Tuesday, 31 December 2013

The.Frozen.Predictions- Hyundai Tournament of Champions

After my long hiatus I've returned to give you all the winning picks you've come so accustomed too...

   Like a New Year baby the Hyundai Tournament of used to signal a fresh start, new beginnings and most importantly in the world of golf a new season. That’s not the case anymore since in October the PGA tour moved to a wrap around schedule like most major sports. The fall series started the 2014 season just 11 days after Henrik Stenson was crowned the FedEx Cup champion. As the Fantasy season starts once again after the short winter break we have players who have already won since the September  East Lake at the Tour Championship, young starts and tour proved players like: Harris English, Webb Simpson, Ryan Moore and Dustin Johnson. All of whom will be teeing it up this week deserve a hard look when picking your teams this week.

The Course:

   It’s hard to argue against PGA Tour starting the season in Hawaii; it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world and the Plantation Course on the island of Maui, which is home to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions where only winners from the previous year are invited. And it’s a worthy reward for some of the luckiest athletes in all of sports. The Course itself which was designed by the team of Ben Crenshaw& Bill Coore, is the longest course we see all year, measuring 7,411 yards and the only course that plays to a par 73. Located in the West Maui Mountains’ with huge undulations causing massive drives, regularly over 400 yards its fun for the players and viewers alike. Add the breathtaking scenery which only helps to make the rest of us jealous when you look outside and see 3 feet of snow.

Past Winners:
2013  Dustin Johnson (-16)
2012  Steve Stricker (-23)
2011  Jonathan Byrd (-24)
2010  Geoff Ogilvy (-22)
2009  Geoff Ogilvy (-24)

Players to Watch:

   Highlighting the field this week are names like Adam Scott coming off this month long victory lap in Australia, were he competed for 4 straight weeks winning 3 times and finishing  2nd in the fourth event is arguable the hottest player in the world. Dustin Johnson who is the defending champion at the TOC, but also won the HSBC World Golf Championship in Shanghai, China back in November, looks poised to make 2014 his breakthrough season. Webb Simpson after winning his first major in 2012 US Open had a disappointing season for a player of his talent won in Las Vegas to open the 2014 season will also be a player to keep an eye on this week and has a good record at the Plantation finishing T-2 and T-11 in his two previous starts. And then we have Zach Johnson a player you wouldn’t normally consider on such a long course but he did beat Tiger is his own event just a month ago and always seems to show up on courses where conventional wisdom would count him out.

Yahoo Fantasy Picks:

 Starters  A-list: Adam Scott  B-list: Zach Johnson  B-list: Webb Simpson  C-list: Harris English

       Bench  A-list: Matt Kuchar B-list: Jordan Speith  B-list: Jason Dufner  C-list: Sang Moon- Bae

One reason to hope Dustin keeps winning @PaulinaGretzky

Before we say goodbye to 2013 take a moment sit right there and let me tell you about the pass year!!!

Special thanks to Pat Mayo and the Pat Mayo Hour (@ThePME)


Tuesday, 1 October 2013

The.Frozen.Predictions- The President's Cup

   As fall fantasy golf is finished, we've crowned a FedEx Cup champion and Breaking Bad just ended, if your depressed like me don’t worry there’s a glimmer of hope before the dark cold tunnel we call winter; 

  The President’s Cup. The bi-annual team competition that features Team ‘Merica vs The World, the International team is comprised of players from countries outside of continental Europe. This year’s edition held on US soil at Muirfield Village with Fred Couples and Nick Price assuming the role of captains. If you've seen the OWGR (Official World Golf Rankings) Australians and South Africans account for a majority of the team with 8 of the 12 players respectively, for us Canadian fans we can find a sense of pride in Graham DeLaet being the lone Canuck. For the Americans you have a list of usual suspects Tiger, Phil and Stricker all highlight the team and will serve as leaders in the team room, but it’s the young guys like Jordan Spieth, Keegan Bradley and not so young Jason Dufner that will truly make a difference.

    What sets the President’s Cup apart from the Ryder Cup other than the obvious missing Euro stars is the format. The President’s Cup is made for TV with four days of competition and a possible 34 points, where the Ryder Cup is over three days for 28 total points. Which means captains can’t hide a weaker player as everyone will have to play a minimum of four matches, were as in the Ryder Cup a struggling player could potentially sit until Sundays single matches. This format could also explain the lopsided record in favor of the US (7-1-1) the Internationals have their work cut out for them this week. Recently Adam Scott was quoted stating "The Internationals need to step up and win the thing and make it a real competition, I'm getting tired of getting killed out there. This is a big year for us."

