15 of our favorite feature stories you might have missed in 2019

December 26, 2019

Our job is to tell the stories, and your job is to (hopefully!) enjoy them. Here are some of our favorites from 2019 that you might have missed, or maybe just want to read one more time.

Alexa Pano’s star keeps rising (and she’s still only 14)

Alexa Pano was the youngest player to earn a spot in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur, but Pano had made a name for herself well before she grabbed a spot in the newest big-time amateur event. — by Josh Berhow

Tiger Woods’ stirring Masters win is the first major victory of his reconfigured life

Tiger Woods, after all he’d been through in the last decade, won the Masters. Michael Bamerger has covered the golfer his entire professional career, so who better to opine on major No. 15. — Michael Bamberger

This Baltimore man owns a green jacket, and Augusta National desperately wants it

Few jackets are more distinguished than the green jackets of Augusta National. This man knows that better than anyone. — Sean Zak

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As Kevin Na fought his way to victory in the midst of another contentious battle to save his name

Kevin Na was overcome with emotion when he won the Shriners last fall. Then we found out exactly why. — Alan Shipnuck

Lanny Wiles was supposed to play Augusta; instead he was taken hostage in the pro shop

A story almost too unbelievable to believe. Yet it happened on the grounds of one of golf’s most famous establishments. — Adam Schupak

A day of meaningless golf with Paul Casey at Augusta National

What’s it like to play golf when you know there’s absolutely no chance you’re going to win a golf tournament? We found out. — Sean Zak

Let’s be Frank: The inside story behind Tiger Woods’ famous headcover

Do you know the story behind the most famous headcover in golf? Know you do. — Sean Zak

The edge of glory: Attempting to qualify for the U.S. Open in Alaska

Any golfer who has a handicap low enough and drive to knock off bucket-list items wants to qualify for the U.S. Open. Some even got to the most remote areas of the United States to do it. — Dylan Dethier (with additional mini-documentary HERE)

The strange saga of a Division III golfer that got kicked out of the NCAA

You’d think the NCAA wouldn’t care much about the eligibility details of a middling Division III golfer — but you’d be wrong. — Dylan Dethier

Anne van Dam: The best swing in golf is ready to win on the LPGA Tour

Anne van Dam has a swing we drool over and only wish we could copy. Now it’s time for her to start piling up the wins. — Luke Kerr-Dineen

The murder of Celia BarquÍn Arozamena was unbearable, but the deeper you dig, the more tragic it gets

The tragic death of Celia BarquÍn Arozamena left communities (in the U.S. and Europe) reeling. Alan Shipnuck tells the tale of a beloved woman taken too soon. — Alan Shipnuck

Unraveling the mysterious history of Bethpage Black’s iconic ‘Warning’ sign

Everyone knows about Bethpage Black’s famous “Warning” sign. Now if anyone could just agree on how it got there. — Josh Berhow

A treacherous border crossing was just the beginning of José de Jesús Rodríguez’s journey to the PGA Tour

José de Jesús Rodríguez’s road to the PGA Tour wasn’t easy, but he got there and he’s not turning back now. — Alan Shipnuck

Good morning, Vietnam! Inside the world’s next great golf destination

Vietnam, a golf destination? Yes, you read that right. Now read this and begin booking your trip. — Josh Sens

Four decades ago, a win at the Open Championship changed Seve Ballesteros’ life and birthed a legend

The style, charisma and ball-striking of Seve Ballesteros is still often talked about today. But it was all put into motion four decades ago. — Alan Shipnuck

Shane Lowry’s win hits home at the club where he learned the game, four hours from Portrush

Shane Lowry broke though and won his first major at the Open Championship. Not too far away his old home club was cheering him on every step of the way. — Michael Bamberger