Alan Shipnuck wrote his first Sports Illustrated cover story in 1994, as a 21-year-old intern. Upon graduating from UCLA in 1996, he became one of the youngest staff writers in the magazine’s history. Now a senior writer, Shipnuck writes regularly on golf. He is the author, with Christina Kim, of “Swinging from My Heels: Confessions of an LPGA Star,” as well as “The Battle for Augusta National” and two national bestsellers, “Bud, Sweat & Tees” and “The Swinger,” co-written with Michael Bamberger.