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Local Knowledge

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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.

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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.

iTunes Ratings

127 Ratings
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Tiger i/view

By artymacs - Apr 10 2020
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Not exactly Charlie Rose. Too lowbrow. She could have been talking to anyone. It’s supposed to be a golf podcast. Instead it’s advertorial fluff.

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By jdkornholio - Oct 25 2018
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That interviewer says “like” too many times!!!

iTunes Ratings

127 Ratings
Average Ratings
61
22
13
13
18

Tiger i/view

By artymacs - Apr 10 2020
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Not exactly Charlie Rose. Too lowbrow. She could have been talking to anyone. It’s supposed to be a golf podcast. Instead it’s advertorial fluff.

Like, like, like

By jdkornholio - Oct 25 2018
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That interviewer says “like” too many times!!!
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Local Knowledge

Latest release on Nov 23, 2020

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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.

Rank #1: Episode 130: Joe LaCava

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The veteran PGA Tour caddie who was on the bag for Tiger Woods' return to the Masters discusses the differences between Woods and his previous longtime boss Fred Couples, his preparation for tournaments, and how he got his start as a looper.

Apr 12 2018

36mins

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Rank #2: Episode 102: Jim McLean on developing junior golfers

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Jim McLean is a perennial on Golf Digest's ranking of America's Best Teachers, as well as a longtime professional editor for the magazine. Well versed in every aspect of golf instruction, McLean has great insight into raising junior golfers, how to develop talent while making it fun, and where we often go wrong.

Aug 30 2017

23mins

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Rank #3: Episode 105: Amateur standout Stewart Hagestad

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Defending U.S. Mid-Am champ Stewart Hagestad joins the podcast to discuss a dream 2017 season in which he was the low amateur in the Masters, qualified for the U.S. Open, and delivered the clinching point for the U.S. Walker Cup team at his home course, Los Angeles Country Club.

Sep 18 2017

34mins

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Rank #4: Episode 63: The New Rules Of Golf Etiquette

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Golf Digest editors Sam Weinman, Keely Levins, Alex Myers, and Joel Beall discuss the do's and don'ts of golf etiquette, and how they've evolved in the 21st century.

Dec 14 2016

34mins

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Rank #5: Episode 111: Greg Norman

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The former world No. 1 and golf Hall of Famer joins Max Adler in our 1 World Trade Center studio to talk about his new business venture with Verizon, the "Shark Experience," which seeks to transform how we spend our time in golf carts.
You can read more about it here: https://www.golfdigest.com/story/greg-normans-new-business-venture-aims-to-make-the-golf-course-experience-bigger-and-better

Nov 01 2017

26mins

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Rank #6: Holy Sh!t, Tiger Woods won the Masters

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In the immediate aftermath of Tiger Woods' improbable win in the 2019 Masters, Alex Myers, Sam Weinman, Ryan Herrington, and Keely Levins gather at Augusta National Golf Club to discuss a historic Sunday. We also hear from Woods himself from his post-round press conference, and debate whether this win brings the chase of Jack Nicklaus' 18 majors back to the front burner.

Apr 15 2019

36mins

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Rank #7: Episode 114: Tiger Woods' return at the 2017 Hero World Challenge

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Golf Digest's Ryan Herrington, Alex Myers, Joel Beall and Brian Wacker discuss the competitive return of Tiger Woods at this week's Hero World Challenge. We break down what's different about this comeback in the Bahamas and the optimism, fueled by fellow players and fans, over just what to expect from the 14-time major champion this week and beyond.

Nov 29 2017

38mins

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Rank #8: Matthew Wolff's breakthrough win & George Gankas

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Instructor George Gankas discusses his star pupil Matthew Wolff's breakthrough PGA Tour victory, his philosophy on swing speed, and the star golfer he'd like to coach. Plus, Golf Digest photo editor Michael Sneeden stops by to talk about his experience caddying on the Korn Ferry Tour, and Alex Myers, Sam Weinman, and Keely Levins break down an exciting week in professional golf.

