Ron Sirak - January 2, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamJanuary 2, 2012, 1:22 pm

Sirak is the Executive Editor of Golf World and he wrote up the list of the top 50 earners in golf for the year of 2011 in Golf Digest and not surprisingly, Tiger Woods is first with over $64 million in total on and off the course earnings. Golf is as close to a risk-free investment as you can get in sports since there are no lockouts, very little controversy, and tournament sponsors make a lot of money for charity and themselves. The revenue stream for golfers is just getting faster and faster and more people are making more money. For the first time in the nine years that he has been writing this list, you needed over $5 million just to make the list. Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Greg Norman are still in the top 10 and it also shows that golf is one of the only sports where you can be retired and still make 8 figures per year.

Yani Tseng was voted the GWAA Player of the Year for the LPGA Tour in 2011. Voters also had Suzann Pettersen, Stacy Lewis, and Lexi Thompson to vote for and everyone except maybe 8 people voted for Yani as the Player of the Year. It is almost impossible to say that anyone other than Yani Tseng was the female Player of the Year for golf in 2011. In fact, Sirak feels that Yani had one of the best seasons of the past few decades.

Peter Uihlein has decided to leave Oklahoma State early and turn pro while signing with Chubby Chandler’s ISM agency. He was very surprised by this decision and the fact that Uihlein is starting his professional career on the European Tour makes him think that this could become a trend by both men and women in the future. Uihlein is using the European Tour to try to propel him to the PGA TOUR and if he is successful, that could become the norm of future young guns.

Lexi Thompson won twice in 2011 and Sirak thinks that if she simply played consistent golf, people will consider her to have had a successful 2012. Lexi does not necessarily have to win to be successful in his mind. Sirak thinks that Lexi will win in 2012 and in fact win multiple times. After seeing what happened to Michelle Wie after she did not perform up to unbelievably high expectations, he is concerned about how much pressure Lexi Thompson will be under and hopes that history will not repeat itself.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.