Respected multimedia storyteller Jeff Rude has covered the PGA Tour for three decades, including 19 years as a senior writer and columnist for Golfweek magazine. He has been known for his playful look at the game and strong, reasonable takes. Most recently he co-hosted the nightly TV prime-time Clubhouse show on Back9Network. He also was a regular panelist on the Golf Channel’s “Grey Goose 19th Hole” show for three years and co-hosted a weekly national radio show on ESPN. He has won numerous national writing awards while covering the last 81 major championships in a row and almost 100 total. An Evans Scholar, Rude graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism degree. While in college he caddied on the PGA Tour.
As an acclaimed television presence and award-winning print journalist, John Hawkins has distinguished himself as one of pro golf’s most dynamic media figures since the mid-1990s. Hawkins spent 14 years at Golf World magazine, the game’s premier newsweekly, writing the lead story at almost every major championship during that stretch. In 2007, Hawkins was hired by the Golf Channel. He would serve in a variety of capacities for the network over the next seven years, most notably as a co-panelist on the popular “Grey Goose 19th Hole,” and as a weekly columnist.
Hawkins’ TV career began when ESPN asked him to do studio spots for its news network in 2001. Other high-profile credits include appearances on CBS’s “60 Minutes” and ABC’s “20/20.” He is currently a regular on Golfsmith Radio and a contracted freelance writer for Sports Illustrated.