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Podcast: Nova Scotia's Cabot Links--a remote destination worth the trip

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The par-4 15th hole at Cabot Links lies against the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Photograph by Dom Furore

By Ryan Herrington

There are worse places to find yourself getting lost than Nova Scotia, the beauty of the land in eastern Canada an understandable reason to stop paying attention to your car's GPS.

In our May 20th issue, Golf World Contributing Editor Roland Merullo's travel feature on Cabot Links, the highly acclaimed course on Cape Breton developed by Ben Cowan-Dewar and Mike Keiser, explains how a few detours and the search for an open gas station hardly ruined the experience when making the trip after the course opened last summer.

Merullo is the guest on this week's Inside Golf World Podcast and takes us through his travelogue, which included a stop at Highland Links. Along the way he gives some history of how Cabot Links came to be, talks about what's in store when sister course Cabot Cliffs opens in 2015, and explains why a visit to the remote destination is worth the time and effort.

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Inside Golf World Podcast: How We Cover The Masters

By Ryan Herrington

Dorothy Parker famously professed, "I hate writing. I love having written."

Trust us when we say we know the feeling.

A blank computer screen can be one of the scarier sights for any journalist, particularly when you're assigned the main piece at the year's biggest tournament. In this week's Inside Golf World Podcast, Golf World contributing writer Jim Moriarty discusses what went in to reporting and writing the game story from the 77th Masters, which chronicled Adam Scott's playoff victory over Angel Cabrera.

Of course, the week that was at Augusta National saw more storylines play out than simply Scott becoming the first Australian to win a green jacket.

Moriarty details how he went about keeping the various subplots (slow-play warnings, illegal ball drops, etc.) organized so that come Sunday night--and into Monday morning--he was able to craft a cogent, entertaining look at the year's first major.

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Inside Golf World Podcast: Our "Words from the Wise" package

By Ryan Herrington

With age comes wisdom--or at least an appreciation that maybe we actually didn't know everything when we were in our 20s.

The perspective that golf's elder statesmen (and women) provide is what has made our "Words from the Wise" package a popular one among readers since we first ran it in 2011.

Our April 1 issue offers the thoughts of eight golf sages--Jack Nicklaus, Billy Casper, Marilynn Smith, Frank Hannigan, Frank Beard, Charlie Owens, Kel Nagle and Raymond Floyd.

In this week's Inside Golf World Podcast contributing writer John Strege, who spoke with Casper and Beard, discusses how he got his interview subjects to let it fly and speak to their hearts' content.

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Inside Golf World Podcast: Profiling the man behind Bandon Dunes, Mike Keiser

inside-golf-world-podcast-keiser.jpgBy Ryan Herrington


Traveling to Oregon's Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is a trip that is on nearly every golfer's bucket list.

The man behind the land is Mike Keiser, a 67-year-old businessman who made his money in greeting cards, and then rose to prominence in the golf-course-development business after unearthing 1,200 acres of scrubby land along the Pacific Coast.

For Golf World's Architecture Issue, Jeff Silverman authors a profile on Keiser in the March 18th issue of the magazine that attempts to identify what influenced his golf mind and eventually propelled him toward creating an oasis in Bandon, Ore.

Silverman is the featured guest on this week's Inside Golf World Podcast, where he shares what it was like to hang out with the approachable Bandon boss, and tries to measure the impact Keiser has had on course development in the last decade as well as for years to come.

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Zinger's Corner Podcast: Tiger gets a little help from a friend

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By Ryan Herrington

It's rather common, explains Paul Azinger during this week's podcast, for tour pros to offer each other advice, particularly when they are as close as Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker. "It just turned out unfortunately for Stricker that Tiger ended up beating him by a couple of shots," said Azinger when discussing the putting tip that aided Woods at Trump Doral as he walked off with the WGC-Cadillac Championship title.

Azinger and Jaime Diaz discuss what went right for Tiger and how it sets him up for the Masters. Azinger also takes time to reflect on the recent passing of his father.


