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Ron Sirak - January 16, 2012

Ron Sirak
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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 07: Yuta Ikeda of Japan watches a bunker shot on the first hole during the first round of the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)  - 

Sirak is the Executive Editor for Golf World Magazine and he is in La Quinta, California this week for the Humana Challenge. Bud Cauley made his debut as a PGA TOUR rookie this week in the Sony Open. He is one of just six players to qualify for the PGA TOUR right out of college without Q-School or the Nationwide Tour. He was T29 this week and third among rookies. Many think that he is a candidate for Rookie of the Year although he has a lot of competition this year. Expect big things from Cauley in 2012.

One thing you can expect this week on the Champions Tour in Hawaii is low scores as over the past several years, the winning score has been -18 or better. A few big events are moving sites and/or dates this year which will change the dynamic of the schedule from 2011 and also the Champions Tour is looking to add an event or two in Asia before the year is over.

Padraig Harrington has started working with a new swing coach named David Alred who also works with Luke Donald as well as a number of rugby players. Harrington is someone who likes to tinker with his swing almost to a fault. Since he won two Majors and rose to 3rd in the world in 2008, Harrington has yet to win again in the U.S. and has fallen all the way to 84th in the world. Alred is a teacher who wants his students to understand that it is inevitable that they will make mistakes because golf is a game of imperfections and people are not robots.