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FORE the Good of the Game

Author: Bruce Devlin and Mike Gonzalez

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"FORE the Good of the Game” is a golf podcast featuring storytelling with the PGA Tour stars of yesterday and people of influence in and around the game of golf. Highlighting the positive aspects of the game, we aim to create and provide an engaging and timeless repository of content that listeners can enjoy now and forever. Co-hosted by PGA Tour star Bruce Devlin, our podcast focuses on those who played the game “when woods were wood.” Join Bruce and Mike Gonzalez “FORE the Good of the Game.”
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World Golf Hall of Fame member, Tony Jacklin, remembers being pretty impressed while shagging balls as a 13-year-old for Bobby Locke at his home club in Scunthorpe, England, "FORE the Good of the Game."
Jack Nicklaus, winner of 18 major championships on the PGA Tour, recounts how he developed his approach to preparing for these four events each year and the advice he gave to Gary Player that helped the Black Knight win the Career Grand Slam. We get to know the G.O.A.T. just a little bit better, "FORE the Good of the Game."
World Golf Hall of Fame member, Deane Beman recounts his decision to turn professional after a very successful amateur career, his Tour wins and the hand injuries that ultimately led him to accept the job as PGA Tour Commissioner in 1974 at age 36. Deane tells of the early transformation of the Tour that included becoming a non-profit, creating value in television for corporate sponsors, adding a charitable focus to the Tour and developing a robust player's pension scheme. From golf professional to golf administrator, Deane Beman tells his story, "FORE the Good of the Game."
Ben Crenshaw recalls the mysteries of the 17th hole at the Country Club at Brookline including Francis Ouimet's improbable win, as an amateur, at the 1913  U.S. Open when he joined a playoff with a birdie at 17 and then iced the victory with a birdie there in the playoff with Vardon and Ray. Ben also reflects on the infamous Justin Leonard putt on the same hole at the 1999 Ryder Cup that proved to be key to the U.S. team victory. Ben Crenshaw shares great golf history, "FORE the Good of the Game."
Lanny Wadkins and Bruce Devlin reflect back on the fun times they had playing in celebrity events hosted by Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Jackie Gleason, and many others. Most were serious golfers with a passion for the game. Hear about the contributions they made, "FORE the Good of the Game."
A 2003 inductee into the World Golf Hall of Fame and the winner of three major championships and one Players Championship, Nick Price joins us to talk about growing up in Rhodesia (present-day Zimbabwe), learning the game as a left-hander and his early successes as an amateur. Nick recounts his time spent in the Rhodesian Air Force during the "Bush War" there and the honor of representing his country in the 1976 Eisenhower Trophy. He relates the decision process to turn professional in 1977 and discusses those early days on the South African and European Tours. Finally, he fondly recalls his special relationship with his long-time caddie, Jeff "Squeeky" Medlin and growing up with his swing coach, David Leadbetter. Nick Price tells his early story, "FORE the Good of the Game."
In 2009 at Turnberry, the whole world felt his pain as the Open Championship slipped from the grasp of arguably the greatest Open Champion ever, Tom Watson. Listen in as Tom relives the final shots of that iconic event in sports history, the aftermath and the phone call he received at dinner that Sunday evening from Jack Nicklaus offering his consolation and support. Tom Watson digs deep to recount this painful memory, "FORE the Good of the Game."
Bruce Devlin looks back on his work after the PGA Tour which included a brief stint on the Senior Tour. He caught the course design bug beginning in the late 1960's and that, along with his pioneering days as a golf broadcaster, took him away from competition well before his elite golfing skills waned. Bruce recalls his extensive body of work designing nearly 150 courses across the globe and tells of his family's philanthropic work through The Devlin Foundation. Bruce Devlin reflects on a life and a career in golf well played, "FORE the Good of the Game."
World Golf Hall of Fame member, Tony Jacklin, recounts his early days on the PGA Tour as the first Brit to ever play golf full-time for a living. He and Bruce discuss how the game and the equipment have evolved over the years and he remembers some of his early influencers on his professional development. Tony shares some great stories from his 1970 U.S. Open win at Hazeltine and, yes, the name Dave Hill does come up in our conversation. Tony Jacklin gives us his perspective on a magnificent career, "FORE the Good of the Game."
Two-time winner of the Tournament Players Championship, Steve Elkington, remembers his lost chance to win the Open at St. Andrews in 1995 because of poor putting on the final nine holes. Concerned whether he had the intestinal fortitude to prevail at a major, he used his learnings on the Old Course that day just one month later at Riviera to win the PGA Championship and conquer his fears, "FORE the Good of the Game."
The winner of the 1991 Open Championship and CBS Golf Analyst, Ian Baker-Finch, expresses his admiration for fellow Aussie, Bruce Devlin, and the other Australian greats of the game. He was recently amused by the fact that his young golfing partner at his home club, 2021 Ryder Cup team member, Daniel Berger, had no idea that Finchy was a major winner. The younger PGA players need to learn their golf history, "FORE the Good of the Game."
Perhaps the greatest the game of golf has ever seen, Jack Nicklaus joins us to share his favorite golf moment and where he would take a career mulligan (or two). He remembers his good friend Arnold Palmer, talks with pride of the philanthropic work he and his wife Barbara have done, of his golf course design body of work and about the best-selling book written by son Jackie. Jack ends our discussion by reflecting on his long-time friendship with Bruce Devlin, "FORE the Good of the Game."
Gary Player, one of the greatest golf champions of all-time remembers Mark McCormack,  the founder and chairman of International Management Group, now IMG, an international management organization that serves sports figures and celebrities and, when founded, initially included representation of Bruce Devlin and The Big Three (Palmer, Nicklaus & Player). Gary Player recalls the life-lessons he learned from his first agent, "FORE the Good of the Game."
The winner of the 1981 Open Championship, Bill Rogers, relates his observation that all of the golfing greats have shared a love of the game and an appreciation for the history of the game. That's why he strongly endorses what we are doing to capture and preserve the storytelling with these golf greats, "FORE the Good of the Game."
Bruce Devlin takes us back in time to review his record in golf's major championships which included 16 top-ten and 30 top-25 finishes and 61 consecutive cuts made from 1964 - 1972. He would take his one career mulligan at Augusta where he holds the distinction of having one of only four albatrosses in the history of the Masters Tournament. He recalls having the early lead on Sunday at the 1982 U.S. Open and shares his fondness for the Open Championship. Bruce Devlin ends this segment by talking about his desire to "swim with the dolphins" when his time is up, "FORE the Good of the Game."
World Golf Hall of Fame member, David Graham, recalls a trip to South Africa to appear in the Million Dollar event at Sun City back when travel there was difficult in the time of apartheid. David and his wife, Maureen, found themselves sitting with Liberace on the flight to S.A. At a black-tie dinner that featured Liberace as the entertainment, Maureen (on her birthday) was invited on stage for a song and a memorable dance with the legendary performer. David, at the invitation of Gary Player, was there, helping to break down barriers, "FORE the Good of the Game."
Steve Elkington, winner of the 1995 PGA and Bruce Devlin reminisce about the great Ben Hogan. Bruce remembers being introduced to Mr. Hogan by Norman Von Nida at his first Masters Tournament in 1962. Bruce and Mr. Hogan played a practice round with each other, which began a 7-year tradition of practice rounds together whenever they were  competing in the same event. Elk recalls traveling to Shady Oaks with Jackie Burke to meet Mr. Hogan and shares the three things Mr. Hogan observed about his golf game, items permanently etched into Elk's mind, "FORE the Good of the Game."
Bill Rogers - Part 2

