The Fire Pit Podcast

In the 25 years of covering golf, the development of the game, courses and the camaraderie that’s core to the culture, it was time for Matt to share some of the best stories he has heard around fire pits all over the world. From PGA Tour players, caddies, architects, avid amateurs and buddies-trip planners, Matt has forged relationships with some of the most colorful and influential people in the game. So grab a drink, a seat and settle in. We’re getting to the essence of one story per podcast. A narrative so deep and meaningful, you save it for a post-round fire pit, which is where no one is in a hurry for the night to end.

00:32:09 2022-08-10
Today, the PGA Tour won the first of many legal battles versus LIV Golf. @AlanShipnuck was in the courtroom for all of the drama. In this Fire Drill podcast, he discusses the developments with @MattGinella and Peter Ginsberg, a preeminent sports lawyer wh...
01:26:59 2022-08-05
In the latest Fire Drill podcast, U.S. Presidents Cup captain @Love3d goes deep on his support for the PGA Tour, his contentious history with Greg Norman, his melancholy over Mickelson’s heel turn and much more. Bamberger and @AlanShipnuck ask the quest...
01:08:45 2022-08-01
In Part 2 of this podcast about the greatest buddies trip happening in and around the playing of the 150th Open Championship, the Manning brothers, Eric Church and several others continue their romp around the linksland of the UK, immersing themselves in ...
01:22:52 2022-08-01
In Part 1 of this podcast, you’ll hear from Peyton, Eli and Cooper Manning, plus Eric Church, the country music star, Jim Nantz, the voice of golf, Joe LaCava, Tiger’s caddie, and you’ll listen in on John Daly smashing a drive off a tall boy Tenants...
00:28:20 2022-07-18
At the end of a thrilling final day at the Open, Alan Shipnuck & Michael Bamberger reflect on Cam Smith’s stunning comeback and the anguish of watching Rory fritter away the lead. A couple of surprise guests enliven the final podcast of an action-pa...
00:29:38 2022-07-17
With the final round finally upon us, Alan Shipnuck, Michael Bamberger and Matt Ginella set the scene for what should an epic conclusion to the 150th Open Championship. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....
00:35:45 2022-07-16
With the 18th hole as a backdrop for this Fire Drill pod, Michael Bamberger, Alan Shipnuck and Matt Ginella relive the conflicting emotions of watching Tiger's farewell to the Old Course. They also go deep on a stacked leaderboard and the tourney's good v...
00:36:11 2022-07-14
In the latest Fire Drill podcast from St. Andrews, Michael Bamberger, Alan Shipnuck and Matt Ginella dissect a fascinating first round of the Open, in which Rory starred, Tiger struggled and a firm, fiery Old Course demanded precision.See omnystudio.com/l...
00:37:55 2022-07-14
On the eve of the 150th Open Championship, Alan Shipnuck, Michael Bamberger and Matt Ginella banter about how and why we got here, and how and why it all matters. Especially to competitors like Tiger Woods. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy informa...
00:58:53 2022-07-11
In this Open pre, Ogilvy-Bamberger-Ginella-Shipnuck go deep on the charm/challenge of the Old Course, with lively stories about their own adventures there (notably Geoff's t5 in '05). The pod gets emotional when they discuss what St. Andrews means to thei...
01:04:05 2022-07-06
In the latest Fire Drill, Matt Ginella checks in from Ireland, having just competed in golf’s most exclusive event, the JP McManus Pro-Am. With Michael Bamberger & Alan Shipnuck, they bring to life the scene at Adare Manor and tense reunion of LIV a...
00:37:29 2022-06-20
In the last Fire Drill podcast of a busy week, Geoff Ogilvy, Michael Bamberger & Alan Shipnuck go deep on long-hitting Matt Fitzpatrick’s breakthrough win at the U.S. Open. They also discuss Rory, Will Z, the course setup and The Country Club’s pl...
00:35:09 2022-06-19
The latest Fire Drill podcast goes deep on a thrilling third round: Geoff Ogilvy revels in the windy challenge; Alan Shipnuck hails Rory’s grit; Ryan French celebrates the louder crowd; and Michael Bamberger discusses Jeff Maggert’s sex life.&...
00:43:24 2022-06-18
For the latest Fire Drill podcast, Ryan French goes deep on the unknowns near the lead, Ogilvy and Bamberger wax poetic about metal spikes and Jon Rahm, and Alan Shipnuck asks, Who is the best player in the world right now?See omnystudio.com/listener for ...
