 2017
Rank #15: Hank Haney's screw up and previewing the Memorial
May 31 2019
Rank #16: Matt Kuchar and JB Holmes were both slow to act; did either really win?
On this week's show, we had two controversies to discuss coming out of the Genesis Open.
After some tone-deaf comments about his payment arrangement with El Tucan to caddie for him in Mexico, Matt Kuchar comes around and agrees to pay David Ortiz his requested $50,000. So now what?
JB Holmes won the Genesis Open on Sunday, and he frustrated a lot of golf fans in the process with is slow (yet clutch) play. The PGA Tour has to do something to improve its product, so why aren't they?
Feb 19 2019
Rank #17: How par 3 courses can grow golf and save land
We've tackled the truth about golf's declining participation. Now let's tackle how we can grow the sport, save land and have some fun. Par 3 courses almost went the way of the Dodo bird, but they can make a roaring comeback.
Nov 05 2014
Rank #18: Reacting to the 2019 Masters
The 2019 Masters was one of the greatest sporting events of our lifetimes, and with a week to digest it all, Ryan is back to review and react to perhaps the greatest Sunday in major championship history. Ryan goes through the emotions of watching Tiger win major No. 15, what this might portend for the rest of 2019 and the remainder of Woods' career, as well where this Masters ranks for him among the greatest of all time. He then goes into the future fortunes of Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele and Francesco Molinari, and looks forward to the final three majors of 2019.
Apr 22 2019
Rank #19: Reflecting on Jarrod Lyle's final battle, then discussing a few minor golf controversies
On this week's show, Ryan talks about the devastating news Jarrod Lyle has stopped treatment for his third battle with leukemia and is pursuing a style of hospice treatment as he prepares to die. It's an emotional opening segment, and hopefully one which pays tribute to the Aussie's remarkable life and fight.
In the second half of the show, Ryan delves into the latest quibbling controversies in golf, including wondering if we're in the process of giving Bryson DeChambeau the Bubba Watson treatment.
Aug 01 2018
Rank #20: Will Tiger Woods matter in 2015?
Tiger Woods returns to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge, and we're wondering what kind of player will show up Isleworth, and if that guy will matter in 2015.
Dec 01 2014