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LIV Sues for More Golf and Fenti Fried Chicken It was the regular season finale at the Wyndham Championship this past weekend, and hosts Alex Lauzon and Michael Russell lament the depressing social media blitz of bogey putts and missed opportunities to keep PGA TOUR cards. Young gun Tom Kim took the top prize, but it was Sir Nick Faldo who had all the waterworks in his final broadcast from the 18th tower (1:44).
LIV Golf made big noise this week as many of the defecting PGA Tour players sued the PGA Tour so they could play... more golf. Alex and Michael make wild predictions into what the lawsuit's outcome could be (7:03).
At Muirfield, the AIG Women's Open got four extra holes of golf and one awfully good bunker shot to give Ashleigh Buhai her first major championship (12:04).
The FedEx Cup Playoffs begin this week at the WGC FedEx St Jude, an event title rocked with irony, but a field that is vying to keep it going to claim the giant cash prize in three weeks (13:56).
In Tuned In, Michael is reading up on the history of the iconic "Seinfeld," while Alex is in tears after the news broke of the end of an iconic couple (18:15).
This week's guest is Fenti Fried Chicken, a content creator in Boston, MA, known for his funny TikToks and Boston sense of humor. Fenti chats with Alex about the inspiration for his videos, becoming famous, and how his unique name came to be (22:47).
As the guys #AlwaysEndWithFood, Alex recaps his Boston food tour, while Michael wants to know what you get on pizza if you're not getting pepperoni (49:06).
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LIV Sues for More Golf and Fenti Fried Chicken It was the regular season finale at the Wyndham Championship this past weekend, and hosts Alex Lauzon and Michael Russell lament the depressing social media blitz of bogey putts and missed opportunities to keep PGA TOUR cards. Young gun Tom Kim took the top prize, but it was Sir Nick Faldo who had all the waterworks in his final broadcast from the 18th tower (1:44).
LIV Golf made big noise this week as many of the defecting PGA Tour players sued the PGA Tour so they could play... more golf. Alex and Michael make wild predictions into what the lawsuit's outcome could be (7:03).
At Muirfield, the AIG Women's Open got four extra holes of golf and one awfully good bunker shot to give Ashleigh Buhai her first major championship (12:04).
The FedEx Cup Playoffs begin this week at the WGC FedEx St Jude, an event title rocked with irony, but a field that is vying to keep it going to claim the giant cash prize in three weeks (13:56).
In Tuned In, Michael is reading up on the history of the iconic "Seinfeld," while Alex is in tears after the news broke of the end of an iconic couple (18:15).
This week's guest is Fenti Fried Chicken, a content creator in Boston, MA, known for his funny TikToks and Boston sense of humor. Fenti chats with Alex about the inspiration for his videos, becoming famous, and how his unique name came to be (22:47).
As the guys #AlwaysEndWithFood, Alex recaps his Boston food tour, while Michael wants to know what you get on pizza if you're not getting pepperoni (49:06).
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Tony Finau is the Hottest Golfer and Gianna Gravalese At this weekend's Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, Tony Finau shocked the world and claimed the title of the World's Hottest Golfer, claiming his second consecutive victory. Hosts Alex Lauzon and Michael Russell ate their words and ponder Finau's future chances of winning the FedEx Cup and a major (1:39).
Meanwhile at Trump Bedminster, LIV Golf made waves once again as Henrik Stenson proved why he jumped from Ryder Cup Captaincy to the Saudi backed tour, claiming victory in his first event against, as is now usual, poor performing field. Alex and Michael also share thoughts on David Feherty's new gig in the tower, and the heartbreaking announcement from Bubba Watson (5:56).
The PGA Tour announced the new 2022-2023 season schedule and purse sizes, showing that LIV is making changes on the legacy tour as payouts increase by some $5-$8 million, or more, for many events in what will be the final wrap-around golf season (11:31).
The newly minted CoL TopGolf Tour kicked off this weekend as Alex began a season of visiting different Top Golfs across the country with a trip to his local Austin driving range and watering hole (13:27).
The final regular season event kicks off in North Carolina for the Wyndham Championship as the Tour regulars jockey for position to make it into the FedEx Cup Playoffs (15:35).
In Tuned In, Michael is revisiting a classic from his childhood featuring Superman and Lois Lane, while Alex is still getting his fill of "van life" after chatting with Matt Cardis last week (17:25).