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Inside Golf World Podcast: Following the equipment vans on the PGA Tour

inside-golf-world-equipment-van.jpgBy Ryan Herrington


They spend upwards of 40 weeks out of the year on the road, logging as many as 35,000 miles traveling from one PGA Tour stop to the next.

Life as a tech, or one of the drivers, for one of the 10 or so equipment vans on the PGA Tour isn't easy. But those couple dozen folks who hold these jobs genuinely enjoy the lifestyle.

Golf World equipment editor E. Michael Johnson wrote about these modern-day gypsies in the March 11 issue of Golf World, our annual equipment issue, and offered more insight into their lives during this week's Inside Golf World Podcast.

Unknown and unheralded to most golf fans, the techs play a critical role in helping tour pros feel comfortable with what's in their bags, letting them to, hopefully, rise up the leader board.

Says Johnson: "These guys may be the most important conduit out there for the player to their success along with say their caddie, and when it leads to success they take pride in that."

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Inside Golf World Podcast: The Florida Swing and its proximity to home

By Ryan Herrington


inside-gw-podcast-jupiter-florida.jpgYou don't need an anthropology degree to appreciate why tour pros might be keen on living in Florida.

Nice weather, no state income tax and the overall laid-back feel make it a logical place for golfers such as Keegan Bradley (right) to call home.

In particular, the 30-mile stretch along the southeast coast in and around Jupiter, Fla., has become a magnet for players of all ages, tours and places on the World Ranking.

Golf World senior writer Tim Rosaforte is intimately familiar with the scene, having lived there since the 1980s.

"Golf's Hot Spot," our March 4 cover story, is Rosaforte's personal look at why the area has become increasingly popular among pro golfers.

In this week's Inside Golf World podcast, Rosaforte provides more details on the player migration to Jupiter and explains how clubs such as Old Palm, The Bear's Club, Medalist GC and The Dye Preserve have welcomed them with open arms.

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Inside Golf World Podcast: Lessons Learned As The Masters Looms

By Ryan Herrington


As the PGA Tour closes out the West Coast portion of its season at Dove Mountain outside Tucson with the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, it gives us at Golf World a natural chance to break down what's happened thus far in 2013. In this week's edition of the Inside Golf World podcast, senior writer Tim Rosaforte and executive editor Ron Sirak debate the various storylines that have stood out to date--most notably victories by top talents Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and the continued emergence of Brandt Snedeker after claiming last year's FedEx Cup title--and discuss what they potentially mean as the tour heads east with four stops in Florida during the next month. As the run-up to the Masters begins in earnest, Rosaforte and Sirak also offer their early faves to succeed at Augusta.

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Podcast: Paul Azinger on Riviera's 10th and Obama/Tiger's round

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By Ryan Herrington

With the drivable par-4 10th at Riviera CC again proving pivotal in the outcome of the Northern Trust Open, Paul Azinger recalls his approach to playing the risk/reward hole--and some of the trouble it caused him--in the latest edition of Zinger's Corner. Paul and Golf World editor Jaime Diaz also discuss the benefit of having a someone in the Oval Office who plays golf after President Obama's round yesterday with Tiger Woods at The Floridian (Exclusive: Details of Obama's round with Tiger) as well as Bernhard Langer's continued excellence on the Champions Tour and just what keeps him going.


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Podcast: Golf World's cover story on David Feherty

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Did you know David Feherty auditioned to be Andy Rooney's replacement on "60 Minutes"? Or that Feherty, sober since 2006, takes nine different medications to keep his various maladies in check? These are some of the many details Franz Lidz shares in his cover story about the European-Tour-pro-turned-golf-TV-celebrity appearing in the Feb. 18 issue of Golf World.

Chatting on this week's Inside Golf World Podcast, Lidz, a former senior writer at Sports Illustrated, discusses interviewing golf's favorite interviewer. Lidz contends Feherty's schtick is genuine and that he really is comfortable talking about pretty much any topic. That doesn't mean he doesn't want to have a mulligan on some of the things he says, as Lidz relates with a story about how a few pages from his reporter's notebook went missing after their interview.

--Ryan Herrington


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