     It’s not only the Internationals that will be feeling the pressure the American team has to overcome the demons from the Sunday collapse in last year’s Ryder Cup. "I feel a lot of responsibility there for not winning a point, Tiger and I not winning a point," Steve Stricker said. "The first week or two it wasn't much fun just trying to sleep, to tell you the truth.” Stricker’s poor play in the Ryder Cup caused him to drastically change his schedule this year playing less. Its worked wonders for him and he seems to be more refreshed and ready to repeat his undefeated performance from the last time the Cup was contested in the states.

    The Jack Nicklaus signature course Muirfield Village Golf Club, has also hosted several national championships and international team competitions, including the 1992 U.S. Amateur, 1987 Ryder Cup, the 1998 Solheim Cup and the 1986 U.S. Junior Amateur. Muirfield Village is now the only course to host the three major international team competitions; Ryder, Solheim and President's Cup. The course plays as a par 72 at 7,386 yards. Over the last few years Jack has make some changes to add a little more excitement to the back nine, but he has said this week the course shouldn’t play much different than the summer when the PGA Tour is in town for The Memorial. But if you’re looking for which team has an advantage it would have to be the US with Stricker, Woods and Kuchar winning the Memorial the last three years, and Tiger having won here five times.  Were as for the Internationals Ernie Els won here in 2004 and Jason Day lives in the area and is a member so both sides have a far bit of course knowledge.

   Normally at this point I would pick potential winners and fantasy picks, this week is a different beast so I've decided to make a couple powerhouse teams I would like to see:

  • Tiger Woods/Jordan Speith- Jordan has taken the world of golf by storm in the last year and I think playing him with Tiger would be good for both of them going forward and could potentially be an unstoppable combo.
  • Keegan Bradley/Jason Dufner- These have become very good friends and both had good records at the Ryder Cup last year and will be future anchors for US team competitions for the next decade, it has to start somewhere.

  • Graham DeLaet/Jason Day- DeLaet finished the year 1st in total driving on the PGA Tour and Day is a member here on a course where distance is needed, this team could be what the internationals need to win.
  • Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama- Scott will need to prove he can lead this week if his team has any chance and teaming with the rookie star could be a lot like Keegan and Phil last year in the Ryder Cup.

   The Americans are heavy favorites to retain the cup again this week and it hard not to pick them when you consider the 7-1-1 record over the history of the event. But it was at Muirfield Village in 1987 where the Europeans first won the Ryder Cup on US soil and truly sparked the competition we see today. And as scripted as sports sometimes seems to be I think it would be fitting for the President’s Cup to follow suit and become more than an exhibition with the internationals winning this week 17.5 to 16.5, coming down to Adam Scott over Tiger Woods late on Sunday. The PGA Tour and NBC could only hope for a finish that good you would have to wonder if it was written by Vince Gilligan.

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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

The.Frozen.Conclusion- 2013 FedEx Cup Playoffs

   All Hail King Henrik, as the playoffs are over and there's only one man left standing Henrik Stenson and to his subjects goes a vintage coke machines he's promised to friends and family to celebrate his victory. And after walking away with the 11.44 million dollar prize money from winning both the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup he's got a few extra pennies to spend.

   The summer of Stenson has been well documented over the past few weeks since he failed to win the Scottish Open in July, finishing third, prior to the British Open. Stenson has only finished outside the top 3 twice, that's almost a three month span which includes; two majors (British & PGA), WGC Firestone, and all four FedEx Cup playoff events. In which he won two the Deustche Bank and Tour Championship it's easy to see who's the hottest golfer on the planet right now.

   If there's another player who could truly complete for that title it's, Jordan Speith not Tiger Woods, for the record I support Tiger as POY. Jordan Spieth is having one of the greatest rookie years ever on the PGA Tour, it ranks behind only a few others like say Jack Nicklaus or Tiger, but is still greater than a Keegan Bradley. Whom won twice in 2011 most notably was the PGA Championship, but he also missed 10 of 28 cuts and had just four top tens, including the wins. Spieth has missed only 5 cuts in 23 starts, has one win, three runner ups, and a PGA Tour leading nine top tens. All of which he accomplish without official status on even the Web.com Tour to start the year. And Bradley was a graduate of the Web.com Tour prior to his rookie year meaning he had an idea of what to expect in life on tour. Last September Speith was still a college student going to classes and doing college things. Today he's made 3.8 million, secured a job on tour for the next two years, tee times in the next three majors and he'll be playing in the President's Cup next week. Just like Tiger and the Player of the Year there's no contest for Rookie of the Year.

