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Eagle McMahon chats about his surprised reaction to the DGLO finish and much more on this week's episode of PDGA Radio. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen | Disc Golf Pro Tour

Eagle McMahon joins this week's episode of PDGA Radio for his first interview of 2020. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

Eagle McMahon fired off a 1077-rated hot round as the wind picked up in Kansas on Thursday. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

EMPORIA, Kansas -- The Open lead card combined to go 20 shots over par Thursday at the Emporia Country Club, amassing a whopping 26 out-of-bounds strokes as the wind whipped up havoc on the leaderboard.

That left a window open for the defending Glass Blown Open champion to soar through.

2018 PDGA National Tour Champion Eagle McMahon joins this week's episode of PDGA Radio. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

Paul McBeth (left) and Gregg Barsby share a carefree moment as they finish the Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic Sunday afternoon. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

Ricky Wysocki started his Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic title defense with the hot round Friday. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

APPLING, Ga. – Ricky Wysocki grew up in Ohio, and he splits his offseason time between South Carolina and Arizona. But he’s truly at home here on the International Disc Golf Center’s W.R. Jackson Memorial Course.

A triumphant Paul McBeth celebrated his second United States Disc Golf Championship title on Winthrop Gold's 18th green Saturday. Photo: Eino Ansio

ROCK HILL, S.C. – For three-plus years, Paul McBeth was synonymous with PDGA Majors.

Paul McBeth took his first PDGA National Tour victory of 2018 with a final round 14-under par at the Delaware Disc Golf Challenge. Photo: Tina Oakley

In the pantheon of battles between Paul McBeth and Ricky Wysocki, the number of epics seems more apt for a Hollywood film franchise or an avant-garde 1970s rock band.

2015 European Open. 2016 Masters Cup. 2014 Pro Worlds. All with their own flavor, but each providing another chapter in the career-long rivalry between this era’s most consistent victors.

It's easy to be happy when you're hitting 71 percent of your putts from circle 2, just like Paul McBeth did during round two of the Delaware Disc Golf Challenge Saturday afternoon. Photo: Tina Oakley

A 1065 average round rating led Eagle McMahon to his first career PDGA Major victory at the Konopiště Open. Photo: Eino Ansio

Eagle McMahon had always said that once he finally got over the hump and locked down his first significant win that more victories would follow.

But he never thought they would come this quickly.

“I didn’t, no,” the 20-year-old Colorado native said. “Like at Vegas, after I won that tournament there were thoughts in my head like, ‘Sweet, I got the big win. This is gonna be my big win of the year.’ Fast forward to mid-July, and it’s one of four. It’s gone a lot faster than I expected.”

Eagle McMahon is on the cusp of his first PDGA Major victory, as he takes a nine-shot lead into the final round of the Konopiště Open. Photo: Eino Ansio

Stop the presses! Alert the authorities! Put up the Bat Signal!

Eagle McMahon finally carded a bogey at the Konopiště Open.

"This tournament is far from over." Eagle McMahon has the lead at the midway point of the Konopiště Open, but he knows his competitors have plenty of time to catch up. Photo: Eino Ansio.

If Eagle McMahon was going to have a letdown after setting the Konopiště Open course record on Thursday, it wasn’t going to come on Friday. But the tournament’s defending champion was right there to keep pace.

Eagle McMahon celebrates after landing a course record-setting putt during round one of the Konopiště Open in Benesov, Czech Republic. Photo: Eino Ansio

Eagle McMahon’s total score over three rounds of the 2017 Konopiště Open was 15-under par.

He only needed one round at the Franz Ferdinand course this year to best that performance.

Ricky Wysocki celebrates his third win of the 2018 season after a final round romp at the Utah Open. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

After a 14-under par final at the Utah Open that registered an 1105 round rating, Ricky Wysocki wasn’t feeling the need to brag.

“It’s not bad,” the two-time PDGA World Champion said with a laugh.

Ricky Wysocki's bid for a Utah Open repeat continues on Sunday. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

Another tournament, another moving day that lived up to its name.

Eagle McMahon is now three for four on the PDGA National Tour in 2018. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

ESTACADA, Ore. – Eagle McMahon knew he had a three-shot lead over his closest cardmate as he headed into hole 12 during Sunday’s Beaver State Fling final at Milo McIver State Park’s Riverbend East Disc Golf Course. He was simply looking to nail down a victory.

