Sam and Brad spoke with Jimmy Hanlin, golf host on SportsTime Ohio to talk about the Open coming up this Thursday.


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FoxSports Ohio Golf Host Jimmy Hanlin spoke with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell ahead of the Masters at Augusta National.

 The tournament starts Thursday and there's been some heavy rains down in Georgia, which could make things interesting.

For the full interview, click here.


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On this week's edition of Tee it Up Tuesday, Brad Russell decided to head over to Hinckley and check out the Valleaire Golf Club.

Cindy Cole, GM of the golf club joined Brad Russell to talk about the course, how it is not only pleasing to the eye, but also challenging as a public course.

One of the signature holes on the course is 18, complete with the pond to add to its aesthetics.

"The scenic view that you get with the pond and the clubhouse in view, it's quite a beautiful hole," she said. 

The course was founded by the Knights of Columbus in the 60's.

You can find out more about Valleaire on their website.  It is part of this year's Player's Golf Card. 


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Friday, 15 July 2016 18:45

AUDIO Emily Kay Talks Lefty, The Open

One of the game of golf's most prestigious tournaments is going on, and as play continues in Scotland through Sunday, American golfer Phil Mickelson is in the lead, braving 25 mph winds at Royal Troon.

Golf writer for SB Nation Emily Kay spoke with Brad Russell on the Average Sports Show to talk about the tournament, Phil's play, and the state of the game as we get closer and closer to the Olympic Games in Rio.

 "Here's this guy who's 46 years old and he's showing the youngsters how it's done," Kay said. 

He's currently at 10 under heading into Saturday, with a one-stroke lead over Henrik Stenson of Sweden. Mickelson has won 8 majors in his career.

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Friday, 01 July 2016 23:36

AUDIO Day Taking Control At Firestone

The second round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational was a solid one for Australian Jason Day, who is currently in the lead at 4 under par.

Day spoke with the media Friday after his round,  and despite some windy conditions early on, he was pleased with his performance on the South Course.

He shot a 69 on Friday, leaving him in sole posession of first heading into Day 3. David Lingmerth of Sweden is behind him at 67.

The world's #1 golfer heading into the tournament at Firestone, Day says he's focused on making sure he stays at that elite level.

Jason's played in the Bridgestone Invitational in previous years, and he knows he just has to play his game in order to be in the conversation down the home stretch.

"I really want to win this tournament, it's been one of the tournaments on my radar for a very long time, and I'm hoping I'm there by Sunday."

Day tees off at 2 p.m. Saturday, where he'll be paired up with (David) Lingmerth.

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The golf world is going to be full speed ahead in the month of June with the U.S Open coming to Oakmont this week, and later in Akron, with the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

FSO Golf Host Jimmy Hanlin joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the U.S Open tournament and how the new landscape of the course changes some things for the competitors in the field and who could have an outside shot to win.

"I like Phil (Mickelson),  he prepares very hard for these championships, he's got an outside shot," Hanlin said. "Another guy is Patrick Reed, a top-20 golfer in the world, really good with the wedges around the greens and really good putter."


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On this week's edition of Tee it Up Tuesday, Brad spoke with Rich Rhodes of Skyland Golf Course in Hinckley.

The course is part of the 2016 Players Golf Card. For more information on the course, amenities, and some of the special programs offered at Skyland Golf Course, click here. 

Rhodes says the welcoming atmosphere and challenging course are a delight for both the serious golfer as well as someone who is just trying out the game.

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After Jason Day of Australia won the Players' Championship last weekend in Florida, may people are talking about him being one of the game's brightest stars, and for him to sustain that label, he's got to turn out some more performances like he did last week.

SB Nation golf writer Emily Kay joined Brad Russell on a Tee it Up Tuesday to talk about his performance and how he came through during the game's final round.

"He didn't have his 'A' game, it seems, but like Tiger in the past, he kind of overcame everybodyelse and hung in there, and he's not number one for nothing," she said. 

Forecasting his long-term success, Kay says there's no crystal ball in front of her, but Day as well as Irishman Rory McIlroy have separated themselves from the pack on the PGA Tour.

"He's (Day) certainly has the game, no one's ever going to do what Tiger did, but he's on his way."  Rory McIlroy had some success as well lately, winning the Irish Open.

McIlroy's also been in the news for speaking about the Olympics in Rio and his concern about the Zika virus and what that could mean for all competitors moving forward.

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