Sunday, 31 March 2013

The week that was.. Shell Houston Open

As we're warming up and so is the PGA tour as we head to the years first major, I feel its necessary too highlight what stuck out from the week that was. There were a few things like Saturday's crazy sock day and a birdie barraged weekend  Let's start with the rain delay as the weather has been the story for most part since new years and the Tournament of Champions at Kapallua. Did you really think we could get through Sunday without one? Anyway, after the short break (almost 4 hrs.) D.A. Points (-16) was able to come out and hold off a charging pack which included names like Stenson(-15), Horschel(-15) and Johnson(-14). Points proved his win at Pebble as no fluke with a crucial birdie on seventeen and a par save on the final hole, that wasn't assisted by Carl Spackler. but makes me wish it was so we can get more clips like this!

Henrik Stenson who may not have won the tournament looks like he won the right to drive down Magnolia lane in two weeks with his six under 66. Billy Horschel who finish T2 tied Stenson with a 66 as well, it has to be pointed out he's becoming a player to watch. And my new favourite peacock (also my new favourite term of the week, thanks GQ) Dustin Johnson with the day's low round of seven under 65, has to be added to the short list of masters contenders. After what seemed like a mid season slump, can you blame the guy if your not distracted dating @PaulinaGretzky there's something wrong with you!! bonus points for following her on twitter too.

Now for the bogeys of the week it's tough to say Charles Howell III(-11) didn't put up a fight but with a 66 and finishing T10, unfortunately as we know this game is a cure mistress and it looks like we won't be making the trip for that small golf thingy in his hometown of Augusta, Georgia. That might be an easier pill to shallow then the bottle Geoff Ogilvy must be drowning in right now after missung the cut with rounds of 73-79. He's due to fall outside the magic 50 on the OWGR, which he was projected to be inside of had he taken the week off. As for world #2 Rory McIlroy we'll wait until next week to pass judgment,

So this week the tournament within the tournament was Saturdays Crazy Sock Day inspired by the real George Bush who knew he was so stylish and I'll let you guys pick the winner.




P.S= In case you missed it #duffering happened

Thursday, 28 March 2013

A Hidden Gem- Golf du Palais Royal

It's tough to argue that the PGA Tour based in the United States is bigger than the European Tour played from Asia to the United Kingdom. Especially when you consider the difference in purses is occasionally as much as five million dollars. Once you look past the money you can surely find some advantages, like this week on the other side of the pound is the Trophée Hasssan II. A tournament played at the private golf course of none other than Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid's Golf du Palais Royal (7,000 yards Par: 72) in Aqadir, Morocco.  Maybe it's a mouthful but it rolls off the tongue better than Redstone GC where the PGA Tour stop Shell Houston Open is being held.

And when you're a Royal Highness (left) and need a golf course inside the gates of one of your many Palace's whom do you look to for the design? How about Robert Trent Jones Sr. the Hall of Fame Architect of courses named Spyglass Hill, Firestone North & South, and Hazeltine National. We cannot forget some of the redesigns on the resume either, when you have done work on properties like Augusta National, (if you need me to tell you its the home of The Masters you stumbleupon the wrong blog), Olympic Club home of the US Open`12, and Oak Hill which will host this years PGA Championship. So its save to say this backyard blows Tiger`s Play-land out of the water.

So after all those facts why would I follow, the likes of say Peter Uihlein and start my career on the Euro Tour. Well I need a reason to keep you coming back... besides you wont this scenery in Houston.


Wednesday, 27 March 2013

The.Frozen.Predictions- Shell Houston Open

In todays age of social media and online lifestyles you can not have a golf blog without getting into the wonder world of fantasy picks. Since I'm different and at the The.Frozen.Golfer offices we'll strive to separate ourselves from the pact. The.Frozen.Predictions will take clues from my favourite experts on the subject.  @ThePME & @AlexMyers3

So what does this mean well I won't give the guys im competing aganist too much insight to this weeks winning picks but lets highlight a few of the names you should be looking at. As per the Yahoo Fantasy format, but first you have to have some eye candy:

A- List:

Rory McIlroy: After losing the top spot in golf the questions are how will he respond, personally I think they'll be just fine.

Brandt Snedeker: Well he did miss the cut last week, but so did a few other big names. the current Fedex cup champion is a good pick most weeks once his putter heats up.

Charles Howell III: This not so young lad is playing with not only money on his mind, he's trying to get into the Master, which all so happens to take place in his hometown Augusta GA.

Out-of-bounds: Approach Phil Mickelson & Bill Hass with some caution

B- List:

Steve Stricker: Tiger's new coach is spending the season playing where he wants and it's working he may play less then the ten times you could use him. He's played twice this year and finished second both times.

Cameron Tringale: Might be Rickie Fowler's roommate but this week he'll join him with wins on the PGA Tour

Hunter Mahan: He's the defending champion and he's a T-30 machine, and you have to like Sean Foley's stable. plus there's  you Canadian content.

Graham Delaet: why not hes a Canuck and it lets me post this video so why not!

Players to watch: Keegan Bradley, Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen

C- List:

Lee Westwood: He's never a bad choice and he's moved to the States full time now plus the euro experience will help with the Texas winds

Jordan Spieth: He's from Texas and left school early and he's making noise on tour looking to be the first player to since Bud Cauley to earn a spot by skipping Q-School even if the format has changed.

Players to watch; Scott brown, Erik Compton, Billy Horschel

Well there it is not sure if one of these guys will win but I'm sure it's better than what you were thinking.


Spring is coming!

In channeling the upcoming "Game of Thrones" season three. Spring surely is coming and we can smell it in the air, feel on our skin. And If you backyard has slowly changed from a snowy abyss, to a wet yellow sign of hope. The Golf season is just around the corner. And if you don't take these as signs it's time to take your clubs out of hibernation, The Masters is just around the corner. "A Tradition Like No Other"
Golf fanatics get your clubs ready!


Tiger's Latest Controversy

We may have all seen it by now and if you haven't well I posted it, either way Tiger's new Nike ad is in the news for the controversial language used. I understand if you think you've read this story before that's because you have, in 2010 after Tiger's now famous press conference. Nike released this ad with Earl Woods, Tiger's father speaking to his son. But these types of ads are nothing new from Nike, you only have to search for Charles Barkley "I Am Not A Role Model" to see Nike has been doing this for years! (Alright you don't have to search Turrible) What I find funny is the people who are up in arms taking to social media to attack Nike and Tiger. We're all talking about it, I'm blogging about, It's international news, and it's the truth. That's what all the media and detractors alike have wanted from one Eldrick Tont Woods over the last few years. Fact is as a society we like the comeback/underdog story, and it's not like Tiger fell sub 100 like Sergio Garcia or even 200 like say Lee Westwood. He's always been the best in the world even when he was a lowly 58 in the OWGR. 

And if you need to know how they feel about the ad in Beaverton Oregon, just look to the print in the bottom right corner Victory! (Johnny Drama Voice) Besides it's not like he shot someone...