00:40:10 2022-06-17
In this instant-reaction Fire Drill podcast following the first round of the Open, Ryan French revels in the qualifiers on the leaderboard while Geoff Ogilvy goes deep on the setup. Alan Shipnuck & Michael Bamberger chime in on Rory and the subdued cr...
00:41:48 2022-06-15
On the eve of the Open, Alan Shipnuck, Michael Bamberger and Ryan French offer a final Fire Drill preview, touching on Tiger’s absence, JT’s emergence, the glory of TCC and the feeling in the air of LIV vs. the Tour. Stay for the bonus scenes ...
00:39:32 2022-06-14
In this Fire Drill podcast, Geoff Ogilvy, Michael Bamberger, Alan Shipnuck and Ryan French preview the U.S. Open by discussing the qualifiers, the favorites, the charming course and the unique mystique of the national championship. See omnystudio.com...
00:42:25 2022-06-14
U.S. Open week began with lingering business: Phil Mickelson facing the free press. In this Fire Drill podcast, Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger discuss Mickelson’s performance, his legacy, and where he goes from here. See omnystudio.com/lis...
00:38:00 2022-06-13
In this Fire Drill podcast, Michael Bamberger is joined by USGA president-elect Fred Perpall, who in 2023 will become the ruling body's first Black president. They discuss Perpall's unusual route to golf, how to diversify the game and the changing role of...
00:55:29 2022-06-12
Alan Shipnuck calls in from London to recap the inaugural LIV Golf event. Matt Ginella, Michael Bamberger and Ryan French join Alan to discuss the on-course play, and the off-course news of more big names defecting from the Tour to join LIV Golf. See...
01:03:54 2022-06-10
For this Fire Drill podcast, Alan Shipnuck calls in from England to discuss an eventful day at the inaugural LIV event, including his dust-up with Greg Norman and his goons. Matt Ginella, Michael Bamberger and Ryan French are all part of this li...
01:03:36 2022-06-07
Following Phil Mickelson's announcement, the FPC team assembles to discuss the state of the game and the strengthening field for the first LIV Golf event in London. Matt Ginella, Alan Shipnuck, Michael Bamberger, Ryan French and Mac Barnhardt share their ...
00:25:23 2022-05-23
In the final Fire Drill of a jam-packed week, Geoff Ogilvy joins Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck to relive, and add context to, Justin Thomas's thrilling win. The setup at Southern Hills and Will Z's putting stroke are also dissected.See omn...
00:21:53 2022-05-22
The PGA Championship is our annual opportunity to celebrate club pros. In this Fire Drill podcast, Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck are joined by Rick Rielly, the head pro at Wilshire CC, to celebrate the legacy of Rick's father Pat, a PGA of America l...
00:42:26 2022-05-21
In this Fire Drill podcast, Geoff Ogilvy joins Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck as they discuss how Southern Hills is playing, sing the praises of slower greens and riff on JT, Bernd, Tiger, Rory and other protagonists.See omnystudio.com/listener ...
00:50:52 2022-05-20
In the latest Fire Drill podcast, Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck recap the first round of the PGA Championship, which was dominated by Rory McIlroy’s fine play and Tiger Woods’s struggles. They also discuss Bamberger’s story about h...
00:56:11 2022-05-19
Few reporters have been closer to Tiger Woods than John Hawkins. In the latest Fire Drill podcast, Hawk joins Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck on the eve of the PGA Championship to riff on how Woods has (and hasn’t) evolved through the years.&nbs...
00:42:42 2022-05-18
In this Fire Drill podcast, Ryan French and Laz Versalles join Michael Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck for a non-traditional PGA Championship preview. Ryan gives the backstory on some of the longshot club pros in the field while Laz delves into the legacy of ...
00:49:44 2022-05-18
In the latest Fire Drill podcast, Ogilvy, Bamberger and Alan Shipnuck go deep on the charm and challenge of Southern Hills and relive its previous major championships, highlighted by Tiger Woods’s inspired play at the ’07 PGA. Typically discur...
00:44:57 2022-05-17
This is a chaotic moment in professional golf. For this Fire Drill podcast, Alan Shipnuck and Michael Bamberger brought in the Jerry Maguire of PGA Tour agents, Mac Barnhardt, to help make sense of the shifting landscape. Mac brought decades' worth of ins...
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