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Profiles: PXG Founder Bob Parsons

May 16, 2024

Bob Parsons, the founder and CEO of Parsons Xtreme Golf, better known as PXG, was in the twin cities and we were lucky enough to get to sit down with him for an interview. Bob talked about his childhood growing up in Baltimore and how his combat time in Vietnam as part of the Marine Corps molded him into the person he is today. Bob is one of the most successful businessmen in America, founding multiple companies, including GoDaddy and now PXG Golf. He gets into his time in Vietnam and battling PTSD in the years and decades following and how he helps other veterans with both his story and donations to various charities. Bob and his wife Renee have multiple philanthropic causes they are passionate about helping and making a positive impact in the lives of many people. Bob talked about his passion for golf and how that led him to start PXG. PXG is one of the few golf companies to come along in the last decade with staying power in an industry dominated by companies that have been around forever. PXG has been able to make their imprint in the golf club and apparel world by doing things differently, with a direct to consumer approach rather than putting their clubs in the big box stores. Bob will get into how he got into this business and the challenges that come along with breaking through in the golf industry. Bob Parsons is an American success story and he has a new best selling book out titled "Fire in the Hole!" The book is full of amazing stories and at the end of this podcast episode he tells one of the funniest stories you will ever hear from his high school days in Baltimore. Subscribe to the Break80 podcast on Apple & Spotify for weekly golf content!

Episode 98: Rory Roars and Tim Tours Myrtle Beach

May 14, 2024

Rory McIlroy is on a roll as he wins his second event in a row at Quail Hollow. Rory's power blew away Xander Schauffele on Sunday to win again and head to this week's PGA Championship at Valhalla as one of the heavy favorites. We will talk about Rory's win and the second major of the year at Valhalla, as Rory joins Scottie Scheffler and Brooks Koepka as the favorites to win. Tim headed to Myrtle Beach this week to play some golf and do some media work at the Myrtle Beach Classic at the Dunes Club. Tim will talk all about the courses he played, interaction with some players and all things Myrtle Beach. Mike and Jeff will preview their interview with PXG founder Bob Parsons. We were lucky enough to sit down for an interview that will be coming up this Thursday, it will be an episode you do not want to miss. Subscribe to the Break80 Podcast for weekly golf content, we appreciate the support.

Episode 97: Jeff Wins a Tournament & Tim Heads to Myrtle Beach

May 7, 2024

Jeff headed to Brainerd and Cragun's for a 24 man tournament and pulled off the comeback victory as the leaders melted down the stretch. He took home the used car salesman jacket and some cash. He will discuss his buddies tournament at Cragun's Legacy this week. Tim is on the move again as he is about to head to Myrtle Beach to play some golf and do some media work at the first annual Myrtle Beach Classic. Tim will give you his itinerary, the courses he is playing and what he should ask some of the field this week. We will talk some pro golf as Ben Kohles had a meltdown on 18 at TPC Craig Ranch, which allowed Taylor Pendrith to win. Brooks Koepka wins on LIV in Singapore as he is getting his game into shape heading into the PGA Championship at Valhalla. We will also talk about the sad news out of Sweetens Cove and the crazy resale prices on eBay from Tiger Woods' Sun Day Red clothing. Subscribe to the Break80 Podcast on Apple & Spotify.

Episode 96: LIV Adelaide & PGA Tour Team Golf

April 30, 2024

It was LIV Golf's superbowl this week as they were in Adelaide, Australia and the Aussies showed out and provided the rowdy kind of fanbase that LIV has been looking for. The hometown team, Ripper GC took home the team title and Brendan Steele won the individual title. The PGA Tour did team golf this week in the Big Easy at TPC Louisiana. Rory McIroy and Shane Lowry took home the victory and added some star power to the event. Is this format entertaining and is this how team golf should be? Is there room for more of this kind of event on the schedule? We will discuss our thoughts on the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Random thoughts on where the best food on tour is, why are there no great golf courses in New Orleans and does talk about Jeff hitting it farther than Tim this week on the podcast. Subscribe and follow the Break80 Podcast on social media platforms, Apple & Spotify and YouTube.

Episode 95: Golf Dominance Continues

April 23, 2024

Scottie Scheffler and Nelly Korda win again to keep their dominant spring's going this week on their prospective tours. Scottie Scheffler wins the RBC Heritage in a Monday finish as the PGA Tour gets panned for not moving up the tee times on Sunday with impending weather issues. What can stop Scottie at this point? Could this be the year we see the Grand Slam happen? We will discuss Scottie's dominance and if there is anything that can slow him down. Speaking of dominant, Nelly Korda won her 5th straight tournament in women's professional golf. She ties Annika Sorenstam and Nancy Lopez for the most consecutive wins in a row in LPGA Tour history. One thing they both have in common is that the competition seems to melt in the final round when paired with the two world number one players. 15 year old Miles Russell made history this week on the Korn Ferry Tour as he not only made the cut, but had a top 20 finish. The high school sophomore earned himself another Korn Ferry start and received a PGA Tour exemption after this impressive showing. The Zurich Classic of New Orleans is this week and we will have some fun guessing pairings and cannot believe how many players with no business being on the PGA Tour still are playing this week. Subscribe to the Break80 Podcast on Apple & Spotify for weekly golf podcasts and content from the world of golf.

Profiles: Cooper Dossey

April 18, 2024

We sat down this week with Korn Ferry player Cooper Dossey. Cooper was a two-time All-American at Baylor University and alternate on the 2021 Walker Cup team that played at Seminole Golf Club. He will give some insight into college golf at Baylor and the Walker Cup experience. Battling a stutter since a young age, Cooper is very open and honest about growing up with that challenge and hopes to inspire others in the process. Subscribe to the Break80 Podcast on Apple & Spotify for weekly content from the golf world.

Episode 94: Masters Recap

April 16, 2024

As the best players in the world battled windy conditions at Augusta National, the best of them all, Scottie Scheffler prevailed in dominating fashion yet again. Scottie put on a brilliant ball-striking display on the back nine as other contenders folded. We will be talking about the players who impressed us, the best and worst dressed of the week and of course, tip our cap to those pros who did not break 80, including Brian Harman with a stunning 47 on the back nine and Tiger Woods, who after breaking the record for consecutive cuts made with 24, shot 82 on Saturday. Subscribe to the Break80 Podcast for weekly episodes and interviews from the world of golf.

Episode 93: John Ellis (Wyndham Clark's Caddie) Live From Augusta

April 9, 2024

Frequent podcast guest and U.S. Open winning caddie, John Ellis joins the podcast from Augusta, Georgia to talk Augusta National, the Masters and his guy Wyndham Clark's rise to number four in the world golf rankings. John played Augusta National last week and he will give some inside information about the hallowed grounds and his thoughts on some of the most difficult and key holes for this week's Masters Tournament. We will also dive into a few things from the last year that John was involved in, such as the Ryder Cup, as he was in the group with Patrick Cantlay and Joe LaCava for "hat gate," the U.S. Open victory and being a part of Netflix's Full Swing season 2. You will want to listen to this episode. Subscribe to the Break80 Podcast on Apple & Spotify. Please leave a review. We appreciate all of our listeners, thank you for listening.

Profiles: DECADE Golf Creator Scott Fawcett

April 4, 2024

DECADE golf is a course management system that has revolutionized the game of golf. Scott Fawcett combined shot distribution patterns and PGA Tour scoring statistics to optimize targets to help players shoot lower scores. Used by the majority of professionals and high level college golfers everywhere, DECADE golf has revolutionized the game and put data at the forefront of decision making and shot selection to improve scores. Scott will talk all about how his experiences as a professional golfer helped him to create this system and how it came to be used by players around the world, including when Will Zalatoris first used it to win the Texas State Amateur Championship. DECADE golf can be used by anyone to take emotion out of the decision making process and help players to better understand how they can lower scores using a data driven method. The Break80 Podcast appreciates you listening to this episode. Please subscribe to the podcast on Apple or Spotify for weekly stories and information from the world of golf.

Episode 92: Three-peats and Defeats in Pro Golf

April 2, 2024

The boys are back together again this week to talk about all things golf, both with our own games and what is happening in professional golf. Scottie Scheffler's bid for a three-peat fell a stroke short as he missed a very makeable put that would have forced a playoff, but instead it was Stephan Jagar that held on for his first career PGA Tour victory. Speaking of three-peats, Nelly Korda accomplished that feat this week on the LPGA Tour as she put on a ball striking display to win again. What is the hardest shot in golf for you to hit? We will discuss this and talk about a man from Colorado that has shot his age or better 1,370 times!

Profiles: Ryan French from Monday Q Info

March 28, 2024

Ryan French, the founder of Monday Q Info joins the podcast to talk all things mini tour golf. Ryan has become the foremost expert on mini tour golf. So much so that he even got a personal short game lesson from Phil Mickelson, at his short game facility at his home. He will dive into his story and how he came to be so fascinated with mini tours, the crazy life on the mini tours and what he thinks about the state of professional golf today. You can follow Monday Q Info on Instagram and X, or check out his website for articles from the golf world. Make sure to subscribe to the Break80 Podcast for weekly golf talk and info.

Episode 91: Malnati Magic & Bachelor Party Golf Tips

March 26, 2024

In a win for the little guys, journeyman Peter Malnati blistered the back nine at Innisbrook and tamed the "snake pit" coming in to win his first PGA Tour title since 2015. Cameron Young had a chance to notch his first tour victory, but a 3 putt bogey on 18 sealed his fate and helped Malnati earn the victory. We will dive into a few things about the tournament including the difficulty of the course and how Justin Thomas had maybe the worst putting round in PGA Tour history. Tim was on the road again this week as he was down in Osage Beach, Missouri for a bachelor party. He talks tips for how to properly handle and schedule golf around a bachelor party. There are talks about multiple golf movies/shows in the works currently, including Happy Gilmore 2. Should they make a sequel for this movie? Who would be cast in some roles? Subscribe to the Break80 Podcast on Apple & Spotify for weekly golf content.

Episode 90: Scottie Sizzles at Sawgrass & Who is the Best Putter on the Podcast?

March 19, 2024

Scottie again amazed us with his play this week, becoming the first player ever to go back-to-back at TPC Sawgrass and the Player's Championship. He also went back-to-back on tour following up his win last week at Bay Hill. We will discuss just how ridiculous his current run ranks and where he goes from here. After the podcast boys got out and played last week, it is time for a proper discussion about who the best putter on the podcast is. Mike has taken a lot of flack over the years about all the missed birdie putts, but after watching Jeff last week and knowing Tim's putting history, he is staking his claim as the best putter on the pod, the others may disagree. It is listener mailbag this week and we are taking questions on a variety of golf topics, and even maybe take a dip into some march madness picks. Make sure to subscribe to the Break80 Podcast on Apple or Spotify for weekly podcast episodes and guest interviews from people all across the world of golf.