This week's guest is Gianna Gravalese, a TV, radio, and internet host from NESN, Dirty Water Media, and KISS108 in Boston. Gianna chats with Alex about her journey into Dirty Water Media, life eating and driving her way through the Boston food scene, and rubbing elbows with music's biggest stars at the annual Kiss Concert (20:43).
Alex and Michael are perplexed at the name change of the former Robby Anderson, who is stealing headlines for his new and not that different legal name (47:41).
As the guys #AlwaysEndWithFood, Alex is gearing up for a trip back up to Boston and all the food fun that comes with a trip home, while Michael is hoping Alex enjoys some of his home state's 42 ice cream shops on the New Hampshire Ice Cream Trail (49:42).
LIV gets Feherty and Matt Cardis The 3M Open in Minnesota lacked big star power, but the one of the top ranked players notched his second win in under a year as Tony Finau claimed victory. Hosts Alex Lauzon and Michael Russell ponder what's in Finau's future (1:33).
The PGA Champions Tour held their Senior Open at Gleneagles, where former Open Champion Darren Clarke held off Padraig Harrington's push for a second Senior major this season (4:28).
The LPGA was in France for the Amundi Evian Championship, where Canadian Brooke Henderson claimed his second career major victory and the third woman's major of the season (5:59).
Praise is due to past guest Taylor Montgomery, who first appeared on the pod back in April of 2020, and now has locked up his PGA Tour Card for the 2023 season (8:28).
LIV Golf gears up for their third tournament this week at Bedminster, with a few new faces on the course, rumors swirling about a massive deal for Hideki Matsuyama, and the biggest splash of them all: David Feherty into the broadcast booth (9:43).
The PGA Tour now heads to Detroit for the Rocket Mortgage Classic, which includes some big names as a tune-up to the upcoming FedEx Cup Playoffs (16:19).
In Tuned In, Michael shares the fun he had at Disney World, while Alex was in baseball heaven as his Red Sox favorite David "Big Papi" Ortiz was enshrined in Cooperstown (18:54).
This week's guest is Matt Cardis, a photographer and content creator known for living in a van and playing golf all over the country. Matt shares stories from the van, his favorite golf courses, and what's in store in the future (22:48).
A childhood favorite is coming to an end, and Michael and Alex are in shock that its happening (48:11).
The NFL Training Camps are coming back, and while Michael is not excited at all, Alex cannot get enough of it (50:27).
As the guys #AlwaysEndWithFood, Alex is enjoying the restoration of his taste buds and enjoying a German bakery in Texas, while Michael got to enjoy overpriced food in Orlando (52:16).
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The Open Doesn’t Disappoint and Kristina Shalhoup The 150th Open Championship at St Andrews created all the drama and stories we wanted, resulting in Cam Smith and his mullet raising the Claret Jug. Hosts Alex Lauzon and Michael Russell look at Smith's spectacular win over Rory McIlroy, plus everything else at The Old Course, including the other Cameron's weekend, how the guy's picks fared, and if Tiger will ever play again (1:33).
The LIV guys did surprisingly well at The Open, and more defector's are expected this week, including one Ryder Cup Captain (11:10).
On the other end of the world from The Open was the Barracuda Championship in Lake Tahoe, and Twitter sensation and past guest Mark Baldwin was able to claim some sweet diaper money (15:10).
The PGA Tour returns to just one tournament for this next week, but without any real marquee name's at the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities (17:06).
In Tuned In, Michael is excited for the return on "What We Do In The Shadows," while Alex is on the bandwagon for the new show "Bear" (18:46).
This week's guest is a former college golfer and AccuWeater Network meteorologist Kristina Shalhoup. Kristina chats about her journey to predicting the weather on TV, growing up in New England, and her golf game (21:02).
As baseball heads into the All Star Break, the Yankees put down a pounding on the Red Sox, continuing to make big statements on just how good they are (46:31).
In #AlwaysEndWithFood, Alex shares breaking news in his taste buds, while Michael is excited for a week of eating in the Disney parks (47:41).
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Hot Xander rolls into the British Open, and Dr Bern Bernacki It was another W for golf's hottest star this weekend as Xander Schauffele notched his second victory in 3 weeks. Hosts Alex Lauzon and Michael Russell wonder if Xander has the right stuff to keep rolling at this week's Open Championship (1:40).