The Real Video Highlights of the Week:

  If you've read any of my previous posts you know I'm a fan of #Duffering, well Keegan brought it to the course, after holing out from the fairway Sunday, with you guessed it Dufner in his group:

  As a Canadian I have a certain appreciation for the "playoff beard" who doesn't like to forget about shaving when on vacation, to hide a cold sore (so I'm told), but the best excuse is to keep warm. So when Graham DeLaet started his nasty growth of hair and last weeks crumbs a month ago at the Barclays I supported him. But since he'll be representing all Canadian golf fans at Muirfield Village next week I was very happy to see this:

  We started this post with King Henrik and I'll end with the real King Arnold Palmer and the beautiful Kate Upton, if you just turned 83 and have Kate in your foursome you'll always be The King of Golf:

Well kids you'll have to wait until January for more Frozen.Predictions but stay tuned for more Frozen.Fun!


Wednesday, 18 September 2013

The.Frozen.Predictions- Tour Championship

    We've come to the end of the this fantasy journey there's only one week left and for us its bragging right and sticking it to friends, for the top five in the FedEx Cup standings it's a winner take all race for 11.4 million. So as you can believe Tiger, Stenson, Scott, Zach and Kuch all want too win, so all five if not most should be on your team come Thursday. Though it should be mentioned tiger was the last one seed to win the Cup and that was pre-scandal Tiger, maybe if he wins this weekend he'll finally be back and we can start to talk about something else, probably not though..

   Last week was won but Zach Johnson and unless you live under a rock you there's a new Mr.59 on the PGA Tour. Jim Furyk, on a day when the scoring average was at par and the next best score was 6 under by Jordan Speith. Furyk not only lapped the field he made it seem like he was playing a different course. He carded 13 birdies and even bounced back from a late bogey. Standing in the middle of the fair on the 9th hole his final hole of the day, stuffed his approached to 4 feet to take all the questions off the table if he can handle the pressure and calmly knocked in the putt. Making himself only the 6th player in PGA history to shoot a 59 a number the rest of us normal people can only imagine shooting playing Tiger Woods by EA sports (that’s a video game score in real life) and to do it in the playoffs has started the argument if it’s the best 59 ever. As we know Furyk in the last 5 times he’s held the 54-hole lead we would not go on to win. But it was certainly a round for the ages and a contender for round of the year.

The Course: 
East Lake Golf Club
Par: 70   Length: 7,154
Architect: Donald Ross (1913)
Purse: 8,000,000 (1st- 1.4 mil.)

Past Winners:
2012  Brandt Snedeker (-10)
2011  Bill Haas (-8)
2010  Jim Furyk (-8)
2009  Phil Mickleson (-9)
2008  Camilo Villegas (-7)

FedEx Cup Top- 5:

  1. Tiger Woods-Was the last one seed to win the FedEx Cup and with eight T10s in 13 trips to East Lake he has to be the favourite.  
  2. Henrik Stenson- Had six T3 or better finishes in 7 events before finally breaking through for the win in Boston, but if Woods finishes outside the top ten he will only need a T3 finish to win it all. 
  3. Adam Scott- flying under the radar but he won just a few weeks ago in New York and win this week could give him the Fedex Cup and POY.
  4. Zach Johnson- Tiger and Furyk made the headlines but he won the event, if he wins back to back no can force him to the back pages this week. 
  5. Matt Kuchar- As usually Kuchar is having a solid year without much fanfare, he won twice and with a third can win the Cup and make a case for himself as the POY.

Yahoo Fantasy Picks:

 Starters  A-list: Tiger Woods  B-listSteve Stricker  B-list: Matt Kuchar C-list: Jason Day

       Bench  A-listRory McIlroy  B-list: Hunter Mahan  B-list: Zach Johnson C-listAdam Scott

Canadian Content: Please remember when in Canada hockey fights happen anywhere

   It's been a great year hopefully you won your pools, and if you didn't next you can follow me to trophies...