Episode 89: Scottie Scheffler Finds the Putter & Tim Finally Shoots Under Par

March 12, 2024

Mike and Tim both fire 70's on the weekend in an epic podcast battle, could they be the hottest players on the planet not named Scottie Scheffler? We are kidding of course, but will go into the round a bit as Tim shot his first ever under par round on a championship golf course. Scottie Scheffler made a few putting changes, including both a new Taylormade mallet putter and not marking his golf ball with a line and as he displayed at Bay Hill, when he is making putts, he is really hard to beat. He fired a Sunday 66 to run away with the Arnold Palmer Invitational. We will also talk about a few other tournament tidbits and try to figure out what is wrong with Rory McIroy. After watching Full Swing 2 on Netflix this week, we will give our honest reviews of season 2 and why Mike is even more upset at Zach Johnson for one of his Ryder Cup picks after watching. Anthony Kim brought some fireworks to LIV Golf this week and will be playing again in Macau this coming week on the Asian Tour. Is signing Anthony Kim the best thing LIV has done for interest yet? The PGA Tour's flagship event, the Player's Championship is this week from TPC Sawgrass. Scottie Scheffler will be the favorite without question, but Pete Dye's course doesn't favor any one kind of player, so it is always an exciting test of golf. Former podcast guest Tom Hoge broke the course record last year and looks to build off that in 2024.

Episode 88: Anthony Kim Returns on LIV, PGA Tour Snooze Fest in Florida & How High Should You Tee Your Ball.

March 5, 2024

LIV Golf took center stage this week in Jeddah as Anthony Kim made his return to professional golf after a dozen years. If you tuned in to watch in the middle of the night here in the the U.S., you saw what was to be expected, a very rusty AK. We will see in upcoming events what the future holds for Anthony Kim. Joaquin Niemann may be the hottest player on the planet currently as he got the win again. It was a big week for Niemann has also got invites to the Masters and PGA Championship this week. The PGA Tour kicked off the Florida swing with the Cognizant Classic at PGA National. With the course playing easier than normal, there were some low scores this year on what is typically a tough track. Austin Eckroat was able to handle the Bear Trap down the stretch during the Monday finish to get his first career tour victory. What some would call the first major of the year was Monday also as the Seminole Pro-Member event took place. We will discuss one of the most guarded events in golf as PGA Tour pros team up with business leaders and other professionals in this almost mythical event. How high schould you tee up your ball? We look into some research that was done and discuss how high players of all ability levels should tee up the golf ball for optimal distance and accuracy. Make sure to subscribe to the Break80 Podcast on Apple or Spotify and leave a review for us on either platform, we really appreciate the support.

Episode 87: Break 80 Takes On Pete Dye, Jake Knapp's Victory & Anthony Kim's Return

February 27, 2024

Tim and Jeff headed two separate directions this week to play top Pete Dye golf courses. Jeff headed west to Palm Springs and played the PGA West Stadium Course. Tim headed to the Caribbean and played Teeth of the Dog in the Dominican Republic. Both will talk about their experiences. Meanwhile, Mike went nowhere, but poses a important Pete Dye question... what is his fascination with 17th hole par 3's and "Cape" holes. For instance, the finish at TPC Sawgrass and PGA West are basically identical. Is this lazy architecture by a legend in Pete Dye? Jake Knapp displayed awesome power in Mexico en route to winning his first PGA Tour event. Are big things in store for him this year? Anthony Kim makes his professional golf return this week as LIV heads to Jeddah. What are our expectations for him? What happens if he plays poorly? Or great? We will talk the future of Anthony Kim in LIV Golf. Subscribe to the Break80 Podcast on Apple & Spotify for weekly golf content.

2024 Minnesota Golf Show Day 2

February 23, 2024

On Sunday of the Minnesota golf show, two more guests joined the Break80 Podcast. Our first guest was Ryan Livingood from PXG. Ryan is a fitting team leader and talked about all things PXG, from Bob Parsons stories to PXG clubs themselves and the fitting process at their store in Edina. Emma Carpenter returns to the Break80 Podcast to talk about hosting the Minnesota golf show, her final season as a Minnesota Gopher golfer and what lies ahead for her after college. Subscribe to the Break80 Podcast on Apple & Spotify for weekly golf content from a variety of topics in the golf world.

Episode 86: Hideki Rolls at Riviera

February 20, 2024

Hideki Matsuyama shot a Sunday 62 at Riviera Country Club to take the Genesis Open title against a star studded field in Los Angeles. Matsuyama had struggled for much of the last year, but found something on Sunday when he blitzed a field that averaged around 70 for the day. Tiger Woods fell ill and had to WD and Jordan Spieth was DQ'd for signing for the wrong score. Couple that with Patrick Cantlay struggling after having a commanding lead and Scottie Scheffler showing some frustration finally on the greens, and you had a captivating event. Speaking of putting... Is it an overrated skill? The stats and world golf rankings would say that it is and ballstriking is the more important skill. We will discuss this in depth on episode 86. Riviera Country Club took center stage this week and did not disappoint. The 10th hole continues to perplex players and cement its position as one of the greatest short par 4's in the world. Make sure to subscribe to the Break80 Podcast for weekly golf talk from 3 guys with PGA Tour credentials.

2024 Minnesota Golf Show Day 1

February 17, 2024

The Break80 Podcast is back on stage at the Minnesota convention center for another year live from the Minnesota Golf Show. On this day we had former Minnesota Gopher national championship winning coach John Means as a guest to talk about building a college golf program from scratch, competing at the highest college level and even, tips to break 80. Matt Stang, one of the co-founders of Swannies Golf also joined us live to talk about the Swannies story and what is going on in the world of golf apparel in 2024. Make sure to subscribe to the Break80 Podcast on Apple & Spotify for weekly golf content.

Episode 85: Waste Management or Wasted Mismanagement Open

February 13, 2024

On episode 85 of the Break80 Podcast we are all about having a good time on the golf course, but did things go to far at the Waste Management Phoenix Open this year? The boys will give you our thoughts on what went down and where does the tournament go from here? LIV was in Las Vegas this week trying to piggy-tail off the NFL and Superbowl Sunday. Dustin Johnson came away with the victory and the $4 million dollar purse. The PGA Tour heads to one of the favorite tour stops this week at Riviera Country Club for the Genesis Open. Tiger Woods is making his 2024 debut and is also repping a new clothing line with Sun Day Red. Friend of the pod and patent attorney Zach is a guest this week to give us some insight into a lawsuit that has been filed by Taylormade against Costco and their Kirkland brand of golf clubs. We would love to hear your feedback! Subscribe on Apple and/or Spotify and make sure to comment and review.

Episode 84: 54 Hole Frenzies at Pebble Beach & LIV Golf

February 6, 2024

54 holes was the theme of golf this week as Wyndham Clark blistered Pebble Beach with a new competitive course record of 60, which ended up being enough as the event was shortened due to weather conditions. Clark rode an insanely hot putter to a one-shot victory over the phenom from Sweden Ludvig Aberg. A wet Pebble Beach was reduced to a pitch-n-putt for the best players in the world as they relentlessly fired at flagsticks and fired many low scores, including a 63 from Jason Day. LIV Golf kicked off their season in Mexico and Joaquin Niemann fired a first round 59 and then hung on in a playoff as darkness fell to best Sergio Garcia. We will dig into what LIV Golf did well and what areas they still have a ways to go. Make sure to like and subscribe to the Break80 Podcast on Apple & Spotify.

PGA Tour Profiles: Tom Hoge

February 1, 2024

We sat down this week with Tom Hoge, PGA Tour veteran and 2022 Pebble Beach Pro-Am champion to talk about life on tour, playing with Tiger Woods, gambling, and growing up in Fargo, North Dakota. The interview was taped the night before the 2024 Pebble Beach Pro-Am and Tom will give us some insight into how the tournament works, playing Pebble in crazy weather and winning the event in the past. For the local Minnesota/North Dakota fans we will talk Pine-to-Palm in Detroit Lakes, Fargo Country Club and the pipeline from Fargo to TCU. Subscribe and follow the Break80 Podcast on Apple, Spotify and/or Youtube for more upcoming interviews with PGA Tour players and all kinds of other golf content.

Episode 83: Torrey Pines Delivers Again on the PGA Tour

January 30, 2024

Frenchmen Matthieu Pavon captured the title with a cluth shot from the rough into the 18th green at Torrey Pines. The leaderboard had a heavy international contingent as the rookie Pavon birdied the 18th to win the by a stroke over fellow tour rookie Nicolai Hojgaard. LIV Golf gets another top player this week as it is being reported that Tyrrell Hatton will be the next to defect. Will Anthony Kim be next? Talks are ramping up about the PGA Tour and PIF merger and an announcement on a deal could be coming soon. Nelly Korda hung on in a playoff over Lydia Ko on the LPGA Tour this week. After both players hit brilliant shots to finish their rounds, Ko three-putted in the playoff and Korda took the title. Make sure to subscribe and like the podcast on Apple & Spotify. We appreciate the support

Episode 82: Dunlap Dominates the Pros

January 23, 2024

Amateur Nick Dunlap made history this week becoming the first amateur since Phil Mickelson in 1991 to win a PGA Tour event. As Sam Burns found the water twice on the last two holes, Dunlap, the sophomore at the University of Alabama showed poise to secure the victory. Where does he go from this point? Rory McIlroy came from behind to catch Cameron Young in Dubai to claim his 4th title in the Dubai Desert Classic. Get ready for the Rory to win the Masters talk, even as we are months away from Augusta National. All this and more in episode 82 of the Break80 Podcast.

Episode 81: Murray Magic in Hawaii & Fleetwood Finishes

January 16, 2024

Grayson Murray drained a bomb to win a playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. After years of struggling with alcohol abuse and a temper, Murray's win locks up his tour status and sets him up for a big comeback year on the PGA Tour. Tommy Fleetwood goes birdie-birdie to close as Rory McIlroy melted down in Dubai. Fleetwood, who is still searching for his first PGA Tour victory could be in store for a big season, but time will tell on that one. We will sprinkle in a little playoff football this week as Green Bay pulled an upset and the Philadelphia Eagles melted down against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Break80 Podcast Profiles: Patrick Koenig

January 12, 2024

Ever wonder what it would be like to cruise around America in an RV and play as much golf as possible for a year? If so, this is the interview you want to listen to. Patrick Koenig, whom you may have seen on various social media platforms, played 580 rounds of golf in a calendar year! He packed up an RV and traveled the country playing some of the best golf courses in America on his way to the world record for most rounds of golf played in a year. Patrick will go through how the trip worked, his inspiration to do it, and tell some stories from his travels. You won't want to miss this interview. Make sure to subscribe to the Break80 Podcast on Apple & Spotify, and please leave a review or give it a like, we appreciate it.

