ALAN SHIPNUCK wrote his first Sports Illustrated cover story as a 20 year old intern. Hired out of UCLA as the youngest staff writer in the magazine’s history, he has become a leading voice in golf reporting. Shipnuck has won nine writing awards from the Golf Writers Association of America, second all-time only to Hall of Famer Dan Jenkins. In addition to his work for SI, Shipnuck writes regular columns for Golf Magazine and golf.com.
He published his first book “Bud, Sweat & Tees” in 2001, about then-unknown PGA Tour rookie Rich Beem and his hard-living caddie, Steve Duplantis. The book became a national best-seller after Beem held off Tiger Woods to win the 2002 PGA Championship. Shipnuck’s other works of non-fiction include “The Battle for Augusta National,” a revisionist history about the home of the Masters, and “Swinging From My Heels,” a diary of Christina Kim’s misadventures on the LPGA tour. In 2012 he enjoyed another national best-seller with “The Swinger,” a novel (co-written with Michael Bamberger) that chronicles the fall and rise of a multi-cultural golf superstar whose career is disrupted by a tabloid-fueled scandal.