Instead of a nail, though, that fastener came in the form of a pin.

Simon Lizotte used a strong front nine to move into the lead at the Beaver State Fling on Saturday. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

ESTACADA, Ore. – For someone who had just shot a 9-under par round to take the lead at the Beaver State Fling, Simon Lizotte wasn’t terribly excited. Dressed head to toe in black, his sartorial choice matched his somber mood.

“If I could finish rounds, I’d be really good,” he said, resignation in his voice.

Downtown Emporia was flooded with people for the GBO Block Party. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

Eagle McMahon joins the show to talk about his GBO victory. Photo: Stu Mullenberg / The Flight Record

Eagle McMahon is now two-for-two on the 2018 National Tour after a late-round Glass Blown Open victory. Photo: The Flight Record

EMPORIA, Kan. – If Winthrop Gold’s iconic hole 17 is disc golf’s most consequential, the Emporia Country Club’s 365-foot 16th is a worthy rival. And during Saturday’s final round of the Dynamic Discs Glass Blown Open, the picturesque, hair-raising island shot added another page to its growing legend.

Drew Gibson combined power and accuracy to stay atop the leaderboard at the Dynamic Discs Glass Blown Open. Photo: The Flight Record

EMPORIA, Kan. – Disc golf is a game that can give as quickly as it can take. Never was that more apparent than during a raucous second round of the Dynamic Discs Glass Blown Open Friday afternoon at the Emporia Country Club, where each of the event’s leaders experienced their own tumult.

Eagle McMahon is one of a handful of players who share the lead at the Dynamic Discs Glass Blown Open. Photo: The Flight Record

EMPORIA, Kan. – “I want to act the same if I’m 18-under or if I’m 18-over.”

German pro Simon Lizotte took down his first Memorial Championship. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

Simon Lizotte was scared entering the 2018 season. Not for himself, mind you, but for his competition.

“I said to my coaches, too, that if I would really try then everyone else would have no chance,” Lizotte said.

Simon Lizotte's 1088-rated third round put him atop the Memorial Championship leaderboard. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

Sometimes you have to be lucky to be good. In Simon Lizotte’s case Friday at the Memorial Championship, though, he was good before he was lucky.

Nikko Locastro is one of five tied for the lead after the first day of the Memorial Championship. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

A handful of competitors tossed double digits under par Wednesday to kick off the 2018 Disc Golf Pro Tour season, with 10 coming up as the lucky number on the leaderboard at the Memorial Championship outside Phoenix.

JohnE McCray, Nikko Locastro, K.J. Nybo, Ricky Wysocki, and Teemu Nissinen all fired off 1062-rated 46s at Fountain Hills to seize an early share of the lead, while Simon Lizotte, Eagle McMahon, and Eric Oakley are tied for sixth place after their 9-under par 47s.

Steve Hill and Sara Lamberson talk a wild weekend at the Las Vegas Challenge. The wind played a factor early (4:15) and saw young players jump to the top of the leaderboard, including second place Open finisher Joel Freeman (7:45), before Eagle McMahon broke through with a signature win (12:30). The Open Women’s side also featured some fresh faces (21:00) and another classic battle between Paige Pierce and Catrina Allen (24:35). Plus discussion on how conditions affected players’ hands and the advent of UDisc Live on the PDGA National Tour.

Eagle McMahon embraces his father, Pat, after the Las Vegas Challenge awards ceremony. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

Eagle McMahon (left) and Joel Freeman shared their home state pride after round three of the Las Vegas Challenge. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

HENDERSON, Nev. – Eagle McMahon and Joel Freeman stood feet from the 18th basket on the Adidas Terrex course on one of the rare patches of green grass in this parched desert landscape. The sun had just set on the third round of the Las Vegas Challenge, and the two Colorado natives could not help but be in awe at their current standing.

“I can’t believe that Joel – from Colorado -- and me are first and second right now,” McMahon said. “That’s so ridiculous.”

Jesse Adams leads the Las Vegas Challenge after a 10-under par performance Thursday. Photo: PDGA Media

HENDERSON, Nev. – Jesse Adams is playing in his first career PDGA National Tour event, and with that came an 8:32 a.m. tee time Thursday at the Las Vegas Challenge.

By 5 p.m., when all of disc golf’s biggest names finally exited Wildhorse Golf Club after a day of abysmal conditions, Adams’ unofficially 1075-rated 10-under par 48 still stood up as the top performance.