Episode 80: Nike and Tiger Part Ways & Sentry Recap

January 10, 2024

The PGA Tour is back for the 2024 season and Chris Kirk took home the title at the first event of the year. His clutch approach on 17 helped seal the victory at the elevated event at Kapalua. Kirk was able to fight off Jordan Spieth and Scottie Scheffler, who battled the putter again on the weekend. The big story of the week may have been what is going on in the golf apparel world. Nike and Tiger part ways after more than 20 years. What with Tiger Woods do next? Jason Day also left Nike for Malbon and his outfits were the talk of the event. Xander Schauffelle also switched apparel brands, dropping Adidas for Descente. In other news, Jeff tried a 48 hour cleanse and shares the results as well as a discussion on big plans for the Break80 Podcast in 2024. Make sure to subscribe to the podcast on Apple or Spotify and subscribe to the YouTube channel for podcasts and golf content.

Episode 79: The 2024 Season is Here & Tim Heads to Streamsong

January 2, 2024

As we kick off season 3 of the Break80 Podcast, Tim is joining us live from Streamsong resort as he has been in Florida this week playing some golf. We do a quick recap of 2023, which was big for the podcast as we got PGA Tour media credentials and started a newsletter. The boys will be going over some personal and podcast goals for 2024 as well this week. Professional golf is back this week as the PGA Tour is in Hawaii for the Sentry Championship. No wrap around season in 2024, so this is the true start to the PGA Tour season. Can Collin Morikawa overcome his meltdown from last year? Scottie Scheffler is rocking a beard this week. Can his insanely great play continue or will we see a first PGA Tour win from someone like Cameron Young. Strap in, as this year could be interesting with the developments in LIV Golf with Jon Rahm departing and the PIF still trying to work a deal with the Tour. Make sure to subscribe the the Break80 Podcast and the Break80 Golf newsletter on substack. Video of the podcast can also be found on YouTube at Break80 Golf.

Episode 78: PNC Recap and Interview with Toby Harbeck (Charlie Woods HS Coach)

December 19, 2023

As 2023 is winding down, it was PNC time again. Bernhard Langer and his son won the title, but Tiger and Charlie Woods stole the show as expected. Charlie showed off his power and charisma as he drove par 4's and made chip-in birdies. It was great to see Tiger out there having a great time as Charlie soaked up the attention and was all over social media. With Charlie Woods all over the internet, we have a special guest interview this week with his high school coach at the Benjamin School, Toby Harbeck. The Benjamin School is coming off a state championship, where Charlie played an integral part in the win. Toby will give us some insight into coaching with the spotlight on his team, his interactions with Tiger Woods and Justin Leonard as his son also is on the team. He also will talk about Jack Nicklaus and his sons, as they also played for Toby in the 80's. You won't want to miss this interview. It sounds like the PGA Tour may be getting an infusion of cash, but not from the Saudi's and the PIF as we thought. The Strategic Sports Group, with owners from multiple sports teams, the Boston Celtics and Red Sox, Atlanta Falcons, etc. is in talks to infuse $3 billion dollars into the tour. What does this do for the talks with the PIF/LIV golf? Will the tour get billions from both? Will that deal fall out? Time will tell as we put a bow on 2023 and get ready for the 2024 golf season.

Episode 77: December Drama in Golf.

December 7, 2023

The professional golf off-season has been anything but drama free in 2023. Tiger Woods made his return to competitive golf this week in the Bahamas at the Hero World Challenge. He was walking better, feeling better and looking absolutely jacked in his return. Jon Rahm has been incredibly silent as rumors swirl about him signing with LIV for between $500-$600 million dollars in what would be a huge blow to the PGA Tour. The USGA and R&A have announced that the ball will be rolled back starting with professional golf in 2028 and becoming universal in 2030. How much distance will be lost? How will this affect the average golfer? All this and we will sprinkle in a little football as Florida St. may have gotten shafted in college football and we now have no idea what to expect from our Minnesota Vikings in the NFL. Make sure to subscribe to the Break80 Podcast on apple & spotify and check out our youtube page @Break80golf. Follow the Break80 podcast on instagram @break80_podcast.

Episode 76: Jon Rahm to LIV? Tiger Makes His Return This Week!

November 23, 2023

Rumors are swirling that Jon Rahm may be headed to LIV Golf, reportedly for a staggering $600 million. Is it just rumor or is it a case of where there is smoke, there is fire. Tiger makes his return this week in the Bahamas at the Hero World Challenge. Is his health better this time around? Will Charlie be on the bag? There is a loaded field for this late year event. Ludvig Aberg grabbed his first PGA Tour victory with a -29 score at the RSM. Aberg shot a blistering 61-61 on the weekend to win. We will discuss his ascension from amateur in June to #32 in the OWGR currently. The TGL tent caved in and it will be postponed until 2025, will this venture ever get off the ground or will it end up being cancelled? All this and more on episode 76 of the Break80 Podcast.

Episode 75: Erik Van Rooyen Emotional Victory & A Tiger Return?

November 7, 2023

Erik Van Rooyen fired a blistering 28 on the back nine which included an eagle on the finishing hole to win by 2 shots in Mexico to claim his 2nd PGA Tour title. The win was very emotional for EVR as his friend is battling terminal cancer, and he showed a lot of perspective afterward. Is there another Tiger comeback brewing? Tiger looked to be walking better this week as he caddied for Charlie in a tournament. We will discuss whether he will make a comeback or not. Listener questions this week take debate form as Mike & Tim square off. Make sure to subscribe and/or follow the Break80 podcast. We appreciate the support. Check out our newsletter and follow us on social media.

Episode 74: PGA Tour Halloween Costumes and Haunted Golf Courses

October 31, 2023

It is spooky season! On this week's episode we are talking Halloween golf costumes and Tim has some stories of haunted golf courses, capped off with an interview at the end about Montgomery National being haunted. We are also talking happenings this week in golf and making up some LIV teams if we could pick anyone from the normal PGA Tour. With TPC Sawgrass upping its price to $900, we will be talking about if golf in America is broken. All this and more on episode 74 of the Break80 Podcast. As always, please subscribe/follow and like the podcast. Reviews on Apple and Spotify would also be appreciated. Make sure to follow us on Instagram and Tiktok for more content.

Episode 73: Lexi Thompson Impresses in Las Vegas & Listener Mailbag

October 17, 2023

We are taking listener questions on episode 73! We will of course be talking about Lexi Thompson and her close call with the cut line in Las Vegas at the Shriners Children's Open. Tom Kim captured the title for the second straight year and his 3rd PGA Tour victory. We will discuss how the 11th ranked player in the world could still be underrated. We take questions about a variety of things from cheap golf travel to coaching golf and how to get kids involved. Listeners wanted the best fall golf options and we have them for you as well. Talor Gooch won the LIV Tour season title and Brooks Koepka won the event in Jedda this week. Was it bad for LIV that one of the big stars didn't win the season long title? What the hell are they thinking having it taped delayed on the CW to start at noon to compete with goliath that is the NFL? All of this and more on this weeks episode of the Break80 podcast. Make sure to follow us on social media: @short_sided_golf, @break80_golf and @timothyocorlett. We would love to hear from you! Email us at with ideas, stories and possible guests. As always subscribe and like and check out our substack newsletter.

Break80 Podcast Profiles: A Good Walk Spoiled

October 6, 2023

Tim sat down for an interview with Mason from A Good Walk Spoiled. He currently just finished a documentary on Joel Goldstrand, who is one of Minnesota's most prolific golf architects, played professionally and was head pro at Minneapolis Golf Club at one time. A Good Walk Spoiled also does golf course photography, a newsletter and other multi media ventures related to golf. Make sure to give them a follow on social media. He can be found on instagram under @aspoiledwalk. Make sure to subscribe to the Break80 podcast on Apple & Spotify for more golf content.

Episode 72: Ryder Cup Calamity

October 3, 2023

An unprepared United States Ryder Cup team got their doors blown off by Europe for a day and a half. It proved to be a deficit they could not recover from as Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland led a European charge in Italy. We will be giving all of our reactions. From the captains Zach Johnson and Luke Donald's pairings to hatgate with Patrick Cantlay. Are the U.S. problems fixable? Will we ever win in Europe? Will Tiger Woods be the next captain? These and many other questions from the 2023 Ryder Cup will be discussed.

Episode 71: Ryder Cup Week is Here

September 27, 2023

The Ryder Cup in Rome is upon us. We are talking all things competitive team golf this week on the Break80 Podcast. The Solheim Cup was halved at 14 points a piece and the European team retained the cup behind some clutch putting from Caroline Hedwall and some darts thrown by Carlota Ciganda. Well, the week you have been waiting for is here, Ryder Cup 2023. Will the United States team finally be able to win the cup for the first time on European soil in three decades? We are talking storylines, the golf course, comments by players and many more this week.

Episode 70: Rory talks Ryder Cup and Sahith Wins his 1st PGA Tour Title

September 19, 2023

Sahith Theegala takes home his first PGA Tour title in impressive fashion at the Fortinet Championship in Napa Valley. Justin Thomas showed signs of life heading into the Ryder Cup with a 5th place finish. Rory talked this week about what kind of setup he is looking for at the Ryder Cup and thinks it should focus on making it a putting contest - so we will dig into some putting stats of both teams. Ryan Fox wins the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. After making an early triple bogey, Fox rolled off 8 birdies to take the title by a stroke. The majority of the European Ryder Cup team played very well, sparking some U.S. concerns coming into the Ryder Cup. The summer of Block bleeds into fall as Michael Block is in the news again for making his 9th albatross this week. We will talk a little Blockie this week and even spill in some NFL football talk as we are full swing into fall.

Interview with Golf Legend Annika Sorenstam

September 14, 2023

Tim sat down at the Royal Club with World Golf Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam. Sorenstam has 97 worldwide wins, including 72 LPGA Tour victories and 10 majors! In 2003 she became the first woman since 1945 to play in a PGA Tour event when she teed it up at the Colonial. She is regarded as the greatest female golfer of all time. She talks about womens golf and how it has evolved. The Annika Foundation is geared towards girls and womens golf and they put on this championship at the Royal Club, which has the top 12 womens college golf teams in the country. Subscribe and like the Break80 Podcast for more upcoming content.

Episode 69: Talking Women's Golf & the Irish Open

September 12, 2023

This week we had the chance to play in a college-am event at the Royal Club before the Annika Invitational. We were paired with Mimi Rhodes, a senior golfer for the defending national champion Wake Forest Demon Deacons. We were blown away by the quality of play and will discuss this episode. The Irish Open was at the K Club this week and Rory McIlroy was in the hunt before a disastrous triple bogey on hole 16 took him out of the running. Vincent Norrman took home the title and continued his great play late in the season. Jeff had a fitting with Hunter Hoaglund at Go Low Golf here in the twin cities and will discuss the experience on this weeks episode.

Episode 68: Ryder Cup Teams are Set + Brainerd Area Golf

September 4, 2023

With Luke Donalds captains picks today the Ryder Cup teams are set for Rome later this month. Ludvig Aberg won this week on the DP World Tour and made the team - and Mike knew it all along. Mike has been begging for Luke Donald to pick Aberg for months and the dream has finally become reality! The podcast made our way up to the Brainerd lakes area this weekend for the Canadian Tour event at Craguns and we played the main courses in the area. There will even be a little Walker Cup talk to end the podcast as the United States team cameback on Sunday to win at St. Andrews.

