"Fore Play" is a weekly podcast by common golfers, for common golfers. Trent, Riggs and their wide variety of guests talk about everything golf like normal folks sitting at a bar watching coverage, venting about the game's difficulties, and weighing in on pro gossip. Your classic golf addicts, the "…
We hung out with Rory McIlroy last week. It was awesome. The TaylorMade shoot in Florida gave us time with Rory, Morikawa, DJ, Sergio, Wolff and many others. We detail those experiences. Plus we discuss the merch sales and how much our listeners' support means to us. Then we get into Tiger updates, real vs fake Christmas trees, Saudi tournaments, the legend Lee Elder passing away at 87 and much more.
Tiger Woods posts a swing video! We break it down and we do it with Harry Higgs. In fact we do the entire show with Harry Higgs. We get phenomenal stories on Phil Mickelson, playing in Honduras, and making putts to get into the Masters. We get endless stories. And we go deep into performing on the golf course, playing good bad golf, and how “paying attention” can improve consistency. All time interview.
Our old friend Brian Baumgartner (41:11) from The Office joins Trent and Frankie in studio. As always, an excellent conversation ensues. Riggs details some heartbreaking short putt misses at the Barstool Classic live from Pinehurst and provides a full update as players battle for $10,000. And much more, per usual.
Trent Ryan visited his first ever Russian bathhouse this weekend. Riggs is in Pinehurst for the Barstool Classic Championship. Frankie was adulting on Long Island in Frankie fashion. Plus we've got Slugger White and Phil Mickelson in the news.
World-renowned saxophonist Kenny G (01:23:47) joins the show. Perhaps the greatest podcast guest we've ever had? Phenomenal Tiger Woods stories. An unreal tale of bold moves that propelled him to stardom. This one is a must-listen. Kenny G's new album, New Standards, is releasing on December 3rd. Pre-save here --> https://found.ee/kennyg_newstandards
Comedian Bert Kreischer (00:59:08) joins the show in studio. A fantastic and hilarious conversation ensues. Before Bert, we discuss Viktor Hovland winning in Mexico, ugly Christmas sweaters, and a hypothetical offer for the Fore Man Scramble to join the super league for a lot of cash.
Two interviews. That's the show. We got Bubba Watson (00:06:15) in studio discussing his new book, “Up and Down,” and his simple hope that the book will help at least one other person. We discuss Bubba's public recognition, his sideline status as a two-time Masters winner, and him “eight mile-ing” himself via the book. Then Matt Every (00:39:37) joins to discuss joining golf TV broadcasts, the ups and downs of a career, getting suspended and deciding to follow around Oasis for three months, and much more. Buckle up!
The weather community has been deceiving us for years. We react. Also, Greg Norman is becoming the face of a possible competing global golf league, Lucas Herbert breaks through in Bermuda, Riggs returns from Bandon, Frankie found himself in an escape room and much more. In From The Gallery: What are the chances Tiger Woods plays in the 2022 Masters? What is the best golf club for self defense against an intruder? Is it acceptable to bring a rangefinder to spectate a golf tournament?
Congratulations are in order for our very own Frankie Borrelli for getting engaged! We chat about Justin Thomas and Matthew Wolff congratulating Frankie on taking this monumental life step, the terminal velocity of golf balls in space, the absolute Fyre Fest going on in Bermuda, could the Fore Man Scramble win a U.S. Open in Championship conditions playing all four days, @UseGolfFacts is at it again, and tons more.
Live from the final Barstool Classic stop of the year at Cherry Valley on Long Island, we've got a lot to discuss. Frankie has again assumed the position of rockstar. Hideki Matsuyama won in Japan after calling his game less than a 1 out of 10. Trent went full Nashville. We debate how gravitational pull works and if/when there will be a golf course on the moon.