Jul 09 2019

1hr 13mins

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Rank #9: Episode 108: Jerry Kelly

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The PGA Tour Champions rookie joins Alex Myers to talk about Wisconsin, hockey, and life on the mulligan circuit.

Oct 12 2017

42mins

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Rank #10: Episode 106: 2017 Presidents Cup Preview

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Golf Digest's Sam Weinman, Alex Myers and Ryan Herrington discuss the upcoming Presidents Cup at Liberty National, exploring whether this will be the lopsided American victory that many are predicting or whether the International side is ready to pull off the upset outside New York City.

Sep 26 2017

25mins

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Rank #11: Episode 24: Jack Nicklaus

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Eighteen-time major champion Jack Nicklaus joins Alex Myers to talk about the Masters, the state of the game, and his own viral moments.

Apr 19 2016

17mins

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Rank #12: Episode 109: What makes a great teacher?

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With the release of Golf Digest's biennial 50 Best Teachers in America list, Matthew Rudy joins Sam Weinman to talk about how the list is constructed, why certain teachers rank ahead of others, and the growing influence of technology in golf instruction.

Oct 19 2017

26mins

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Rank #13: Episode 27: Jerome Bettis

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NFL Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis talks to Golf Digest's Alex Myers about the role golf plays in his retirement, and how the once bruising running back is more of a finesse player on the course.

May 11 2016

18mins

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Rank #14: Episode 115: Lexi Thompson

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Golf Digest's Keely Levins talks with Lexi Thompson as they recap an eventful—and successful—2017 season for the 22-year-old LPGA star. Thompson, playing alongside Tony Finau and competing against the men at this week's QBE Shootout, discusses her thoughts about the past year and what she's focusing on with her game in preparation for 2018.

Dec 07 2017

17mins

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Rank #15: Episode 124: Training the game's top players

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Increasingly, golfers who want to compete at the highest level need to pay greater attention to their fitness. Joey Diovisavli, or "Joey D" is the trainer to Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, and others, and has been named one of Golf Digest's top golf fitness professionals in the U.S. He joins us to talk about what players are doing when they log so many hours in the gym, and what you can do physically to up your game this year.

Feb 21 2018

22mins

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Rank #16: Fantasy Fix: Dean & DeLuca Invitational

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Golf Digest's Joel Beall and Alex Myers break down the Dean & DeLuca Invitational (aka the Colonial), where Zach Johnson looks to break out of a sluggish start to the season.

May 25 2016

20mins

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Rank #17: Episode 126: 2018 Masters preview (w/special guest Fred Couples)

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Sam Weinman, Joel Beall and Ryan Herrington take a look at the early storylines ahead of the 2018 Masters. Among the players discussed: Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and, of course, Tiger Woods. In the second half of the podcast, Stephen Hennessey interviews 1992 Masters champion Fred Couples to get his thoughts about the fabled tournament.

Mar 30 2018

40mins

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Rank #18: CBS' Peter Kostis talks "Tin Cup" memories & Tiger's soft side

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Longtime CBS analyst and coach Peter Kostis shares stories about his pivotal role in the classic movie "Tin Cup," a softer side of Tiger Woods viewers don't see, and the unexpected way he got into broadcasting. Plus, Alex Myers, Sam Weinman, and Ryan Herrington discuss Adam Long's stunning win over Phil Mickelson and give their Tiger predictions for 2019.

Jan 23 2019

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Rank #19: Episode 120: Tony Finau

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Rising PGA Tour star Tony Finau talks to Golf Digest's Stephen Hennessey on this week's podcast. Finau joins us from the Waste Management Phoenix Open having just signed a new club deal with local equipment manufacturer Ping. Finau talks about his acclimation to the PGA Tour, the power game he possesses and what it's like to play in front of the wild crowds at TPC Scottsdale.

