The Shotgun Start with Andy Johnson and Brendan Porath of Fried Egg Golf is a podcast waiting for you early in the morning that quickly blasts through a variety...
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Feisty Friday: Solheim Cup quibbles, Blockie persists, Golf Advice, and a Bears catastrophe
It’s Friday! Andy and Brendan are disgruntled and full of zip for this episode taking us into the weekend. They begin with some early reactions to the Solheim Cup, which started with the Europeans and some American second-guessing going up in flames. They delight in the disaster of a venue, some underwhelming early showings, one alt-shot duo going out in 45, and the Americans showing strength. News hits on the Ryder Cup press conference schedule apparently telegraphing the pairing plan for next week. Then they hit on Michael Block’s most recent win and the PGA Tour exemption it triggers for next year. Golf Advice hits on a lunatic scramble host chirping you, a player walking out of the woods to play in front of you, and how not to be an obnoxious fan rooting for the away team at the Ryder Cup. Lastly, Andy rants about a seemingly unprecedented Bears mess just two weeks into the season.
Solheim Cup chippiness, a ‘train wreck’ venue, and Tiger’s new restaurant
It’s the first of two international match play weeks at the Shotgun Start, which will lead to some unorthodox record times. But first Andy and Brendan begin this Solheim Cup week with some cleanup over a disastrous Monday Night Football game for the Browns and Justin Fields outright questioning his coaching. Then they get to the Solheim Cup and USA Captain Stacy Lewis publicly expressing her disappointment over the lack of commitment to co-promote or capitalize on the Solheim and Ryder Cups in consecutive weeks in similar parts of the world. This leads to a lengthy discussion on whose duty it would be to do such a thing and also how rights deals are stripping the networks bare. Then there’s some amusing intel on the quirk and, um, underwhelming aspects of this random Spanish venue choice. It does not sound like it will be fun for fans to get around but there may be some interesting TV. Looking ahead to next week, we already have our first game within the game for the Ryder Cup, and it involves Jon Rahm. News touches on Tiger Woods’s new restaurant, what he likely calls his new partner Justin Timberlake, and whether Andy and Brendan should go to the establishment next week in New York.
Sergio’s ‘last-ditch’ attempt at Ryder Cup, Mad Jimmy Walker, and Sahith (+ JT?) ball in Napa
It’s a whiparound Monday episode that begins with Andy and Brendan discussing various tales and messages that came across their desk over the weekend. Andy predicts Blockie will never leave our lives. There’s also some light football discussion, including amusement at the Florida Gators recent Billy-Ho inspired prop. Then on the Fortinet, or Fortnite Championship, they praise Sahith and what he can represent, but caution about some of the insane expectations. They also discuss JT’s performance and what it means for Rome. Over on the Euro Tour, they cover a wide range of topics from an odd Wentworth, one that Rory called at one point a “shitshow.” They hit on Ryan Fox’s win, a drunk fan heckling Big Shot Bob over a wager, and Rahm hitting a persimmon. Is Tommy Fleetwood also the golf equivalent of Justin Herbert? News hits on a report of a Sergio Garcia last ditch attempt to make himself eligible for the Ryder Cup and some seriously deluded Jimmy Walker comments about the changes to PGA Tour status and all the hard labor he’s put in over the years only to have the rug pulled out from under him with these adjustments. Finally, they close with a chat on Stew Hagestad and his incredible run of amateur golf.
The Ryder Cup 'Petty Swing,' ZJ wants Netflix out of team room, SGS Golf Advice
It’s Friday! And there is golf in many parts of the globe, but Joseph LaMagna begins by quizzing and confounding Brendan with the latest TikTok trend. That quickly transitions to a wandering chat on all things Rome, including Adrian Meronk’s play at Wentwoth and JT’s play in Napa. It’s what Joseph is calling the potential “Petty Swing.” Then they get to news that Team USA wants to preserve its “sacredness” and “sanctity” by not allowing the Netflix cameras into the team room in Rome. There’s also a discussion of DJ’s comments that he would be on the Ryder Cup team were he playing on the PGA Tour this year and not LIV. Then they get to a beefy Golf Advice section, replying to emails on a range of questions about gimme controversies, lunatics chucking clubs, not remembering names, and rain gear off the golf course.
Tiger emerges, Burly Boy Euros scout Rome, and a Town Crier’s Wentworth love affair
This Wednesday episode begins with the somber news of an Aaron Rodgers injury and a hypothetical on 24-hours of disaster at MetLife stadium. Then Brendan and Andy move to three things from social media in the last couple days 1) Tiger out there on a range, swinging some clubs (lightly) in public, 2) the off-the-bus intimidating burliness of the team picture for Europe during its scouting day in Rome, and 3) the PGA Tour’s “tough spot” regarding even the acknowledgment of one of the country’s great tragedies. The schedule for the week is back, with some thoughts on the Fortinet field and ample discussion on the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, a place Billy Horschel said he’d prefer to play for “25” events a year. Billy had a lot to say, including pleas for more Americans to play it and also that the trees make it feel like there are even more fans watching. News hits on Gil Hanse renovating Spanish Bay, USGA championships coming to Prairie Dunes, and more.
The Shotgun Start with Andy Johnson and Brendan Porath of Fried Egg Golf 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.