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Golf writers Sean Zak and Dylan Dethier break down the biggest news and stories in the game. From in-depth interviews with golf’s biggest names to behind-the-scenes tales from tournaments to picks, takes, and more, the Drop Zone is the only golf podcast you’ll need!

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What a week in Charlotte! We break down everything you saw and didn’t see from the Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow. Dylan provides grades for various players (Jordan Spieth gets an A+) and also for inanimate objects (USA uniforms get a C+).

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It's Presidents Cup Week, and International Team captain Trevor Immelman joins the Drop Zone! He breaks down his team's chances, their role as the underdog, dealing with LIV defections and why the Presidents Cup matters. Then Sean and Dylan run through rosters for the event and make a few predictions. See you in Charlotte!

 

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Xander Schauffele joins the Drop Zone for a deep-dive breakdown of a wild PGA Tour season that changed the Tour and changed his career, too. From playing the Ryder Cup to a career-changing stretch of wins to LIV negotiations to Phil Mickelson, Schauffele offers endless insight into life on Tour. Enjoy!

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This week, the drama of the pro golf world is at Wentworth in London, where the everyone is speaking their mind. Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Ian Poulter, Shane Lowry — you name it — everyone is chiming in from the biggest event on the DP World Tour. The man who has been there talking to players, getting the inside scoop from the players meeting and keeping taps on it all is Jamie Weir from Sky Sports. He gives us the lowdown on everything happening across the pond this week and what it means for golf moving forward.

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A week after Rory McIlroy struck gold on the PGA Tour, LIV Boston seemed to mark a win for the breakaway tour. Claire Rogers joins Sean and Dylan from on the ground in Boston, where she shares her impressions of attending the LIV event while the team tries to make sense of it all.

 

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The PGA Tour hit back at LIV with some big-time changes — and did so while Sean was out on vacation. What did he miss? A Patrick Reed lawsuit, a Rory McIlroy comeback, more LIV signings, more PGA Tour meetings and a whole bunch more. The Tour season is winding down but the questions continue into the fall break. Enjoy!

 

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Tiger Woods headlined a secret meeting of PGA Tour players as they prepare for battle with LIV. What did they discuss and what does it mean for pro golf’s future? Dylan Dethier and Luke Kerr-Dineen dive into Patrick Cantlay’s win, Tiger Woods’ role in the game, the FedEx Cup Playoffs and how the Tour should move forward. Plus LKD offers a universal tip for golfers to gain distance. Enjoy!

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The Drop Zone was inside the courtroom with lawyers from LIV and the PGA Tour! Well, our first guest was, at least. Writer Josh Sens joins the pod to reveal what he learned from on site and then Sean and Dylan talk all things LIV, PGA Tour, break down Cameron Smith’s no-comments and dive into Sean’s trip to Muirfield for the Women’ British Open (and then to sneak in a round himself).

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This week’s Drop Zone: Why Tony Finau’s Detroit win is such a game-changer, what happens when LIV gets political and what it’s like when a DP World Tour winner celebrates down the street from Sean! The fellas break down this week’s action, talk about what’s next and try to sort through the professional golf landscape — again — while we ready ourselves for the final major of the year.

 

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Eddie Pepperell can be tough to put in a box, which makes him one of golf’s most intriguing voices. The British pro joins the Drop Zone to break down the future of golf, why he wouldn’t join LIV, his search for his own form, why he has stopped playing practice rounds — and the general state of the world. Enjoy!

 

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What an Open that was! Sean and Dylan were there for every second of it in St. Andrews as Rory McIlroy and Cam Smith battled down the stretch. We discuss everything we saw this week, including an emotional final scene for the McIlroys at the Old Course.

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The boys are in St. Andrews this week, reunited at last! They breakdown everything you need to know about The Open, the Old Course, Sean's week caddying in the Scottish Open and more. 

 

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Coming off a few days at LIV's U.S. debut in Portland, Dylan and Sean break down what they witnessed and what it all means for the future of LIV's tour. What happens next and what does it mean for the professional game? Plus Sean has the biggest caddie assignment of his life this week, looping for Joel Dahmen in the Scottish Open. He explains how that came to be and what he expects from the week ahead.

