What we’re buzzing about this month: What we’re reading, carrying and eating (and more) right now

April 18, 2019

Welcome to GOLF’s Shag Bag, a monthly feature that runs in GOLF magazine and tells you, the reader, exactly where we’re playing, what we’re buying, and more, when it comes to the sport we all love.

What we’re reading
The Green, by Troon McAllister. A fictional book about the Ryder Cup and how the U.S. team captain brought on a golf hustler to help carry the team to victory against Europe. A must-read for golf fans who want to learn more about the pressures of the biennial event. —Pat Ralph

Jesse Reiter

Who we’re following
Max Homa (@maxhoma23) on Twitter. He’s the most refreshing pro on social media. He has a wit about him that has made his account a must-follow. —Tim Reilly

Where we’re playing
The newly transformed Phoenician Golf Course, which went from 27 to 18 holes in an extensive 10-month renovation. The new routing is a treat, featuring holes that hug the base of majestic Camelback Mountain, and expansive views of the surrounding valley. — Jessica Marksbury

What we’re eating
Spam musubi. The world’s greatest golf course snack. I make it at home and bring it with me when I play. Puts a hot dog and a bag of Doritos to shame. —Josh Sens

Who we’re wearing
Lululemon ABC Warpstreme pants. They’re not just for yoga anymore. They’re easily the best pants I’ve ever owned—with the comfort and functionality of sweats and a stylish look that works in the office, on the golf course and everywhere in between. — Dylan Dethier

What we’re carrying
A Seamus Golf copper ball mark emblazoned with BAD MOTHER——, a nod to Samuel L. Jackson’s wallet in Pulp Fiction. It replaces the one I just lost. —Alan Shipnuck

Jesse Reiter


Johnny Miller called it a career at the recent Waste Management Phoenix Open, signing off after nearly 30 years as a golf analyst for NBC Sports. Will you miss Miller on golf telecasts?

Djlawrence3557 on Reddit: “Yes. He brought character to a sport not necessarily known for [characters] in the broadcast booth.”

Matthew Stetz on Facebook: “No one likes to talk about Johnny Miller more than Johnny Miller.”

Jb3r on Reddit: “While he occasionally had good insights, he came off as overly critical of player choices. I get it, he used to be good, but I won’t miss him.”

@Mikeyphresh24 on Instagram: “Johnny Miller told the truth and he told it quickly. I’m tired of commentators who fawn over how good Tour guys are all day. Johnny was no phony.”