Chasing the Dream: Daniel Gale

September 1, 2023

Jeff sat down for an interview with Daniel Gale. The Australian fired a 60 at 3M Monday qualifying, including a hole out for eagle on 18 to earn his way into the PGA Tour's 3M Open. He recently won the NT PGA Championship in Australia. He will talk about his journey in golf and his plans for the future.

Episode 67: PGA Tour Season Finale

August 29, 2023

Viktor Hovland took the FedEx Cup title at Eastlake after battling Xander down the stretch (in the shadow event anyway) in Atlanta. We will give you our thoughts on the golf course and event itself. Zach Johnson has picks are coming in today and the FedEx Cup more than likely didn't do much to sway his decision. Who will the PGA Tour players vote as Player of the Year? Rahm? Scheffler? Hovland? We will talk their season resumes and more on this weeks episode of the Break80 Golf Podcast.

Golf Course Profiles: SentryWorld

August 24, 2023

Tim sat down for an interview at SentryWorld with General Manager Mike James and Director of Golf Danny Rainbow. SentryWorld is a championship golf course and resort in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Known for its famous flower hole (par 3 16th), SentryWorld is so much more than that as it is on multiple top 100 public golf course lists. SentryWorld has hosted multiple championship tournaments, including this year's U.S. Senior Open, won by Bernhard Langer. A spectacularly manicured course, it may be best know for the total experience you get while playing. At SentryWorld you pay one flat fee that covers golf, a variety of food & beverages and cart. Add to that a top notch hotel/resort and SentryWorld is a golf destination that needs to be seen to be believed. Make sure to subscribe, follow and like for more golf content from the Break80 Podcast.

Episode 66: BMW Championship Recap + Chicago Golf

August 22, 2023

Episode 66 of the Break80 Podcast is coming to you live from Sentry World resort this week, home of this year's Senior U.S. Open. Viktor Hovland went absolutely insane on the back nine Sunday with a 28 at Olympia Fields to take the title at the BMW Championship. We try to comprehend this epic ball striking performance that everyone witnessed, as well as talking Scottie, Rory, Max Homa and more as we were on site at the BMW Championship where the cream really rose to the top this week on the PGA Tour for the 2nd playoff event of the FedEx Cup. Of course we had to talk Ryder Cup again this week as Brooks Koepka fell out of the top six and will now need to rely on a captain's pick to make the U.S. team that heads to Italy next month. While in the Chicagoland area we also played some golf in Michigan at Harbor Shores, Ravisloe Country Club south of Chicago, Kankakee Elks Country Club and Sentry World in Stevens Point, Wisconsin on our way back to the twin cities.

Episode 65: FedEx Cup Playoffs Begin & BMW Championship Preview

August 15, 2023

Lucas Glover kept rolling with a second consecutive win at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis. With this win he climbed in the FedEx playoff standings and into the Ryder Cup discussion. We will. be talking Glover to the Ryder Cup, the LAB putter and his sweaty pants situation. Resort tournament season in Minnesota is over. Mike and Tim travelled to all 3 courses in Bemidji, Detroit Lakes and Alexandria. We will be discussing the golf courses and the tournaments. The podcast is headed to the Chicagoland area for the BMW Championship. While there we will be playing some golf and having the Break80 major for the year. Make sure to subscribe and like the podcast. Look for us on YouTube at Break80 Golf and on social media.

Episode 64: Wyndham Championship Recap & Bryson's 58

August 8, 2023

The PGA Tour regular season came to an end this week at the Wyndham Championship. As the tour gets ready for the FedEx Cup playoffs, we will dive into the ramifications of the switch to 70 for the cut and the drama it adds. We are discussing the Ryder Cup again. With Justin Thomas missing the playoffs and Bryson's 58 at LIV Greenbrier, could there be changes in what captain Zach Johnson is thinking? Please subscribe and like the podcast on Apple & Spotify. Reviews are also welcome and appreciated.

Episode 63: PGA Tour Media Members at the 3M Open

July 31, 2023

Hometown event on the PGA Tour this week in Minnesota and we had official PGA Tour media credentials for the week. The credentials allowed us to get inside the ropes early in the week and access to interviews throughout the event. Take a listen to what we thought of the week. Talking aliens and golf as the U.S. Senate had a committee hearing this past week on extra terrestrials and ufo's. We dive into what intergalactic golf could look like.

Caddie Chronicles: PGA Tour Caddie Will Davidson

July 29, 2023

Tim sat down with Will Davidson in Detroit at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Will has caddied on both the PGA and LPGA Tour's for multiple golfers and has some other side ventures, such as Birdie Brands that he is doing. He is currently on the bag for Ryan Gerard on the PGA Tour.

Episode 62: Brian Harman Blazes at the Open Championship

July 24, 2023

Brian Harman scorched the field at Royal Liverpool to win his first major championship at the age of 36. Harman displayed relentless accuracy and an unbelievable putter to win by 6 strokes. Discussion will center around our thoughts on the Royal Liverpool and links golf, some issues that arose and who played well and who did not this week at the Open Championship. It is 3M Open week here in the twin cities and we will discuss what we are doing at TPC Twin Cities and talk about the players in the field for an event that now has some Ryder Cup implications.

Episode 61: The Open Championship Preview

July 19, 2023

The Open Championship returns to Royal Liverpool for the first time since 2014 when Rory McIlroy hoisted the Claret Jug. Can he do it again this year? Rory is heading into the Open coming off a win at the Scottish Open. We will discuss if this is a good thing for Rory or will add to the pressure. Besides talking all things Scottish Open and Open Championship, Mike and Tim took a trip to Las Vegas and went over to Mesquite and St. George, Utah to play some golf. We will give you our thoughts on Wolf Creek, Sand Hollow, Black Desert and Cascata. Jeff read a book this week on the mental side of the game and will give his thoughts on that and some tips the average golfer can take from it.

Episode 60: Pebble Beach Stuns & PGA Tour Recap

July 11, 2023

Women's golf took center stage this week as the USGA brought the U.S. Open to Pebble Beach for the first time. We will discuss the event and the state of women's golf and how the LPGA needs to find a superstar. Mike and Tim headed to the Quad cities this week for the John Deere Classic. They will give their takeaways from hanging around the tournament and media area this week. While on the trip, they also had the opportunity to play the Davenport and Cedar Rapids Country Clubs and will give their take on these golden age courses. Jeff gave tournament golf a go this week up in Cloquet. He will talk about the tournament and give his insight into how tournament golf went for him while playing in the 92nd annual Cloquet Invitational.

Episode 59: Rickie Fowler Comes Full Circle

July 4, 2023

The podcast had official PGA Tour media credentials this week as Tim headed to Detroit for the Rocket Mortgage and got to witness Rickie Fowler come full circle and get back into the winners circle. He will have a full report from his trip to Detroit. With Rickie climbing into the top 12 in the Ryder Cup standings, it is time to analyze what players are contenders to make both squads for this year's Ryder Cup in Italy. Mike and Tim are heading to the John Deere Classic this weekend with media credentials again and we will be previewing the JDC.

Episode 58: PGA Tour Media Mayhem

June 27, 2023

Well it has happened, the Break80 Podcast has secured PGA Media credentials!! Tim is headed to Detroit this weekend for the Rocket Mortgage Classic and the Break80 podcast's first run with PGA Tour media privileges. Speaking of media, we attended the 3M Open media day which included a zoom call with defending champion Tony Finau. It was qualifying week here in Minnesota and Mike has a horror story to tell about how qualifying went and we discuss tournament golf and how it is different from hacking it around with your buddies.

Chasing the Dream: Interview with D1 Golfers Ben Warian and Will Frazier

June 25, 2023

Jeff sits down with Will Frazier and Ben Warian to discuss high level college golf and playing in the "Longest Day in Golf" earlier this summer when they competed in U.S. Open sectional qualifying. They will be talking college and amateur golf, as well as their dreams in golf going forward. **Disclaimer** There are some audio issues for a short time with Ben.

Episode 57: Wyndham Wins the U.S. Open

June 20, 2023

Wyndham Clark held strong and Rory couldn't get anything going at Los Angeles Country Club during the final round of the 123rd U.S. Open. With this victory, Wyndham Clark gets his second big time win in a little over a month and vaults to number 13 in the OWGR. The podcast crew is especially excited for our guy John Ellis, who caddies for Wyndham and did a great job in helping him to victory. We will talk about big moments for Wyndham, the saga of Rory trying to get his fifth major win, Scottie Scheffler again being in contention and the inevitable fall of Rickie Fowler. All of this and our thoughts on the venue for the U.S. Open. We will have a unique take on pics for the Traveller's Championship and talk about the state of our games as we gear up for the Minnesota State Am qualifier.

Episode 56: U.S. Open Preview with John Ellis

June 13, 2023

After a thrilling Canadian Open that saw Nick Taylor make a 72 foot eagle putt on the fourth playoff hole to win over Tommy Fleetwood, it is off to Los Angeles for the U.S. Open at the Los Angeles Country Club. We have boots on the ground at LACC on this episode as we are joined by John Ellis. John is Wyndham Clark's caddy and will give us some great insight into both the Los Angeles Country Club and how he and Wyndham are prepping for a major championship on a golf course that isn't very well known to many people. The crew will try to make picks on a course that is relatively unseen by the public and try to pinpoint which amateurs may be on a tough quest to break 80 at the U.S. Open.

Emergency Podcast: PGA/LIV Merger

June 7, 2023

**Emergency Podcast** The golf world was turned upside down today with the news of the a merger between the PGA Tour and LIV. Mike & Tim are joined by friends of the pod and fellow golf addicts Zach and Javi, who just so happen to also be lawyers. We will dig into the possible ramifications from a golf perspective and a legal perspective after this big news.

Episode 55: Golf's Longest Day

June 6, 2023

June 5, 2023 - dreams will be come true and hopes will be dashed on golf's longest day, sectional qualifying for the United States Open next week at Los Angeles Country Club. We had our eye on multiple former podcast guests and friends who were looking to punch their ticket to the U.S. Open. Friend of the pod, Frankie Capan III completed the dream and will be playing next week in LA. Jack's course gave the best players in the world a real challenge as Viktor Hovland got his first "non-resort" PGA Tour win as he bested Denny McCarthy in a playoff. We will make a few observations about the tournament and the upcoming RBC Canadian Open. Rose Zhang made her professional debut and was firing on all cylinders to win! Will she become the dominant force in the women's game? Does the LPGA need a dominant superstar? We will discuss these things as well as our own games on the podcast this week.

Episode 54: Gearing Up Our Games

May 30, 2023

The crew has played a lot of golf this week, including Jeff & Mike playing in the always exciting 1-man scramble. Everyone is trying to get their games ready for summer here in Minnesota. We talk some things that are trending in our games and others that need work as we get ready for a summer of tournaments. After batting on a baked out Colonial, the PGA Tour is back to another tough track this week at Muirfield Village. We will discuss some of the big talkers in the world of golf, including the bizarre statements made by Michael Block about his game. We will give our picks for the week and discuss some players that are locks at Muirfield Village.

