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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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343 episodes

Phil’s Back, Pebble’s ”Problem,” Netflix Sneak Peek

Phil Mickelson is back on the golf course, back at the microphone and back on Twitter. Pebble Beach feels diminished — but is that actually a problem? Dylan Dethier and Sean Zak unpack the week's hot topics, run through a session of Up and Down, dish on the Swilcan Bridge addition and provide a sneak peek of Netflix's new PGA Tour show. Enjoy!

50m
Feb 06
We Ranked the 30 Best Golfers in the World

Who’s No. 1? In a time of uncertainty for the OWGR, the Drop Zone introduces a world ranking of its own — a collaborative, chaotic back and forth that explores how the best male golfers on Earth stack up against each other. From Rory McIlroy vs. Jon Rahm to questions about LIV vs. the PGA Tour, this episode is a fun way to evaluate where the golf world currently stands. Enjoy!   And if you like the episode — consider leaving a generous rating and review! We’ll officially owe you one.

1h 16m
Feb 01
Inside Homa’s win, Rory vs. Reed, LIV’s new dilemma

Torrey? TeeGate? TreeGate? What a week in professional golf. Torrey Pines produced another exciting winner in Max Homa. Meanwhile Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed were embroiled in either the dumbest or most fascinating golf story of the year. Dylan and Sean break down Homa's new normal, run through the biggest winners from Torrey Pines and expand on LIV's best and worst case scenarios. Then they finish with Up and Down and Rec League. Enjoy!

58m
Jan 30
Inside Golf’s Free Agency with Jonathan Wall

Money is changing everything in professional golf. Pros are making it differently. Sponsors are spending it differently. Big names are on the move, from Nelly Korda and Kevin Kisner to No Laying Up, Barstool and Good Good. For gear guru Jonathan Wall, January is the most exciting part of the golfing year, and the game’s best-connected equipment storyteller joins the Drop Zone to explain how and why the foundations of pro golf are shifting in real time. Then J Wall, Sean and Dylan run through a session of Up and Down (37:07) and finish with a debut segment called Rec League (51:30). Enjoy!

57m
Jan 18
2023 Bold Predictions, Golf Media Landscape with James Colgan

Sean and Dylan are joined by James Colgan to share their boldest predictions for 2023 with thoughts on the Masters, LIV, major winners, Tiger and more.   Then James gives us a run-down of all the changes coming to golf broadcasts this year.

1h 11m
Jan 11
Patrick Cantlay Interview! Golf’s Mysterious Star Opens Up

When Patrick Cantlay speaks, it's worth paying attention. This week's Drop Zone — live from Kapalua! — features a wide-ranging discussion with Cantlay that covers the state of the professional game, LIV rumors, his perception among the general public, what constitutes success, how he's thinking about the future of pro golf and how he makes decisions. Enjoy!     LINK https://www.youtube.com/@dropzonegolf/  

52m
Jan 05
Kyle Porter Breaks Down 2022 (Golf Year In Review, Pt. 1)

Kyle Porter joins the show to analyze the past six months in pro golf, from Rory McIlroy's run at St. Andrews to what professional golf actually looks like to the Delaware Compromise to LIV's successes to what the heck happens now. Plus he tackles one tough question: Who does the PGA Tour miss the most?   HOLIDAY SHOPPING: Head to radmorgolf.com and use code DROPZONE. And pick up Kyle's book at anormalsport.com http://anormalsport.com Everybody wins!

1h 27m
Dec 22, 2022
Shane Bacon Breaks Down 2022 (Golf Year In Review, Pt. 1)

Shane Bacon joins the show for a plunge into the 2022 golf season, from LIV's intrusion to the PGA Tour's product to the moments you may have missed from the first half of the year. From World Ranking upheaval to drama at the Genesis to a wild Players through a PGA Championship story worth telling, Bacon brings it. (Plus some bonus Santa Claus analysis.)   HOLIDAY SHOPPING: Head to radmorgolf.com https://radmorgolf.com/ and use code DROPZONE. Everybody wins!

1h 27m
Dec 19, 2022
What We Learned at the Hero: Tiger’s Takes, Tour’s Future, Norman, More

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!   RADMOR DISCOUNT CODE: Check out radmorgolf.com http://radmorgolf.com and use discount code DROPZONE for 25% off!

46m
Dec 05, 2022
Why Golfers are Mad—and Whether They Should Be

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.   RADMOR DISCOUNT CODE: Check out radmorgolf.com and use discount code DROPZONE for 25% off!   GAMBLE SANDS VIDEO: https://youtu.be/oOP-x-ItoVg

46m
Nov 21, 2022
It’s Tiger Season! Why TW is playing a bunch and what it means

This episode is all about Tiger Woods. We break down where Tiger is right now, why he's playing a bunch in December and what that means for the PGA Tour and Tiger's future.  RADMOR DISCOUNT CODE: Check out radmorgolf.com http://radmorgolf.com and use discount code DROPZONE for 25% off!  

46m
Nov 13, 2022
LIV Season Breakdown: Successes! Failures! What’s Next!

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.   RADMOR DISCOUNT CODE: Check out radmorgolf.com http://radmorgolf.com and use discount code DROPZONE for 25% off!

