The 19th Hole Golf Show

The 19th Hole Golf Show

The 19th Hole Golf Show is the preeminent weekly 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.... Show More

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August 27, 2019 33 min
We look back on our two-day takeover of Sweetens Cove, as well a review of the Tour Championship
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Will the PGA Tour's new Tour Championship format make the FedEx Cup more exciting?
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On this episode, Ryan recaps The 2019 Open Championship from Royal Portrush.
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It's been 10 years since Tom Watson was a yard away from winning the Open Championship at the age of 59. In October 2009, Mr. Watson joined me to talk about his game, his experiences at Turnberry and what he thought about that week just months after one of the most incredible runs in major championship history.
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On this episode, Ryan talks about the 3M Open and the upcoming Open at Royal Portrush, as well why it could be such an important event beyond golf. Then Ryan digs in on an interesting social media question of which courses you'd play for the rest of your life. Finally, Ryan explains his plans to air The 19th Hole twice per week starting in the second half of July.
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Hank Haney screwed up royally on his SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio show. So what happens next for Tiger Woods' old teacher?
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On this episode, Ryan recaps the 2019 PGA Championship from Bethpage Black, with Brooks Koepka winning his fourth major championship. We look forward from Koepka's win, as well dig in on the performances of Tiger, DJ, Rory, Spieth and more. Can anyone stop Brooks? Then Ryan talks about his week in the Pinehurst area for the US Senior Women's Open, won by Helen Alfredsson. He gives a special shout out to Jane Crafter for her great w...
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April 22, 2019 45 min
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 go...
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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 Pi...
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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 h...
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On this edition of the podcast, El Tucan (aka David Ortiz), who was the fill-in caddie on the bag for Matt Kuchar's win at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, shared what he was actually paid to loop in Mexico that week. Was he paid enough? What would fix this whole thing? Then we dig into Phil Mickelson's fifth-career win at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, including his last-minute push to finish the tournament on Monday. Paul Casey proved ...
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October 2, 2018 48 min
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 h...
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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 ...
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On this edition of the show, Ryan shares stories from the final Quicken Loans National. He talks about the life and death of the tournament, and he digs into the Sunday experience walking with Tiger Woods for likely the final time in his hometown.  Then Ryan welcomes Scott Tomasello from the Myrtle Beach World Am to talk about the experience of playing in the event (come join us!), as well what to expect from the festivities on th...
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June 4, 2018 31 min
On this episode, Ryan digs in on his recent piece on seeking a feeling of belonging in golf, as well the overwhelming outpouring of reaction to the article. While he feels golf at the elite end has a potentially toxic culture for the sport, the idea of being a golf snob isn't exclusive to being wealthy. Ryan also commits to bringing more stories of golf as most of us experience it.
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On this episode, Ryan talks about his experience of playing Shinnecock Hills Golf Club for US Open preview day. He takes you on a complete tour of the Southampton, N.Y., club, including the current setup, the demands on each hole and what players can expect inside the ropes as they battle for the national championship.  This was a likely once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and Ryan is beaming with excitement to share it all.
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On this episode of the show, Ryan talks about the potential impact on professional golf of legalized and regulated sports betting in the wake of the landmark Supreme Court decision. What could go wrong? What do we know so far? Then Ryan digs in on AT&T Byron Nelson host Trinity Forest, raving about the Coore-Crenshaw design outside in Dallas.
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On this episode, Ryan digs into the fun of the Zurich Classic, as well the great winning moment shared by the Jutanugarn sisters at the LPGA's Los Angeles event. It's a segue into talking about the beauty of golf being for the player whatever the want it to be -- and the truth that no one person should try to commandeer what the sport means.  Then Ryan is joined on National Golf Day by friend and TGA Premier Sports owner Josh Jaco...
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This episode is all about the 2018 Masters, of course. Patrick Reed wins, and the story about more than him winning. It's about how he got to this point, what he changed about his approach to Augusta to get the green jacket, how his past informs his present and future, and what's next for a guy who is beloved on American teams but wasn't beloved on Sunday. We dig into Alan Shipnuck's Sunday night piece on Reed and his relationship...
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On this episode, we're joined by Snell Golf founder Dean Snell to talk about his new MTB Red and MTB Black golf balls, his company four years into it, as well the experience of making golf balls for the average golfer. Dean is always a great guest, and his insights into the golf ball and the golf business are a must-listen. Ryan also shares his experiences in Houston for a few days, including playing golf with Steve Elkington, mee...
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