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Ron Sirak

Ron Sirak writes about the LPGA for Global Golf Post and Global Golf Post Plus as well as contributes columns and features on all things golf. He’s a Golf Channel contributor and has covered golf for Golf Digest, Golf World and The Associated Press. He is the author of three Vision 54 books with acclaimed golf instructors Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott and is a past President of the Golf Writers Association of America, an organization from which he’s won more than a dozen writing awards. Sirak is a recipient of the PGA of America Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award, the Media Excellence Award from the LPGA and the Lincoln Werden Lifetime Award from the Met Golf Writers Association. He’s covered more than 160 of golf major championship, men’s and women’s combined.

Articles by Ron Sirak

Fine Line

Amid More Changes, Can Lydia Ko Return To Winning Form?

As she marked her 22nd birthday on April 24, the day before the start of last week’s Hugel-Air Premia LA Open, Ko assessed her game with the same even-keeled approach with which she handles all aspects of her life.

Fitting Goodbye

Jenkins’ Funeral A Celebration Of Life Its Ownself

Dan Jenkins’ story ended where it began, in Fort Worth, Texas, the once rough-and-tumble cow town that always has proudly lived in the shadow of Dallas. The Post's Ron Sirak attended the funeral.

Michelle Wie’s Wild Ride

One-Time Phenom Hopes Healing Will Help Her Volatile Career

Michelle Wie popped onto the national scene at age 12 in 2002, when she played her first LPGA tournament. She's since ridden a rollercoaster ride through the heights and valleys of not just golf but also human emotion. Ron Sirak looks at Wie and her career as she approaches turning 30.

Jutanugarns Find Harmony In Giving Back

The turning point for the Jutanugarn sisters came when they realized there was no turning point, Ron Sirak writes on the eve of their appearance in the Honda LPGA Thailand, with Ariya No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings and Moriya No. 18.

Legacy On Display

When discussing global legacies in women's golf, Karrie Webb's name sometimes gets overlooked. But, GGP+ Contributor Ron Sirak writes that this would be a mistake.

Pitcher Perfect

ORLANDO, FLORIDA | A little after 9:30 on Saturday morning, Jon Lester and Tom Glavine took their scorecards and a handful of tees from the starters tent beside the first tee at Tranquilo Golf Club. Seconds later, both Cy Young Award-winning pitchers striped tee shots down the opening fairway.

Caddie Carousel Continues

ORLANDO, FLORIDA | The Pittsburgh Steelers, a preseason Super Bowl contender, didn’t even make the NFL playoffs. But don’t expect their owners, the Rooney family, to fire coach Mike Tomlin. They are smart enough to know Tomlin didn’t all of a sudden get stupid. Yes, mistakes were made, but some things beyond the coach’s control also occurred.

Fun Golf – What’s Wrong With That?

ORLANDO, FLORIDA | Way back in the last century – during the peak of Tigermania – golf was changing, especially those watching it. When Tiger Woods won the 1997 Masters by 12 strokes at the age of 21 – one of golf’s great palindromes – he pulled a 14.1 Sunday Nielsen TV rating, likely an unbreakable record. Still, there were those who felt the flamboyant Woods and his rowdy, new fans were somehow compromising the integrity of the game. Later that year, to mark the one-year-anniversary of Tiger’s “Hello, World” press conference in which he turned pro, I did a story for The Associated Press on the economic impact of Woods’ first year on tour. I asked one sage on the business side of golf to assess Woods. This expert said: “Anything that gets people into the tent is good for the circus.” I say that dude nailed it. As long as the focus remains on golf – the winner is the person who gets the ball in the hole in fewer strokes than anyone else – bringing some bells and whistles to the game can only help. This week, the LPGA season kicks off with the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions presented by Insurance Office of America. It’s an event replete with celebrity contestants, a mixed-gender long-drive contest and more fun than should be allowed at any sporting event. And what’s wrong with that? We have a lot of golf on the calendar – at least a half-dozen prominent stroke-play tournaments somewhere in the world each week. This week alone, GGP has correspondents in Orlando for this LPGA season opener, in La Quinta, Calif., for the Desert Classic, in Abu Dhabi for the HSBC Championship, and in the Dominican Republic for the Latin America Amateur Championship. Golf everywhere. That’s […]

Commissioner Of Confidence

In the history of sports, few commissioners were consequential, let alone transformational. Kenesaw Mountain Landis, hired by baseball owners in 1920 to save the sport in the wake of the Black Sox Scandal, was one. Pete Rozelle, who from 1960-89 made the NFL into America’s top team sport, was another. Perhaps David Stern, who oversaw the revitalization of the NBA during a 30-year tenure than ended in 2014. That’s about it.