Episode 53: Brooks and Blockie win at the PGA Championship

May 23, 2023

Brooks Koepka is back in the winners circle at a major championship but is this the biggest story of the tournament? As Brooks was busy doing what we are used to Brooks doing at major championships, another story was captivating the golf world - Michael Block. The club pro from southern California turned in another captivating performance capped with a hole-in-one and two dramatic up and down par saves to finish in 15th place and earn an exemption back into next year's PGA Championship and $288,000. We will talk about how fun he was to watch and how much of a life changing weekend this was for him. Brooks was back to his terminator like form in majors and we are here for it. What does this do for his image and standing in history? Will he make the Ryder Cup team? This win opened up so many questions about Brooks and LIV that we need to discuss. The Break80 boys will also be discussing the Colonial, Tim's trip to Oregon and some upcoming golf we have to play on this episode of the Break80 Podcast. Remember to like and subscribe and follow us on all of our socials. Break80 has a website!! Checkout as we continue to evolve as a podcast and put out more content.

Episode 52: Old School Oak Hill Takes Center Stage

May 16, 2023

As the podcast crew starts preparing for their big state am qualifier, the professionals have a little tournament coming up this week called the PGA Championship. The 2nd major of the year heads back to the famed Oak Hill East course, fresh off a renovation and ready to show its teeth to the best players in the world. Will Rahm keep the grand slam hopes alive? Will Jordan Spieth play? Does LIV finally break through with a major win? We will discuss all things Oak Hill and the PGA Championship and make our picks for the year's 2nd major. After playing Highland National twice this weekend, the podcast has some work to do in their "quest to qualify" for the Minnesota State Amateur Championship. With about a month until the qualifier, scores are going to have to improve for any of us to have a chance at getting in, but it will be entertaining to say the least. **** The Break80 Podcast has a website!!!! Our podcast episodes, substack articles, bios and future merchandise can now be found at

Episode 51: WINdham Conquers Quail Hollow

May 10, 2023

Podcast favorite Wyndham Clark played close to flawless golf this week at the Wells Fargo Championship to post -19 and cruise to his first PGA Tour win at Quail Hollow. The Break80 boys have seen this coming for a while with his stellar play and his caddie John Ellis made the prediction as we have in the intro back in February that his guy Wyndham would win this year. He chose a hell of an event to win and claim his first tour victory. In a little worse than -19, Jeff and Tim kicked off the Twin Cities Golf mini tour at New Prague GC with a little match as we get going with our season finally hear in Minnesota, hear about that and some upcoming PGA Tour picks and thoughts about this week's AT&T Byron Nelson.

Episode 50: Playing Pinehurst

May 3, 2023

Tim travelled to Pinehurst last week to play at what has been dubbed the "mecca" of United States golf. He will give you some ups and downs from the trip and chronicle his run-ins with some over zealous rangers. Multiple travel tips will be told and Tim talks about playing the famed #2. Golf season is finally here and the Break80 Podcast boys hit the links this weekend to play in some apocalyptic winds. We will tell you all about some ridiculous golf in crazy winds. Tony Finau went head-to-head this week with world #1 Jon Rahm in Mexico and took him down. Will this propel Finau to his first major title in 2023? The tour heads to Quail Hollow for another elevated event this week at the Wells Fargo Championship. We will dive into the tournament history and make our picks for the week.

Episode 49: Fitzmagic at Harbour Town

April 18, 2023

After Jordan Spieth barely missed 2 winning putts, Matt Fitzpatrick hit one of the greatest shots in Harbour Town history on the third playoff hole to capture the RBC Heritage title in the latest elevated event on the PGA Tour. All the big names showed up (minus one giant name) on the leaderboard this week, proving once again that a tightly contested tournament with the best players in the world is must watch television. We discuss the latest rumblings from the tour, including a Spencer Levin victory on the Korn Ferry Tour and many other topics on episode 49, including how our current spring season as coaches is going. Enjoy.

Episode 48: Rahm Reigns at Augusta

April 11, 2023

Jon Rahm battled Augusta National and the elements en route to an easy victory in the end at the Masters. Rahm becomes the first European to win both the Masters and U.S. Open. We will dive into Rahm's mastery of Augusta and discuss LIV golfers good showing, including Phil Mickelson coming out of nowhere to fire one of the best Sunday rounds Augusta National has seen. Does Brooks Koepka have a Sunday problem in majors? After cruising through the first 42 holes of the tournament, Koepka struggled mightily Sunday in finishing the third round and throughout the final round. This has been an issue for him over the past 4 times he has been in contention on a Sunday of a major. We will of course talk Tiger and the disappointment of Rory missing the cut and a bunch of other stuff Master's related. The PGA Tour heads 130 miles to Hilton Head and Harbor Town for the RBC Heritage, which is an elevated event this year, so no rest for the stars of the PGA Tour - well, except for Rory that is. We will make some picks for this weeks event and talk about the uniqueness that is Harbor Town.

Episode 47: Masters Week is Here

April 4, 2023

After talking about our quick golf trip to Tim's home state of Iowa, it will be all things Masters talk. We will dig into story lines, favorites, the golf course and just all the things we love about the Master's Tournament and Augusta National.

Episode 46: Best Sports Time of the Year???

March 28, 2023

With March Madness pumping out thrilling game after thrilling game and the Master's starting next week, this has to be the best sports time of the year right? Even though this is a golf podcast, we love hoops as well and will talk some NCAA Tournament and give our thoughts so far on what has transpired and discuss if Caitlin Clark is the most exciting player in either of the tournaments. Jeff may have found something in his game while on vacation in Florida and the pod may be heading to Iowa next weekend for some outdoor golf. All this and we will actually talk plenty of golf and discuss our thoughts on the WGC Dell Championship and the end of match-play on the PGA Tour... for the time being anyway. Remember, subscribe and like on Apple or Spotify and check out our social medias. Mike - @short_sided_golf Jeff - @break80_golf Tim - @timothyocorlett

PGA Tour Profiles: Andrew Novak

March 23, 2023

2nd year PGA Tour player Andrew Novak joins the podcast. In his 2nd year on tour, Andrew is close to cracking the top 100 in FedEx Cup points and has multiple top 20 finishes, including the Sony Open and AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Andrew gave us some insight on his path to the PGA Tour, creating a yardage book for a senior high thesis and his basketball abilities. Please remember to subscribe to the Break80 podcast and leave a review with your thoughts. The Break80 crew is dabbling in some golf journalism. Our newsletter can be found at Break80 Podcast social media(IG, Twitter, Tiktok): Mike: @short_sided_golf Jeff: @break80_golf Tim: @timothyocorlett

Episode 45: WGC Match Play Says Goodbye

March 21, 2023

The quest for better golf and qualifying for the Minnesota State Amateur Championship ramped up this week for Tim as he has all kinds of new weapons in the bag after getting fit for new irons and a driver. We will see how they work out as he is also going to Southern California this weekend to play some more top 100 public tracks. The PGA Tour had a first time winner this week at the Valspar as Taylor Moore took home the title as contenders such as Jordan Spieth and Tommy Fleetwood faltered down the stretch. This week the top players in the world are headed to one of the Break80 Podcasts favorite events, the WGC Match Play. The match play is bidding farewell to the the Austin Country Club and it sounds like it will not return anywhere in the future. We are also playing some PGA Tour bio trivia in this episode using players from the opposite field event in the Dominican Republic. Please follow or subscribe to the Break80 Podcast and please review the podcast as well.

Profiles: Founder Pete Wlodkowski

March 19, 2023

Tim sits down for an interview with Pete Wlodkowski, the founder of is the most comprehensive website there is when it comes to amateur golf tournaments of all sizes. Pete will talk about the early days of and how he got started and grown to become an authority of amateur golf tournaments.

Episode 44: Scottie Scorches Sawgrass

March 14, 2023

Scottie Scheffler took most of the drama out of Sunday at the Player's Championship, winning in dominating fashion to regain the top spot in the world golf rankings.  We will discuss his play as well as what we thought about the 2023 Player's Championship. The Valspar Championship is this week and we will preview the event and make our picks. Jeff and Tim will be quizzed on the world ranking of some random players in the field who you may or may not have heard of.  We will also makes picks for this weeks DP World Tour event in South Africa. With the "Quest to Qualify" coming up this summer, the crew will give our thoughts on what we are working on this week in preparation.

Profiles: Lift Bridge Brewing and Doogie McShank's + Our Dream Public 18

March 9, 2023

At the Minnesota Golf Show, we were joined on stage by Lift Bridge founder Dan Schwarz and Doug deGrood, the creator of Doogie McShank's vodka bootleg.  Not only did these two talk about starting up their alcohol businesses, but we also snuck a little golf in as well. The podcast crew also revealed our Dream 18 public golf course at the golf show.  Each of us created a course based on what we thought was the best hole #1,2, etc.  The kicker is, we could not use the same golf course twice, 18 holes and 18 different courses.  Listen to hear what we came up with.

Episode 43: Kitayama Kills it at Bay Hill

March 7, 2023

The podcast crew has officially signed up for the Minnesota State Am and we are on the "quest to qualify."  That quest has led us to sim golf this week as we are still buried under snow in Minnesota and it is our only option in this never ending winter we are currently in. The Arnold Palmer Invitational led to great drama this week at Bay Hill. Kurt Kitayama held off the top players in the world to get his first career PGA Tour victory.  Bay Hill showed it's teeth again this year as the winning score was -9 and the course was a significant challenge for the best players in the world. The eyes of the golf world are again on TPC Sawgrass this week as Pete Dye's masterpiece takes center stage.  The "5th major" is a true test of golf and the players will be challenged to the max again this year at Sawgrass.  The podcast will make our picks and give our takes on the Player's Championship.

Break80 Podcast Profiles: Kevin Unterreiner, Founder of

March 2, 2023

On day 2 of the Minnesota Golf Show, we were joined by the man who has possibly done more for public golf in Minnesota than anyone, Kevin Unterreiner.   As the founder and president of, Kevin is the man behind such ideas like the Public Country Club, Hack to Jack and multiple simulator and outdoor golf events.  He has been doing golf websites for 25 years and is always trying to innovate and promote public golf.  We are lucky to have Kevin here in Minnesota. Subscribe to the Break80 Podcast and make sure to leave a review.

Episode 42: Fun in Florida

February 28, 2023

With a less than stellar field the Honda Classic still managed to produce a great finish with come great story lines.  Chris Kirk got back in the winner's circle for the first time in eight years after battles with depression and alcohol.  After near collapse, he hit a spectacular wedge shot in the playoff to beat journey man professional Eric Cole. LIV golf was back this week and things did not go to plan.  The CW ratings were abysmal and their LIV contract showed a lot of hypocrisy from big name players like Phil Mickelson.  We discuss some LIV issues and try to make sense of what they are doing currently. With the Florida swing happening and Bay Hill this week on the schedule, Tim and Jeff will talk about their trip to Florida.  For this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational, Tim will discuss Bay Hill. The picks segment is back this week as we try to get back to our winning ways making picks for the PGA picks from both Bay Hill and Puerto Rico.