Wednesday, 11 September 2013

The.Frozen.Predictions- BMW Championship

    After a much needed week off the FedEx Cup returns and to the great city of Chicago, and the windy city will be just that with cold temperatures and high winds in the forecast. combined with the fact that most players will see Conway Farms Golf Club for the first time don't expect low scores. Luke Donald who currently sits 55th in the FedEx Cup standings is also a member of Conway Farms so look for him to make the push towards East lake and the Tour Championship.

    Luke is only one of a number of big name players currently outside the top 30 fighting for a spot in the Tour Championship and a chance at the 10 million prize. Graeme McDowell, Ernie Els, Charles Howell III, Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter all sit outside looking in needing at a minimum of a top ten finish to have any hope. The advantage they do have is four rounds of golf with the BMW not having a 36 hole cut fantasy players can use this to your advantage as well. Take a risk on these players who are going for broke as you only have two weeks left for bragging rights. If you've played managed your starts correctly, you'll need Tiger on your squad as he coming off a week off rest and practice. Expect the Woods we saw at Firestone to return in his quest for the FedEx cup and POY honors.

The Course: 
Conway Farms GC
Par: 70   Length: 7,363
Architect: Tom Fazio (1991)
Purse: 8,000,000 (1st- 1.4 mil.)

   Although Conway Farms GC has never hosted a professional event it has hosted a number of top tier amateur ones, like the 2012 USGA Mid Amateur, 1998 USGA Jr. Amateur, and the 1997 NCAA Div. 1 Champion. Also Matt Kuchar missed the cut in '97 so if your like me and have one start left for kuch, use it next week at East Lake he played regularly during his time at Georgia Tech.

Past Winners:
2012  Rory McIlroy (-20)
2011  Justin Rose (-13)
2010  Dustin Johnson (-9)
2009  Tiger Woods (-19)
2008  Camilo Villegas (-15)

Yahoo Fantasy Picks:

 Starters  A-list: Tiger Woods  B-listGraham DeLaet  B-listLuke Donald  C-list: Henrik Stenson

       Bench  A-listRory McIlroy  B-list: Hunter Mahan  B-listWebb Simpson  C-listJordan Spieth

What you missed last week:

  • Fred Couples and Nick Price finalized their President Cup teams with captain's picks. Freddie opted for Webb Simpson and Jordan Spieth, while Nick chose Brendon de Joung and Marc Lieshman.  
  • The US won the Walker Cup in impressive fashion winning 17-9 at National Golf Links. If the course didn't make you miss you were a millionaire summering in Southampton, nothing can save your soul.
  • If you do have millions burning a hole in your pocket you could buy the first Master's Green Jacket, which sold at auction over the weekend for nearly 700k That's a small mark up on a jacket which cost $ 250 to make. 
  • How can we forget Arnold Palmer aka. The King, who on September 10th turned 84 years young. If being a seven time major champion, having a drink named after you and turning a swamp into Bay Hill doesn't make you the undisputed king of golf. Well taking Kate Upton on as your only student, means we should start calling you Zeus... 

Happy Birthday Mr. Palmer 


Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Frozen.Reviews- Nike Forged Wedges

    When most people consider new wedges the first brands that come to mind are generally Vokey's from Titleist or Cleveland golf, rarely would you may consider the latest Nike has to offer. And why not? Even brands like Mizuno, Cobra and to some extent Taylormade get more consideration than Nike. If you recently walked pass these VR Forged Wedges without a second thought, you might want to change you might after this review;


     Since the changes to the grooves was first implemented  in 2010 clubs companies have scrambled to find ways to offer wedges that's still have high spin rates within the rules. Enter Nike's High Frequency X3X grooves, I was unsure if more grooves and the X pattern between them could do everything that was advertised. Which unlike other companies that promise more spin from smaller grooves. Nike claimed to have less spin then the previous versions of the VR wedges, but improved control, feel and forgiveness. Could all of this be possible while still offering a forged feel, these are the questions I attempted to answer.

   When it comes to bounce and sole grinds we've all heard terms like dual sole, from Cleveland it's the dot system and from Titliest and Vokey we get names like M & K grinds. Nike however is offering three different grinds Standard, Dual Narrow and Dual Wide. Standard- with average bounce and heal relive should work for the majority of players and playing conditions. Dual Narrow- has high bounce options for the steeper angles of attack or a digger, better from tight lies and firm playing conditions. While the Dual Wide- is designed for the sweeper with a shallow attack with low bounce options, and ideal for wet and softer conditions.


