Ron Sirak - November 19, 2012


Sirak was in Naples last week for the CME Group Titleholders and one of the notable moments was when a TV viewer called in a rules violation for Sun Young Yoo because she did not drop her ball out of a hazard with her arm at shoulder level. Sirak’s solution to this issue of viewers calling in or tweeting in rules violation is to have a rules official in the TV truck watching not only the video that is going out on the air but also the video that is being taped on other parts of the golf course. Every time a rules incident occurs, people start looking for an opportunity to penalize the player for doing something wrong. He would also like to see the rules enforced by the competitors inside the ropes as well as the rules officials.

Sirak attended the LPGA Rolex Awards Dinner last week and one of the great things about these ceremonies is watching the recipients who have had terrific years receive their awards in front of friends and family and a lot of emotion is always involved. Stacy Lewis said that her dream foursome would be a twosome of just her and her father and that was one of the most touching moments of the night. He had the honor of presenting the Heather Farr Perseverance Award to Sophie Gustafson who has courageously discussed her stuttering. Sirak has thoroughly enjoyed his time spent with her and it is also great to see how she has been able to use Twitter as a way to express her personality and her opinions.

Michelle Wie struggled a great deal in 2012 and Sirak finds it very interesting that she says that the four and a half years that she spent at Stanford University were the happiest years of her life. It seems as though those years in college allowed her to be young and to grow up and it is possible that we will look to the Sony Open when she missed the cut by one stroke on the PGA TOUR as the worst thing that ever happened to her. Once that happened, the expectations for her were raised to ridiculous levels and no teenager should have to shoulder that. Wie lost the opportunity to be young and we have already seen the consequences.

Several rookies had great seasons on the 2012 PGA TOUR but John Huh had the best year in the opinion of Golf World magazine because while he was one of four rookies to win this year, he was the only rookie to qualify for the Tour Championship as one of the top 30 in FedExCup points. Qualifying for the TOUR Championship earned him a place in the field of the first three Majors in 2013 and he is the only rookie from 2012 who can say that he played at East Lake in the FedExCup Playoff finale.