Break80 Caddie Chronicles: John Ellis (Live from MN Golf Show)

February 26, 2023

Live episode from day 2 at the Minnesota Golf Show in Minneapolis. The Break80 podcast crew is thrilled to have John Ellis join the podcast today live at the Minnesota Golf Show.  John is a caddie on the PGA Tour for Wyndham Clark, who is currently 56th is FedEx points and 120th in the world golf rankings. Not only is John a current caddie on tour, he also has played in 10 PGA Tour events, 2 U.S. Opens and was the 2008 Canadian Tour player of the year.  On top of his playing career, he also was a coach of the men's golf team at the University of Oregon.   John gave a great insight into professional golf and what it takes to make it on the PGA Tour or just to improve your game. The Break80 Podcast will be back at the Minnesota Golf Show on Sunday for more golf talk.

Break80 Podcast Profiles: UNRL Founder & CEO - Michael E. Jordan

February 24, 2023

UNRL founder Michael E. Jordan joins the podcast to talk about UNRL , an athletic and lifestyle clothing brand that can be seen on Minnesota Viking and Wild players, as well as the Foreplay/Barstool Sports crew. Michael will tell us about the humble beginnings, down to his last $300 and working in his parents basement to his current eight figure business and what is upcoming for UNRL. Oh, and Michael is also a golf addict!  We will talk about his game and what his vision is for UNRL in the golf industry.

Break80 Podcast Feature Course - Bahle Farms

February 22, 2023

Tim sits down for an interview with Crosley Duckmann, the new owner of Bahle Farms Golf Course in Suttons Bay, MI. Every golfer at some point in their life has dreamed about owning a golf course, Crosley made it a reality.  He will discuss how the process of buying the course worked and all things about running a golf course. Bahle Farms is located in the golf rich region of northwest Michigan.  If you are in the area on a golf trip or vacation, check out Bahle Farms.  Tell them the Break80 podcast sent you!

Episode 41: Rampaging Rahm/Full Swing Review

February 21, 2023

Jon Rahm continues his rampage through the 2023 calendar year, winning for the 3rd time in 5 events at Riviera.  He fought off a charging Max Homa, in an event that featured the return of Tiger Woods who made the cut and showed glimpses of greatness over the 4 rounds. Netflix's 'Full Swing" was a big story this week and we have watched it all and our ready to give our reactions and takes on the series. The podcast crew continues their series on the "Quest to Qualify." Talking about strengths and weaknesses of our own games and what is needed for us to improve. The PGA Tour heads to Florida and LIV is back this week in Mexico.  We will be making our picks as we hope to continue with a successful season of our picks segment.

Episode 40: Scottie Reclaims #1 Ranking & the "Quest to Qualify"

February 14, 2023

Scottie Scheffler pulled away from Jon Rahm and Nick Taylor down the stretch at the Waste Management Open to win for the second straight year and reclaim the world #1 ranking.  We discuss the secret sauce that Scottie has and some Sunday letdowns recently for Jon Rahm. The PGA Tour moves to Riviera this week for another elevated event at a classic country club from the "golden era" of golf architecture and a slightly famous golfer is returning to action this week in LA. The podcast crew talks whats in their bags and some things they are working on in their "quest to qualify" for the Minnesota State Amateur Championship at the Minneapolis Golf Club in July.

Mac Boucher Interview

February 11, 2023

Jeff sits down with our neighbor to the north in Canada and Taylormade golfer Mac Boucher. If you haven't seen or heard of Mac before, you need to check him out on social media or youtube.  This guy can bend a golf ball and has done it in a variety of amazing places around the world.

Episode 39: Rose Blossoms at Pebble & PGA Tour Players as Foods

February 7, 2023

Justin Rose weathered the storms to win for the first time in four years at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.  Between weather delays, outrageous pro-shop prices and Aaron Rodgers sandbagging his way to pro-am victory, this event was a dumpster fire that needs fixing. We are figuring out foods that the top 10 players in the world would be represented as.  Rory as ranch dressing, Rahm as Taco Bell? The boys come up with foods that represent the top players in the world. The pod has picked a winner for 4 straight weeks?  Can we make it 5 in a row this week in Arizona?  Check out our picks segment for the Waste Management Open.

Chasing the Dream - Matt Liringis

February 4, 2023

Break80 Podcast presents: Chasing the Dream.  In this podcast series, we are interviewing PGA Tour hopefuls and getting insight on the grind that is the mini-tour circuit.   In this episode we are joined by Matt Liringis.  Matt has played on the Outlaw Tour and now has conditional status on PGA Tour Canada.  He has a unique story as he turned pro after high school and went straight into the world of professional golf.  Listen to Matt has to say about chasing his dream to play on the PGA Tour.

Episode 38: Max Homa wins at Torrey Pines, Drama in Dubai and Pebble Beach Picks

January 31, 2023

The California kid, Max Homa comes from behind to win the Farmer's Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.  Homa wins his 4th PGA Tour event in his home state as he passes Sam Ryder, whose joggers drew a lot of attention this week. The DP World tour drama continued as Rory birdied 17 & 18 to beat Patrick Reed who had another rules issue this week in Dubai. The podcast picked a winner for the 3rd straight week and we will try for a 4th as we make our picks for the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on this episode.    Make sure to subscribe, like and review the podcast to keep updated on happenings from the Break80 Podcast. Contact info: IG: @short_sided_golf , @break80_golf , @timothyocorlett

Episode 37: Golf Channel's Damon Hack Interview

January 24, 2023

The Break80 Podcast will be discussing the "Quest to Qualify" for the Minnesota State Amateur Championship this summer.  Can three slightly above average golfers make it to the Minneapolis Golf Club? We will be talking professional golf this week as Jon Rahm stays dominant winning the American Express Championship and Mike's pick Victor Perez wins in Abu Dhabi with an epic bunker shot on 17. Jeff sits down for an interview with Damon Hack from the golf channel to talk about his passion for golf and career in sports journalism.

Episode 36: Sony Recap & The Salty Golfer

January 18, 2023

Si Woo Kim chips in on 17 and birdies 18 to get the win at the Sony Open.  It just so happened that Jeff picked Si Woo to take a huge lead early in this seasons Break80 bets.  We will be talking about the American Express Championship and making our picks for that event and DP World Tour event in Abu Dhabi. Tim had a great interview with a man that is quickly becoming a legend down in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - The Salty Golfer.  He is going to tell you what the Myrtle Beach and Salty Golfer life is all about.  Enjoy

Episode 35: Korn Ferry Rookie Frankie Capan III

January 11, 2023

The 2023 calendar year is here and we started off with complete mayhem at the Sentry Tournament of Champions!  Collin Morikawa goes on a bogey streak as Jon Rahm goes on a heater to pass him for the title. We will give our picks for the Sony Open this week and discuss the tournament and the field, as well as a little NFL playoffs picks segment. We are excited to have Korn Ferry Tour rookie Frankie Capan III on this week to talk golf.  Frankie is a native Minnesotan and former D1 golfer that has won the State Amateur title, played in a PGA Tour event and is about to start his rookie campaign on the Korn Ferry Tour this season. 

Episode 34: Tron Carter from No Laying Up

January 5, 2023

To kick off our second season of the Break 80 podcast we are joined by a big knocker in the world of golf social media and entertainment - Todd Schuster aka Tron Carter from No Laying Up. In the interview Tron is going to talk about the beginnings of NLU on twitter all the way to their latest season of Tourist Sauce in Scandinavia.  We will sprinkle in a little Minnesota golf talk as he has played a few courses here and talk some Jaguars and Vikings football. Enjoy!

Episode 33: Live from the Minnesota Golf Lab

December 8, 2022

The podcast crew recorded live this week from the Minnesota Golf Lab in Long Lake, which is the home of Go Low Golf. Viktor Hovland loves to win when not on U.S. soil as he proved once again this week by defending his title at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.  We will discuss why he struggles to be more of a mainstay on the leader board during regular tour events plus other news from the world of professional golf. While in the Minnesota Golf Lab, Mike has a theory on putting - short people are better putters.  After giving his theory and providing some evidence, you can decide if this theory has merit.

Episode 32: Interview with PGA Professional & Minnesota Native Alex Beach

November 22, 2022

We have a special interview this week with Minnesota native and current PGA Professional at Westchester Country Club, Alex Beach.  Alex is going to share his journey from high school golf in Stillwater, Minnesota to working and playing at some of the best golf clubs in the world.  Along the way he has won two PGA professional national championships and played in five PGA Championships, including the most recent championship at Southern Hills.   There will also be a some talk about the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and we may have found our way onto some of the most exclusive country clubs in America (if the trespassing fine and jail time aren't that steep).  All this and we talk about what we are thankful for this Thanksgiving season on episode 32 of the Break80 podcast.

Episode 31: 2022 Golf Season Recap

November 9, 2022

With the 2022 season coming to a close in Minnesota, we are doing a season recap of the highs and lows, travels and great moments for our Minnesota golf season and first year of the podcast.   We will also be talking some big changes in the top 100 list and what would we do if we won the powerball! 

Episode 30: Northwoods Adventure Episode

October 25, 2022

Rory takes his rightful seat on the thrown of golf as he climbs back to number 1 in the world with a victory in the CJ Cup at Congaree.  While Rory was winning, there was Anthony Kim news as he was listed in the LIV v. PGA Tour lawsuit.  May we one day see AK back on the golf course??? After playing a 1 club event at White Bear Yacht Club, we got the invite to play Northland Country Club in Duluth, which was of course too good to pass up.  Northland lived up to its reputation as the views were spectacular and the golf course had a certain rugged sense to it that makes it very unique in Minnesota golf.  The fellas headed down to Canal Park to take in the night life in Duluth after a hockey game and lived to tell about it. On the way back to the twin cities, Mike & Tim make a stop in to play the Cloquet Country Club, which is a Ross/Vardon/Goldstrand design. Tim's ground force was too much for his spikes to handle as he blew out his shoes, but didn't blow up his score.

Episode 29: The podcast is back like Jon Rahm!

October 11, 2022

After taking a week off, the boys are back at it this week on episode 29 of the podcast. Golfweek just published a top 10 private golf course list for Minnesota and we will discuss this list and a few sleeper/snubs that are also fantastic private clubs in the Minnesota. It was a big week in professional golf with Tom Kim winning in Vegas, Jon Rahm back in the winners circle in his home country of Spain and young Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra shows why LIV wanted to pay him to turn pro as he wins in Thailand. All this and some other musings, including is there a band in Break80 podcast future??

Episode 28: President Cup Recap with Andy Carroll

September 27, 2022

Friend of the podcast and Division 1 hockey player for the Mankato State Mavericks, Andy Carroll joins our podcast regulars for the entire episode to talk all things President Cup.  We will also discuss his upcoming hockey season and putting together a buddies Ryder/President Cup style event.

