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.
Reviewing the Tourney of Champs and golf's new rules
We kick off the 2019 golf year with a new episode going over Xander Schauffele's big win at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Some key takeaways and questions from the win:
* Is Xander Schauffele poised to win a major in 2019?
* Where does the X-Man rank among the young guns?
* Did Justin Thomas' finish inspire him toward a Sony win?
Then we look at the Sony Open in Hawaii and the big adjustment players have to make going from Kapalua to Waialae Country Club. We also look at Justin Rose's schedule choices, the big field for the Desert Classic and how that might lead to a new title sponsor.
Finally, we dig in on the two biggest new golf rules in 2019: the option to putt with the flagstick in with the ball on the green, as well the new drop heights. Ultimately, these new rules help make golf better for most.
Talking architecture and more with Nathan Crace
In this episode of the show, we talk golf course architecture with architect Nathan Crace. Nathan is a fascinating guy and a great Twitter follow, as well now a podcast host of [his own "The Lipouts Podcast."](https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-lipouts-podcast/id1442472301?mt=2)
The conversation centers on Nathan's current portfolio of work, what it looks like and how it has progressed over the years. We discuss his beginnings as an architect, building his own three-hole course in his parents' Indiana backyard so he could play the game. Nathan shares his influences, including a great story about Bob Cupp.
We dig in on the flood of architectural opinions on social media, what they might miss and the tribal nature of favoring certain styles over others. Nathan takes a step back as we discuss the multi-dimensional nature of really understanding architecture as opposed to taking a more binary approach.
Finally, we talk about Nathan's new podcast and his great work at The Refuge in Mississippi, the things that are keeping him most busy these days.
Recapping The Match (Tiger vs. Phil) with Darin Bunch
On this episode of The 19th Hole Golf Show, we dedicate an hour-plus to The Match in Las Vegas, where Phil Mickelson defeated Tiger Woods in a 22-hole match played in a circus-like atmosphere at Shadow Creek.
GNN's Darin Bunch joins Ryan Ballengee to talk about his experience covering the match. Ryan asks Darin to weigh in on the unique setting of the ultra-private (but public) Shadow Creek, having such small galleries and trying to make sense of the action without a whole lot of help from anyone on the ground.
The fellas dig in on what went right and what went wrong with The Match, both from an in-person and television viewing experience. They talk about what could be done better in the future, including ginning up more side bets ("challenges") and embracing the spectacle that it was.
Finally, the guys sort out some of the tropes and criticisms about The Match which turned out not to be true, as well some potential future formats which could work for a pay-per-view match.
Our first-ever mailbag show!
In the first-ever mailbag show dating back some 16 years, Ryan answers a variety of questions from listeners and Twitter followers about The Match, Tiger vs. Phil, the Official World Golf Ranking, scramble order preferences, which tees to use and so much more. Ryan also recaps the weekend full of redemptive stories from Danny Willett's win in Dubai, to Lexi Thompson's demon-exorcising win on the LPGA, to Charles Howell III ending a 12-year winless skid.
TPC Danzante Bay trip report
In this episode, Ryan talks about his experience at TPC Danzante Bay and the Villas del Palmar in Loreto, Mexico. He gets into the first-night fears passing hurricane remnants might ruin the whole trip, to the gorgeous reveals on the Rees Jones-designed course to the quirks and fun of being at an in-progress resort in an isolated part of Baja California.
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