When you get to the PGA Tour, two things are obvious: 1. You’re really good at golf. 2. You’ve seen a lot of other people who are really good at golf too.
So when a PGA Tour winner says someone is the best they have ever seen, that carries some weight.
“I say hands down, day in and day out — and Aaron Baddeley is right there, but I haven’t played as much with him — But Spencer [Levin], it was going to hit the hole from any distance,” Beljan said on this week’s podcast. “It was incredible.”
Levin has had a whirlwind career, losing his card after the 2017 PGA Tour season but made heads spin last fall when he debuted a very unique, Happy Gilmore-style putting technique. The 38-year-old made his first cut in five years in September at the Shriners Children’s Open in Las Vegas.
Knost, who played on Tour around the same time as Levin, recalled how bizarre it was to see Levin lose his confidence on the greens enough to resort to the seemingly desperate method.
“That’s what’s so crazy,” Knost said. “Like later on in his PGA Tour career, he went from one of the best putters to one of those defensive putters. Like if it went in, it dripped over the front edge. I’m like, ‘Spencer, you’ve always made everything. Now you’re scared of a three-footer coming back?”
While Levin made the cut at TPC Sumerlin last fall, he still lost nearly 1 Strokes Gained: Putting for the week.
For more from Beljan on the dramatic story behind his PGA Tour title, and Levin and his notorious on-course episodes, check out the full episode below.