R&A Launches Open Championship Podcast

St Andrews, Scotland: The Open Conversation is a brand new podcast bringing you exclusive stories of golf’s original championship as told by the world’s greatest golfers.

Regular host George Harper Jnr and guest presenter Iain Carter are joined by a series of Champion Golfers, including Tom Watson, Padraig Harrington, Shane Lowry, Louis Oosthuizen, Francesco Molinari and Mark Calcavecchia, in conversations about their memories of lifting the famous Claret Jug.

European Tour stars Matthew Fitzpatrick and Robert Macintyre talk about their Open debuts and the first tee nerves that come with playing alongside the world’s best players in front of the packed grandstands, while Ryder Cup hero Tommy Fleetwood reflects on last year’s runner-up finish at Royal Portrush.

Listen to The Open Conversation via www.TheOpen.com/Podcasts. It is also available via all major podcast platforms.

Recent Episodes:

Mark Calcavecchia: BBC’s Iain Carter talks to 1989 Champion Golfer Calcavecchia about his famous win at Royal Troon after defeating Greg Norman and Wayne Grady in a three-way play-off. His wife was also due to give birth that same week. The American recalls memories of learning golf on a corn field in deepest Nebraska and his determination to make a living as a professional golfer. 

Matthew Fitzpatrick: Listen to five-time European Tour winner Matthew Fitzpatrick discuss why Sir Nick Faldo is the most under-rated Major champion; breaking the Open-winning drought for English golfers; being mistaken for a young volunteer during his Open debut; and an exceptional amateur golf career including winning the Silver Medal at Muirfield, lifting the US Amateur and Boys Amateur titles and memories of the Walker Cup.

Henrik Stenson: The Ice Man remains as cool as ever as he recalls dreams of winning The Open while growing up in Sweden, his Open debut at Royal & St Annes, and the fascinating account of his epic final round duel with Phil Mickelson en route to lifting the Claret Jug at Royal Troon in 2016.

Louis Oosthuizen: It may be 10 years since the popular South Africa won The Open at St Andrews but the memories of that triumph remain fresh in the mind. Listen to Oosthuizen paint a picture of lifting the Claret Jug at the Home of Golf, including celebrating at the Jigger Inn, being congratulated by a young Rickie Fowler and the play-off heartache on his return to St Andrews in 2015.

Shane Lowry: The reigning Champion Golfer reveals his feelings on getting to keep the Claret Jug in his safe hands for another year; why fishing was the secret to his Major success at Royal Portrush; and what it means to win The Open in Ireland followed by the celebrations that went on forever.

Future Episodes: Upcoming episodes will be released weekly and feature Robert Macintyre, Francesco Molinari, Padraig Harrington, Tommy Fleetwood and Tom Watson.

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