Tuesday, 25 June 2013

The.Frozen.Predictions.- AT&T National

     Well this week in all golf is centered around the old feeling young and the young using old excuses, "its the caddies fault". Maybe we shouldn't be so hard on Bubba cause all the crying and pink clubs, you've had to know he was as emotional as the future babe down the street. As for the old goat Ken Duke finally at the age of forty-four has his maiden tour victory. While that's nice we can't forget Colin Montgomery will be making his Champions tour debut at? So as we continue to debate if he earned his place in the HOF, if he can finally win a major he could do a lot for his image on this side of the Atlantic.

    Since were talking about images lets talk about everyone's favourite soap opera Mr. Eldrick 'Tiger' Woods, he's playing host and not competing this week. I'm too young to know, (and for the sake of the argument I won't do the research) but Arnold, Jack, Ben, and Bryon have all hosted and held events in their honor. But how many times in their respective primes did they watch those events from the side lines. With the world back to questioning Tiger's chances at passing Jack Nicklaus' record of eighteen, I've got the over/under on one word answers and death stares at two million for the week.

The Course:
Congressional Country Club
Par: 71   Length: 7,569
Architect: Devereux Emmet, Robert Trent Jones
Purse: 6,500,000 (1st- 1.17 mil.)

     On tap the AT&T National which is has hosted three US Open's and a PGA Championship, most notably the 1964 Open, which Ken Venturi won his lone major, and Rory won his first. Also Congressional can boast a number of Presidents and DC elite as members with names like Woodrow Wilson, Dwight Eisenhower and John Rockefeller, to name a few. With a ten year waiting list and initiation fee of $120,000, the applicant may enjoy waiting the extra two years for use of the golf facilities. So whats the saying Mo' Money Mo' Problems.

 Past Winners:
2012  Tiger Woods (-8)
2011  Nick Watney (-13)*
2010  Justin Rose (-10)
2009  Tiger Woods (-13)*
2008  Anthony Kim (-12)

 Yahoo Fantasy Picks:

Starters  A-list: Brent Snedeker   B-list: Jim Furyk   B-list: Graham Delaet   C-list: Rickie Fowler

        Bench   A-list: Bill Haas   B-list: Bo Van Pelt   B-list: Hunter Mahan   C-list: Billy Horschel

And a heres a video that shows the behind the scenes of the PGA Tour or at least the Bad Boy version:



Tuesday, 18 June 2013

The.Frozen.Predictions- Travelers Championship

    Last week the golf world stopped to take a trip down memory lane at Merion Golf club in Philadelphia and as the saying goes 'History repeats itself',  just ask Phil Mickelson. We can't say he choked coming down the stretch but I'm sure he's even wondering if he'll ever win the US. Open. The real winners this week other than Justin Rose and Sean Foley, has to be Merion GC and the USGA. After all the talk that Merion was too small a ballpark for the pros and the infrastructure needed to host a major. If you paid attention I think it's safe to say  Brandel Chamblee and rest of the media predicting 62's and records being broken, may be as good at their current jobs as they were in their failed pro careers. We should all tip the cap to Mike Davis for the set up that give Merion the ability to challenge the top players in the world.

     Before we shift from the Philadelphia to Cromwell, Connecticut and the Travellers Championship, I'll leave you with the questions the US. Open has me contemplating; Will Phil ever win the US Open? How long until Jason Day gets his first major? Can Justin Rose become a multiple major winner? Did Steve Stricker really get #SHANKAPOTAMUS trending? And finally What a the chances Tiger Woods never wins another major? Did Billy Horschel seriously have Octopuses on his pants?

The Course:
TPC @ River Highlands 
Par: 70   Length: 6,844
Architect: Robert J. Ross & Maurice Kearney
Purse: 6,100,000 (1st- 1.08 mil.)

Past Winners:
2012  Marc Leishman (-14)
2011  Fredrik Jacobson (-20)
2010  Bubba Waston (-14)
2009  Kenny Perry (-22)*
2008  Stewart Cink (-18)
* Tournament Record

     Okay, I could keep talking about the US Open but this week we have the Travelers Championship on deck.Which another chance to pick Winners and if your like me you could be excited to close out the spring session and win your second trophy. If you're not well you should really pay attention.

  Yahoo Picks:

(A List): Nicholas Colsaerts, (B): Fredrik Jacobson, (B): Hunter Mahan, (C): Lee Westwood

(A List): Jason Dufner, (B): Charlie Hoffman, (B): Davis Love III, (C): Harris English

   Random Tournament Facts:

- Notah Begay III actually won this tournament in 2000.

- Patrick Cantlay has the course record with a 60 in 2011.  

- Travelers has the 2nd highest attendants behind the Phoenix Open.