Skateboarding icon Ryan Sheckler (01:14:44) joins the show. Like all of us, he's got the golf bug and he's got it bad. We delve into being a child prodigy, turning pro at age 14, cool skateboarding vs golf lingo, and the similarities between improving one's golf game and learning new tricks. Before Ryan, we discuss Riggs' trip to Prairie Dunes in Kansas, not being a morning podcast and much more.
Rory wins and, naturally, delivers several fantastic quotes. Rickie contends. Morikawa threatens. Also — it's spooky season. Do you like to be scared? Terrified? Anxious watching movies or shows or walking through haunted houses? Have you watched Squid Game? Should we create Golf Squid Game? When will golf one day figure out golf coverage?
Riggs takes the squad on a historical journey looking into the rules of golf over the past 800 years. Some old school rules blow our minds and make us consider bringing them back. In news, Bryson changed his putting based on the study of where one strikes the dimple on a golf ball… and Frankie is all for it. We also get an update on Frankie's elbow (not good), Tiger Woods, and more.
Alfonso Ribeiro (01:14:13) joins the show for the third time. Again, he's incredible, insightful, and full of great stories. But most importantly, our very own Trent Ryan has proven to be a national heartthrob. He stole the hearts of every female in Boston with his live show appearances last week… complete with his luggage. We discuss Trent's “pop,” new footage of Tiger Woods, Frankie's wounded arm, Sungjae's victory, Wolff's solid play, JR Smith's college golf debut, Phil improving to 3/4 on the Senior Circuit, and much more.
Guests galore. First, we're joined by Sub-Par host, former PGA Tour player, and roaster of Lurch, Colt Knost (00:11:37). We discuss the Bud Cauley incident, the MJ lunch photo, get some great stories, and find some true common ground. Then, as we're on with Colt, Sam Burns (00:52:45) joins the show fresh off winning the Sanderson Farms. We discuss favorite restaurants on the road, hunting, LSU football, pizza reviews, Trent's bunker woes, and much more.
Lurch had lunch with MJ (like, the real Jumpman 23) and watched football at Justin Thomas' house. Frankie had surgery. Riggs gave a speech at Oakmont's famed SWAT party. Date Trent emerged and may permanently replace Trent Ryan. All this plus Bones is leaving TV to caddie full-time for JT, Bubba and Ted Scott split up, Bryson shined at the World Long Drive and much more.
Zach Johnson (00:20:08) and Entourage creator Doug Ellin (00:59:18) join the show. First, Trent confesses his undying fandom to fellow Cedar Rapids native, 2-time major winner and recent Ryder Cup vice-captain Zach Johnson. We discuss Iowa, the famous eyes open Claret Jug picture, and get details on what it's like on the team earpieces during the Ryder Cup. Then, Doug Ellin joins to discuss the differences between Hollywood then and now, how Entourage is received today and his thoughts on it, and tells stories about he and the crew through the years.
Dylan Dethier, senior writer for Golf.com and Golf Mag, joins us live from Whistling Straits to break down Ryder Cup prep. Who's looking sharp? Who's not? What differs this week from any other week? How does it affect the players? Plus, Frankie & Trent continue to grill Riggs on his European “fandom.”
Emotions are high. Tempers are flaring. Expectations are high. It's Ryder Cup week and we're here for it. Frankie and Trent confront Riggs about his European fandom. Riggs aggressively defends himself. The squad goes through possible pairings, possible outcomes, possible drama, course setup, captains' strategy and much more. It's here. It's time.
The Bandon trip continues. Reviews of Sheep Ranch and Old MacDonald in severe wind. Caddies Dillon & Jared join us. We rank the Bandon courses. Plus, Brooks Koepka has some concerning comments about the Ryder Cup. Paul Azinger responds. Bryson's hands are “wrecked” from World Long Drive prep. Much to discuss.
Live from Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon. We've played Bandon Trails, Pacific Dunes, and The Preserve, and we lived to talk about it: 40mph winds, spectacular views, lost golf clubs, links conditions, exposing audio, elite drones, gaping holes, spreading apart, and much more.
