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The Thing About Golf #27: Dean Herden

Some people are born to be Generals while some are more naturally comfortable in the role of lieutenant; Dean Herden is the latter. After a playing career that didn’t pan out as he had hoped, Herden took what would be an unthinkable step for many: he swapped sides and stated carrying the bag for others. 28 years and 51 victories later, it seems he made the right call. Herden covers plenty of ground in this wide-ranging chat with host Rod Morri, including revealing the secret to the success of Korea’s women golfers and a heads up on three up and comers who might just be the ‘next big thing’.

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The Thing About Golf #26: Karen Lunn

There’s often an adversarial nature to the relationship between golfers and administrators which is why it’s rare to find a successful player who makes the transition to the other side. One shining example is Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG) CEO Karen Lunn – a 10-time Ladies European Tour winner, who now has the responsibility of steering the women’s professional game in Australia into a very uncertain future. Never one to shy away from controversy, Lunn talks about modern equipment and its impact on the game to the lack of ‘mongrel’ in some of the game’s younger players. After a lifetime in golf Lunn has collected plenty of nuggets of wisdom and she shares many of them during the course of this interview with host Rod Morri.

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The Thing About Golf #25: Greg Chalmers

It’s almost impossible to find anybody in Australian golf with a bad word to say about veteran touring professional Greg Chalmers. And, after this lengthy and expansive chat with host Rod Morri, we hope you’ll understand why.

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The Thing About Golf #23: Marc Leishman

It’s a long way from Warrnambool to the dizzying heights of the PGA Tour and for Marc Leishman, the son of a bricklayer, the two worlds could barely be further apart. Perhaps it is this grounded upbringing that has seen Leishman maintain an everyman attitude to life and the game, right down to his obsession with mowing his own lawn. The five-time PGA Tour winner is an intriguing character, one who always looks calm on the outside regardless of the circumstances. But don’t be fooled because as he reveals in this interview, there lurks beneath a fiery competitor. From wife Audrey’s near death experience from Sepsis in 2015 to his close call at that year’s Open Championship at the home of golf, Leishman maintains the perspective of a man who knows three putting is far from the top of the list of things that are important. In a wide-ranging chat Leishman reveals plenty about his journey so far as well as his plans for the future including why Leishman Lager is a big part of his retirement plans.

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The Thing About Golf #24: Dale Hayes

He might not have the profile or resume of Ernie Els or Gary Player but Dale Hayes’ contribution to golf in South Africa is not diminished because of that. Despite an extraordinarily promising playing career being cut short by the international response to Apartheid, Hayes has continued to be an integral figure in golf in his homeland. His voice will be instantly recognisable to many thanks to his TV commentary work but his story will be a revelation to a new generation of golfers.

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The Thing About Golf #22: Peter Fowler

He’s an Australian Open champion, a World Cup winner and a dominant force on the European Senior Tour but to talk to him you wouldn’t know any of that because at his core, Peter Fowler is simply a good bloke who happens to be good at golf. Talent, as Mathew Goggin once famously said, is merely the entry fee in professional golf and after that it comes down to hard work, self-belief, dogged determination and – yes – a little bit of luck. In Fowler’s case we can add one more characteristic to the list… it’s a less common one in professional golf or indeed any elite pursuit but the enduring impression one gets from him is humility. As always on the Thing About Golf our chat is a lengthy and wide ranging one but there is much wisdom to be gained by listening to the man affectionately known as ‘Chook’.

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The Thing About Golf #21: Karrie Webb

Karrie Webb is a self-confessed golf nerd but unlike the rest of us she also happens to be one of the best golfers in the history of the game. Yet, seven majors and a Hall of Fame career are in some way just the beginning for Karrie because as remarkable as it is to consider, in her own mind, the most important part of her golfing life is really just getting started. You’ll hear how in this exclusive chat with host Rod Morri.

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The Thing About Golf #20: Scott Hend

Too much Trackman, not enough working the ball, Tiger to maybe get to 18 majors before the end of the year… Scott Hend has opinions and he’s not afraid to share them! In a wide ranging chat, the popular Australian talks everything from golf in Asia versus America to continuing to travel the world to tee up at the age of 46. He’s refreshing, he’s honest, he’s entertaining and he happens to still be one hell of a player so settle in and enjoy some time with Scott Hend.

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The Thing About Golf #19: Bryden Macpherson

Bryden Macpherson will be a name familiar to a few of you though it would be fair to say that even in golf circles he’s far from a high profile figure. There’s no doubting his talent. He’s a very good player – clearly (you don’t win the British Amateur and three times as a professional through luck) but he’s more than that. He is also an intriguing thinker cut from a very different cloth to most golf pros of his generation. Here he talks with host Rod Morri about a wide range of golf and non-golf related topics and above all, The Thing About Golf.

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The Thing About Golf #18: Tony Johnstone

In his playing days, Tony Johnstone was as much renowned for his on course temper as he was his brilliant short game. Today, he’s one of the most recognised voices in the commentary box. In this conversation with host Rod Morri, the gregarious Johnstone talks with some embarrassment about those antics, his second career in television and the multiple sclerosis diagnosis in 2003 that saw him chosen for a drug trial which has seen him symptom free for nearly two decades. Johnstone is at his story telling best here as he reveals why he loves golf, bird-watching and why he reckons Greg Norman is a pussy.

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