For Laird Shepherd, death came before rebirth.
Once one of most promising prospects in English golf, Shepherd was derailed by a series of injuries. A year ago, his back was such a mess he resorted to working in a call center for Tesco, the UK supermarket chain, for eight pounds an hour.
So, by now, if you’re listening to this particular podcast, I’m going to assume you’ve either read or watched the Hayden Springer story. If you haven’t, I strongly suggest you read the story and then watch the story.
So, with that, I recently spoke to French and Van Hook about how they reported their stories and asked that they share their perspectives on why this story matters to them.
Recent reports that the Premier Golf League is back from the dead has led to renewed rumblings that professional golf is facing a new world order, fueled by Saudi Arabian money. In fact, the situation is more nuanced. The PGL is still actively trying to create a viable competitor to the PGA and European Tours but it is not staked by Saudi money, as is widely believed.