Episode 27: Podcast heads to Chicago for LIV Golf

September 21, 2022

Mike & Tim took a road trip to Chicago for the weekend to see how much louder LIV Golf actually was in person.  It has been determined that the LIV event falls somewhere between competitive golf and a carnival. The boys got in some golf of their own in the Windy City, including another top 100 track off Tim's list as they played Cog Hill.  The golf ended up being better than Tim's hotel selection yet again! We will also talk PGA Tour and the wild finish between Max Homa and Danny Willet, Presidents Cup and what is in store for fall golf in Minnesota. 

Episode 26: All Time Crazy DQ Story & LIV Boston Drama

September 6, 2022

Chaska native Clayton Kucera was on the bag for a buddy in a Korn Ferry pre-qualifying event in Nebraska that took the golf world by storm last week over one of the most bizarre cheating scandals you will ever hear about.  Clayton will walk us through what unfolded as he was caddying in the group that ended up in the eventual disqualification of one of the competitors. LIV golf was back this week in Boston.  With an improved field and a solid golf course, LIV golf turned out its best event yet.  Dustin Johnson hammered in an eagle putt on the first playoff hole to secure the win as the Aces won the team competition for the third straight event.  We will give our thoughts on LIV golfs improvements and some things they need to work on still. Jeff and Tim travelled to Brainerd to play the newly redesigned Cragun's championship golf course and the Gravel Pit, a new par 3 course in the Brainerd lakes area.  They will give their thoughts and insight on these two central Minnesota golf courses.

Episode 25: Break80 at Landmand & Interview with USGA Am semifinalist Derek Hitchner

August 30, 2022

The Break80 podcast boys headed to Nebraska to play the newest creation from King Collins Golf - Landmand!  Epic is a great word to describe what you will find in Homer, Nebraska at Landmand.  The course is absolutely amazing and has to be seen to be believed.  The property is massive and the greens complexes push the boundaries of what would seem impossible to imagine. Rory's talent showed out at East Lake as he came roaring from behind to catch Scottie Scheffler(as he faltered) at East Lake.  Huge win for the PGA Tour as they combat some more defections to LIV Golf. We have an interview with Derek Hitchner, who is a native Minnesotan and senior at Pepperdine University.  Derek is coming off a run to the semi-finals at the USGA Amateur Championship at Ridgewood Country Club.

Episode 24: Rob Collins Interview, AZ Trip Recap & The Pod Heads to Landmand

August 22, 2022

Mike & Tim made a trip to Arizona to play in mid-August and lived to tell about it.  Mike gives a recap of the courses played, matches with Tim and even the most bizarre restaurant you will see. The U.S. Am and the BMW Championship both concluded this Sunday with Sam Bennett winning the Am on the 36th hole and Patrick Cantlay taking the BMW crown for the second year in a row.  We will talk about what can be done to make the FedEx Cup more interesting, especially in light of the U.S. Am showing the greatness of match play. The podcast is heading to Landmand!  We are taking off on a short trip to play Landmand, the new course opening in Homer, Nebraska designed by King Collins Golf (Sweetens Cove designers).  We interview Rob Collins to get some insight on the architecture and creation of Landmand before we head there to play it.

Episode 23: Will Zalatoris with the Breakthrough Win, Mike & Tim Head to AZ & an Interview with Emma Carpenter

August 15, 2022

Mike & Jeff had their annual fourball match at White Bear Yacht Club, and it went about as well as expected.  The boys talk the state of their games, douchebag moves in golf and the upcoming Arizona trip for Mike & Tim. Will Zalatoris got his breakthrough win in crazy fashion at the FedEx St. Jude Championship in Memphis to vault him into #1 in the points standing and getting the season win for Mike in the picks segment.  The field now narrows to 70 players for the BMW Championship.  We will discuss the field & venue and makes some picks for the upcoming week. This week's guest is the multi-talented Emma Carpenter.  Not only is Emma a golfer for the University of Minnesota and coming off a T2 finish at the Minnesota State Open, but also is up and coming in the media and social media world with multiple ventures.  Oh, and she can also sing!  We may have gotten her to sing a tune to improve our golf games.

Episode 22: Matchplay Musings from the Pod Members, PGA Tour Gears Up for the FedEx Cup.

August 9, 2022

After a few different match play rounds this week, the podcast takes a look at the pros/cons of match play and specifically if there is a home course advantage when playing someone who is on their home track.  We will also be talking expectations about improvement and how it happens with less effort for some people. Tom Kim became the youngest PGA Tour winner since Jordan Spieth this week at the Wyndham Championship as the tour players faced elation and sorrow while trying to get into the elusive top 125 to retain their cards.  The FedEx Cup kicks off this week in Memphis and we will discuss the event and make our picks in this full field event.

Episode 21: Finau Races Through the Motor City as LIV Struggles to Gain Traction

August 2, 2022

Tony Finau continues his hot streak in Detroit by dusting the field Sunday at the Rocket Mortgage.  Where does he go from here?  Mike's guy Cameron Young with another top 5 finish as he marches toward a top 10 OWGR as Mike predicted at the beginning of the season.  We are into the last week of the PGA Tour regular season and tour cards will be on the line this week in Greensboro, NC for the Wyndham Championship. Henrik Stenson wins the LIV event at Bedminster that showcased their best leaderboard in 3 events, yet the LIV tour was struggling again to attract fans and viewers to their platform.  Where does LIV go next?  What happens after the FedEx and President's Cups?  We will discuss LIV Golf this week in a little more detail. The podcast boys games are all over the board as we prepare to go down to Landmand at the end of August.  We will be talking about the state of our games and a possible match with another Minnesota golf podcast on this episode!

Episode 20: Finau Finishes & the Break80 Podcast Has a Wild Week at the 3M Open

July 26, 2022

What a week for the Break80 podcast at the 3M Open.   We started the week with a preview podcast at the 3M Open on Wednesday and then ended up caddying for the Foreplay Podcast fellas from Barstool, with Brock Nelson of NHL fame and professionals Sam Ryder and Callum Terran.  We will go into how that round went as the Foreplay squad caught fire on the back 9 for a high finish. Tony Finau surged and Scott Piercy had an epic collapse at the 3M, which was full of twists and turns on the back 9.  Eventually, with a little luck on 17, Tony Finau emerged victorious.  Our friend of the podcast from the pro-am, Callum Terran fired a 63 on Friday and a back 9 31 on Sunday to vault into the top 10 as he looks to lock up his tour card for next year. We make our picks for the Rocket Mortgage and the LIV event this week as Tim closed the gap a bit last week when both Jeff & Mike's picks missed the cut at the TPC Twin Cities.

3M Open Preview Episode

July 21, 2022

The podcast is live from the 3M Open with our preview episode.  We will be talking about the event, some specifics about the TPC Twin Cities and some of the players that fans should be looking to watch at this years 3M Open. We will of course be making our picks for the week and will see if Jeff or Tim can gain some ground on Mike in the standings.

Episode 19: Cam Comeback at the Open

July 19, 2022

With the world watching the 150th Open Championship and basically the entire crowd at the Old Course rooting for Rory, Cam Smith rides excellent ball striking, a hot blade and balls of steel to fire a back-nine thirty en route to a final round 64 to steel the Open Championship from the grasp of Rory McIlroy, who eventually came in third after Cameron Young's epic eagle on 18. LIV is in the golf news again this week with rumors of Cam Smith, Hideki Matsuyama, Henrik Stenson and other defecting away from the PGA & DP World. Tours to sign lucrative contracts with LIV Golf. It is 3M Open week here in Minnesota!  The podcast will be on site throughout the week doing an episode Wednesday, social media content and talking PGA Tour and TPC Twin Cities.  This episode on the podcast we interview the Tournament Director Mike Welch who gives us all kinds of insight into what it takes to pull of a PGA Tour event.

Episode 18: All Things Old Course

July 12, 2022

Open Championship week is here, and the Break 80 Podcast will be taking a deep dive into all things St. Andrews and the Old Course.  Mike, one the podcast co-hosts had the chance to play the Old Course in 2016 and will be talking about getting on the Old Course, go through the holes on the golf course and what to look for this week, as well as some things about the town of St. Andrews. We will talk Scottish Open briefly and get right into our picks segment for the week as we give top picks and some sleepers to look out for at the 150th playing of the Open Championship.

Episode 17: Rally at the Ridge! LIV is in the U.S. & Our interview with golf professional Betsy Kelly

July 4, 2022

After a one week hiatus the pod is back!   The Greater State team jumped out to a commanding lead at our first ever Break80 Podcast Ryder Cup at the Wilderness and Giants Ridge, only to see their dreams dashed by a furious rally by team Metro during the singles matches to earn a tie for the event.  We will be diving into the event a bit and the great courses you will find in northern Minnesota. There were 3 events in mens professional golf this week, none of which were that interesting, but we will dive into the LIV event at Pumpkin Ridge and discuss some of the improvements made in their 2nd attempt, as well as some of the preposterous stuff still happening and being said by LIV players and broadcasters. It is getting to be that time of year again where you can get up early and get ready to watch great golf from Scotland.  The Scottish Open is this week and 14 of the top 15 players in the world are in the field at the Renaissance Club for the final prep event leading up to the 150th playing of the Open Championship at St. Andrews. Lastly on the pod today we sit down with Betsy Kelly who is a professional golfer and big in the social media world.  She is going to talk about her incredible story and how golf has helped her overcome some struggles in her life as well as her continued drive to achieve her goal of reaching the LPGA Tour. 

Episode 16: U.S. Open Reactions & PGA Professional Brent Snyder Joins the Podcast

June 21, 2022

Matty Ice put on a ball striking display for the ages at the Country Club to win the 122nd U.S. Open hitting 17 greens in regulation on his way to a one stroke victory over Will Zalatoris and Scottie Scheffler.  We will be discussing our thoughts on the golf course and how the championship played out. The tour moves to TPC River Highlands in Hartford this week for the Travelers Championship.  We will discuss the course, the field and give our picks to win for this weeks event. We are joined this week by Brent Snyder, who is one of the top PGA teaching professionals in the midwest and has played in PGA Tour events in the past.  He gives great insight into his teaching philosophy, playing on the PGA Tour and other observations on the game of golf from one of the best teachers around.

Episode 15: PGA Tour & LIV Golf Go Head-to-Head. Talking TaylorMade Golf Fittings with Chris Eikenberg.

June 14, 2022

Rory and JT showed out for the PGA Tour at the RBC Canadian Open in epic fashion on Sunday.  Rory goes back-to-back in Canada and Justin Rose damn near shot a 58 up in Toronto.  LIV Golf failed to move the needle in their opening event in London.  Is money enough to make this new tour go?  Or will it be the bust that the first event was when they come to the United States next at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland.  It is U.S. Open week, and we will be talking about the Country Club and what it is going to take to navigate the dangers that are always lurking at a U.S. Open venue and setup.  Picks will be made for the winner and some sleepers to keep an eye on this week. Chris Eikenberg from TaylorMade Golf will be joining the podcast to talk about golf fittings, things players overlook in their equipment, professional golf and much more.

