Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The.Frozen.Predictions- Zurich Classic of New Orleans

   The past could have been written for Survivor's Redemption Island, First it was Michelle Wie finally breaking through in her home-town, then Lee Westwood won on the European Tour in Asia. But the biggest story has to be Matt Kuchar winning after 3 weeks of being in contention and failing apart on Sundays. He's been so bad on Sundays his scoring average was 73.8 this month. finishing inside the top 5 the previous three weeks the headline became his failure too close. And then after a 3 putt from inside 5 feet on the 71st hole he would go onto hit this bunker shot, what a way to close out redemption week on Hilton Head Island..

In other news..

  • CBS sports recently reported that Tiger's injury and resulting time away from golf could cost the industry as a whole 15 Billion dollars. Now more surprisingly in the world of Tiger news US weekly is report Lindsay Vonn has a new bestie and you won't believe it is!
  • It was this week last year the phenomenon known as #Dufnering began and took the tour by storm, this week he's playing ping pong in china with Ian Poulter!
  • Brooks Koepka another young star rising could earn conditional status on tour this week with a T-40 finish or better, he also was forced to Monday qualify this week and he did so with a (-8) 64.
  • Last week it was Michelle Wie winning in her backyard this week could it be Andrew Loupe

The Course..

   After The Masters began a journey through what could be described as Pete Dye appreciation month with last weeks event at Harbour Town, this week it's TPC Louisiana and in two weeks we have another TPC course Sawgrass. Which could be argued is his most famous work. In my opinion its Harbour Town and TPC Louisiana the best showcase how diverse Dye has become as a course designer. These two course are as much polar opposites as our north and south poles or Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia. Last week the empasis was on driving accuracy and hitting tight greens. This week will be bombers paradise with some of the widest fairways, seen on tour all year and huge greens that temp longer hitters to swing for the fences. TPC Louisiana plays to 7,399 yards and a par 72, where as in contrast Harbour Town was playing to a par 71 at 7,101 yards. So we can expect plenty of low scores and exciting finish like we saw from Billy Horschel last year.

Past Winners..
2013  Billy Horschel (-20)
2012  Jason Dufner (-19)
2011  Bubba Watson (-15)
2010  Jason Bohn (-18)
2009  Jerry Kelly (-14)

In honour of @ThePME and his   I`ll share his Hot List this week

 Yahoo Fantasy Picks:

 Starters A-list: Rory Sabbatini B-list: Justin Rose  B-list: Keegan Bradley  C-list: Brooks Koepka

   Bench  A-list: Rickie Fowler  B-list: Graham DeLaet  B-list: Matt Every  C-list: John Senden

And simply cause golf isn't the only place to see a trick shot, check out the NBA's next MVP!!!


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The.Frozen.Predictions- RBC Heritage Classic

  After the Masters we're always left with a few questions this year is no different. Although we had no Tiger or Phil on the weekend for the first time in over 20 years. The Bobby Jones and Alistair MacKenzie classic didn't disappoint, but I was left wondering; Has Augusta National's Tiger proofing become right-y proofing? Who's the next golfing great Jordan Speith or Rory McIlroy? Will Bubba Golf be inducted into the HOF? But most importantly Is Bubba Watson the real life Roy "Tin Cup" McAvoy?

    Before I get into this weeks upcoming event (RBC Heritage Classic) let's look closer into the Bubba, Tin Cup comparisons.

  • Tin Cup was a washed up driving range pro from West Texas, Bubba is from a small West Florida town called Bagdad. 
  • If you seen the movie you know Tin Cup has a self taught swing, Bubba once threaten to leave the University of Georgia golf team because he didn't agree with his coach trying to change his swing.  
  • Bubba career defining moment was his amazing shot in the 2012 Masters play-off. While Tin Cup's highlight has to be the 235 yard hole out for 12 he made on the 72nd hole of the US Open.
  • Finally after Roy McAvoy shot a 2nd round 62 (also tying the lowest round ever shot in major) just to make the cut, Tin Cup celebrated but going to IHOP. Bubba on the other hand chose Waffle House 

And with that I rest my case!!

The Course:

      The Harbour Town Golf Links located in Hilton Head South Carolina, just down the road from Augusta National and another iconic golf property. Harbour Town has held the tournament following the Masters since 1969 and as recently as 2012 was named by PGA tour players as their 2nd favourite course after Augusta National. The course steeped in history was designed by Pete Dye and was also the first course Jack Nicklaus helped to design. Playing to a par 71 at 7,101 yards, Harbour Town is one the few course left that length of the tee isn't an advantage. Tight fairways and small penal greens has always favoured players who rely on driving accuracy and strong wedge play, the only evidence you need is to look at the pass winners here. Because until last week there's no way these guys are showing up for the jackets.

Recent Winners:

2013 Graeme McDowell (-9)
2012 Carl Pettersson (-14)
2011 Brandt Snedeker (-12)
2010 Jim Furyk (-13)
2009 Brian Gay* (-20)
*tournament record

 Yahoo Fantasy Picks:

 Starters A-list: Brandt Snedeker B-list: Jim Furyk  B-list: Bill Haas  C-list: Graeme McDowell

   Bench  A-list: Luke Donald  B-list: Jerry Kelly  B-list: Jordan Spieth  C-list: Pat Perez

The Big Three @ Amen Corner!

    I always like to finish these reviews with a little clip of some sort but this week I have to say Bubba is making me eat me words, here's the proof:

And a special S/O to @ThePME for letting me come on the program.


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

The.Frozen.Predictions- The Masters Edition

   If this isn't your favourite week in golf check your heartbeat, cause you maybe dead.  I'm sorry if this seems like a love note to the garden of Eden,  . But it just is... When the Masters starts on Thursday morning with Arnold, Gary and Jack hitting drives in the fog, until the final putt on Sunday. You know you've witnessed something special, that's why its the only major played in the same venue year after year and we just don't care... it truly is a "the tradition unlike an other".

   The field is set and the number of competitors is 97 with one name we all can't believe is missing as World #1 Tiger Woods is resting his ailing back after surgery two weeks ago. As they said the show must go on and it shall. Tiger isnt the only name coming in with injury questions, Phil Mickleson, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose all potential favorites. But then you have guys like Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott who have both thrown away events in recent weeks looking to put that behind them only to cement their claim to the throne not Westeros, but the world #1. Each has a lot to prove and you'll have to wait to see who I'm picking.

Masters Links:

Jason Sobel of Golf Channel put together this list of Bold Predictions!

 Nike's Masters Editions! thanks to GolfWRX for keeping us informed

What's a Major without Scripting and Golf Digest Fashion Preview!

Check out @THEPME and his Master's Glossary 

Past Winners:
2013  Adam Scott (-9)
2012  Bubba Watson (-10)
2011  Charl Schwartzel (-14)
2010  Phil Mickelson (-16)
2009  Angel Cabrera (-12)              

 Yahoo Fantasy Picks:

 Starters A-list: Matt Kuchar B-list: Rory McIlroy  B-list: Zach Johnson  C-list: Graeme McDowell

   Bench  A-list: Patrick Reed  B-list: Dustin Johnson  B-list: Jason Day  C-list: Harris English

   What is left to say I love The Masters you loveThe Masters and how can't you its the start to spring and the major season. It's also the one week being a couch potato is encouraged.