Swing Se­quence: Bud Cauley

Why tour pros would love to have his swing.

Golf Digest (Malaysia) - - Contents - BY RON KASPRISKE

Four screws and a few bad mem­o­ries. That’s all that re­mains to re­mind Bud Cauley he tore the labrum in his left shoul­der. De­spite miss­ing 15 months of pro golf af­ter surgery in 2014, and need­ing a one-time med­i­cal ex­emp­tion to keep play­ing on the PGA Tour, Cauley is once again show­ing signs of the po­ten­tial he flashed as a rookie in 2012, when he had six top-10 fin­ishes in five months.

“It took over a year of re­hab for it to start to feel nor­mal again, but right now I’m swing­ing the same as I did be­fore the in­jury,” Cauley says. “I’ve been hit­ting it pretty well, and this sea­son was en­cour­ag­ing.”

Cauley’s 2017 sea­son ended at the BMW Cham­pi­onship, when a T-27 fin­ish wasn’t enough to vault him into the top 30 in the

FedEx Cup points race and a spot at the cov­eted Tour Cham­pi­onship. He fin­ished 65th in the stand­ings but nearly equaled his 2012 sea­son per­for­mance with five top-10s.

The Florida na­tive and former Univer­sity of Alabama player had some of the best ball­strik­ing stats on tour in 2017, fin­ish­ing 29th in strokes gained/tee to green and 11th in strokes gained/ap­proach the green.

“Would I have liked to have done bet­ter? Sure.” Cauley says. “So I’ll keep work­ing.”

Part of his suc­cess comes from hav­ing a tech­ni­cally sound swing, the kind that’s fun to watch—es­pe­cially with the driver, says his coach, Matt Killen. “There are a lot of tour pros who would love to have his swing,” he says. “It’s an ag­gres­sive move, but it’s not wild. He knows how to gen­er­ate power.”

“You’re gonna see more of him.” —Matt Killen

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