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The Thing About Golf Podcast
52 minutes | Sep 21, 2022
The Thing About Golf #75: Isiaih Mwisege
Golf is a lot of different things to a lot of different people but for Uganda’s Isiaih Mwisege it is a calling. Isiaih found golf in 2003 through caddying and has since made it his life’s work to introduce as many Ugandan children as possible to the sport. The AFRIEYA Golf Academy provides opportunities not only in golf but also education and thanks to the dedication (and money) put up by Isaiah, continues to grow across the African nation.
86 minutes | Sep 6, 2022
The Thing About Golf #74: Paul McGinley
If not for a knee injury sustained playing Gaelic football as a teenager, Paul McGinley’s life may have turned out very different. That injury saw the Irishman turn to golf and he went on to become a European Tour stalwart, hole a Ryder Cup winning putt and later Captain the Europeans to victory over the Americans. But McGinley has much more to offer the game beyond his fine playing credentials. In this extensive chat with host John Huggan, McGinley covers everything from his unusual start in the game to the impact of LIV on professional golf.
74 minutes | Aug 24, 2022
The Thing About Golf #73: Alex Mercer
For 77 of his 88 years on the planet Alex Mercer’s life has been dominated by golf. A good player in his own right before a back injury early in his career, Mercer turned to coaching and having worked with the likes of David Graham, Steve Elkington, Brendan Jones and Michael Campbell (among others) successful doesn't begin to describe his career. His deep love of the game, keen mind and gift for communicating complex concepts in a simple way are all on show in this wide ranging interview with Rod Morri.
74 minutes | Aug 10, 2022
The Thing About Golf #72: Eddie Pepperell
Eddie Pepperell is a two-time European Tour winner and owner of some of the game’s most unusual swing drills. But he’s also one of golf’s most interesting thinkers on matters both golf and more broadly. He has opinions on topics as diverse as world economics and market forces to how LIV Golf fits in Saudi Arabia’s bigger geopolitical strategy. He touches on all of it in this fascinating chat with The Thing About Golf podcast host John Huggan.
75 minutes | Jul 27, 2022
The Thing About Golf #71: Jose Maria Olazabal
Jose Maria Olazabal was one of the best of his generation – a dual Masters winner with one of the most admired short games in history. But it is for his legendary pairing with Seve Ballesteros at multiple Ryder Cups — and his own heroics as captain in the 2012 ‘Miracle at Medinah’ —that he will be best remembered. John Huggan caught up with Olazabal during The Open Championship at St. Andrews for a wide-ranging interview on all things golf, and what it is about this game that he is so passionate about.
71 minutes | Jul 13, 2022
The Thing About Golf Podcast #70: Cameron Percy
He’s not a household name or a prolific tournament winner but at the age of 48 Cameron Percy continues to achieve something most never do: keep his card on the most competitive Tour in the world. Golf aside, Percy is an engaging personality and interesting thinker whose political views often see him at odds with his peers. Yet he remains both popular and likeable as you’ll hear in this wide-ranging interview with Rod Morri. The Victorian discusses representing his state and country before earning a spot in his club pennant team, bringing a shoe shine kit on Tour during his rookie year and covers armlock putting and Will Zalatoris.
79 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
The Thing About Golf #69: Jaime Diaz
Technically, writing is just the putting together of words to form sentences. However, like golf, that undersells by quite a margin the gift some have for it. Jaime Diaz is one of those gifted people, a giant of the golf writing fraternity who somehow remains as genuinely humble today as the day he started in the business. From his work with Tiger Woods and Seve Ballesteros to the drama of the 1999 Ryder Cup at Brookline, Diaz is at his best in this expansive conversation with John Huggan.
92 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
The Thing About Golf #68: Denis McDade
In the past three decades the high profile golf coach has become a thing. What was once a behind the scenes job, now often comes with a dash of celebrity and the names of those who work with the game’s best are easily recognisable. But not Denis McDade. McDade is the very definition of humble, quietly guiding the games of some of Australia’s best players of the past 20 years – including Marc Leishman, Todd Sinnott, Marcus Fraser and Matt Griffin to name a few – while simultaneously helping those who struggle to break 90. He’s also part owner of Yarra Bend golf course in Melbourne and a passionate advocate for junior golf as we find out in this broad ranging discussion with the Thing About Golf podcast host, Rod Morri.
65 minutes | May 31, 2022
The Thing About Golf #67: Lee Westwood
2023 will mark Lee Westwood’s 30th year as a professional and while the game’s Grand Slam titles have eluded him, he has achieved every other measurable milestone in the game. At Whistling Straits last year, he matched Sir Nick Faldo’s record for most Ryder Cup appearances with 11 and was one of only three players to win his singles match in an otherwise heavy defeat. Westwood has played — and won — all over the world and including the 1997 Australian Open in a play-off over Greg Norman, and been one of the game’s best international ambassadors. In this candid and length chat with John Huggan, the Englishman talks about all that as well as perhaps his most controversial career decision to date: playing in the much-maligned Saudi Golf League.