Kevin Kisner is not on the Ryder Cup team. Riggs is now a European Ryder cup fan, and Kirk Minihane (00:05:29) joins Trent and Frankie to grill him on his stance, his plan, and his disloyalty. How will he hold up if USA wins? Will he try to join the celebration? Will he continue his European fandom if Europe wins? Is he rooting for Sergio Garcia to beat Brooks Koepka down the stretch if that determines the 2021 Ryder Cup? Then we're joined by former top-10 tennis player in the world, Mardy Fish (01:15:13), who takes us through his new Netflix documentary and what it was like competing against Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, and others.
We have a solution for the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup playoffs format, and we're enlisting Lurch to create a deck we can send to the PGA Tour. This, naturally, leads to a discussion on work decks and the misery of corporate lexicon. Following the weekend, there's much to talk about — Cantlay wins the FedEx Cup; Europe wins the Solheim Cup; Koepka withdraws from the Portnoy match; Bryson likens himself to Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk; the crew is soon visiting Bandon Dunes; we've got our next Fore Man Scramble match; and much more.
As contentious of a show as we've had all year. Fellow podcaster vs fellow podcaster. Man vs man. Is the Tour Championship scoring stupid or does it make sense? Are the analogies for it good or bad? Is the Tour lame for banning fans from yelling “Brooksie?” Is Riggs a turncoat for threatening to root for Europe if Kiz isn't on the U.S. Ryder Cup team? Is he a coward for reaching for ways out of it? Is golfer tracker Twitter clouded by drama? This and much, much more in a long, heated show.
What a playoff. Bryson falls to Patrick Cantlay and there's plenty of chatter to go around. “Patrick, stop walking please.” Bryson allegedly having a confrontation with a fan post-round. Cantlay draining putts. Rory throwing clubs. In East Lake talk, Riggs finds himself on a rare island discussing the Tour Championship scoring format. Finally, Brandon Wu (01:30:12) joins the show to discuss life on the Korn Ferry Tour, what it means graduating to the PGA Tour, and much more.
Big show, 3 guests. Collin Morikawa (00:47:32) (the 2021 Open champion), Anna Nordqvist (01:01:09) (the 2021 Women's Open champion), and James Piot (01:25:36) (the 2021 U.S. Amateur champion) all join the show. How is Collin feeling about wearing a suit to the Northern Trust per Frankie's recommendation and what was it like battling it out down the stretch at Royal St. George's? How proud is Anna after holding off an army of contenders this past Sunday at Carnoustie? How is James handling his newfound U.S. Amateur fame, and what's it like from his end being a Barstool Athlete? This and we react to Tony Finau finally getting it done at Liberty National.
Patrick Peterson (01:35:27) of the Minnesota Vikings joins us to talk training camp, golf, and providing kids in need with shopping sprees. Before Patrick joins, we discuss the dangerous chaos that is a PGA Tour pro-am, the lack of accountability facing meteorologists, debate the absurdity of Frankie mixing cereals, and Riggs expresses concern over Bryson competing in the World Long Drive the day after the Ryder Cup.
Scottie Scheffler (0:33:02) & Wyndham Clark (01:12:55) join the show live from our set overlooking 18 at Liberty National. Scottie talks his history with us, with following Barstool, getting mad on the course, and being a top-20 player in the world. Wyndham talks about how he and his caddie settle on yardages, how serious talks became with The Bachelor, getting competitive games with other pros, and having style as a golfer. We also breakdown our interactions at the Northern Trust with Phil Mickelson, Joel Dahmen, Harry Higgs, Keith Mitchell, Abraham Ancer and more.
Kiz joins the show for 90 minutes after winning the Wyndham Championship in a 6-man playoff. 4th career win. Over a million dollar Wad Wednesday coming. Spirits are high as we discuss the absurdity of the 6-man playoff, players stepping in other player's lines, the leg kick twirl after stuffing one in the playoff, what the Kevin Kisner Golf Club would look like, Kiz's Wendy's order post victory, the upcoming Kisner-Riggs Barstool Classic team, and MUCH more. Big time show.
