Episode 27

Published on:

15th Mar 2024

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In this episode, Ben and Jay discuss various topics related to golf.

They start by discussing Jay Monahan's latest speech and the divide between the PGA Tour and LIV.

Ben shares his experience of his golf trip to Jeddah and the impressive Royal Greens course. They also talk about the undulations and elevation changes on golf courses, using Jeddah and Hong Kong as examples.

The conversation then shifts to Matteo Manassaro's win on the DP World Tour and the challenges faced by professional golfers, including the financial aspects and travel demands.

They conclude by discussing the idea of a global tour and the need for collaboration between different golf tours.

The conversation covers Stuart Lanley's' tough life on the tour, the PGA Tour's guaranteed stipend, the frustration and anger on the PGA Tour, Scottie Scheffler's putting record, the return of Anthony Kim, and dealing with negative comments and bullying.


  • There is a divide between the PGA Tour and Live, and J Monahan's speech highlighted the differences in leadership and direction.
  • Golf courses like Royal Greens in Jeddah and Hong Kong Golf Club have unique undulations and elevation changes that may not be fully captured on camera.
  • Matteo Manassaro's win on the DP World Tour after 11 years shows the mental fortitude required in professional golf.
  • Being a professional golfer is challenging, with financial uncertainties and the demands of travel.
  • The idea of a global tour, with collaboration between different golf tours, could help address some of the challenges faced by professional golfers.


  • 00:00 Introduction and Discussion of Jay Monahan's latest speech
  • 03:15 Discussion of Golf Trip to Jeddah
  • 11:05 Undulations and Elevation Changes on Golf Courses
  • 20:13 Review of Hong Kong Open and Jordan Smith's Performance
  • 28:18 Reflection on the Challenges of Being a Professional Golfer
  • 32:12 Discussion on the Global Tour and Travel Challenges
  • 33:12 Stuart Manley's' tough life on the Tour
  • 36:31 PGA Tour's Guaranteed Stipend
  • 39:07 The Frustration and Anger on the PGA Tour
  • 44:58 Scottie Scheffler's Putting Record
  • 49:33 The Return of Anthony Kim
  • 56:28 Dealing with Negative Comments and Bullying
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Jamal S

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Jay (@ProGolfCritic) is a graduate of Duke University in Statistical Analysis.
A native New Yorker residing in California, he's been playing competitive amateur golf for over 25 years and is passionate about Golf being a global game and a game for everyone.
PGC firmly believes we need more Truth, Transparency, Logic & Common Sense in Pro Golf (and all media) and it is his mantra.
#MakeGolfFunAgain #TeamTaylorMade

Ben Mason

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Ben (Golf Lover UK) has been a casual golf fan all his life but in 2012 the bug bit. A huge fan of all things golf, PGAT, LIV, Ladies and Seniors. Ben is ticking off courses in the UK trying to play 20-25 new courses each year.

Mark Asquith

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Mark (@GolfDadUK) is a podcasting industry expert and an early industry leader in the United Kingdom and USA. He's also an avid golfer, huge fan of all things golf and is trying to get down to single digits over the next two years. Pah!