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LIV rolls on and Brooks Koepka has left the PGA Tour — but now the PGA Tour has punched back. What does it all mean?!? Sean Zak chimes back in with proper perspective from St. Andrews, the fellas break down US Open takeaways and evaluate Jay Monahan’s response and the future for the PGA Tour. Plus we get a morale check from Sean, who has been exploring the pubs of small-town Scotland.

 

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From a parking lot outside The Country Club, Dylan Dethier and Luke Kerr-Dineen break down all things U.S. Open, from the winner (Matthew Fitzpatrick!) to the contenders to what this week meant for the entire sport of golf. From Keegan Bradley’s reception to Rory McIlroy’s rollercoaster to the details of Joel Dahmen’s week, have a listen. Enjoy!
 
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Reporting live from The Country Club, the Drop Zone brings you the inside scoop on this week’s U.S. Open. From LIV drama to Brookline storylines to 10 burning questions about this week’s events, Dylan Dethier, Claire Rogers and Luke Kerr-Dineen bring you their picks and predictions for all things U.S. Open.

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Sean Zak was at the first-ever LIV Invitational. What was it like? He breaks down the action from inside the ropes and inside the draft party, explains why LIV’s launch was a complex success and dives into what happens next. Then he and Dylan Dethier discuss Rory McIlroy’s statement win at the RBC Canadian Open, shots fired at Greg Norman and why the PGA Tour’s nightmare week had a dream ending.

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Senior Writer Kevin Clark of The Ringer joins the Drop Zone to break down the latest LIV revelations, discuss the PGA Tour's future, dish on his unsuccessful gambling formula, explain what golf can learn from Formula 1 and then make a slew of F1 driver - professional golfer crossover comparisons. Fun chat — enjoy!

 

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USGA CEO Mike Whan joins this week's Drop Zone to break down the state of golf, from the U.S. Women's Open to LIV's effect on the PGA Tour to the actual purpose of the USGA. He also explains how selling toothpaste helps him in his current role. Plus a brief breakdown of this week's U.S. Women's Open and Memorial Tournaments in the context of a looming LIV event. Enjoy!

 

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With the LIV Golf list finally released, Sean and Dylan break down what's next for the PGA Tour, what the perfect response would look like, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and more. Rachel Heck joins the show to talk national championships at Stanford, playing in front of the cameras, NIL opportunities and choosing her major. Then Sean explains — from his new flat in St. Andrews — why he's moving to Scotland for the summer.

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How the hell did Justin Thomas end up winning the PGA Championship? Dylan and Sean break down what JT's charge felt like from on the ground at Southern Hills. Then they tackle Mito Pereira's gutting finish, Will Zalatoris' major championship chances, Rory McIlroy's false start, Tiger Woods' future and how Southern Hills presented as a major championship test. Enjoy!

 

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The Drop Zone is in Tulsa and reporting on all things PGA Championship, bringing you the scoop from on the ground at Southern Hills. How will the course play? What type of player does it favor? Who are the smartest picks to win? Dylan and Sean fill you in on Tiger Woods' form, expectations for Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth and give you their picks for the week.

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World No. 1 and Masters champion Scottie Scheffler joins the Drop Zone (!!) to review his red-hot start to 2022, break down each of his wins and reveal how he celebrated his Masters victory. Plus Dylan and Sean break down the action from the Byron Nelson and look ahead to the PGA Championship. Which golfers are coming in hottest?! They even toss in a little bachelor party advice for good measure.

 

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Legendary sportswriter Rick Reilly joins the Drop Zone (2:05) to tell a series of terrific golf stories, dish on Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, break down what the internet has done to sportswriting and tell us about his new book, So Help Me Golf.

Then Luke Kerr-Dineen and James Colgan join Dylan and Sean to break down the best (and riskiest) investments for Q3 of the PGA Tour Stock Exchange, including one giant investment in a big name...

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Max Homa edged out Keegan Bradley at the Wells Fargo Championship. What did we learn about Homa? What did we learn about Bradley? How about Rory McIlroy? Sean and Dylan break down the action from TPC Potomac, look ahead to who should be favored at the PGA Championship and break down the difference between the LIV league and the Premier Golf League. Check it out!

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