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The Shotgun Start with Andy Johnson of The Fried Egg and Brendan Porath is a podcast waiting for you early in the morning that quickly blasts through a variety of topics (usually) related to golf and (ideally) relevant to the day. It covers news from the pro tours around the world, amusing and important topics from the amateur game the rest of us play, and some irreverent stuff in between. There will be short interviews, previews, reviews, and dives into the archives. It provides what you need to know on golf through a rapid and fun catch-up discussion.

The Shotgun Start The Shotgun Start

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    • 4.8 • 63 Ratings

The Shotgun Start with Andy Johnson of The Fried Egg and Brendan Porath is a podcast waiting for you early in the morning that quickly blasts through a variety of topics (usually) related to golf and (ideally) relevant to the day. It covers news from the pro tours around the world, amusing and important topics from the amateur game the rest of us play, and some irreverent stuff in between. There will be short interviews, previews, reviews, and dives into the archives. It provides what you need to know on golf through a rapid and fun catch-up discussion.

    Tiger talks, Bryson oils up, and the Asian Tour pokes the bear

    Tiger talks, Bryson oils up, and the Asian Tour pokes the bear

    This late Monday episode was planned as another installment of the Year in Review, but Andy and Brendan could not shut up about some of the recent developments in the world of golf. So they begin with a few comments on Thanksgiving weekend before transitioning to reactions on The Match V. Is hard work never really sleeping with Bryson? They discuss Phil’s work on the mic, and why Brooksy was always a natural for this kind of deal. Then it’s on to Tiger’s first interview since his car accident. They discuss Tiger as a golf guru for Charlie, the joy of just seeing him make an appearance, questions they wish were asked, and the unnecessary timetable guesswork that’s happening. Also, what his statement about not playing the Tour full time anymore might mean for that organization -- speaking of, the Asian Tour lobbed a salvo with the announcement of a lengthy commitment list for the Saudi International next year. Can the Tour do anything to respond and is this list just going to keep growing? Back with more Year in Review Part 3 later this week!

    • 40 min
    Year in Review Part 2, presented by Precision Pro Golf

    Year in Review Part 2, presented by Precision Pro Golf

    This Black Friday edition of the Year in Review is a quick companion piece to Wednesday for your Thanksgiving holiday travels, and it’s brought to you by Precision Pro Golf, the official rangefinder of the Shotgun Start. This part picks up with some of the Pat Reed embedded ball-gate fallout, and runs through the Phoenix Open, Pebble Beach, and a wind-delayed Riviera. This is the usual SGS approach to the year in review, focusing more on the amusing, inane, and extraordinary and it will continue to roll out over the next week or so in multiple parts to be enjoyed at your convenience during the holiday season. There is also, if you can believe it or not, a Black Friday sale in the SGS Pro Shop if you’re so inclined.

    • 51 min
    Year in Review Part 1, presented by Precision Pro Golf

    Year in Review Part 1, presented by Precision Pro Golf

    The annual Year in Review series is back, and earlier than normal this year thanks to sponsor Precision Pro. This episode begins with some quick comments on reports of the PGA Tour bringing wide-ranging purse increases and other incentives as a counter move to the upstart disruptor leagues. Then it’s on to the Year in Review, beginning with Kapulua, where Bryson was trying not to black out and Pat Reed was wearing non-sponsored GFore apparel. This part runs through Torrey Pines, where Pat Reed was self-adjudicating embedded balls. This is the usual SGS approach to the year in review, focusing more on the amusing, inane, and extraordinary and it will continue to roll out over the next week or so in multiple parts to be enjoyed at your convenience during the holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for your support of the podcast!