- Justin Rose is showing up this week, but Webb Simpson did  last year too.

- If your still wondering if you say Octopuses, Octopi or Octopodes well watch this.

- The.Frozen.Golfer

Monday, 10 June 2013

The Frozen Predictions... US Open At Merion GC

   It's major season and the Opens' always invoke thoughts of history with current players attempting to write legends to be told for ages.This week outside Philadelphia at Merion Golf Club, which is set to host the 113th US Open, it's fifth and first since 1981. Just to put that in perspective David Graham the last winner at Merion won 55,000 for his troubles, the winner this weeks walks away with 1,440,000. Oh how the times have changed, and this week offers an examination on just how much.
"There has been an argument that great golf courses have been made obsolete because of technology and golf balls and drivers and the ball going so far," said Paul Azinger, "We are going to find out here in a few days whether that's the case"

  Some say the USGA chose to return to Merion because of the history on these hallow grounds, in 1992 Merion was designated a National Historic Landmark. The most iconic names in american golf have a chapter here:

It was here in 1930 Bobby Jones would go on to complete the historic 'Grand Slam', seven weeks later Jones would walk away from competitive golf at 28.

Then in the 1950 US Open Ben Hogan would make his comeback, a mere sixteen months after a car crash, which nearly killed him and his doctors believed he may never walk again. On the 72nd hole & 36th of the day Hogan used a 1-iron to hit his legendary shot and go on to win in a playoff.

In 1971 Jack Nicklaus & Lee Trevino would play a 18-hole playoff with Trevino winning by 3 strokes. Trevino would go on to win the Canadian and British Open's also that summer, and the lasting image from the playoff is a snake.

  This week offers a chance for maybe Phil Mickleson, Tiger Woods or maybe someone else to make history unless Mother Nature steals the spotlight.

The Course: Merion Golf Club
                                                             Par: 70   Length: 6,996
                                                            Architect: Hugh Irvine Wilson
                                                          Purse: 8,000,000 (1st- 1.44 mil.)

Past Winners:
2012  Webb Simpson (+1)
2011  Rory McIlroy (-16)*
2010  Graeme McDowell (E)
2009  Lucas Glover (-1)
2008  Tiger Woods (-4)
* Tournament Record

                                                                  Yahoo Picks:

     A List: Tiger Woods  B List: Matt Kuchar   B List: Justin Rose  C List: Charl Schwartzel

               Bench: Graeme McDowell, Zach Johnson, Steve Stricker, Matteo Manassero

  This week we don't have Pauline Gretzky photos but we do have the wicker baskets, which are to Merion what the Liberty Bell is to Philly. well maybe the cheese steak.



Wednesday, 5 June 2013

The Next Francis Quimet......the future of American golf

Gavin Hall  next US Open low am

With the US Open right around the corner and the stories from qualifying Monday the American media is looking for the next great American, the second coming of Tiger Woods. If  you aren't ready to call a Gavin Hall, Rickie Fowler or say Dustin Johnson, that (full disclosure we all want it to be Dustin so we can keep posting Pauline Gretzky pics). Truth be told it's going to be a long time before we have another Tiger Woods. Just like after Jack we had to wait a while. But if interested in future Ryder Cup stars and top ranking Americans; Here's the top five.

First Ill start with honourable mentions: Rickie Fowler although he was once the worlds #1 amateur, and has one win to date on the PGA Tour. Rickie has yet to live up too his potential and he may never, until his focus is only on golf. Billy Horschel If you ever read The.Frozen.Predictions you'd know I'm a Horschel fan, its hard not to be, after his stellar April. But he's the opposite of a Fowler he could be too focused on golf and his temper will hold him back. Stranger things have happened we do call John Daly a two-time major champion. On to the list:

Number Five: Bud Cauley
Born: March 17, 1992 in Daytona Beach, Florida

Bud Cauley was home schooled so unlike most the guys on this list he was a golf phenom going to a golf academy or drilled by a world class teacher, he was taught by his father until he made the decision to attend The University of Alabama. Where he went on to be the SEC Player of the Year and be named and All-American for his three years he was enrolled. His break out year though was 2009 he played on both the Palmer Cup & Walker Cup (3-0-1) walker cup record, he would also beat the then #1 Rickie Fowler in the US Amateur. The great year was capped off with being named top Amateur in US by Golf Digest.

  And Bud would stay in school until  after the 2011 season where like most amateurs turned professional, he would try to earn his tour card by avoiding Q-school. History has showed that thousands have tried and only Gary Hallberg, Scott Verplank, Phil Mickelson, Justin Leonard, Ryan Moore and Tiger Woods, were able to accomplish. Bud Cauley would go on to earn $735,150 in just 8 starts and join the wonder kid group. And in his rookie season on tour he would earn $1,774,479 and finish 35th in the FedEx Cup. This year has started slow but there's to much upside for this kid.

