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.
This episode is dedicated to all things post-2018 Ryder Cup. We dig into why the Americans lost, ranging from analyzing their play and pairings, to digging into the interpersonal conflicts, captain's decisions and unfortunate circumstances which partially led to the Americans continuing a losing skid in Europe since their last win there in 1993.
Ryan gets into what Jim Furyk could have done differently (not much) given the hand he was dealt, where this Ryder Cup leaves the Ryder Cup Committee and its leaders, as well figures the lineage of future American captains.
Ryder Cup preview and predictions, and looking back on Tiger's Tour Championship win
On this episode, Ryan reviews and recaps Tiger Woods' Tour Championship win, taking you back through the comeback to this point and recognizing the absolute absurdity that is his 80th PGA Tour win. Spinning forward, it's easy to imagine Tiger doing some things that seemed months ago to be out of reach.
Then Ryan makes his predictions for the Ryder Cup, looking at the Friday fourball matches and making an overall prediction from there. Can the Americans end a generational losing streak in Europe?
FedEx Cup fidgeting, Congressional's long term hosting and a big thank you
The FedEx Cup is changing in a big way starting next season, and Ryan breaks down the changes and assesses if they actually accomplish what the PGA Tour is hoping they'll do. Then Ryan digs in on Congressional's 15-year commitment to PGA of America events, Keith Foster's restoration of the Blue Course and why these venues are announced 20 years in advance. Finally, on the eve of the Ryder Cup, Ryan talks about why the Ryder Cup is so important as a marker for his career and offers thanks for going on this journey in golf.
Reviewing the World Am and my return to tournament golf, featuring Mitch Laurance
This episode is all about my experience playing the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap (Not For Me) Championship. I talk through the process of getting back into competitive golf, the nerves, the breathing, the whole process. I recap some of the highs and lows from four competitive rounds in the Grand Stand, including a massive downpour, a super round at Grande Dunes, getting my game back and meeting 12 really fun playing partners over four rounds.
Grand Strand native Mitch Laurance joins me in the second half of the show to talk about his experience finishing fifth in his flight at the World Am. He also digs into the pride of the region in hosting this event, as well what he took away from playing three of four rounds with new Ben Hogan Golf irons and Knuth Golf woods.
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.
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