Episode 28

Published on:

22nd Mar 2024

Brand Scottie! Plus Colt Knost & PGC BFFs?!

In this episode, Ben and Jay discuss various topics related to golf, including the Players Championship, missing players, viewer figures, Scottie Scheffler's star status, LIV's future, and JCB's multi-year deal.

They also review LIV London and St. George's course and talk about future Ryder Cup venues. The conversation covers various topics related to golf tournaments, contracts, financial considerations, and the importance of Tiger Woods' involvement. It also touches on the meeting in the Bahamas and the frustration with PGA Tour players' resistance to change. The hosts discuss the possibilities of coexistence and a potential merger.

They call for support and questions from listeners and congratulate Matt Lloyd Travis on his achievements in golf. The conversation concludes with a reflection on talent and skill in the sport.


  • The absence of top players from the Players Championship affected viewer figures.
  • The PGA Tour's culture of exclusion and banning players from Live has led to a degradation of the field.
  • Scottie Scheffler is a star player but lacks star quality in terms of brand recognition and popularity outside of golf.
  • JCB has signed a multi-year deal with LIV, indicating that LIV is not going away anytime soon.
  • St. George's course was not ideal for hosting big tournaments like the Players Championship.
  • JCB's course, Adare Manor, is highly regarded and could potentially host the Ryder Cup in the future.


  • 00:00 Introduction and Discussion of Appearance on Colt's Show
  • 01:31 Review of The Players Championship
  • 04:32 The PGA Tour's Culture of Exclusion
  • 08:51 The Players Championship as a Major Event
  • 10:30 Debate on Scottie Scheffler's Star Status
  • 15:08 Scottie Scheffler's World Number One Status
  • 20:26 Review of LIV London and St. George's Course
  • 22:21 JCB's Multi-Year Deal and Future Ryder Cup Venues
  • 23:33 Discussion of Golf Tournaments and Contracts
  • 25:24 Financial Considerations and Revenue Generation
  • 26:19 Friendly Banter and Bahamas Meeting
  • 27:17 Meeting in the Bahamas
  • 29:16 Importance of Tiger Woods' Involvement
  • 31:50 Understanding the Plan
  • 32:38 Frustration with PGA Tour Players
  • 34:17 Coexistence and Merger Possibilities
  • 36:05 Call for Support and Questions
  • 37:26 Caddy Situation for AK
  • 40:24 Congratulations to Matt Lloyd Travis
  • 41:22 Talent and Skill in Golf

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Deep discussions for the love of golf, the fair way.
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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.
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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!