FORE the Good of the Game

FORE the Good of the Game

"FORE the Good of the Game”is a golf podcast featuring storytelling with the PGA Tour stars of yesterday and people of influence in and around the game of golf. Highlighting the positive aspects of the game, we aim to create and provide an engaging and timeless repository of content that listeners can enjoy now and forever. Co-hosted by PGA Tour star Bruce Devlin, our podcast focuses on those who played the game “when woods were wood.” Join Bruce and Mike Gonzalez “FORE the Good of the Game.”

Episodes

Steve Elkington - (The 1995 PGA Championship)

July 29, 2021

Major Championship winner, Steve Elkington, reflects on how a close call at the Open Championship at St. Andrews in 1995 prepared him to win the PGA at Riviera weeks later. He talks about his two Tournament Players Championship victories, his President’s Cup experiences and his memories of Tiger Wo…

Charles Coody - Part 2 (The Rest of the Story)

July 26, 2021

1971 Masters Champion, Charles Coody, puts us inside the room at the annual Champion’s Dinner at Augusta and recalls his fondest memories of the Par 3 tournament with his grandsons caddying (and hitting the occasional putt). He admits regret with only playing one Open Championship, a T5 at Birkdale…

Guest: Charles Coody

Tony Jacklin - Part 1 (The Early Years)

July 22, 2021

Tony Jacklin, World Golf Hall of Fame member, winner of the 1969 Open Championship and the 1970 U.S. Open and Ryder Cup star shares his memories of learning the game in Scunthorpe, England, his early influencers like Dow Finsterwald and Bobby Locke and how he learned to play under pressure. He refl…

Guest: Tony Jacklin

Ben Crenshaw - Part 2 (The Masters Tournament)

July 19, 2021

We continue our discussion with World Golf Hall of Fame member Ben Crenshaw for a recap of his professional stats, including his surprising (0-8) record in playoffs, winning his first professional event and reliving a few of his favorite tour victories and venues. We marvel at the tradition of grea…

Guest: Ben Crenshaw

Bill Rogers - Part 1 (The 1981 Open Championship)

July 15, 2021

Forty years after his Open Championship win at Royal St. George’s, Bill “Buck” Rogers takes us through his major championship experiences, including that victory in 1981 when he was the PGA Tour Player of the Year and winner of seven events around the world. He gave David Graham a run at Merion in …

Guest: Bill Rogers

Tom Watson - Part 1 (The Open Championships)

July 12, 2021

Winner of eight major championships and World Golf Hall of Fame member, Tom Watson, joins us to re-live his Open Championship experiences including the highs of five wins and the lows of disappointing defeats at the Old Course and in 2009 at Turnberry at age 59. He recounts his first experience wit…

Guest: Tom Watson

Ian Baker-Finch - Part 1 (The Early Years)

July 8, 2021

Champion Golf of the year in 1991 at Royal Birkdale, Ian Baker-Finch recounts his younger days as a 15-year old apprentice professional, leaving school to pursue his passion. Following in the immediate footsteps of Greg Norman, Wayne Grady and Peter Senior, Ian has fond memories of being the 54-hol…

Jack Nicklaus - Part 1 (The Early Years and the Evolution of Technology)

July 1, 2021

Arguably, the greatest professional golfer of all time, Jack Nicklaus, joins us to reminisce about his 60+ year friendship with Bruce Devlin and the early days traveling the globe together, promoting the game. Winner of 18 major championships (and 19 runner-up finishes), Jack is a World Golf Hall o…

Guest: Jack Nicklaus

Gary Player - Part 1 (The Early Years)

June 24, 2021

One of the original “Big 3” and winner of 18 major championships, nine on each Tour, World Golf Hall of Fame member Gary Player shares his passion for the Game in a lively and energetic discussion about the old days with “The Devil”, facing adversity, his love of country, healthy lifestyle & fitnes…

Guest: Gary Player

Devlin's Billabong - BONUS TRACK

June 19, 2021

Did you know that the water hazard fronting the 18th green at Torrey Pines - South Course is known as "Devlin's Billabong?" Get the backstory on this factoid from Bruce Devlin himself in this short bonus track, "FORE the Good of the Game."

Guest: Bruce Devlin

About the Hosts

Bruce Devlin

Co-Host

Professional golfer, broadcaster, course designer and philanthropist, Australian-born Bruce Devlin amassed 40 world-wide wins in his professional career. As a young man, he followed his father and began an apprenticeship in plumbing. It wasn’t until a tragic accident took his father’s arm that he began playing golf at age 13. As a fine amateur player, Bruce enjoyed a great deal of success with wins at the Australian Amateur and Australian Open before turning 23. In 1958, as a member of the Australian team, he won team and individual honors at the inaugural Eisenhower Trophy played at the Old Course in St. Andrews. He turned pro in 1961 and won his first international event in 1962. Over his career, he also achieved eight victories on the U.S. PGA Tour. In 1972, he earned $119,768 and finished eighth on the money list. Bruce was inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 2014. Bruce is one of only four golfers to have scored a double eagle at the Masters Tournament. He achieved this in the first round of the 1967 Masters, holing a 4-wood from 248 yards on the par-5 8th hole. His last victory came on the Senior PGA Tour in 1995. At the end of the 1998 golf season, he retired from the Senior PGA Tour to concentrate on his Golf Course Architecture and Design business and his commitment to ESPN's Golf Telecasts. He worked for NBC from 1977 to 1982 and ESPN from 1983 to 1987. Bruce currently serves as Board Chairman for The Devlin Foundation and is an active volunteer with The Ben Hogan Foundation. Bruce is married to Gloria, his wife and childhood sweetheart over 60 years. They have three children, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Mike Gonzalez

Co-Host

Mike is a retired business executive, having headed up several mid-sized companies in a career that spanned nearly 35 years. Introduced to golf at an early age by his father, he has been passionate about the game and its principles ever since. A graduate of the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago, Mike appreciates his midwestern roots and has been a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan. He has served on various professional and philanthropic boards including the Material Handling Board of Governors, the Boys & Girls Club, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Southeastern Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District (Miller Park). Mike has also served the game as a Board member with the Chicago District Golf Association and as a member of golf club Boards. Currently, Mike enjoys work with private equity firms as an Executive Operating Partner and mentor to young business executives. He has traveled the world extensively and enjoys the simplicity of the game of golf during his regular sojourns to the UK. Mike met his wife Jan in college and they have been married for 40+ years. They have two grown daughters and one adorable grandson.