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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.

Latest Episodes

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.

29 min3 h ago
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The last days of the true amateur

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.

30 min2 w ago
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The near demise of Augusta National

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.

38 minOCT 26
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Team Game: Inside the life of the modern PGA Tour caddie

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.

26 minOCT 12
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The bootstrapping life of an LPGA Tour player

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.

32 minSEP 28
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The dirty secrets of sandbaggers

“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.

28 minSEP 14
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“I’m such an idiot”: The hidden lessons in a collapse

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

The FedEx Cup is set to award another $15 million first prize while scores of golfers who have never won a PGA Tour event have still made more money than Jack Nicklaus earned in his career. In this episode, host Daniel Rapaport revisits the series of events that made pro golf such a lucrative business, and explores whether it can continue.

32 minAUG 31
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Funny Money On Tour: The lucrative life of a PGA Tour golfer

The Golf Savant: The life and career of Moe Norman

Moe Norman was believed by many to be the greatest ball-striker who ever lived, but his unique nature, what would now likely be classified as autism, prevented him from greater success. In this episode, host Alex Myers talks to people who knew and studied the late golfer and saw firsthand what set him apart, and ponder the level of success he might have enjoyed had he been met with greater acceptance.

25 minAUG 17
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The Golf Savant: The life and career of Moe Norman

Bob May and the curse of the very good golfer

Twenty years after a journeyman golfer named Bob May took Tiger Woods to a playoff in the PGA Championship, he remains a prime example of a golfer who could hang at the highest level only temporarily. We examine the myriad elements that separate players at the height of the sport from those just one tier down, including the club professionals who will share the spotlight with tour pros this week in the PGA.

25 minAUG 3
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Bob May and the curse of the very good golfer

Swing Oil: Does alcohol really help your golf?

Golf's relationship with alcohol has always been layered, especially considering that some players profess drinking to have a positive impact on their performance. In consulting experts and everyday players, Local Knowledge sheds new light on the question of whether alcohol helps or hurts a golfer's score.

19 minJUL 20
Comments
Swing Oil: Does alcohol really help your golf?

Latest Episodes

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.

29 min3 h ago
Comments
The last days of the true amateur

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.

30 min2 w ago
Comments
The near demise of Augusta National

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.

38 minOCT 26
Comments
Team Game: Inside the life of the modern PGA Tour caddie

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.

26 minOCT 12
Comments
The bootstrapping life of an LPGA Tour player

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.

32 minSEP 28
Comments
The dirty secrets of sandbaggers

“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.

28 minSEP 14
Comments
“I’m such an idiot”: The hidden lessons in a collapse

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

The FedEx Cup is set to award another $15 million first prize while scores of golfers who have never won a PGA Tour event have still made more money than Jack Nicklaus earned in his career. In this episode, host Daniel Rapaport revisits the series of events that made pro golf such a lucrative business, and explores whether it can continue.

32 minAUG 31
Comments
Funny Money On Tour: The lucrative life of a PGA Tour golfer

The Golf Savant: The life and career of Moe Norman

Moe Norman was believed by many to be the greatest ball-striker who ever lived, but his unique nature, what would now likely be classified as autism, prevented him from greater success. In this episode, host Alex Myers talks to people who knew and studied the late golfer and saw firsthand what set him apart, and ponder the level of success he might have enjoyed had he been met with greater acceptance.

25 minAUG 17
Comments
The Golf Savant: The life and career of Moe Norman

Bob May and the curse of the very good golfer

Twenty years after a journeyman golfer named Bob May took Tiger Woods to a playoff in the PGA Championship, he remains a prime example of a golfer who could hang at the highest level only temporarily. We examine the myriad elements that separate players at the height of the sport from those just one tier down, including the club professionals who will share the spotlight with tour pros this week in the PGA.

25 minAUG 3
Comments
Bob May and the curse of the very good golfer

Swing Oil: Does alcohol really help your golf?

Golf's relationship with alcohol has always been layered, especially considering that some players profess drinking to have a positive impact on their performance. In consulting experts and everyday players, Local Knowledge sheds new light on the question of whether alcohol helps or hurts a golfer's score.

19 minJUL 20
Comments
Swing Oil: Does alcohol really help your golf?
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