Across the US at Lake Tahoe, some past guests, and other top golf influencers, got together for the Topgolf Creator Retreat (6:08).
All eyes focus on St Andrews this weekend for the 150th Open Championship. Alex and Michael who will be named Champion Golfer of the Year, plus which LIV defector has the best chance at claiming the Claret Jug (7:20).
Stateside, the alternate PGA Tour event is the Barracuda Championship, or as golf twitter calls it, Mark Baldwin week (11:14).
The Book Club wraps up the latest pick with the final three chapters of Alan Shipnuck's "Phil," including the earth-shattering breakup of Phil and Bones, the amazing PGA Championship victory, and the surprising jump to LIV (12:28).
In Tuned In, Alex was geeking out at Austin Comic Con, while Michael was vicariously watching the rebooted "Sailor Moon" (23:27).
This week's guest is Dr Bern Bernacki. The President of the Golf Heritage Society returns to the podcast to chat with Alex about the Society's newest initiatives, their inclusion efforts, and what's so great about the Open Championship (27:13).
Alex and Michael trade barbs as the Red Sox steal one away from the Yankees, who are still a whole lotta games up in the AL East (50:35).
As the guys #AlwaysEndWithFood, Alex is having an epic 19th Hole experience, while Michael is enjoying trying out shishito peppers (52:19).
LIV Takes Over and Linda Hartough The PGA Tour had a sleepy week at the John Deere Classic, but that won't stop hosts Alex Lauzon and Michael Russell from admiring JT Poston's wire-to-wire victory at TPC Deere Run (1:46).
The LIV Tour made their debut in the US this weekend, and all the star power they had bought were on display, except for the winner. Alex and Michael check out the increasing difficulty in hiding the fact that it's all about the money, and that the DP World Tour almost joined forces with LIV (3:40).
This week's stateside PGA Tour Event is the Barbasol Championship, but all eyes are on the Genesis Scottish Open as the top players in the world get ready for next week's Open Championship (11:08).
The Book Club rolls on with Alan Shipnuck's "Phil," including a look at Mickelson's 2013 Open Championship, Phil's impact on the Ryder Cup, and insider trading scandals (14:15).
In Tuned In, Michael finally got to watch the classic rom-com "Notting Hill," while Alex is catching the Hulu series "Dropout" (22:39).
Returning to the podcast is golf landscape artist Linda Hartough. Linda chats with Alex about painting St Andrews, Augusta, Pebble Beach, and more, plus shares an exciting contest she's doing on her website, Hartough.com (25:13).
As the guys #AlwaysEndWithFood, Alex is admiring Joey Chestnut's hotdog eating prowess once again, while Michael is enjoying some comforting diner food (48:06).
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Xander Wins in CT and Nick O’Hern The PGA Tour stayed in New England for the Travelers Championship, where Xander kept it together to notch a victory in Connecticut. Hosts Alex Lauzon and Michael Russell look at his win, Theegala's 72nd hole collapse, and an amateur's surprisingly good week (1:49).
The LIV Tour heats up again this week in Portland, and that dirty oil money keeps buying golfers to jump ship, including Brooks Koepka, but also forces the PGA Tour to change up their own schedule (5:02).
The KPMG US Women's PGA Championship electrified the DC area this weekend at Congressional, where a surging Lexi Thompson wasn't able to overcome her own short game to beat In Gee Chun (11:47). 
Across the country at LA Country Club, Irishman Padraig Harrington won the US Senior Open in his first attempt, becoming the third golfer in a row to win in their debut at the major championship (13:46).
This week's John Deere Classic event is a bit of a snooze-fest ahead of the Open Championship, but you can always watch the Scottish Open instead on a major US network all weekend (15:26).
The CoL Book Club continues with Alan Shipnick's "Phil," and the guys are knee deep in the emotional story of Phil's 2010 Master's victory, and Phil's growing gambling problems on and off the course (17:07).
In Tuned In, the guys head to the movies and give us their reviews. Alex finally caught the new Tom Cruise blockbuster "Top Gun 2," while Michael got to see The King in "Elvis" (27:11).
This week's guest is a professional golfer from Australia, known best in the states for beating Tiger Woods twice in the annual match play tournament, Nick O'Hern. Nick chats with Alex about growing up "down-under," beating Tiger, his new book "Tour Mentality," and being a part of the new D3 Golf App (31:28).
