A Glimpse of the Manning Brothers Friends Trip | Golf News and Tour Information

I had just returned from covering the Open Championship in St. Andrews when I saw Jim Nantz calling. I took a second before answering. It was like high school, stopping intentionally so as not to sound too desperate or excited.

“Jim Nantz? » I asked.

We laughed. And then we got to the reason for his call.

“I have something for you,” he said. “The Manning brothers, Eric Church, Taylor Zarzour and some of their friends have just returned from a final friends trip to Scotland and Northern Ireland, and it was something special. I was wondering if you would be interested in tell their story?

Well, 14 interviews and nearly eight hours of recordings later, we’ve put together a two-part podcast that reflects an all-time buddies journey around the 150th game of The Open Championship, at St. Andrews. Course reviews and insider information are packed into these podcasts, but there are also some delightful diversions, including a man named Church breaking into a cemetery and getting inspired to write an original song: ” Ain’t the Only Ghost in Town”. An Open champion uses a Tennent’s tall-boy can as a tee. We’re served the details of a “good” lunch and the lean on a new drinking game that’s sweeping the country. A variety of formats are played while a variety of spirits are imbibed, including one that Cooper Manning says might cause you to forget your middle name. A deep camaraderie permeates the group.

You’ll hear from Peyton Manning, who helped with logistics; Eli Manning, the wine guy; and Cooper Manning, the comedian, on how and why this trip was so special. Country music sensation Church didn’t pick up a guitar while he was in the UK, but at the end of the second podcast he was kind enough to share the song he was inspired by. write while jetlagged at the Slieve Donard Resort in Northern Ireland. There’s also Zarzour, the voice of Sirius XM who, when he wasn’t playing golf, was leading the action at The Open.

“To a certain extent it was a bit of a shame that the last nine holes didn’t go the way everyone thought,” Zarzour says, “but to see Cam Smith play so well and win the Claret Jug like that, it was still very pleasant.

We also hear Nantz; Tiger Woods’ caddie, Joe LaCava; and many more. The trip included AJ Capital’s Ben Weprin and Eric Hassberger, who along with Cooper Manning and a long list of their friends bought and resurrected the Rusacks Hotel, which overlooks the 18th green at the Home of Golf.

“For that old soul,” Nantz says, “who is in those ties to the past and bringing it all together, having buddies on the ultimate buddy trip lets you experience it vicariously, connecting with me live via Facetime Worlds aside, to have me there live and in person is a very nice gift. A gift of friendship. Golf does that to you.

Well said. And this audio adventure from the Old Course to Royal County Down is now a gift for all of us. Enjoy.

Michael C. Ford