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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

2018 PDGA World Champion Gregg Barsby carried the hot hand during round two of the Ed Headrick Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic Saturday afternoon in Appling, Georgia. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

APPLING, Ga. – As PDGA World Champion Gregg Barsby sauntered down the fairway of hole 13 Saturday afternoon at the International Disc Golf Center’s W.R. Jackson Memorial Course, an eager spectator approached and quizzed him about his score. Even though he was at 7-under par for the round, the Northern California native replied that he wasn’t keeping track of his numbers, instead focusing on staying in the moment.

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.

Arkansas native Kevin Jones has come full circle with another lead card showing at the United States Disc Golf Championship. Photo: Eino Ansio

ROCK HILL, S.C. – It's been 367 days since Kevin Jones broke out with an opening round stunner and landed on the lead card for round two of the 2017 United States Disc Golf Championship, as he unleashed an aerial assault that put the disc golf world on notice.

Paul McBeth entered Thursday's second round of the United States Disc Golf Championship with a two-stroke advantage and emerged with an eight-shot cushion. Photo: Eino Ansio

ROCK HILL, S.C. – For a second day in a row at the United States Disc Golf Championship, the only thing hotter than an unseasonably sweltering heat wave was Paul McBeth’s play.

2015 United States Disc Golf Champion Paul McBeth leaned on his forehand to take an early lead at this year's tilt with Winthrop Gold. Photo: Eino Ansio

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Paul McBeth was loose, and for good reason.

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

Paul McBeth bounced back from his third consecutive runner-up showing at Pro Worlds with the hot round Friday at the Delaware Disc Golf Challenge. Photo: Tina Oakley

A short memory, and a short turnaround.

Paul McBeth takes his putter out of the basket after landing a 95-footer Thursday during round two of the PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships. Photo: Dalton Slantis

JEFFERSONVILLE, Vt. – Paul McBeth was loose.

Calvin Heimburg checks his scores after kicking off Pro Worlds with an 11-under par performance. Photo: Dalton Slantis

JEFFERSONVILLE, Vt. – The heat index pushed toward triple digits here Wednesday during the first round of the PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships, as Mother Nature welcomed competitors to the Green Mountain State with unseasonably warm conditions.

Little did she know she’d be outdone by a Sunshine State native with the hot hand.

While Ricky Wysocki (far left) and Paul McBeth (second from right) are the most recent PDGA World Champions, a new crop of contenders has emerged in 2018. Photos: Alyssa Van Lanen | Illustration: Matt Gregoire

Paul McBeth was at his Sunday best with a final round comeback in Kentucky. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

On the same day Tiger Woods made a late charge at the British Open before ultimately falling short, the disc golfer most often compared to the stick-and-ball stalwart was able to finish his own triumphant comeback.

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.”

Hear from Paul McBeth right after his historic performance on this week's episode of PDGA Radio. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

Paul McBeth cruised to a nine-shot victory at the Great Lakes Open. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

Paul McBeth proved he was the king of Kensington this weekend, but that didn’t stop a prince from spending half of Sunday trying to steal his crown.

Paul McBeth tossed a historic round Saturday at the Great Lakes Open. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

It's the seventh of July, but don't tell that to Paul McBeth.

The four-time PDGA World Champion brought some leftover fireworks to the Great Lakes Open Saturday, as he hit a 50-foot putt on the 18th green to go 18-under par and move to a comfortable lead at the sixth Disc Golf Pro Tour event of the season.

Dave Feldberg is finally rounding back into form after spinal fusion surgery in 2016. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

The last time Dave Feldberg recalls playing the Great Lakes Open, he broke his hand.

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.

It took him awhile to get there, but Paul McBeth made the most of his travels once he finally got to the Utah Open with 1076-rated opening round. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

Paul McBeth didn’t have the easiest week.

Drew Gibson weathered some mid-round struggles to take a three-shot lead at the Beaver State Fling. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

ESTACADA, Ore. – Drew Gibson didn’t play the Beaver State Fling last year.

Paul McBeth collected his third win of 2018 after a rousing final round in San Francisco. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

Gleneagles is great, but doesn’t Pauleagles just roll off the tongue?

A little super glue helped Ricky Wysocki hold it together during round two of the San Francisco Open. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

Ricky Wysocki won his second career Santa Cruz Masters Cup after a wild final round at the DeLaveaga Golf Course. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – The famed Beach Boardwalk and its landmark Giant Dipper make for a bucolic skyline here in this seaside enclave, but for yesterday afternoon’s final round of the Masters Cup it was as if Ricky Wysocki and Josh Anthon picked up the red and white wooden roller coaster and transplanted it to the fairways of the DeLaveaga Golf Course.

Paul McBeth joins the show to talk about this weekend's Santa Cruz Masters Cup. Photo: The Flight Record

Steve Hill and Sara Lamberson discuss the record-breaking PDGA Women’s Global Event weekend, including Sara’s WGE experience (00:45); the KC Diva Spring Feeva (3:50); and some of the other numbers that point toward the event’s success (5:57). Sara breaks down observations from the Global Scores (9:22) before the hosts cover the hot rounds from the weekend (13:45).

The weather in Waco was not the only intriguing story from the weekend. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

There weren’t any buzzer beaters, though competitors did race Mother Nature’s shot clock on Saturday. Nor were there any UMBC Retrievers to be found, but some did have to retrieve wayward discs from the waters of the Brazos River. Heck, there wasn’t even an upset; even if there was, Nate Perkins over Jeremy Koling would have been more akin to No. 13 Marshall over No. 4 Wichita State than Friday night’s No. 16 over No. 1 shocker.

Jeremy Koling has employed a smooth forehand and precise approaches as he aims to defend his Waco title. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

Paul McBeth was on a historic pace Friday at the Waco Annual Charity Open. A near impossible eagle connection through a wooded jail on Brazos Park East’s 15th put him at 10-under par through nine holes, and it looked as if a vintage performance was in the making.

A clean sheet vaulted Devan Owens to the top of the Waco Annual Charity Open leaderboard. Photo: Alyssa Van Lanen / DGPT

Devan Owens was in the zone Thursday, content to play placement golf through the woods of Brazos East Park and take what the course would give him. Even as he peppered in a 75-foot throw-in for birdie on the track’s 462-foot 13th, he really didn’t have a sense of how well he was playing.

That is until some company showed up.

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