Episode 14: LIV Tour Catching Steam? Billy Dominates at Jack's Place.

June 8, 2022

Does the LIV Tour have a chance?  With the list of players who have committed and more being added daily, does the PGA Tour have a big problem on their hands with the LIV Tour and the Saudi's backing it with basically unlimited money to invest. Is Billy Horschel's win at the Memorial a sign of things to come?  We all know that the 7-time tour winner can go on hot streaks like almost no one else in the game can.  Some big names are playing outside Toronto this week at the RBC Canadian Open.  We will discuss the golf course architect, the course and the field in our picks segment. Our own games and egos took a beating at the hands of Troy Burne this week and we are hoping to recover from it.

Episode 13: Charles Schwab Challenge recap & Memorial Preview. Golf Psychology with Phil Niemela

June 2, 2022

Sam Burns posts a number and takes down the world number 1 Scottie Scheffler with an epic playoff putt at Colonial Country Club to win the Charles Schwab Challenge.  Big week coming up on the PGA tour with the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.  Is it the only golf tournament in the world overshadowed by a milkshake? With the LPGA Tour playing at Shadow Creek last week, Mike tells the story of his day trip to Shadow Creek with co-host Tim. Sports psychologist Phil Niemela joins the podcast this week to talk about the psychology of the game we love and how to have a better mindset in order to perform better on the golf course.

Episode 12: PGA Championship Recap

May 25, 2022

JT comes roaring from behind to win in a playoff over Will Zalatoris as Mito does the PGA Championship version of Jean Van de Velde on 18 at Southern Hills.  Rory got everyone revved up on Thursday and then fizzed before working his way back into the top 10.  Mike went against his better instincts this week and took Jordan Spieth to win, which of course was a let down.  Tiger WD on Sunday, multiple people got hit with golf balls, it was a wild PGA Championship week. We will also talk Charles Schwab Championship at Colonial CC, some Saudi golf league and weird Jack Nicklaus news this week on the podcast.

Episode 11: PGA Championship Week

May 18, 2022

Major #2 is here and we are talking about all the happenings surrounding the PGA Championship at the Perry Maxwell gem Southern Hills.  We will discuss the recently renovated course and make our picks for this week's championship. The podcast got out to Links at Northfork on a windy day and didn't fare too well, but there was drama coming down the home stretch that topped that of TPC Craig Ranch this week on the PGA Tour. Speaking of the PGA Tour, we will talk about TPC Craig Ranch's absurdly low scores and K.H. Lee going back-to-back at the Byron Nelson.  When it comes to back-to-back, Tim was back in Myrtle Beach this week and even snuck off to play Southern Pines and Tobacco Road. 

Episode 10: Fun and failure at the Founder's Cup, Max Homa's rise to stardom and Tim is on the move again to Myrtle Beach this week.

May 11, 2022

The dynamic duo of Mike and Tim were back in Albert Lea for the 2nd annual Founder's Cup of the Honorable Company of Minnesota Golfers.  A lot of fun was had again this year and the golf we played was about what you would expect from a couple guys trying to pull of shots like they are tour players. Max Homa wins the Wells Fargo Championship for the 2nd time and we discuss his future on tour and other musings from the week that was in golf.  The tour heads to TPC Craig Ranch this week and the crew makes their picks from what is a pretty good field for an event the week before a major. Tim is traveling again and will talk about his upcoming trip to Myrtle Beach, Southern Pines and Tobacco Road.   All of this and a discussion about how to improve as a player when maybe your game has plateaued or you are having problems scoring. 

Episode 9: Calamity at the Classic, Mexico Open Review & Wells Fargo Preview, Mike & Tim prepare for the Founders Cup 2022 edition.

May 4, 2022

It was that time of year for Jeff's annual buddies trip/event to the Classic at Maddens and the weather was dreadful in the Brainerd lakes area.  Rain, wind and cold couldn't stop Jeff as he battled the elements at one of Minnesota's best tracks. The favorite Jon Rahm held on to win the Mexico Open versus a subpar field this week.  The Wells Fargo Championship moves away from Quail Hollow for a year and up the Washington D.C. area at TPC Potomac at Avenal Farm.  We will dive into the course a little bit and give our predictions for the week. Mike and Tim are going on another day trip this weekend, this time to Albert Lea, Minnesota for the the 2nd annual Founders Cup event of the Honorable Company of Minnesota Golfers.  We will preview the format for the 36 hole event and have some laughs about last years event.

Episode 8: Slaughter at the Straits as Mike & Tim take on Whistling Straits on a breezy spring day. Jeff's prep is underway for a annual Brainerd event. Zurich results and Mexico Open preview.

April 27, 2022

Mike & Tim left the Twin Cities at 4am Saturday morning to take on the beast that is Whistling Straits.  The Pete Dye creation and home of the 2021 Ryder Cup gave the boys quite a thrashing.  We endured and lived to tell the tale of our day at Whistling Straits. Jeff has been grinding on the simulator and prepping for a big event coming up this weekend in the Brainerd Lakes area.  He will give a little breakdown into what he will be doing at this annual golf event at the Classic. Cantlay and Xander dominate in the Big Easy and we will preview a less than exciting field for the first ever Mexico Open.

Episode 7: Spieth rises again on Easter Sunday, Zurich Classic Preview, Minnesota Hidden Gems and Tim Travels to Oregon.

April 20, 2022

Jordan Spieth defies logic with terrible putting to win the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town and stamp his place as the GOAT of Easter Sunday golf on the PGA Tour.  Next stop is a fun partner event at TPC Louisiana this week for the Zurich Classic.  Tim will give a little insider info on the course and we will make our picks for the event. Our Minnesota spin this week is on hidden gems in the metro and greater state areas.  We will give you the inside info on some courses to check out this season. Tim travelled to Oregon last week and ran into some weather issues out west - but got plenty of sim golf and diet coke in.  Mike will discuss his new epic quest to play the top 100 courses in America before he dies and the boys take on Augusta National at the simulator this week on the Break 80 podcast.

Episode 6: Masters Recap, looking forward to the RBC Heritage and talking Minnesota public golf Final 4.

April 11, 2022

Scottie Scheffler puts an emphatic stamp on his world #1 ranking with a dominant win this week at Augusta National.  Rory thrilled the patrons and showed why we are enamored with his talent.  Even with Scheffler winning, the week was all about Tiger.  After a great first round 71, he struggled the rest of the week, but it sounds like he plans on playing some big events going forward.   Big names are in the field as of now for the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town this week.  We will be making picks and talking about this unique tour stop. The people have spoken and a Minnesota public golf champion has been named.  We will be talking about the FInal 4 and championship matchups in our Greater State vs. Metro battle.

Masters Special: Day 3 - Cam Smith fires a 68 to cut Scheffler's lead to 3 heading into Sunday.

April 10, 2022

Augusta National got the best of the field today with only 9 players shooting under par.  Not to be deterred by the cold and wind, Cam Smith fired a 68 to put a little heat on Scottie Scheffler whose 71 today leaves him with a 3 shot lead heading into Sunday's final round.  Tiger had major struggles with Augusta's greens today in route to his highest round at the Masters with a 78.  

Masters Special: Day 2 - New world #1 Scottie Scheffler quickly proving he is worthy of the top spot.

April 9, 2022

After firing a 67 on blustery day at Augusta National, Scottie Scheffler takes a commanding 5 stroke lead into the weekend.  A packed leaderboard would lead to high drama on the weekend if not for the red hot Scheffler who is blowing away the field.  Tiger showed his grit again after a brutal start by making multiple birdies in the middle of the round to finish at +1 in T19 after 36 holes.  Speaking of brutal, some big names are heading home before the weekend including Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka and Bryson Dechambeau, who failed to break 80 in round 2.

Masters Special: Day 1 - Tiger roars in return to the spotlight at Augusta National.

April 8, 2022

Day 1 recap: Hello Friends! It was the return of the GOAT at Augusta National.  Tiger fires 71 to show the field that he will have a say in this tournament.  Sung-Jae Im takes the day 1 lead at -5 with Cam Smith, Scottie Scheffler and a host of others right behind him.  Winds kicked up and made for a tough afternoon today.  Clubs were broken, Sandy Lyle had suspenders on and Adam Scott was khaki'd out as another year of the Masters is underway. 

Episode 5: Masters Preview - Tiger Mania & Kate Smith(Big Ten Champion & ANWA Vet)

April 5, 2022

Masters mania is here!  After a quick Valero Texas Open recap, it will be all things Augusta National on the pod this week.  We will be talking Tiger's return wearing Footjoys, captain cool at the ANWA and a deep dive into Masters picks for the week - play at your own risk!  Minnesota legend Kate Smith will join us to talk about her journey from Detroit Lakes to the professional golf ranks, which includes a 2021 Big Ten title at Nebraska.  Oh yeah, she has also played Augusta National (you may have heard of it) in the ANWA and gives us great insight into the course for this week.  

Episode 4: WGC Match Play talk, Valero picks and the Final 4 of Minnesota public golf is set.

March 29, 2022

Scottie Scheffler continues to ride a hot streak in Austin at the WGC Match Play that has now vaulted him to the top of the golf world!  Going to share a few hot takes about Kevin Kisner's match play chops and why the PGA Championship could finally find an identity by going back to the match play format of old.  We will be previewing a good field at the Valero Texas open and our golf traveller Tim will talk Texas Golf.   The Final 4 of Minnesota public golf is here!  We will be discussing the results from the Elite 8 and previewing the Final 4 which is coming up this week.  

Episode 3: Golf is back in Minnesota! Reactions from this week in professional golf & Discussion about our Elite 8 in Minnesota public golf.

March 21, 2022

Spring has sprung and golf courses are slowly starting to open across southern and central Minnesota.  We will discuss that along with the Valspar Championship and upcoming WGC match play on the professional scene.  The votes are in and 8 courses are moving on to the Elite 8 of Minnesota public golf.  There were early round blowouts and tight battles in the round of 16 to discuss and we will preview the Elite 8.

Episode 2: Players Championship Reactions & Minnesota Public Golf Sweet 16

March 15, 2022

Thoughts from a crazy Players championship where Mother Nature played a huge role and Cam Smith rode a hot blade to a Monday finish title and a $3.6 million dollar payday.   Bracketology fans - the Minnesota Public Golf Sweet 16 is upon us.  Hear insight into which courses made the bracket and which bubbles got burst on selection Sunday!

Episode 1: Bay Hill Reactions & Podcast Introduction

March 8, 2022

U.S. Open vibes at Bay Hill this week!  Get our reactions to the carnage as well as an introduction to a new golf podcast.  Scottie Scheffler gets his 2nd win of the season.  Has Ted Scott found his zen situation on the bag and away from Bubba???  Will Rory ever find his game?  How many tour players couldn't break 80 this week?  These questions will be discussed along with happenings in the world of golf and locally in Minnesota - as we get closer to actually playing golf outside.