Ron Sirak - March 26, 2012


Golf World Executive Editor Ron Sirak attended the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Florida this past weekend and stopped by the Morning Drive studio to talk to Erik and Gary. Davis Love III is a member of the PGA TOUR Policy Board and he said he had never felt more nervous than he did last week when he voted on the new qualification and schedule policies for the 2013 season. Love III feels nervous because he knows that people’s livelihoods are at stake with these decisions and he knows that it is imperative that the PGA TOUR get this right the first time so they will not have to go back and tweak the programs year after year.

Since Jim Thorpe returned to the Champions Tour after spending time in jail for tax evasion, he had not played well until last week in Mississippi. Helped by the second round 65 which was close to his age of 63, the 13-time Champions Tour winner was in contention on Sunday before shooting 72 to finish tied for 5th to earn over $65,000.

Mark King, who is the President and CEO of TaylorMade-adidas, originally turned down an offer from CBS to participate in the show “Undercover Boss.” He reconsidered the offer when he thought how fun the experience could be and how much exposure the company could receive. He spent 12 days living a different life and wearing a disguise including shaving his head, growing a beard, and wearing fake teeth to work various jobs at TaylorMade plants.

He thinks that Tiger Woods will be the favorite at Augusta National and this will be the most exciting Masters since 2001 when Tiger had to chance to win his fourth consecutive Major. Sirak added that 2012 is more exciting because you have so many more storylines including Rory McIlroy looking for redemption and players like Lee Westwood, Justin Rose, and Luke Donald looking for their first Major Championship wins.