2+ hours with our dear friend Pat Perez. We discuss: hitting fans with errant tee shots, where the Olympics fall in the importance of golf titles, Augusta keepsakes, Steve Williams stories, a rematch vs the Fore Man Scramble at Silverleaf, Pat's new outlook on his golf game and on life in general, and much more. Plus we're joined by Jeremy Poincenot, the legally blind golfer who recently became a single digit handicap and may have to take on our very own Frankie Borrelli in a golf match. Packed, packed show.
A lot of appreciating going on. We appreciate Erin Hills, JJ Watt, Wisconsin golf in general, Abe Ancer, Barstool Sports and Hockeyfest, and good golf shots. We've also got Bryson rattled over “Brooksy,” Nelly Korda being unstoppable, some Messi soccer talk, and much more.
Is the complicated math you learn in school the least relevant subject matter known to man? Did technology render math problem-solving completely useless? We discuss this and much more. Will the women's Olympics get cut to 54 holes due to extreme heat? Is Frankie a full-on character guy now after his Jersey Shore performance at Borrelli's? Do we like the PGA Tour x European Tour alliance? Which restaurant has the best cheeseburger? Can Dave Portnoy actually beat Brooks Koepka? This and much more.
Trent did it! He did it. After years of rounds, many visits with John Tillery, several hours logged on the 5-iron Golf simulators, Trent Ryan delivered the most iconic round in Fore Play history. We relive it all and discuss the most important aspect — what's next? We also get into Xander winning the Olympic gold, Lurch vs Frankie in ping pong, upcoming visits to The Northern Trust and to Bandon Dunes, trips to Erin Hills and Newport National, and more.
Not a hockey podcast; we're welcomed by 20 year old Anaheim Ducks youngster and big golfer Trevor Zegras. (1:14:12) Talking golf, being a young stud athlete, Borrelli's during the Islanders run, Trent's love of the Bachelor franchise and more. We also delve into: Rickie's comments about Tiger “getting after it in rehab” (we may even coin a new term; golf surrounding the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl; Tim Tucker discussing further the Bryson split; more.
Do we like the Olympics? The different events? The pageantry? We give our thoughts now that the Olympics have officially begun. Also: Rahm has tested positive for Covid (again); Bryson too; Oosthuizen continues his runner-up streak; Cam Champ racks up his 3rd Tour win; Riggs returns from a Wisconsin golf trip; Frankie played with some good guys who play hard.
Danielle Kang (01:16:16) joins us live from… Wayne Gretzky's hockey school? And there's a Great One Sighting on the podcast? What an interview. The 6th ranked player in the world goes in-depth on how much being an Olympian means to her, her belief she can be the best, what it takes to get there, choosing day-of which clubs to put in the bag, and much more. Before Danielle: Trent argues to the court that he did in fact know what sweet 'n sour sauce was; we ponder an apology to Gaylord, Michigan; Phil Mickelson is seriously in our mix on Twitter; and we each pick something to forever eliminate from golf in the new Fore Play Cuts segment.
Collin Morikawa proves he's a total stud at Royal St. George's, outlasting Spieth on Sunday with zero bogeys. What'd we think of St. George's? Of Bryson chirping his own driver then being called a stupid 8 year old? Also, we breakdown our Michigan trip: stories from Forest Dunes and Bahle Farms.
Live from Forest Dunes in Michigan, the show begins with a shocking and disturbing reveal. Shocking. Probably the most jarring beginning to our podcast ever. We talk Brooks' comments on Royal St. George's, Bryson's denial on not yelling “Fore”, and thriving in northern Michigan. We're all together in person and it's a fantastic vibe.
British Open week! We begin with Riggs delivering some British Open history for the squad. There was a Challenge Belt? And someone won so much they got to just… keep it? Plus our picks for Royal St. George's, the Bryson caddie story, the Trent bunker incident, and our upcoming Michigan golf trip.