Jan 31 2018

14mins

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Rank #20: Episode 117: 2017 Golf Year In Review

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Golf Digest's Ryan Herrington, Sam Weinman, Joel Beall and Keely Levins discuss the year in golf 2017, the highs (Justin Thomas, U.S. Presidents Cup team), the lows (Rules snafus, Donald Trump), the biggest surprises (Tiger's comeback), the sentimental stories (Sergio gets his major) and what we’ll remember most from the past 12 months.

Dec 20 2017

30mins

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The last days of the true amateur

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A seemingly obscure legal rule that would allow college athletes to profit from their name, image or likeness could change the complexion of amateur golf, what was once considered golf in its purest form. In reality, the game is already well removed from an era when Bobby Jones and Frances Ouimet both had to leave amateur golf behind for money they received tied to their accomplishments on the course. Now amateur golfers can receive free clubs, nominal prizes, and are supported well enough to travel and compete around the country. In this episode, Keely Levins examines what amateur golf used to signify, what it is now, and where it could be headed in the near future.

Nov 23 2020

29mins

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The near demise of Augusta National

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At the first playing of the tournament that is now known as the Masters, Augusta National Golf Club needed to borrow chairs from a funeral home. The club needed money to buy grass seed, and the only reason we now know Augusta National’s clubhouse as one of golf’s most iconic buildings is because the club at first didn’t have enough money to tear it down. In the latest episode of Local Knowledge, Alex Myers talks to David Owen, author of “The Making of the Masters,” to learn how profoundly Augusta National struggled in its early years, and how desperation led to some of golf’s most important innovations.

Nov 09 2020

30mins

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Team Game: Inside the life of the modern PGA Tour caddie

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No job in golf has evolved more than the tour caddie. Once just a set of shoulders to carry a bag, caddies have grown to assume different roles for different players. Some have been elevated to where they’re mentioned in the same breath as the guys hitting the shot. Others are just friends or family with no prior caddying experience but serve as a player’s trusted ally and protector. The job has simultaneously grown more complicated thanks to the myriad demands on tour; and easier because of new tools at their disposal. In this episode, Daniel Rapaport talks to caddies and the players they work for about the new responsibilities for caddies, how partnerships are formed, and what happens when those relationships go south.

Oct 26 2020

38mins

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The bootstrapping life of an LPGA Tour player

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When reports surfaced of a top LPGA player needing to pay for her own clubs while in contention at the season’s second  major championship, it spoke to the harsh financial realities faced by many women golfers. With fewer sponsorship opportunities and smaller purses but often just as high expenses as their PGA Tour counterparts, many LPGA players have been forced to be creative to make ends meet, especially during a pandemic. As Keely Levins reports, whether it’s driving to tournaments or using a pushcart instead of a caddie, the bootstrapping existence of most LPGA players at least produces a product in which players are more driven to win than ever.

Oct 12 2020

26mins

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The dirty secrets of sandbaggers

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Every golf club has a sandbagging story. The 26 handicap who miraculously shoots 85. The 12 who flirts with even par. It is the rare handicap event in which certain golfers are  better than advertised, which is great news for their partners, and a source of outrage for everyone else. In this episode of Local Knowledge, host Daniel Rapaport dives into the complicated world of the sandbagger, including some of the tactics they employ to game the handicap system to their advantage. At the other end of the spectrum, we also look at vanity handicappers who turn out to be worse than their number suggests. It’s a lighthearted, half-hour immersion into the gossip that dominates grill rooms across America.

Sep 28 2020

32mins

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“I’m such an idiot”: The hidden lessons in a collapse

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Why did Phil Mickelson blow the 2006 U.S. Open? It wasn’t just about a pushed drive into the trees on the final hole. It was about poor decision-making, and perhaps wanting something too much. On the occasion of Mickelson returning to Winged Foot for another U.S. Open, host Keely Levins unpacks the confluence of events that led to Mickelson’s crushing double-bogey finish. With the help of experts, she also identifies the series of measures he could have taken to avoid such disappointment.  But this episode is not just about itemizing what Phil did wrong. It’s about looking at ways all golfers can learn from our mistakes, and to help us manage our emotions in our biggest moments on the golf course.

