The 19th Hole Golf Show: Recapping The Match with Darin Bunch
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The 19th Hole Golf Show: Recapping The Match 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.

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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.

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Ryan Ballengee

Ryan Ballengee is founder and editor of Golf News Net. He has been writing and broadcasting about golf for nearly 20 years. Ballengee lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his family. He is currently a +2.6 USGA handicap, and he has covered dozens of major championships and professional golf tournaments. He likes writing about golf and making it more accessible by answering the complex questions fans have about the pro game or who want to understand how to play golf better.

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