The best golf stories have multiple layers to them. In each episode, Local Knowledge dives deep into a subject golfers want to know about, whether it’s about the game they play, the competition at the highest level, or the surprising ways golf factors into larger conversations throughout society. Hosts Daniel Rapaport, Alex Myers, and Keely Levins weave together original interviews, Golf Digest reporting, and additional elements to tell the type of compelling stories that have been a Golf Digest staple for decades.
The last days of the true amateur
If amateur golf was long held up as golf in its purest form, the reality has become more complicated. In addition to free clubs and other advantages, top amateurs now stand to profit from their name and image, making the line between amateur and pro golf fuzzier than ever. Keely Levins explores the shifting landscape of amateur golf, and wonders if something is being lost as a once noble segment of the game adjusts to the modern era.
The near demise of Augusta National
We think of Augusta National Golf Club as golf’s most powerful address, and the Masters as the game’s best-run, most beloved tournament. Yet a closer look at the club’s precarious beginnings shows how fortunate Augusta National and the Masters came to fizzling out altogether. As Alex Myers describes in the latest episode of Local Knowledge, the iconic event we revere today was first just a means to an end to keep a struggling club afloat.
Team Game: Inside the life of the modern PGA Tour caddie
The easiest part of a PGA Tour caddie’s job might be giving his player yardage. It’s everything else that’s grown more complicated. In this episode, Daniel Rapaport talks to tour caddies and their players about how the job has changed, and why some players are increasingly turning to friends and family over veterans with decades of experience.
The bootstrapping life of an LPGA Tour player
It’s fair to assume if you’re one of the top 100 in the world at your profession, you might not be scrambling to pay the bills. But even for successful women golfers, the expense of traveling the world to play the LPGA Tour is met with only a fraction of the tournament purses and sponsorship opportunities PGA Tour start enjoy. As Keely Levins reports, however, harsh financial reality comes with a surprising upside: the best women players are arguably more driven to win than their male counterparts.
The dirty secrets of sandbaggers
On the short list of the most despised people in golf, sandbaggers rank near the top. What draws some golfers to such deceptive extremes? And how exactly do they do it? This episode examines the art of sandbagging, the various forms it takes, and debates if the practice ranks closer to clever gamesmanship or outright cheating.
“I’m such an idiot”: The hidden lessons in a collapse
Phil Mickelson’s collapse in the 2006 U.S. Open was about more than a popular golfer letting a major championship slip with a double-bogey finish. It was also a case study in what can go wrong under pressure. Host Keely Levins talks to experts and other golfers to learn what Phil did wrong, and how players of all levels can avoid being overtaken by the big moment on the golf course.
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