Phil had an extremely uncharacteristic week vs the media in Detroit. Threatened to never return. Bryson declined to speak to media following a missed cut and a caddie split. Rickie taking flak for Open Championship player protocol comments. Big week for golfers vs the media. Plus, Riggs is in… New York? Trent is… practicing? Frankie is… scoring goals? Lurch is… flying into a hurricane?
A twist — Riggs pitches the boys on new segment ideas. Will they take? Will they hate? We weigh in and speculate on Bryson's caddie split. Why? What happened? What will happen going forward? Plus Frankie details what it was like running a speakeasy at Borrelli's during the Islanders' run with Joe LaCava showing up.
Is Fore Play now a fasting podcast? What'd we think of Frankie's Morikawa interview? Are career golf milestones based on rounds' total number or scores to par? We debate this and much more. Also we've got upcoming golf trips, buddies trips, and bachelor parties we preview heading into 4th of July weekend.
Huge weekend in golf — a lengthy playoff in Connecticut, major dominance by Nelly Korda, and caddie stories from prison to the European Tour. Also, Frankie sits one-on-one with the no. 4-ranked player in the world, Collin Morikawa (01:22:12), talking Olympics, being good at golf, and more. Finally, Trent had a family reunion, Riggs is no longer eating, and Frankie's Islanders were eliminated.
What does it mean to be authentic? To be genuine? How does that seep into our jobs? Do we still get nervous talking to players? We welcome Bar Rescue legend Jon Taffer (104:00) back to the show to discuss the new restaurant and golf challenges presented by COVID. How are people coping? How have they adjusted? How important have communication skills been for Jon? We also take several From The Galleries. Long show. You're welcome.
Jon Rahm electrifies Torrey Pines and snatches his first U.S. Open. We break it all down: tomahawk fist pumps, tree balls, the course, Bryson's meltdown, Rory's close call, Louis racking up runner ups, the streaker, Wolff's transparency, and more.
The 2021 U.S. Open is here. It's go time. It's fight time. We breakdown our 3 days onsite at Torrey Pines: Trent putting a dummy mark on Kiz's driver; Men of Streel catching up with Kevin Streelman; Brad Faxon's history and the report of “Bryson declined”; much more. Then, we're joined by Austen Dailey (90:37) who recounts the surreal saga of a fight he was involved in (with police and all) at the Korn Ferry Tour's Monday qualifier this week. Big show!
Podcasting live from the cliffs of Southern California, and joined by Craig Annis the chief branding officer for the USGA, we're previewing the 121st U.S. Open championship. And we go through the history of our relationship with the USGA, both the ups and downs. Also: Rickie responded to Trent's DM, Trent shot 122, Man Of Streel bought Riggs dinner, and Lurch accidentally exposed himself at Pebble.
Hal Sutton (51:27) joins the show for the first time. He tells seemingly endless stories about the famous “be the right club today!” win against Tiger at The Players Championship in 2000, pairing Tiger and Phil together at the 2004 Ryder Cup, playing with Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman, giving Trent advice on breaking 100, and much more. Before Hal, we weigh in on the latest in Brooks vs Bryson, Rickie Fowler not qualifying for the U.S. Open, and Frankie vs Boston.
Golf is BUSY. Jon Rahm with a 6-shot lead was forced to WD from The Memorial after being alerted he tested positive for COVID-19 in spectacular fashion. The U.S. Women's Open saw a collapse give way to a rising new star. Brooks vs Bryson has continued to ramp up. Frankie Borrelli has taken on the entire city of Boston, and lived thus far to talk about it. A lot to talk about!
A lot going on. Riggs begins the show being confronted and confessing. The first episode of Trent’s breaking 100 series is out, and we discuss. Frankie survived games 1 and 2 vs Boston, but now he’s shipping up to Boston for games 3 and 4. Riggs is live from the U.S. Women’s Open, Spieth surrendered to Kokrak at Colonial, it’s Memorial week, and much more.