45m
Oct 31, 2022
4 Big Questions for Pro Golf: Keegan/Rickie, Shipnuck/Phil, LIV/PGA Tour, more

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.   Enjoy (and subscribe, and review, and rate and tell your pals)!   RADMOR DISCOUNT CODE: Check out radmorgolf.com https://radmorgolf.com/ and use discount code DROPZONE for 25% off!

52m
Oct 17, 2022
Report Card with Mackenzie Hughes: Weird rules issues, missing the Presidents Cup and finally winning again

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! RADMOR DISCOUNT CODE: Check out radmorgolf.com http://radmorgolf.com/ and use discount code DROPZONE for 25% off!

1h 9m
Oct 13, 2022
Playing the Dream Golf Trip: 3 Open Courses, 3 Days

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:   WATCH DESTINATION GOLF — ROYAL PORTRUSH:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMxS2AAYtgE   RADMOR DISCOUNT CODE: Check out radmorgolf.com http://radmorgolf.com and use discount code DROPZONE for 25% off!  

1h 5m
Oct 10, 2022
Michelle Wie Interview: Highs, Lows, Serena, Little League, Trash Bags, More

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!   RADMOR DISCOUNT CODE: Check out radmorgolf.com http://radmorgolf.com and use discount code DROPZONE for 25% off!

48m
Oct 02, 2022
Presidents Cup Recap! Grades for both teams, What it looked like in person

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+). RADMOR DISCOUNT CODE: Check out radmorgolf.com http://radmorgolf.com/ and use discount code DROPZONE for 25% off!

44m
Sep 26, 2022
Presidents Cup Preview! Trevor Immelman Interview, How Internationals Could Win

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!   RADMOR DISCOUNT CODE: Check out radmorgolf.com http://radmorgolf.com and use discount code DROPZONE for 25% off!

54m
Sep 18, 2022
Report Card with Xander Schauffele: On Winning, LIV, Ryder Cup, Phil, More

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! RADMOR DISCOUNT CODE: Check out radmorgolf.com http://radmorgolf.com/ and use discount code DROPZONE for 25% off!

58m
Sep 12, 2022
Inside the LIV-PGA Tour Clash at Wentworth ft. Jamie Weir

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. RADMOR DISCOUNT CODE: Check out radmorgolf.com http://radmorgolf.com/ and use discount code DROPZONE for 25% off!

44m
Sep 07, 2022
LIV’s Next Chapter ft. Claire Rogers From Boston

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.   RADMOR DISCOUNT CODE: Check out radmorgolf.com http://radmorgolf.com and use discount code DROPZONE for 25% off!   INSIDEGOLF: To Learn More visit golf.com/InsideDropZone http://golf.com/InsideDropZone

48m
Sep 05, 2022
Now What?! Big Golf Questions, PGA Tour Fights Back, LIV Signings, Rory Drops Mic

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!   RADMOR DISCOUNT CODE: Check out radmorgolf.com http://radmorgolf.com and use discount code DROPZONE for 25% off!

55m
Aug 29, 2022
Tiger Woods, Shadow Commissioner? The Meeting, The Playoffs, The Future

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! RADMOR DISCOUNT CODE: Check out radmorgolf.com http://radmorgolf.com/ and use discount code DROPZONE for 25% off!

1h 3m
Aug 22, 2022
Courtroom Drama! Inside LIV/PGA Tour Legal Battle, Cam Smith, Muirfield

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). RADMOR DISCOUNT CODE: Check out radmorgolf.com http://radmorgolf.com/ and use discount code DROPZONE for 25% off!

1h 2m
Aug 10, 2022
Finau’s Game-Changer, LIV Gets Political, Pints with a St. Andrews Champ

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.   RADMOR DISCOUNT CODE: Check out radmorgolf.com http://radmorgolf.com/ and use discount code DROPZONE for 25% off!

57m
Aug 01, 2022
Eddie Pepperell Interview: On LIV, Money, Chasing His Game

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!   DISCOUNT CODES   RADMOR DISCOUNT CODE: Check out radmorgolf.com http://www.radmorgolf.com and use discount code DROPZONE for 25% off!   And for the best bargain in golf visit golf.com/InsideDropZone http://www.golf.com/InsideDropZone

1h 9m
Jul 24, 2022
Open Recap: Rory’s Heartbreak, Cam Smith’s Genius, What We Saw Up Close

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.

54m
Jul 18, 2022
Open Preview, Tiger Woods update, Sean’s caddie adventures

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.    RADMOR DISCOUNT CODE: Use code DROPZONE at radmorgolf.com for 25% off everything. 

58m
Jul 12, 2022
Summer Golf Chaos: LIV In Person, Tour Drama, Sean’s Caddie Assignment

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. RADMOR DISCOUNT CODE: Check out radmorgolf.com http://radmorgolf.com and use discount code DROPZONE for 25% off!

49m
Jul 05, 2022
What Does It All Mean?! PGA Tour’s Next Move, Scotland Update

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.   RADMOR DISCOUNT CODE: Check out radmorgolf.com and use discount code DROPZONE for 25% off!

50m
Jun 24, 2022