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The 19th Hole Golf Show

The 19th Hole Golf Show is a golf podcast featuring in-depth intelligent discussion of the most important topics in golf. Each week, host Ryan Ballengee tackles topics ranging from professional tournament news to issues facing the amateur, everyday golfer.

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On Max Homa's amazing journey and liking the PGA in May


On this episode, Ryan gets into Max Homa's win at the Wells Fargo Championship, discussing how Homa overcame so much doubt and struggle to get to this incredible point. Homa's win also provides a window into the common struggles of pro golfers, and it shows they're more like us than we think. Also, Ryan shares his thoughts on the PGA Championship being in May, making a better flow for the majors.

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.

Playing golf with Laura Davies at Pine Needles


Ryan's back from a trip to the Pinehurst part of North Carolina, playing golf with Dame Laura Davies at Pine Needles to preview the second US Senior Women's Open. Ryan talks about the experience and what a joy it was to watch Dame Laura play some damn good golf (with a rental set, at that). Then he gets into comparing playing Mid Pines with Pine Needles, the strong opinions about both courses, as well the must-drinks and eats in Pinehurst.

Recapping Rory's win at The Players and my trip to Puerto Rico


After a month on the road, Ryan's back to talk about the incredible finish at The Players. TPC Sawgrass was A-plus in March, and the finale on Sunday was the most entertaining of the year. We dig in on Rory McIlroy's win, Jim Furyk's resurgence, Jon Rahm's meltdown and what to expect next March. Ryan kicks off the show talking about his near-month on the road, including playing in the PGA Tour pro-am for the Puerto Rico Open and his trip to the island.

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?

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