It's almost July, and Alex's Red Sox are surprisingly surging in the AL East, but they still have a long way to go to catch Michael's Yankees (1:00:37).
The Stanley Cup was finally given out, and included on the Colorado Avalanche is a fellow Quinnipiac alum, Devon Toews (1:01:38).
As the guys #AlwaysEndWithFood, Alex is getting all greasy with his favorite hangover food, while Michael is making babka with Oreos (1:02:29).
US Open Fireworks and Coach Rusty It was a US Open to remember, and hosts Alex Lauzon and Michael Russell break down the historic Matthew Fitzpatrick win at The Country Club. Plus a look at the other super-powered firepower on display in Brookline, and Michael's missed opportunity at winning twice in a row (1:45).
The LIV defectors, meanwhile, embarrassed themselves with a horrendous showing at the USGA's major championship (7:53).
The LPGA, not to be outdone, put up a star-studded leaderboard at the Meijer LPGA Classic and a two hole playoff with some of the game's absolute best (9:47).
The PGA Tour stays in New England for The Travelers Championship, where last year we got an epic 8-hole playoff (11:05).
As we all continue reading Alan Shipnuck's "Phil: The Rip Roading (and Unauthorized!) Biography of Golf's Most Colorful Superstar," Alex and Michael share their thoughts on Phil's major championship breakthrough, betting problems, and image control overload (12:49).
In Tuned In, Michael is sharing his amazing kayaking trip in the swamps of Savannah, while Alex is enjoying the newest Austin music venue (20:53).
This week's guest is trick shot artist extraordinaire Coach Rusty, who chats with Alex about his love for the game, playing the 16th at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and his massive Coach's Creation Station (23:50).
Alex's Boston Celtics faltered in the NBA Finals, and Michael asks who's better: Steph Curry or LeBron James (51:40).
As the guys #AlwaysEndWithFood, Alex is sharing one of the most bizarre golf course food options, while Michael is enjoying a delicious cake (53:24).
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The Tours Faceoff and US Open Qualifiers Sean Jacklin and Taylor Montgomery The PGA TOUR took over Canada this weekend, and the headlines were Rory, JT, and Tony Finau, who played together Sunday for one of the most exciting finishes this year. And as hosts Alex Lauzon and Michael Russell share, it came at just the right time (2:04).
Across the pond, the LIV Tour burst into reality as they hosted their first "tournament" outside of London. Alex and Michael wonder at the spectacle, and wonder about its relevance (4:09).
The ladies represented big time on the DP World Tour, where the Scandinavian Mixed featured both men and women, and the winner, by 9 shots, was Linn Grant (10:38).
Stateside, American Brittany Lincicome played to a T-6 on the LPGA Tour while being 28 weeks pregnant (11:47). 
This week, attention turns to Brookline, MA and The Country Club for the US Open. Wonky New England golf will take over the usual "Toughest Test in Golf," while the LIV "stars" make their return to the states. Phil Mickelson's Monday press conference highlights what may be to come for the PGA TOUR defectors (12:38).
As the CoL Book Club continues, Alex and Michael recap chapters 6-8 of Alan Shipnuck's "Phil," where we learn about the union of Phil and his caddy Bones, Tiger Woods's explosion onto the golf scene, and Phil's label of "Best Golfer to Never Win A Major" (17:15).
In Tuned In, Michael celebrated love at a weekend wedding, while Alex was rocking out with the LIV Tour's apres golf concert series (22:35).
This week's first guest is a professional golfer who qualified for his first US Open. Sean Jacklin shares his golf story, his plans for this weekend in Brookline, and what it's like playing in a tournament his father, Tony Jacklin, won in 1970 (26:28).
Another US Open qualified and past guest, Taylor Montgomery, also joins the pod to chat about whats been going on in his golfing world since last joining, including earning his Korn Ferry Tour card, and qualified to play in his second US Open (44:53).
Boston keeps things rolling this week, but having the US Open and Game 6 of the NBA Playoffs, in which Alex has high hopes the Celtics will take the series to a pivotal Game 7 (56:27).
As the guys #AlwaysEndWithFood, Alex has a new favorite at The Cheesecake Factory, while Michael is snacking on some Old Bay Goldfish (57:15).
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