CNN Living Golf is a monthly half-hour magazine show hosted from some of the world's top golf courses. It differs from other golf programmes in that it examines the business, environmental and travel aspects to the sport, along with interviewing the game's stars and discussing the big tournaments.
With the 2022 Ryder Cup coming to Rome, the National Open once again a marquee event on the European Tour, and the likes of Francesco Molinari rising up the world rankings, golf in Italy is in the spotlight once again.
The staging of the Ryder Cup in Paris at the end of September has shone a light on golf in France like never before. Over the last six months, we went on a journey around the country to see what is on offer for the golfing tourist and to find out if the game in France can become as popular as it is amongst other European neighbours.
With the number of players taking up the sport said to be in decline, the golf industry is trying the redress the balance. We look at a number of initiatives including the R&A's Women in Golf Charter, the U.S. Industry's #inviteHER campaign, and the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit. All three initiatives hope to serve as catalysts to empower women both on and off the golf course.
Few sports have such a connection to the world of commerce as golf. It’s a game businessmen and women can use to network, make deals or move up the corporate ladder. A game where big business spends big money to be linked to star players and stand out tournaments. A game that can boast an economy of almost $85 billion in the United States alone.
As a preview to the U.S. Open, we spend exclusive time with its 2011 champion, Rory McIlroy. Over the course of three days at Adare Manor in Ireland, we take an in-depth look at where his career currently is at a seminal point in his life.
We travel to Delhi, India, to profile the golfing landscape in the world's second most populous country. Despite over 1.3 billion inhabitants, India has produced relatively few professional golfers who have made it onto the European or PGA Tours.
We look ahead to the Ryder Cup and Europe's plans to win back the trophy from the United States. Although the contest is seven months away, preparations are well underway for Europe's captain, Thomas Bjorn.
Shane O'Donoghue spends time with 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia in his Spanish homeland. We reflect on his memorable year that saw him win his first Major, get married and announce the arrival of his first child next year.
At the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic, returning after 15 months out of the game with a serious back injury, Tiger Woods had to withdraw once again with back problems but not before presenter Shane O'Donoghue interviewed Tiger exclusively.
Ponte Vedra, Florida has been one of the game's strongholds for nearly 40 years. With the PGA Tour headquarters, TPC Sawgrass and many professional players all based here, you definitely feel you're at the epicenter of the golf world.
Few sports have so many wide and varied story strands as golf. There's the professional scene, amateur ranks, courses to play, golf tourism, golf business, equipment to buy, fashion to wear...the list goes on. Living Golf profiles a number of leaders in this multi billion-dollar golf industry. They may not make headlines inside the ropes but these innovators have just as big an impact on the global golf business.
Living Golf travels to Georgia in the United States and to France to profile the first big major of the year, The Masters. Presenter Shane O’Donoghue looks firstly at the tournament favourites, in particular Rory McIlroy and what he needs to do to win. If he does triumph, the Northern Irishman will become only the sixth player to complete the career Grand Slam of the Masters, the U.S. Open, The Open and PGA Championship titles. We look at those who’ve achieved this feat and those who’ve fallen agonizingly short.
We all know that the game of golf was invented in Scotland. But it’s not just the Scots who have a monopoly on the sport’s tradition and culture. Its Celtic neighbor, Ireland, boasts a past and passion just as vibrant. Presenter Shane O’Donoghue returns home to discover what makes golf such a part of the fabric of the Emerald Isle. How the game has shaped the Irish. And how the Irish has shaped the game.
We meet four men closely linked to the rich history of Augusta National. The Masters is a constant in a golf fan's life. Unlike the other majors that are played on different courses, every year in April we get to look at and admire Augusta.
This month we profile golf in the Middle East, focusing on the European Tour's stand out events in Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Dubai. We look at how the region and its oil rich reserves has transformed itself into an international hub of banking, real estate, tourism, sport and golf.
This month we look back on the golfing year. In 2014, Living Golf interviewed over 50 pro golfers, ten coaches, three historians and two Ryder Cup captains. We visited four continents, 40 courses, two gyms and one wind tunnel. We'll show the highlights of 12 months on the road while telling the story of golf in 2014. The big profiles, location reports, archive features, industry analysis and off-the-beaten-track stories that we felt compelled to cover this year.
A preview of the greatest team event in golf - the Ryder Cup. We talk to Tom Watson and Rory Mcllroy at the PGA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky. United States captain Watson is under intense pressure to win the Cup for the U.S. for the first time since 2008.
The show takes us on a road trip through the heartland of links golf, exploring where and how golf started. Part U.K travelogue, part golf exploration journey, Shane will meet characters from architects, photographers, golf commentators and the players.
We look ahead to the oldest Major in golf, the Open Championship. Shane O'Donoghue goes to Hoylake to look at the illustrious history of this year's host club, Royal Liverpool, and to see how they're preparing for their first Open since Tiger's imperious victory in 2006.
Ahead of the U.S. Open, Living Golf host Shane O'Donoghue meets America's hottest young star -- 20-year-old Jordan Spieth. Spieth only turned professional 17 months ago, but is now ranked in the world's top ten after a series of outstanding performances.