I used to be simply again from protecting the Open Championship at St. Andrews once I noticed that Jim Nantz was calling. I took a second earlier than answering. It felt like highschool, deliberately pausing in order to not seem too determined or excited.
“Jim Nantz?” I requested.
We laughed. After which we received to the rationale for his name.
“I’ve one thing for you,” he mentioned. “The Manning brothers, Eric Church, Taylor Zarzour and a few of their mates have simply returned from an final buddies journey to Scotland and Northern Eire, and it was one thing particular. I puzzled in the event you’d be fascinated by telling their story?”
Properly, 14 interviews and virtually eight hours of recordings later, we’ve assembled a two-part podcast that displays on an all-time buddies journey across the one hundred and fiftieth taking part in of the Open Championship, at St. Andrews. Course critiques and insider data are packed into these podcasts, however there are additionally pleasant diversions, together with a person named Church breaking right into a cemetery and turning into impressed to write down an unique tune: “Ain’t the Solely Ghost in City.” An Open champion makes use of a Tennent’s tall-boy can as a tee. We get served the small print of a “correct” lunch and the thin on a brand new ingesting recreation that’s sweeping the nation. Quite a lot of codecs are performed whereas quite a lot of spirits are imbibed, together with one which Cooper Manning says would possibly make you neglect your center identify. A deep camaraderie permeates the group.
You’ll hear from Peyton Manning, who helped with logistics; Eli Manning, the wine man; and Cooper Manning, the comic, on how and why this journey was so particular. Church, the country-music sensation, didn’t decide up a guitar whereas he was within the U.Okay., however on the finish of the second podcast he was sort sufficient to share the tune he was impressed to write down whereas jet-lagged on the Slieve Donard Resort in Northern Eire. There’s additionally Zarzour, Sirius XM voice who, when he wasn’t taking part in golf, was calling the motion on the Open.
“To a level, it was a little bit of a bummer that the final 9 holes didn’t go the best way everyone thought that they might,” Zarzour says, “however to see Cam Smith play that nicely and exit and win the Claret Jug like that was nonetheless very pleasurable.”
We additionally hear from Nantz; Tiger Woods’s caddie, Joe LaCava; and plenty of others. The journey included Ben Weprin and Eric Hassberger of AJ Capital, who, together with Cooper Manning and a protracted record of their mates, purchased and resurrected the Rusacks Resort, which overlooks the 18th inexperienced of the House of Golf.
“For this outdated soul,” Nantz says, “who’s into these connections with the previous and bringing all of it collectively, to have buddies on the final word buddy journey will let you expertise it vicariously, by connecting me dwell through Facetime worlds aside, to have me there dwell and in individual, is a really good reward. A present of friendship. Golf does that to you.”
Properly mentioned. And this audio romp from the Outdated Course to Royal County Down is now a present to us all. Take pleasure in.