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SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio’s Jon Albanese takes a look back at the golf year that was, and previews the exciting things coming up in 2015 for the channel.

It’s December, with many parts of the country blanketed in snow and golf clubs hibernating in garages. Many people say that a lack of interest in golf and the decline in it being played ties in with the cold weather, but if you are one of them, you’re sorely mistaken. Before I get in to the state of golf right at this moment in time, let me take a step back and reflect on the year that has been 2014, both in the sport of golf and on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.

This year has been thrilling.

We have all seen the rise of a superstar in Rory McIlroy, winning two majors while becoming the young face of golf. We’ve had Bubba Watson, a polarizing and extremely fun player to follow and watch, win at Augusta and be in contention week-in and week-out. Young players like Jimmy Walker, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Camilo Villegas, Zach Johnson and Ben Martin have seemingly come out of nowhere to win tournaments. And let’s not forget the German, Martin Kaymer, clobbering the field at the U.S. Open.

There were other great moments as well. Bernhard Langer ran everyone off of every golf course he played this season on the Champions TOUR. Phil Mickelson’s chip shot off of a deck. Michelle Wie winning her first career major. Victor Dubuisson’s incredible par saves from the desert in San Francisco. A thrilling dusk finish at the PGA. All of these things have appealed to both casual golf fans and the diehard. So much has happened in golf this year, both on the course, and on the radio.

This has been my first full calendar year as manager of SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio and the amount of change and growth that the channel has experienced in such a short span has been nothing short of amazing. From Ben Crenshaw broadcasting live with his architectural partner Bill Coore at Pinehurst #2 the week of the U.S. Open(s), to Matt Adams working tirelessly to bring each of our listeners’ perspectives from across this great globe of ours every morning. From Ian Poulter detailing his struggles in 2014 and life as a touring pro, to Jim McLean and Jeff Warne giving great (and free!) golf instruction every week. We have so many talented people working on air and behind the scenes that I am going to let them some of them tell you first-hand what they think about the year in golf that was, and what is to come in 2015.

What does Crenshaw and his radio partner Ed Clements think will happen in 2015 as we turn the corner?

Hank Haney really enjoys bringing topical golf talk and instruction to our listeners every week (Friday-Monday). Here’s Hank with his take on 2014:

Debbie Doniger, half of The Golfer Girls (the other being LPGA Pro Natalie Gulbis), has this to say about the LPGA, golf instruction and more:

Current Champions TOUR player and 1987 Masters Champion Larry Mize looks forward to 2015:

Our talented staff of producers have their own thoughts from “behind the glass”:

Resident morning show host Matt Adams of Fairways of Life looks back to 2014 and thinks that there’s a “buffet of golf” laying out on a platter, ready to be consumed:

Talk of the TOUR’s John Swantek thinks that there has been a changing of the guard. Will Rory become the new Tiger Woods? Or has that already happened?

Instruction legend David Leadbetter:

Last but not least, there were so many great moments on the course, I had to go with my favorite off-course moment of 2014. I was on-site at Valhalla for the PGA Championship. Since the rain was so heavy at times, course management did the right thing and put mulch down over mud for traction for golf carts and fan traffic. Sometimes however, there’s nothing you can do about making the mistake of driving down a waterlogged, 45 degree-angled hill.

Mark Carnevale helps me relive the moment where I thought we were toast:

As we are in the midst of the holiday season and at a time where golf is normally on the outskirts of people’s minds, the new wrap-around season is already producing notable moments. Jordan Spieth has had two huge golf tournament wins, Tiger Woods has returned to the game healthy, and we’ve already witnessed some controversy in both the management side of the game (Ted Bishop) and journalistic side (Dan Jenkins).

The first scheduled PGA TOUR tournament of the New Year (which we will carry live) is fast approaching, plus John Daly, Pete Bevacqua and Sir Nick Faldo (and others, stay tuned) will debut their own PGA TOUR Radio shows soon.

SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio is never in hibernation mode!

Although I cannot predict what will specifically happen (I’m no Nostradamus!), I do know this: The golf content we will be providing our subscribers, and the action out on the golf course, will be unmatched and unparalleled. I cannot tell you how excited I am for 2015.

As Chubbs would say: “We’ve only just begun.”

Jon Albanese, Manager, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio


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