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Caolan Rafferty - Walker Cup omission, ageism & painting fences
Eyebrows were raised in many circles when Caolan Rafferty's name was overlooked for Walker Cup selection this year. Having already been capped in 2019 and after proving time and time again that he can play to the peak of his powers after a lengthy absence, the Dundalk man thought he'd done enough to earn a crack at the US side in Seminole in May. It wasn't to be for Rafferty, but for the now 28-year old, it's not the first time he's felt slightly overlooked when it comes to a selection process. A winner of the South and the West and ranked as high as 14 on the World Amateur Golf Charts, Rafferty's often been left to wonder whose fence he has to paint for opportunities to come his way. In this chat he shares his frustrations, but also his drive this season to prove to selectors that his omission was a mistake. We hope you enjoy the listen. As ever, don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Golf Ireland CEO Mark Kennelly on golf’s reopening, government negotiations & the future of golf in Ireland
Ahead of golf reopening on Monday April 26th we are joined by Golf Ireland CEO Mark Kennelly to discuss golf’s reopening, government negotiations & the future of golf in Ireland.
Leona Maguire reflects on her best LPGA finish + RBC Heritage Recap
On this week's edition of the podcast we were delighted to be joined by Leona Maguire fresh off her career-best LPGA Tour finish at the LOTTE Championship. The Cavan professional hadn't even slept when we spoke to her, still flying high after tying second behind Lydia Ko on her first trip to Hawaii. Far from resting on her laurels, Leona returns to action at this week's LA Open determined to keep her foot to the floor as she closes in on her first LPGA Tour win. We also recap another top-10 for Shane Lowry after an encouraging week at Hilton Head. We chat European Tour and the impact of the pandemic, Seamus Power, and we also start to get excited as golf's return nears in the ROI. As ever, we hope you enjoy the listen. If you do, please subscribe. If you don't, let us know what you think!
Matsuyama Masters Augusta + Is the Irish Open in doubt?
On this week's edition of the podcast, we recap the 85th Masters tournament, chatting everything from Hideki Matsuyama's historic win for Japan to what might've been for Shane Lowry despite his best finish amongst the pines. We hear from the Open Champion who's set to be without caddie Bo Martin for the next few weeks due to Ireland's new mandatory hotel quarantine regulations and why he feels the Irish Open could be in doubt. We also take aim at the other stories of the week, from Schauffele's implosion, to Zalatoris' coming-of-age showing and a shady cameo from honorary starter, Gary Player. As always, we hope you enjoy the listen. Don't forget to subscribe and let us know what you think.
Through green tinted glasses - Masters preview with Shane Lowry
The azaleas are in bloom, the patrons are back, it's April, and it's Masters week! No surprise then that this edition of the podcast focuses on all things Augusta as we asses the chances of Shane Lowry and Rory McIlroy ahead of the 85th edition of the Masters. We caught up with Shane prior to his opening tee-shot on Thursday and with Lowry cutting a confident figure behind the mic and we also got some insight from Rory McIlroy from his pre event press conference going into detail around what he and new coach Pete Cowen have been working on pre-tournament. We also take a look at the other contenders, of which there are many, and look back on the ANA, the Augusta National Women's Amateur and the resurrection of Jordan Spieth.
Tee-Day on April 26th, ANA Inspiration, GMac motivation & Masters musings
This week's edition of the podcast comes off the back of bitter news for golf in the ROI with the wait extended to April 26th before play will resume due to Covid-19. We react to the unexpected date, discuss the implications of the reopening for golf clubs and share what we hope to see come April 26. There was also lots to of actual golf to get through, from Match Play musings and GMac's resurrection at Corales to Ireland's Walker Cup call-ups and near-misses, Leona and Steph at the year's first Major, Mehaffey and McCarthy at the Augusta National Women's Amateur and an early look at the next week's Masters. We hope you enjoy the listen. As always, don't forget to subscribe and be sure to let us know what you think.