    First appearances good a long way in relationships and its no different in golf clubs. IMO Nike got it right with these wedges, the graphics aren't over whelming and blend seamlessly with the chrome and in the black seem to pop, a traditional pear shape and all three grind options have a similar look at address, even without swinging one I wanted to them in the bag. The chrome has a subdued colour which seems to help with glare you might expect from a chrome wedge, but I still prefer the Oxide black myself.


   The first thing I noticed when picking up the club was the weight of the head it felt heavier than my current wedges, which seems to promote an easier more controlled tempo. even with the weight difference through the swing all of the wedges felt great, maybe that's the advantage to forged over cast wedges. But as someone who has used other forged wedges in the past the Nike Forged feel just as soft when you make a solid strike.  As for the advantages of the bounce options that maybe very individual for most golfers based on their swing as a digger, I tend to attack from a steep angle taking large divots. So the Dual Narrow grind worked very well and the added bounce and heel relief seemed to get through the turf very easily without causing me to chuck the ball. And as expected the Dual Wide with the low profile wasn't the best fit for my swing path (confirmed by thinned shoot running through the practice green), but in the hands of someone with a shallow attack angle they would be able to get maximum amount of grooves on to the ball and produced the results they're looking for.

Final Thoughts:

   Well Nike first released the VR line up in 2011 they have managed to improve the products each year, most notably the drivers with the VR Covert red becoming very popular this summer. As I said the top if you haven't given the forged wedge a try when looking for the perfect wedge this season, you may want to reconsider that decision. With all the options from loft, bounce and grinds Nike has a wedge that can help you hit it close.


Cool.Golf.Gadgets- GolfBoard

"Surf the Earth" The company tagline for a new idea when it comes to getting around the golf course and for an industry looking for ways to bring more people to the game, The GolfBoard may just do that. As a walker normally when playing I welcome the opportunity to try surfing  fairways. Plus we've all been at the bottom of a steep hill with a bag on our back wondering if there's an easier way to the top... Well now there is Cowabunga!

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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

The.Frozen.Predictions- Deutsche Bank Championship


    As the sports world focus is shifting to fantasy football Tiger and his merry men are doing their best to keep you watching golf. If you somehow missed Tiger get up off the ground to rally and come up just short of the win Sunday, at the Barclay's shame on you.

(Bleacher Report)

    As the conversation for Player of the Year has really started to heat up especially now with Scott winning a playoff event, the potential showdown behind Tiger and his former caddie Steve Williams we almost had. I for one would have enjoyed the handshakes and comments afterwards no matter who walked away the winner. While Scott can call himself the champion the true story is all the players who choked coming down the stretch Justin Rose the US open champion three putted the 18th for bogey and was unable to force a playoff. Matt Kuchar one of the 54 hole leaders bogeyed the 1st hole and never bounced back he shot 78 for the day. Kevin Chappell who on Saturday shot a course record 62, posted a (+6) 41 back nine Sunday to fall out of contention. And Gary Woodland the other 54 hole leader shot 73 and missed birdie putts on 17 and 18 that would have put him in the playoff or given him the win out right. However you look at it the Barclay's had all the drama you would expect on Broadway.

Canadian content:
    Last week the CN Canadian ladies’ Open was held outside Edmonton at the Royal Mayfair Golf Club, and just like last year the young amateur from New Zealand Lydia Ko won. Following the Solhiem Cup the event was boosted by 23 of the 24 competitors in the field, but Lydia blew them away with a 5 stroke victory. And by doing so the world top ranked women’s amateur rose to 7th in the professional ranks as well. Lydia as a young phenom will be compared to Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson, but she has surpassed both of them already in both wins and world ranking. Wie is ranked 87th and has 2 professional wins while Lexi ranked 26th has 3 wins. Lydia Ko has 4 wins worldwide and doesn't seem to be rushing to be called a professional, it’s not only refreshing I for one am excited to see what the future brings.

The Course: 
TPC Boston
Par: 71   Length: 7,241
Architect: Gil Hanse & Brad Faxon
Purse: 8,000,000 (1st- 1.4 mil.)