Sep 14 2020

28mins

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Funny Money On Tour: The lucrative life of a PGA Tour golfer

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“The money out here is comical,” admits PGA Tour player Joel Dahmen. But he’s not complaining. After slogging through the mini-tours earlier in his career Dahmen in just a few years on the PGA Tour has already earned more money in official earnings than Jack Nicklaus did in his entire career—all this despite never winning a tour event. The topic of this episode of Local Knowledge is money: how purses have risen so dramatically on the PGA Tour, the key individuals who helped pave the way for the lifestyle players now enjoy, and the surprising ways the golf financial landscape has evolved over time. Also, given the global pandemic and the accompanying recession, host Daniel Rapaport ask whether golf can still hand out the same size winner’s checks in the years to come.

Aug 31 2020

32mins

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The Golf Savant: The life and career of Moe Norman

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As Tiger Woods often said, only two players truly owned their swing: Ben Hogan and Moe Norman. But while Hogan won nine major championships, Norman’s career never took off outside of his native Canada. In this episode we’ll revisit the life and career of one of golf’s most enigmatic figures. The late Norman was believed by many to be golf’s greatest ball-striker, but his unique nature, what would now likely be classified as autism, prevented him from greater success. We talk to people who knew and studied Norman and saw firsthand what set him apart, and ponder the level of success he might have enjoyed had he been better understood. 
Read David Owen’s 1995 profile of Norman here.

Norman interview credited to a 1996 CBC feature, "Moe Norman, the Glenn Gould of golf"

Aug 17 2020

25mins

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Bob May and the curse of the very good golfer

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As the PGA Championship draws a collection of club professionals who join the big leagues for this one week, we examine the myriad elements that separate players at the height of the sport from those just one tier down. Whether it’s physical, psychological, or a simple matter of luck, we look at why a journeyman pro named Bob May could take Tiger Woods to a playoff 20 years ago in the PGA and not keep his tour card soon after; or why certain players with plenty of talent can hang with the best in a friendly game, only to struggle once the competition begins for real.

Aug 03 2020

25mins

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Swing Oil: Does alcohol really help your golf?

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The question of whether a few drinks can actually help you play better golf is as old as the game itself. In the newest episode of Local Knowledge, host Alex Myers consults experts and everyday players to understand the role alcohol plays in golfers' performance; and revisits a series of experiments that put the theory to the test. The answer is more complicated than you think, and it speaks to the unique physical and mental challenges that golf presents.

Jul 20 2020

19mins

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Golfing While Black

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Five women joined a golf club outside of York, Pennsylvania, only to have the police summoned to the course by the owner midway through their first round. Their crime, they say, was “golfing while black.” The first episode of Local Knowledge, a new podcast by Golf Digest, tells the story of the Grandview Five, a group of African-American women whose inaugural round at their new club became a reminder of an area—and a game’s—uneven history with race. Through interviews, audio clips, court documents, and news reports, host Daniel Rapaport examines a story that began on a fairway, carried on for months after, and provides new insights into the larger conversation about race in the U.S.

Jul 06 2020

31mins

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Introducing: Local Knowledge

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In golf, Local Knowledge means you’ve done your homework. In Local Knowledge, Golf Digest applies the same approach to the most compelling golf stories, with each episode diving deep into a subject that resonates with golfers. Host Daniel Rapaport explains what’s to come in future episodes, from stories of racism on the golf course, to the ways alcohol might help your golf swing, and why some great golfers make it on tour and others are forced to find another job.

Jul 03 2020

2mins

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How the Tour is combating the spread of COVID-19, Dustin Johnson’s Travelers victory

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Alex Myers, Sam Weinman and Daniel Rapaport discuss Dustin Johnson’s tremendous weekend in Connecticut, how the PGA Tour has responded to players contracting the virus and why it matters that NBC took back U.S. Open coverage from Fox Sports. Also, WHOOP CEO Will Ahmed joins the show to discuss the recent hype around the product and Nick Watney’s positive COVID-19 test.