Bill Rogers - Part 2

2021-09-1649:05

Winner of the Open Championship at Royal St. George's in 1981, Bill Rogers was likely the hottest player on the planet that year. Join us as he reflects on his start in the game, his time at the University of Houston, competing in the Walker Cup at Brookline and the tremendous pressure of Tour School 1974. Bill recalls making the Top 60 in 1977 as being much more "emotionally satisfying" than his first Tour win at the Hope the following year. Hear about his days with IMG, traveling the world, chasing the "Buck", which led to burnout and a loss of his passion for the game,  later in his career. "Buck" Rogers shares his story, "FORE the Good of the Game."
World Golf Hall of Fame member, Lanny Wadkins, recounts his first victory on the PGA Tour at the 1972 Sahara Invitation in Las Vegas, by one stroke over Arnold Palmer. Hear Lanny relate the shenanigans that occurred on the last hole as Arnie made his presence known while Lanny tried to close the deal, "FORE the Good of the Game."
Winner of 5 Open Championships, Tom Watson recalls the time Jerry Pate got a little "lippy" with he and Arnie after a practice round at Muirfield in 1980. Andy Bean was paired with Pate in the grudge match that ended as you would suspect, in the year Watson won his third Claret Jug. Hear about their "Emergency Nine" played, "FORE the Good of the Game."
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