     This week we have the Deutsche Bank Championship held on the TPC Boston. This events tenth year and some of the biggest names in golf have won here. Rory Mcllroy is the defending champion, but Adam Scott, Phil Mickleson, Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker and Webb Simpson have all won this event in the past. It’s easy to say the top players in enjoy the layout originally designed by Arnold Palmer and re-designed by Gil Hanse and Brad Faxon, the course plays to a par 72 at 7,241 yards. This year the Tiger Woods foundation is managing the tournament and if you wondering if that guarantees he`ll tee it up, he also missed the AT&T national which his foundation also manages.

Who thinks more events should give out title belts?

Past Winners:
2012  Rory McIlroy (-20)
2011  Webb Simpson (-15)
2010  Charlie Hoffman (-22)*
2009  Steve Stricker (-17)
2008  Vijay Singh (-17)
*Tournament Record

Yahoo Fantasy Picks:

 Starters  A-listPhil Mickleson B-listGraham DeLaet  B-listZach Johnson  C-list: Adam Scott

       Bench  A-listRory McIlroy  B-list: Steve Stricker  B-listKeegan Bradley  C-listJordan Spieth


Monday, 26 August 2013

Debating Player of the Year?

    Coming on the heels of Tiger’s back problems and Adam Scott’s win at the Barclay’s Sunday the conversation for Player of the year has truly started to heat up. When is five wins not enough? Well when your name is Tiger Woods, as the PGA tour playoffs have stated the FedEx Cup winner may determine POY as well. And conventional wisdom says Tiger is the front runner. He’s currently leading the tour in more categories then I’m willing to list but here are the highlights; FedEx Cup pts., scoring avg., all-around ranking (an avg. of 8 stats), the money list and wins. But because Tiger is no longer compared to his peers and is judged solely on his performances in Majors, which is why we’re having this debate. Yes Tiger didn’t win a 15th major this year, but he did win The Players, 2 WGC events, The Farmers Insurance Open and Arnold Palmer’s Invitational. All of which have strong international fields and in the case of the Player’s which some call a fifth major is promoted as “the strongest field in golf”.

    Obviously Tiger’s year is better than any of the other major winners Phil being the front runner as he’s won twice on tour including The Open Championship. He also won the Scottish Open on the European tour and that doesn't count towards any rankings in the US. Adam Scott winner of the Master’s in April was in contention at The Open and was in contention early at the PGA Championship, now he can add a playoff win. Justin Rose he won the US Open his first major and is having a career year. The one stat that sticks out to me, he’s played 13 events and has 10 top 25's, with 5 top 5's and a 2nd place finish. Then you have Jason Dufner who won the last major of the year and although it was impressive he was having a slow year prior to his first major. He’s currently 15th in the FedEx Cup standing and has just 7 top 25's in his 18 events this year. These four are having great years and majors are valued more than a normal tour win. But in my opinion for any one of the current major title holders to win Player of The Year, they’ll need to win the FedEx Cup as well. 

    This isn't just my humble opinion this week at The Barclay's a few players we’re asked the question who is the player of the year? Most notably Adam Scott when asked answered “Tiger”. When asked if he would trade years with Woods? Scott replied “He may want mine. I mean No.15 is proving to be difficult for him, so that would have given him that.” At the heart of this conversation is Tiger’s own expectations it’s be documented and reported for years he’s chasing history Jack Nicklaus widely consider the greatest golfer of all time won 18 majors. Tiger currently stuck on No.14 hasn't won a major since 2008, and when asked for the last 5 years has said he doesn't consider a year great unless it includes a major. Those are Tiger expectations his goals have far exceed what anyone has thought possible, case in point is the all-time PGA tour victory record held by Sam Snead who 82 events over 29 years in 4 separate decades. Tiger as of the 2013 Barclay’s has 79 wins over 17 year and we all know about the multiple breaks he taken from the game because of injury and the scandal, that say he could break Snead’s record before the 2014 Master’s and the first major of the year. He’s won so much over a short period of time we've all been spoiled by the greatest that is Tiger Woods; Wikipedia has a page just for his achievements .

   Now it is mostly the media which questions the value of Tiger’s year this peers and other tour players all see him as the POY of the year sans the major. Bill Haas (2011 FedEx Cup champion) had these comments when asked if he felt Tiger was POY? Haas said “His lack of winning a major is the only thing talked about, which I think is sad, I think it’s ignorant. There’s five wins this year… but (not winning a major) is what we’re basing his year on” and that sentiment seems to be shared in the locker room across the tour and it’s the player who vote for POY not the media. The best thing Tiger can do to end the debate of his failure in the major season would be to win the year’s biggest prize in the FedEx Cup and the 10 million dollar bonus that goes with it. Maybe then Nike can reuse a controversial ad campaign  from earlier in the year!