    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Tiger activation, Dubai Drama, the Ko show, and some other spicy takes

    The Tiger activation, Dubai Drama, the Ko show, and some other spicy takes

    This Monday episode is an amusing jaunt through a surprisingly full weekend of golf news. Andy and Brendan begin first with the Tiger Woods swing video, expressing surprise, hope, and context about the commercial aspect of why it was posted. They discuss whether this means we’ll see him playing again soon, or ever. Then they get to Dubai, where Collin Morikawa’s impressive career start continued by becoming the first American to win that season-long contest. They discuss some of the outrageous numbers Morikawa is putting up. There’s also an unexpectedly lengthy chat about Rory, his coach split, what success in November means for someone with his resume, and ripped shirt-gate. On the CME, they marvel at Jin Young Ko’s dominance, her GIR streak, and the state of the women’s game heading into 2022. There are digressions on Lexi, Nelly, and Lydia as well. Talor Gooch is given his due for his breakthrough win before a closing segment on hot driver faces, Brooksy’s new equipment deal, and whether his best golf is behind him.

    • 46 min
    Embracing the fall series, and writing a Ryder Cup book with Shane Ryan

    Embracing the fall series, and writing a Ryder Cup book with Shane Ryan

    We are joined by the estimable Shane Ryan for this Friday episode. Shane is at the RSM Classic this week in Sea Island, and jussssst finished a 40-day sprint writing a much-anticipated Ryder Cup book. We begin first with that project -- the arc and elevator pitch of the book, his overarching takeaways from a decade immersed in the Ryder Cup, what it was like to write in such a short span after the conclusion at Whistling Straits, and one especially despairing moment during that writing process. Then we transition to his view from Sea Island, what he likes about the event that some might argue shouldn’t exist, and what he’s seen this week so far. Shane is also a defender, mild albeit, of the fall series and expounds on what he finds acceptable and endearing about a portion of the schedule that is often an easy target of the misanthropes. Thanks to Shane for the time, and you can preorder his book here.

    • 34 min
    The worst day of the week, and the Town Crier rings his bell in Dubai

    The worst day of the week, and the Town Crier rings his bell in Dubai

    This Wednesday episode begins with a tale of Andy claiming he just played golf in the worst weather he’s ever experienced on the course. Then he and Brendan debate and consider the worst day of the week, with a strong argument made for Tuesday. The schedule for the week begins with the RSM Classic, an event with a commendable-enough field full of Georgia Bulldogs. The CME Championship is then discussed, as well as the “remastered” Tiburon course and the general Naples scene. Over on the Euro Tour, it’s the Race to Dubai conclusion, with Collin Morikawa in the driver’s seat and Billy Boy on his heels. The Town Crier was busy making proclamations from the Middle East, calling for a reduction in cards and fewer “handouts” to the rank and file PGA Tour players not doing enough. These comments, and a solution, are discussed in a closing news segment that also features brief asides on Rory’s carbon footprint and his apparent Greg Norman distaste.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

hpsingers ,

The best there is

I love this NFL podcast but occasionally it annoyingly breaks out in to inane golf chat.

Seriously though - I don’t miss an episode. Absolutely love the podcast and the way it captures the best and worst of golf. It helps that I am at a similar stage of life as Brendan and Andy. Keep up the good work!

The Prince of BrisVegas ,

SGS

Hi Andy and BRENDON!!!!

Always love listening to your podcasts. Brings a smile to my face on my morning bus rides or even just walking down the street and people looking at me strangely as I laugh at your numerous takes on various golf names and events.

Really love the on course insights you both give and hearing from people a bit closer to the action then here in Brisbane, Australia.

Hence love the chats with Geoff Ogilvy as well on The Fried Egg and loved the recent chat with Mike Clayton. His comments about you describing the difference in approach shots for Phil vs Brooks at Kiawah were spot on! That’s the stuff I love and you don’t read in any modern day sports reporting. People who are actually on the ground watching this happen! Not some contrived comment about someone’s perceived attitude!

Keep it up and love the voices for those who somehow find you annoying!!

As someone who spent 5yrs chatting on morning radio over here about golf I’ve loved hearing all your insights.

Joe Kingsley

Gcudz ,

Excellent

Great weekly pods great hosts, great Rotisserie Chicken and short boy takes.

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