78 minutes | May 18, 2022
The Thing About Golf #66: Nick O'Hern
He wasn’t a prolific winner but Nick O’Hern might be one of the most consistent golfers Australia has ever produced. Never one to overpower golf courses, the left-hander nonetheless spent a lot of time near the top of leaderboards at the highest levels of the game. In this in-depth chat with host Rod Morri, O’Hern talks about how he went from a handicap of four when he turned professional to being a top-20 ranked player in the world. He also expands on his work with some of the game’s rising stars and his somewhat unexpected second career as an author and his latest book, Play Your Best Golf. Links mentioned in this episode: Order his books, Play Your Best Golf or Tour Mentality, on Booktopia To work with Nick, you can get in touch him via his website
96 minutes | May 3, 2022
The Thing About Golf #65: Peter Kostis
For a generation of golf watchers, he was the voice of CBS broadcasts, breaking down swings courtesy of the Konica Minolta BizHub Swing Vision camera between bringing insightful on course analysis. But there is much more to the Peter Kostis story than his TV work, from his own playing background to his coaching work with Tour players, like Paul Casey. Find out all this and more in this engrossing chat between Kostis and long-time friend, John Huggan.
69 minutes | Apr 20, 2022
The Thing About Golf #64: Brendan Jones
Brendan Jones is one of Australia’s most successful yet lowest profile international golfers.15 times a winner on the Japan Tour, Jones is the very definition of laid back and in this chat with Rod Morri explains, among other things, how he could take a year off during the pandemic to be a landscaper — then almost win in his first start back.
93 minutes | Apr 6, 2022
The Thing About Golf #63: Masters special, Eamon Lynch
A career in journalism outside the game has informed and shaped Eamon Lynch’s work within it, making him one of the most important public voices of this modern tumultuous time in golf. In this Masters week Thing About Golf bonus episode, John Huggan sat down with the Northern Irishman at Augusta National to find out about his connections to golf, the modern media and —most importantly — The Masters and what might unfold this week.
75 minutes | Mar 29, 2022
The Thing About Golf #62: Vaughan Somers
He might be best known for a brilliant hole-in-one that ultimately embroiled him in a lengthy legal dispute with the tax man, but there is much more to Vaughan Somers than that magical 6-iron on the 17th hole at Coolangatta and Tweed Heads Golf Club in 1981. Somers played the European Tour for 11 years in an era many believe was the circuit’s Golden Age. From 1977 to 1988 he saw and played with Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam, Sandy Lyle and Bernhard Langer, and still counts Nick Price among his closest friends. Listen in as Vaughan, who is today a highly regarded coach in Melbourne, talks all things golf with host Rod Morri – from why modern Tour players are sooks to why you should never cut your fingernails during a tournament.
74 minutes | Mar 16, 2022
The Thing About Golf #61: Catriona Matthew
She made history by captaining back to back winning European Solheim Cup teams and finished top-10 in 18 different majors with one win, at the 2009 Women’s British Open.Catriona Matthew is one of Scotland's most decorated players (and the 1996 Australian Women’s Open champion) but what makes her tick?John Huggan has spent much of his career — and hers — writing about Matthew’s play and sits down for a wide ranging chat with the 52-year-old at her home in North Berwick.
72 minutes | Mar 1, 2022
The Thing About Golf #60: Sandy Jamieson
In urban centres across the world there is pressure on public courses and the space they occupy. From developers looking to profit from housing, to councils keen to convert courses to parks, many believe golf is not an efficient use of public space. But as our guest on episode 60 will attest, that is a narrow view of the role public golf plays in communities. PGA professional Sandy Jamieson is a champion for public golf and in this wide-ranging chat with host Rod Morri he explains why he prefers the grassroots of the game to his days coaching stars on the PGA Tour.
86 minutes | Feb 16, 2022
The Thing About Golf #59: Paul Lawrie
It was one of the most brutal Opens in recent memory but Paul Lawrie's brilliance in winning at Carnoustie in 1999 is all too often overlooked. The comical scenes of Jean van de Velde wading in the burn beside the 18th green dominate most people’s memories of that event but that does Lawrie a disservice. To win, despite starting the final round 10 shots behind was rightfully the highlight of his career but there is much more to Paul Lawrie than his lone major triumph, as you’ll hear in this revealing interview with John Huggan.
85 minutes | Feb 1, 2022
The Thing About Golf #58: Gerri O'Callaghan
Geraldine O’Callaghan is one of just a handful of female course superintendents in Australia. A one-marker, who plays pennant for Melbourne’s Southern Golf Club and holds a pilot’s licence in her spare time, Gerri was recently appointed to the top job at the recently redesigned Sandringham Golf Links. With Sandringham being managed by neighbour Royal Melbourne Golf Club, that means Gerri is in the pecking order to perhaps one day be course super at one of the world’s most revered clubs. It’s been a remarkable journey for the Cohuna native whose other life ambition was to fly jumbo jets as a commercial pilot. Gerri chats with Rod Morri about the journey that brought her here.
112 minutes | Jan 19, 2022
The Thing About Golf #57: Frank Nobilo
He’s best known by an entire generation for his TV commentary, but Frank Nobilo was a formidable player in his day. Struck down by injury long before his prime, the New Zealander has built a second — and almost as impressive — career in the commentary booth. A deep thinker with a naturally analytical mind, Nobilo gives great insight into every facet of the game in this candid and detailed chat with John Huggan. From his early days on the European Tour to his relationship with former Golf Channel colleague Brandel Chamblee, Nobilo is equal parts forthright and reflective about the game he clearly still loves.
76 minutes | Dec 8, 2021
The Thing About Golf #56: Hazel Irvine
TV is how most of us consume the bulk of our golf and those who are the face and voice of the medium help shape how we view the game.The BBC’s Hazel Irvine has been one of the best in the business for more than 20 years and offers some terrific insights into both the game and – the broadcasting of it – in this chat with John Huggan.
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