Tuesday, 20 August 2013

The.Frozen.Predicitions- The Barclays

In channeling my inter Jim Mora we're talking about Playoffs:

    So there's no doubt the golf season is long and if you read my previous article it's only getting longer, but it's also still exciting. I know golf and exciting it's not your normal word association, but as most are beginning to focus on their Fantasy Football teams and not their Fantasy Golf squad. You have a few weeks left to win a trophy and earn some bragging rights, unless your competing in my league, oh I'm going for the clean sweep. Otherwise good luck to you I'll continue to share the winning picks!

The Course: 
Liberty National Golf Club
Par: 71   Length: 7,400
Architect: Robert Cupp & Tom Kite
Purse: 8,000,000 (1st- 1.4 mil.)

    Liberty National Golf Course designed by Robert Cupp and Tom Kite is considered to be one of the most expensive projects in golf with a price tag of 250 million for a former landfill that houses a heliport and yacht services. As well as a list members like New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. As this is the playoff's almost all 125 in fedEx Cup standings are on site with a few expectations like Steve Stricker and Zach Johnson, both of whom could use a good week to ensure a President's Cup invitation. The added incentive for the Americans and international players along with the 10 million dollar bonus for winning the FedEx cup should provide a playoff feel in the Big apple.. 

Past Winners:
2012  Nick Watney (-10)
2011  Dustin Johnson (-19)
2010  Matt Kuchar (-12)
2009  Heath Slocum (-9)
2008  Vijay Singh (-8)

Yahoo Fantasy Picks:

 Starters  A-list: Phil Mickelson B-list: Matt Kuchar  B-list: Justin Rose  C-list: Henrik Stenson

       Bench   A-list: Brandt Snedeker  B-list: Jim Furyk  B-list: Dustin Johnson   C-list: Adam Scott

     And for some Canadian content last week at the US Amateur young Canadian Corey Conners made it to the quarterfinals where he lost to eventual champion Matt Fitzpatrick. show the kid some love and follow him on twitter! And if your a fan of long driver champion, Jaime Sadlowski also Canadian. check out his latest visit to Golf Channel, keep in mind that's a 7 iron in his hand...


Thursday, 15 August 2013

Q- School End of an Era & Finding Glory in Playoff Golf...

While watching the PGA Championship this week, the year's fourth and final major, I started to realize the golf season and summer is almost over. Then I saw the PGA of America and the PGA Tour have decided to drop the slogan “Glory's last shot” because there’s still much more excitement on the horizon and it doesn't stop with the FedEx Cup. We’re entering into a new era in golf where playoffs have become a very serious business, we know about the 10 million dollar prize that awaits the FedEx Cup champ. Starting this year we also have the Web.com finals, a four event playoff to decide who receives 25 tour cards for the next season. Followed by The Presidents Cup and the beginning of the 2014 PGA Tour season in October, “Glory's last shot” seems like “Last Call” at midnight in a bar that closes at 2 am.

In the past there was Q School, considered golf’s hell week, which was a gruelling 108 hole, six round tournaments where the top 25 and ties would earn PGA status for the following year. Q school was one of my favorite events of the year. We saw past tour winners, standouts from the NCAA’s and Tin- Cup-esque stories fighting for 25 tour cards.  Also you could earn a card through golf’s minor leagues called the Web.com Tour, previously called the Nationwide Tour & Nike Tour. The top 25 leading money earners received tour status, after the finals normally held in October prior to Q school beginning. Graduates of the Web.com tour, include major winners and household names in golf. Names like Tom Lehman, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, Brandt Snedeker, Bill Haas, and Keegan Bradley.

The new qualifying system called the Web.com Tour Finals will be contested over four events, in which the top 75 money winners on the Web.com Tour and PGA Tour members placing between 126 and 200 on the FedEx Cup points list will be eligible. The top 25 on the Web.com Tour money list heading into the Finals will receive PGA Tour cards, with the remaining 25 cards to be awarded based on money earned in the Finals. It needs to be noted these players are playing for priority placing as their status is below the Top 125 which are eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs. That means a player who finishes 3rd through the Web.com finals money list will get into most events they would like, but the 45th finisher is effectually 170th in tour priority and will miss many of the larger events..