Jun 29 2020

55mins

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Sir Nick Faldo, high drama at the RBC Heritage

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It’s not often that we have a knight on the podcast. Six-time major champion Sir Nick Faldo joins the show to discuss broadcasting PGA events remotely, how these tournaments feel without fans and what his sweater collection is looking like. Also, Alex Myers, Sam Weinman and Daniel Rapaport discuss Webb Simpson’s Father’s Day victory, Nick Watney’s positive COVID-19 test and a remarkable comeback on the Korn Ferry Tour.

Jun 22 2020

1hr

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The PGA Tour’s return at Colonial, caddie John Wood

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We’re back with real PGA Tour golf to talk about! Alex Myers, Sam Weinman and Daniel Rapaport break down the Charles Schwab Challenge, from Daniel Berger’s win to Jordan Spieth’s putting game to Bryson DeChambeau’s new look. Also, John Wood, Matt Kuchar’s caddie, joins the podcast to discuss the scene at Colonial, what it's like to loop at the Ryder Cup, and his side hobby as a musician.

Jun 15 2020

1hr 1min

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Behind the scenes of the PGA Tour’s return

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It’s here! After a long hiatus, professional golf is back and Alex Myers, Sam Weinman and Daniel Rapaport are here to break down the upcoming Charles Schwab Challenge. They discuss the loaded field, what they expect to be the main story heading into the weekend and when we’ll see Tiger again after the restart. Also, Tyler Dennis, the PGA Tour’s Chief of Operations, joins the show to discuss planned safety measures, the testing process for players and what he’ll be watching for when play resumes.

Jun 08 2020

1hr 1min

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Annika Sorenstam, the Euro Tour’s bold new strategy

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Annika Sorenstam, arguably the GOAT of women's golf, joins the pod to discuss her game during the pandemic, whether players should be mic’d up at tournaments and what she remembers from her LPGA record-breaking 59. Also, Alex Myers, Daniel Rapaport and Keely Levins talk about everything surrounding the European Tour restart and how entertaining it was to watch Tiger dissect amateurs’ swings.

Jun 01 2020

59mins

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Why The Match worked so well

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Golf doesn’t stop for Memorial Day. Alex Myers, Sam Weinman and Daniel Rapaport discuss everything about The Match, from how good Tiger Woods looked to Justin Thomas the broadcasting phenom to Tom Brady and Peyton Manning’s golf games. Then, the trio debates what athletes or celebrities would be the best fit for this type of format in the future.

May 25 2020

44mins

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Mike Weir, golf's return at TaylorMade Driving Relief

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The 2003 Masters champion and eight-time PGA Tour winner, Mike Weir, talks to Golf Digest about whether he deserved to be named the 2003 Player of the Year over Tiger Woods, why lefties play well at Augusta and hitting the course with Wayne Gretzky. Also, Alex Myers, Sam Weinman and Daniel Rapaport discuss what worked at the TaylorMade Driving Relief, the pros and cons of the broadcast and what the Tour is going to feel like without fans.

May 18 2020

59mins

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Jessica & Nelly Korda, the Vijay Singh debate

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With eight LPGA Tour wins between them, the Korda sisters join the Golf Digest podcast to discuss how they’re staying in golf shape while quarantining, their plans when play restarts and the competitiveness between the two. Also, Alex Myers, Keely Levins and Daniel Rapaport break down whether Vijay Singh should play on the Korn Ferry Tour and who will win the McIlroy-Johnson vs. Fowler-Wolff charity skins game.

May 11 2020

1hr 13mins

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iTunes Ratings

127 Ratings
Average Ratings
61
22
13
13
18

Tiger i/view

By artymacs - Apr 10 2020
Read more
Not exactly Charlie Rose. Too lowbrow. She could have been talking to anyone. It’s supposed to be a golf podcast. Instead it’s advertorial fluff.

Like, like, like

By jdkornholio - Oct 25 2018
Read more
That interviewer says “like” too many times!!!