Number Four: Russell Henley
Born: April 12, 1989 in Macon, Georgia 

Russell Henley didn't just graduate from the Web.com Tour to make cuts and hope to keep his card for the following year, he came out to win. And did so in his first event winning the season opener in Hawaii the Sony Open. Although Henley's win was a surprise to all of us, like most of this list he had quiet a bit of amateur success. Being a Georgia boy he played for the University of Georgia with young tour stars like Harris English. 2010 was his break out year with winning the Haskins Award for outstanding collegiate golfer, low amateur honours at the US Open and a Palmer Cup appearance. He followed that act up with and even more impressive 2012 he made the Walker and Palmer Cups and won as an amateur on the Web.com Tour, Stadion Classic at UGA.

When he did turn professional the following year he continued to win with two more victories in the minor leagues the Chiquita Classic and the Jacksonville Open both in playoffs, one which included Patrick Cantlay.
The strong showing on the Web.com propelled him to a third place finish on the money list and his PGA Tour card. Now we know it seems he won`t be heading back anytime soon with this two year exemption on the big boy tour.

Number Three: Peter Uihlien 
Born Aug. 29,1989 in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Peter Uihlien may walk a different path then most young phenom's no he went to IMG Academy, has Butch Harmon as a coach, played for the Oklahoma State with Rickie Fowler. Has a U.S Amateur title plus Walker Cup success 4-0 actually, was even the number one raked amateur in the world. His father is Wally Uihlien CEO of Acushnet (that's Titliest folks), I doubt your first set was hand ground by Bob Vokey.

  At 23 he's earned the right to be on this list, but what sets him apart was his earlier failures, Peter didn't make it through Q-School for European and PGA tour in 2011, he made a decision most young pros wouldn't even consider, European Challenge Tour. Obliviously he could stayed state side and maybe played the Web.com tour and some PGA invites. As I said he's walking a different path, which has recently paid off in May he won the Madeira Island Open, on the European Tour. If your young rich and travelling Europe to earn respect, you will find it and look a lot better than say Bubba Watson.

Number Two: Patrick Cantlay
Born: March 17, 1992 in Long Beach, California 

Remember the summer of Patrick Cantlay well for most of you it was just 2011, I'm sure you heard his name and saw his face. That was his freshman year at UCLA, and he was winning everything like PAC-10 and NCAA freshman & player of year honours, low amateur in the US Open, he shot 60 on tour at the Travellers Championship and would go on to the have a 2-1-1 record in his first Walker Cup. The US Amateur might have been the only thing he didn't win, though he was the runner-up to Kelly Kraft (he didn't make the list).

Following his amazing 2011 Cantlay decided to stay at school normally you would say that was a good choice but Cantlay had a number of high finishes and had he been a pro may have earned a card for 2012. Although he made the choice I'm sure his mother liked, when he did leave school early the next year he didn't earn a card from exemptions or the final Q-school for that matter. Now he finds himself ninth on the Web.com money list with $135,105 and had his first professional win at the Colombia Championship in March. It looks likely that we'll see Cantlay living up to expectations next year on the PGA Tour.

Number One: Jordan Spieth
Born: July 27, 1993 in Dallas, Texas

It`s possible he might only be number one cause he`s the new "it" kid on tour, but like the rest of this list has the amateur pedigree to be a worthy member of the elite. Not only is he the youngest of the bunch, he been on the radar since most of these guys were still in University. He first started making headlines when he made his first appearance on tour as a 16 year old, finishing 16th at the HP Bryon Nelson in 2010. The next year still in high school he joined Tiger as the only players to win multiple Jr. US amateur titles (09,11). Spieth went on to play college golf for the University of Texas where he won the NCAA in 2012. He followed that with Low Amateur at the US Open also in 2012.

Jordan would go on to turn pro in December of 2012, after not earning a card through Q school and having relatively no status on the PGA or Web.com tours, he was forced to make the most of sponsor invites and he would. By March 2013 he had special temporary member which means he can receive unlimited sponsors exemptions ( non-members are limited to seven). Currently he has 919,079 in earnings which is good enough to be 55th on the official money list. His current scoring average of 70.64 is good enough for 24th on tour. Unfortunately for him he wont be able to win the rookie of the year award as he isn't an official tour member but Russell Henley seems to have that wrapped up. Jordan going to be fine since Brandel Chamblee thinks he going to win the US Open, for the record the last HOF to win the US Open as his first tour victory was Jack Nicklaus. We're not expecting to much right??

Alright that's my list all your comments are welcome.