Important Dates:

Aug.22nd- FedEx Cup starts at The Barclays for the top 125 in FedEx Cup standings
Aug.29nd- Web.com Finals start at Hotel Fitness Championship
Sept.19th- PGA Tour Championship where a FedEx Cup winner is decided
Sept.26th- Web.com Tour Championship where 50 tour cards are awarded
Oct.3rd- The President’s Cup at Muirfield Village between USA v. Internationals teams
Oct.10th- 2014 PGA season beginning at the Frys.com Open

Although I was a fan of Q School and the stories of players struggling through six pressured packed days, playing for their dreams only to be crushed or elevated. The Web.com Finals will cause the cream to rise to the top, and for the fans we have more events to see players’ competing for Glory. 


Tuesday, 13 August 2013

The.Frozen.Predictions- Wyndham Championship

      Unless you're living under a rock you didn't miss Jason Dufner win the PGA Championship but it wasn't until recently I noticed he's also the golf version of my favourite bowler "The Dude" from The Big Lebowski:


      Well if you want to read more about dufner and #Dufnering check out my last post #MajorDufnering


      It's crunch time and not the chocolate bar kind, for many of the tour players hovering around the all important 125 number on the Fedex Cup list. As the PGA Tour regular season is over on sunday those players 125 and higher with start the playoffs next week at The Barclays where only 100 players will advance to the next stage. As for the players outside the 125 after sunday they will have to complete in the Web.com finals for only 25 tour cards. The new PGA Tour is kinda exciting when you really look at it, players knew all year this shorten season was going to tough without the fall series to try and maintain your status. Which is why the field is bottom heavy with every player from 83rd to 125th in the feild. That said we still have a few marquee name like Brandt Sendeker 3rd, Bill Haas 6th, Zach Johnson 23rd and Jordan Spieth 15th playing, whom are safely through the next few stages of the playoffs. And on the outside looking in you have names like Pardriag Harrington, Vijay Singh, David Toms, Trevor Immelman and Davis Love III, all major winners. All of which, without great weeks will see their seasons finish sunday.

The Course: 
Sedgefield Country Club
Par: 70   Length: 7,130
Architect: Donald J Ross
Purse: 5,300,000 (1st- 954,000)

Past Winners:
2012  Sergio Garcia (-18)
2011  Webb Simpson (-18)
2010  Arjun Atwal (-20)
2009  Ryan Moore (-16)
2008  Carl Petterson (-21)

Random Tournament Facts:

- This used to be called the Greater Greensboro Open and dates back to 1938
- Sam Snead won the inaugural Open and his 82nd and last PGA tour victory was here in 1965 
- In 1961 Charlie Sifford was the 1st African American to play on the PGA tour in the South
- 4 player share the course record 61 Arjun Atwal, Tim Herron, Carl Petterson, Kevin Na

Yahoo Fantasy Picks:

 Starters  A-list: Bill Haas B-list Zach Johnson  B-list: Webb Simpson  C-list: Jordan Spieth

       Bench   A-list: Tim Clark  B-list: Bud Cauley  B-list: Aaron Baddeley  C-list: Roberto Castro


Monday, 12 August 2013


    It's a few months removed for the social media craze known as #dufnering was trending worldwide on twitter, and last night the name jason Dufner was trending again. Although this time was different and he's a major champion winner, After winning the PGA Championship. Dufner took the tournament by the balls with a course record 63 on friday then  followed that historic feat with a solid weekend of 71 and 68, to win his first major. In doing so dunfer has arrived as one of the game's elite players.

So to honor Dufner and his achievement I've collected a few of my favourite #dufnering photos;

The Original photo that started it all 

Lindsey Vonn posted this on twitter @ The Open
D.A Points after winning at the Shell Houston Open

Keegan, Dustin & Brandt all #Dufnering

Winn McMurry of Golf Channel fame

Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson
Even The DD boys joined in
World #2 Rory McIlroy just looking scary

It's so awesome pets are joining in
     And I can't do a post about the phenom that is #Dufnering and leave out this .gif thats floating around from when he saw his wife Amanda on the 18th green:


     If you don't have a man crush on this guy I don't know what's wrong with you!

Well I had to get in on the fun