Show Notes is a weekly summary of what went down on the Sunday edition of the No Laying Up podcast. Want the TLDR and every reason to listen? A recap of the recap, if you will! Words and research by Jordan Perez.
What went down: Your guy Sahith, my guy Sahith, everyone’s guy Sahith? Soly is joined by the VP of the Sahith club Tron, whose truce is amplified by ALL of their guys having great weeks – but Sahith Theegala’s win at the Fortinet Championship headlines them all, where he was negative strokes gained off the tee all week?! Despite challenges from country music sensation Eric Cole, stinky Cam Davis and S.H. Kim, Theegala assembled a three-shot win for his first PGA Tour title – and didn’t even have to griddy his way to winning the Fortnite–I mean Fortinet Championship.
(3:00) Silverado Resort and Spa, while probably not the most enticing golf course, certainly produces a fun week of golf. Soly argues that forcing some creativity off of legitimate par 5s was far more interesting than what we saw during the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Also, can we protect Muralidhar Theegala at all costs? He might be headed into Blockie territory. Deserves a watchful eye.
(9:00) How weird is the fall series? Weird. Time to clarify what exactly it means, including some of the new changes introduced for this fall. Players like Jimmy Walker are airing their grievances…but is it valid?
(22:30) Abandoning the wash, rinse, repeat formula of the wraparound schedule is adding some intrigue – and the guys agree that for the first time, we might actually feel refreshed for some golf heading into the new year. Meaningful movement and new storylines by way of the guys outside the top 50 could make for a nice innovation, and some different names when the big-time events roll around.
(26:00) Moving onto the BMW PGA Championship on the DP World Tour, where some Team Europe Ryder Cup faves are keeping their games fresh – and in contention! Rahm, Hovland, Fleetwood, Rory and Ludvig all finished in the top 10, but it was Ryan Fox who took the one-shot victory at Wentworth Club.
Soly is at his wit’s end with Tyrell Hatton’s complaints, DJ Khaled is Team Europe? And some speculation on everyone’s Marco Simone prep.
(47:20) Getting into some other items, including Stewart Hagestad winning his third U.S. Mid-Am title at Sleepy Hollow. Soly debates whether it’s fair for Mid-Am championships to be filled with reinstated pros.
(50:42) Grayson Murray wins for the second time this year at the Simmons Bank Open on the Korn Ferry Tour.
(52:30) Blockie has an alleged ninth albatross.
(53:30) Full Swing will NOT be filming inside the Ryder Cup team room…to preserve the sanctity, according to ZJ. OK?
(58:30) Rahm goes to bat for Sergio to be involved in the Ryder Cup in the future.
(1:00:30) Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner will lead the Spanish Bay redesign. Quick pivot to DJ’s comments on being left off of the Ryder Cup team. Quick mention of a Tiger sighting at Liberty National.
(1:03:30) Stolen valor Richard Blumenthal issued a subpoena to the U.S. subsidiary of the Public Investment Fund. Crickets on the future of professional golf.
(1:05:50) Soly and TC discuss the Sporcle experience. Expect a Sporcle video each week!
(1:06:00) Soly chats about his experience with his brand new T-series irons.
(1:12:50) Tron, Randy, Cody and Neil will be on-site at the Solheim Cup this week. Lots of content on the way, but for now, check out Office Hours: Solheim Cup to get schooled on the competition.
We’ve got some more content en route, including the Dunaverty Film Room, When Revelation Comes, live shows for the Solheim Cup and Ryder Cup.
Some miscellaneous housekeeping NLU items.
Best take: (12:30) Sorry Jimmy Walker, but you had nearly a year to process this. You still have a job at No. 124, sir. Look at the bigger picture – you had a year of chances to figure this out. There are only two words they’ve got for the situation: Play better. This goes to both Soly and TC.
Worst take: (21:30) KVV asked to hop in and pinch hit on this category, handing this week’s award to TC after he repeatedly referred to Troy Merritt as “The Pastor.” We can’t give TC a pass just because he only watches cooking shows; as any prestige television junkie knows, Neil nicknamed Merritt “The Prophet” not The Pastor after noticing his striking resemblance to a nefarious character in the HBO limited series “Station Eleven.” We rely on TC for many things — wine recommendations, travel tips, testing out experimental putting grips — but we’re gonna need him to acknowledge the L here. He is sentenced to watch all three seasons of The Righteous Gemstones as penance.
(On the fall series) (9:30) “It’s truly like they’re in the little cube thing, and the dollar bills keep floating around and they’re just trying to grab the dollar bills.” -TC
(1:00:00) “As a U.S. fan, you should be in full support of Sergio as a Ryder Cup captain because he would be one of the all-time worst captains.” -TC
(1:04:00) “This was all I could think about three months ago, and I totally lost steam on all of it.” -Soly
Referenced works: (12:30) Jimmy Walker sounds off on the PGA Tour’s new FedEx Cup Fall schedule - Adam Schupak
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