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The Thing About Golf #43: Padraig Harrington

Three majors and a Ryder Cup captaincy might be the highlights of a stellar career but as John Huggan puts it in the introduction, the most impressive thing about Padraig Harrington is that he’s basically a good bloke. Harrington sits down with Huggan a week after finishing a remarkable T4 at the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, a performance that went largely unheralded thanks to the even more remarkable play of Phil Mickelson. The pair talk elite golf, how to know if a player choked, slow play, the distance debate and much, much more in a wildly entertaining episode of The Thing About Golf.

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Ep 077: Phil, The Saudis and the Australian Open

An eclectic mix of topics might be the best way to describe Episode 77 when we are joined by John Huggan for a PGA wrap. That plan, however, soon went completely off the rails and descended into a discussion about world affairs and how to deal with Saudi Arabia and how the Masters might be key to fixing the Australian Open.

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Ep 076: he Dark Side Of Greg Chalmers

Two time Australian Open and Australian PGA champion Greg Chalmers is known as one of the nicest guys in the game and that’s as it should be. But the man they call Snake reveals his dark side on Episode 76 when he talks this week’s PGA at Kiawah Island. Chalmers was in the field last time a major was played here in 2012 and well remembers just what a nasty experience the Pete Dye creation can be. Unlike nine years ago, though, this week he is hoping the course bares its teeth and gives the best in the world an examination like the game hasn’t seen for some time.

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Episode 75: Troy Miller

Designer Troy Miller worked for Landmark Land Co. for a decade, building golf courses around North America, before leaving the company to settle down in his hometown of Charleston, SC. The move put him in a unique position to do something he’d first en…

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Ep 075: The Other Side of Architecture with Harley Kruse

It’s not the glamorous side of golf course design but in broad terms vegetation management might be the most important aspect of the job. Course architect Harley Kruse joins Ep 75 to talk about all things golf courses and environment including the difference between native and indigenous plants and why removing trees that should never have been planted is a win for the environment. There is also an update on the intriguing Kameruka project in southern NSW.

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The Thing About Golf #42: Andrea Watson

In the male dominated industry of golf club management, Yarra Yarra Golf Club General Manager Andrea Watson stands out but not only because she’s a woman. Completely new to golf when she took her first job in the dining room at Peninsula Country Club, Andrea has gone on to become one of the game’s most respected club Managers. Here, she chats with host Rod Morri about her career in golf and offers some interesting insights into what the future might hold for the golf industry.

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Ep 074: Modern Media, Money, Pro Golf and all that Stuff

On Episode 74 we’e joined by one of the younger members of the golf press when Golf Australia magazine Deputy Editor Jimmy Emmanuel joins the pod to talk modern media and where it’s going as well as other happenings in the wold of golf.

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Episode 67: TGH 67: The Birth and Death of Golf in America

Our latest episode of Golf From the Fringe: The Birth and Death of Golf In America: The Story of Harleston Green, is the true story of how the game of golf came to America in the mid-1700s. This story takes place over a 60 year period from 1739 to 1799 and tells the story of America’s first golfers, first golf course and first golf club and how they semmingly like the colony of Roanoke disappeared in the middle of the night.

I can’t tell you how proud of how this show came together – in my book its an instant classic.

Soundtrack:
“The Rise” by MRTN
“Touch” by Mattia Cupelli
“Forgotten” by Whitesand
“Hidden Past” by Kevin MacLeod

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The Thing About Golf #41: Curtis Strange

He’s remembered by most – and rightly so – for his two US Open wins, but Curtis Strange’s achievements in the game go far beyond that. A Ryder Cup player and captain, one time holder of the course record at The Old Course at St Andrews and a not infrequent visitor to Australia, he is a thoughtful and eloquent speaker about the game. In this broad ranging chat, John Huggan explores one of the most interesting careers of the modem era with a player regarded as one of the most competitive ever to pick up a club.

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