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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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Fresh off a week at the Hero World Challenge, the Drop Zone breaks down sights and sounds from on the ground in the Bahamas. From Tiger Woods sightings — and Sam Bankman-Fried sightings! — to Elevated Events, blackjack tables, Jon Rahm, Greg Norman and more. Plus we debut a new segment, Up and Down, that dives into who won the week and who's down bad. Enjoy!

 

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Big-time figures in the golf world are mad. Mad about the OWGR, mad about the new schedule, mad about the players, mad about the leadership, mad about their sponsorships. From Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy to Greg Norman to tour sponsors, is their madness petty? Justified? Misplaced? On the mark? More complex? The Drop Zone breaks it all down; golf is staring down its offseason but there are plenty of loose ends left untied.

 

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This episode is all about Tiger Woods. Where is Tiger in his golf career right now — and what can we expect for the future? Sean Zak and Dylan Dethier break down why Woods is playing a bunch in December and what that means for the PGA Tour and Tiger's future. 

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After a wild week at LIV Miami, LIV's first season is in the books — and our Sean Zak was there all week to bear witness. What did we learn? What should we make of LIV's successes and failures? What's next in terms of players, business plans, TV deals and more? Dylan Dethier returns from vacation to help break it all down.

 

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We thought golf's offseason would feel a whole lot more offseason-y than this! Dylan and Sean break down golf's biggest burning questions, from Phil Mickelson's tiff with Alan Shipnuck to LIV's tiff with the OWGR to Keegan Bradley's bid for the U.S. Ryder Cup team to what comes next.

 

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Recent winner Mackenzie Hughes joins the Drop Zone for a deep-dive breakdown of his entire year. From getting caught in a wacky rules issue (twice!) to barely missing the Presidents Cup to nabbing that second career victory just two weeks ago. Enjoy!

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Three Open Championship sites in three countries — in three days? Even for golf writers, these sorts of trips don't come along every day. But Dylan and Sean trekked to Royal Portrush, Royal Liverpool and Royal Troon to walk in the footsteps of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry, Arnold Palmer and so many more. They break down each leg of the trip, dish on the highs and lows, make recommendations and try to talk you into your own. Listen closely for some Manchester fun facts. Check out the YouTube video below:

 

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Michelle Wie joins the Drop Zone! She's here to introduce her brand-new LPGA event as well as to reflect on her career up to this point. Wie opens up on her heroes, her entry into golf, her career highs and lows, playing with the men, how she sees her career, her favorite trash bags in the world and much more. Enjoy!

 

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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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