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In the first episode of Season 2 of the Life on Tour podcast presented by Hilton, Ian Poulter pulls the curtain back on a colourful career that has seen him go from humble beginnings in Hertfordshire to Ryder Cup hero. The ?Postman? discusses his special match-play prowess, why he once posed naked as well his affection for his fine collection of Ferraris. There?s also the truth behind asking Tiger for a lift on his private jet plus why we shouldn?t be surprised if a future chapter in the career of ?Mr Ryder Cup? is called ?Bethpage?.
The Life on Tour podcast presented by Hilton returns on Tuesday 11th June 2019.
Join Andrew Cotter for more in-depth conversations with some of golf's great characters, both past and present.
Recorded in front of a live audience at the Waldorf Astoria The Palm ahead of the final event of the season in Dubai, Andrew Cotter chats to European Tour Chief Executive Keith Pelley, triumphant Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn, Major champion and Ryder Cup hero Francesco Molinari, two-time European Tour winner and 2018 Rookie of the Year Shubhankar Sharma, as well as recent winner of a Rolex Series event and multiple winner on the European Tour, Lee Westwood.
Eddie Pepperell shares his unique take on life and a career that has seen him go from not being able to afford to pay hotel bills to two-time European Tour champion. There?s also the positives and perils of Twitter, hallucinating in a Portuguese hospital, playing golf with President Trump plus an unfortunate incident involving his brother, a pool cue and Brian Lara Cricket.
Martin Kaymer discusses his journey from honing his craft on the outskirts of Düsseldorf to becoming a two-time Major champion. There?s how he won at Whistling Straits, powered passed the field at Pinehurst as well as the story behind that putt at Medinah. Other topics include the perils of karting, DIY, gymnastics, Scottish football and why being the best golfer in the world isn?t all it?s cracked up to be.
Padraig Harrington provides a fascinating insight in to his journey from not wanting to be a professional golfer to becoming one of the very best players in the world. There?s Major successes, Major regrets, mental strength, misconceptions as well as Ryder Cups, Rammstein, the crucial role of Patrick Swayze and why it?s taken him so long to find catharsis from the 72nd hole at Carnoustie.
Fanny Sunesson shares her remarkable journey from growing up in the south of Sweden to becoming the first female caddie to win a men?s Major. There?s finding fame and further Major success with Sir Nick Faldo, how Ryder Cup disappointment eventually turned to delight and why she?s not ruling out a return to roaming the fairways with a golf bag over her shoulder.
Just weeks away from leading Europe in the 2018 Ryder Cup against the United States, Thomas Bjorn discusses how a career of huge highs and difficult lows has shaped him as a person, player and now captain. The Dane describes what it?s like to go from imitating your heroes to lining up alongside them as a rookie at Valderrama, how he tamed Tiger in his prime as well as regret and redemption at Royal St. George?s. The 47 year old also puts his 2006 Ryder Cup omission to bed and reveals how his meticulous planning for Le Golf National has even included what underwear his players will be sporting.
Chief Referee John Paramor recounts tales from a colourful career that has spanned more than forty years patrolling the fairways as a rules official for the European Tour. Topics include Woosie?s 15 club woes at Lytham, ticking off Tiger for taking his time, the Mickelson US Open incident and perhaps most famously, searching for burrowing animals with Seve.
In this very special episode recorded in the clubhouse at Walton Heath, where Rose will play host to the 2018 British Masters later this year, the Englishman tells Andrew Cotter about his journey from childhood prodigy to global glory and everything in between. The 37 year old looks back at the boy in the baggy red jumper at Birkdale, the infamous 21 straight missed cuts, words of encouragement from Seve Ballesteros, how he bounced back to become one of the world?s best and learning to love The Ryder Cup. There?s also stories of that unforgettable US Open triumph at Merion in 2013, sharing the gym with other Olympic athletes en route to gold at Rio 2016, going head-to-head with Sergio at the 2017 Masters and why he?ll always be grateful for the infectious attitude of one Ian Poulter.
In this special episode recorded just a short drive from where the 2018 Ryder Cup will take place on the outskirts of Paris, Europe?s Number One golfer Tommy Fleetwood tells us how making his debut at Le Golf National in September will be the realisation of a lifelong dream. The 27 year old recounts his journey up to this point, from stellar amateur to initial struggles as a professional and then battling back from a serious loss of form to become 2017 Race to Dubai champion. There?s also why that record equalling round at the US Open will always rankle with him, not wanting to play alongside Tiger at the Masters, partying with Pep Guardiola and a very special presentation!
Billy Foster and John McLaren divulge tales from a colourful career caddying for some of the biggest names in golf including Seve Ballesteros, Thomas Bjorn, Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Paul Casey and many more. There are break-ups, make-ups and Ryder Cup glories as well as missing out on Majors, sleeping in bushes and taking pity on Tiger in a toilet.
In the first of a brand new series of shows, presented by Hilton, former world number one, Luke Donald, talks about his rise to the very top of professional golf, a journey which included four Ryder Cup wins, rounds with Jack, tussles with Tiger, battles with injury and form plus how he still hasn?t given up hope of breaking his Major duck. There?s also finding unlikely fame in a foreign country, how he got that nickname as well as cigars and fishing trips with Michael Jordan.
Coming soon..... a brand new golf podcast from the European Tour. Presented by esteemed golf commentator, Andrew Cotter, the series delves into the life and times of some of the game's great characters. Episode 1 - Luke Donald - will be available from Tuesday 5th June... so make sure you subscribe now!