Rod is the original founder of TalkinGolf, a project that began in earnest in 2001. An award-winning golf journalist with more than 20 years experience, Rod has covered everything from major tournaments to junior golf at the local level. Online audio - which evolved into podcasting as we know it today - has always been a particular passion and just as the goal was when TalkinGolf was launched at the turn of the century so it is today: to create interesting content about the extraordinary and multi-faceted game that is golf. Technology has changed a lot of things in both golf and media but some things will always stay the same and one of those is that interesting people saying interesting things will always find an audience. At least Rod hopes so!
February 24th, 2020 | Season 2 | 1 hr 28 mins
This podcast is a throwback to the interview that launched the TalkinGolf History Podcast. So if you love movies, this show is like a prequel to the podcast.
This was my very first podcast interview, where I was the guest of Rod Morri and Adrian Logue on their show (that no longer exists), the ISeekGolf Podcast.
Great interview with some colorful stories about the history of the game of golf and a glimpse into how we got here.
July 12th, 2019 | 1 hr 19 mins
With the 148th Open just around the corner who better to talk history than the man who was the first Curator of Golf Collections in the Special Collections Division of the University of St Andrews? Dr Tony Parker is regarded by his peers as one of the game's foremost historians and joins the podcast to talk all things Open (with a few rabbit holes along the way).
June 20th, 2019 | 1 hr 23 mins
According to Tiger Woods only two players in history have 'owned' their golf swings: the great Ben Hogan and Canada's Moe Norman. Hogan is revered internationally as one of the game's greatest ever exponents and while Norman enjoys less celebrity, his feats of extraordinary hitting are equally legendary among golf aficionados. Moe Norman might be the most remarkable golfer that ever lived and his story is as fascinating as any of the game's celebrated legends. On episode 13 we meet Tim O'Connor, the man who wrote the first book about Moe in 1995 and remains committed to telling Moe's story to this day.
June 6th, 2019 | 1 hr 12 mins
As the 119th US Open bears down on us TalkinGolf HIstory's Connor Lewis has the fascinating tale of the first US Open - and first TWO US Amateurs - that were erased from the history books. There is also a quick recap of last week's essay style narrative on Johnny McDermott plus listener questions about America's national championship.
May 18th, 2019 | 1 hr 10 mins
TalkinGolf History co-host Connor Lewis moved up a media grade recently when he appeared on Golf Channel alongside respected architect Jim Urbina in a short feature about the lost great club of the 20th century, The Lido. Built by the legendary C.B Macdonald and Seth Raynor why input from Tom Simpson and Alister Mackenzie, The Lido was widely regarded the equal of Pine Valley when it opened in 1914 but by 1942 it was gone. The course and its amazing has intrigued golfers for decades and with interest reignited by the Golf Channel piece last week now seemed a good time to flesh the story out further.
May 11th, 2019 | 1 hr 3 mins
Most of the time we get to talk about the things we want on the TalkinGolf History Podcast but every few weeks we turn things over to the listeners to find what you want to know about. On Episode 9 we answer questions about golfing Presidents, comparing players from different eras, our favourite periods of golf history and more.
April 26th, 2019 | 1 hr 32 mins
Canadian golf course architect Keith Cutten originally started out to write a thesis for his University course but that project ultimately morphed into The Evolution Of Golf Course Design. Keith joins Episode 8 of the podcast to talk about the role of golf courses - and their architects - through time.
April 12th, 2019 | 1 hr 58 mins
One of the more fascinating corners of golf history is collecting, a multi million dollar business which spans the globe. The biggest and most influential auction house in golf is Green Jacket Auctions, started by Bob Zafian and Ryan Carey in 2006. Bob joins Epic 7 of the podcast to talk about how he got started in collecting, some of the best - and weirdest - items he's been offered for sale and some advice on how a beginner should approach getting started in the trade.
March 29th, 2019 | 1 hr 57 mins
Florida attorney Sid Matthew is regarded by most as the foremost expert on the life and times of Augusta National co-founder Bob Jones. Sid joins Episode 6 of the TG History podcast to talk about Jones and what made him special beyond just his extraordinary playing resume.
March 16th, 2019 | 1 hr 56 mins
Karsten Solheim was the founder of PING Golf but his legacy in the game is far greater than the establishment of one manufacturing company. Solheim was a true visionary and one of golf's great innovators, his contribution to the development of modern putters and irons at least the equal of any in history. On Episode 5, we meet PING Historian Rob Griffin to get some insight into one of the game's best known and most respected figures.
March 1st, 2019 | 1 hr 26 mins
If you think some of golf's new rules don't make sense wait till you hear how the game used to be played. From drops that included throwing - yes throwing - the ball to free swings at your opponent's ball in matchplay there have been some weird and wonderful rules governing the game over time. Join hosts Rod Morri and Connor Lewis for Episode 4 as they break down some of the crazier laws golf has endured over time.
February 19th, 2019 | 1 hr 18 mins
We all know there are four Majors in golf but when did that happen? Was The Masters a Major in 1935 when Gene Sarazen struck 'the shot heard round the world'? Should Walter Hagen's five PGA titles between 1921 and 1927 be considered Grand Slam victories? And will Craig Perks retroactively become New Zealand's third men's Major champion if The Players is one day deemed a Major? All this and more when TalkinGolf History welcomes special guest historian Bill Williams to Episode Three for a lively discussion on golf's 'Big Four' Tournaments.
February 8th, 2019 | 50 mins 14 secs
catriona matthew, john huggan
After a fantastic response to our first TalkinGolf History podcast last week we change gears this week as we welcome respected golf writer John Huggan to the fold with the first of an ongoing series of interviews. This week Huggy sits down with Solheim Cup Captain and friend Catriona Matthew.
January 24th, 2019 | 1 hr 14 mins
Have you ever wondered 'why?' in this game? Why do we play 18 holes? Why is the cup 4.25 inches in diameter? Why do we carry 14 clubs? These are just three of the big questions answered on the first episode of TalkinGolf History. Join hosts Rod Morri and Connor T Lewis as they launch the internet's first podcast devoted entirely to the history of the greatest game of all.