Weekend Wrap: Monday Finish

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McIlory missed the cut

PGA TOUR
The Honda Classic
Dates: Feb. 26-March 1
Venue: PGA National Resort & Spa (Champion Course), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

What a wild weekend, and MONDAY it was on the PGA Tour.  Coming into the Honda Classic the golf world was buzzing because this tournament marked the first PGA Tour start of 2015 for the world’s #1 golfer, Rory McIlory.  The only buzz for McIlory though, was his flight out of Palm Beach late Friday, after he missed the cut.

Ian Poulter looked to be in control with a 3-shot lead in the 3rd round.  Poulter wilted and produced the worst shot in golf, en route to dunking some FIVE balls in the water over the weekend.  Despite all the swimming, Poulter only missed the eventual playoff by one stroke.

At the end of regulation two players were left standing tied for first, Padraig Harrington and unknown Daniel Berger.  After tying the first hole of the playoff, Berger found the water on the par-3 17th while Harrington stuck his approach to around three feet.  That was a role reversal as Harrington had dunked his regulation shot.

Harrington finished in style, with his first win on tour since the 2008 PGA Championship, while Berger gained respect and some notoriety.

LPGA TOUR
Honda LPGA Thailand
Dates: Feb. 26-March 1
Venue: Siam Country Club Pattaya (Old Course), Chonburi, Thailand

After top five finishes in three of her last four events, Amy Yang found the winner’s circle at the 2015 Honda LPGA Thailand. Yang edged out Stacy Lewis, Yani Tseng and Mirim Lee by two shots.

“I don’t know what just happened, Yang said with a smile. “I still can’t believe I did it today.” ~Amy Yang

EUROPEAN TOUR
Joburg Open
Dates: Feb. 26-March 1
Venue: Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club (East & West Courses), Gauteng, South Africa

The rankings do apparently work. The highest ranked player in the field at the Joburg Open was Andy Sullivan, who closed with a final round 66 to win his 2nd event in two months. The other win came at the South African Open Championship in January.

Sullivan came into the final round three strokes behind, but a front nine score of 32 with five birdies helped him leapfrog (ahem), to the top of the leader board.

With the win, Sullivan guaranteed a spot in the Open Championship at St. Andrews.

Latest Nicklaus Venture Benefits Children’s Charities and Our Taste Buds

Nicklaus Ice CreamHere’s a fun topic to ring in the weekend, courtesy of golf’s greatest player.

There’s not much left for Jack Nicklaus to do in golf. But given his reach and popularity, Nicklaus can make the world a better place by making people happy, and providing support to children in need.

Enter the new ice cream venture, one of many Nicklaus ventures introduced to benefit children’s charities.

Flavors

Warm Spiced Butter Pecan
Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl
Salted Caramel Toffee
Strawberry Lemonade
Triple Chocolate
Coffee and Donuts
Homemade Vanilla

You may not know it, but frogs LOVE salted caramel toffee ice cream.

Hats off to Jack.  Tasting soon.

Press Release

NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. — Fans and competitors of Jack Nicklaus knew he had very few weaknesses in his legendary, record-setting golf career. There is, however, one weakness he confesses to off the course—ice cream—and now he’s giving into it and sharing it with the public.

“And our new collaboration with Schwan embodies all three values in a hand-picked selection of delicious ice cream flavors that also supports children’s healthcare. What could possibly taste better?”

In a partnership between two great family-owned companies, rooted in the Midwest, comes Jack Nicklaus premium ice cream, manufactured by a division of The Schwan Food Company—the 60-year-old Minnesota-based manufacturer and marketer of fine frozen foods and nationally renowned for its home delivery service.

The new Jack Nicklaus pint-sized ice cream will be available at Winn Dixie, Bi-Lo and Kroger stores in select markets with a suggested retail price of $1.99. The ice cream comes in seven rich and creamy varieties, loaded with real ingredients. Flavors include: Warm Spiced Butter Pecan, Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl, Salted Caramel Toffee, Strawberry Lemonade, Triple Chocolate, Coffee and Donuts, and Homemade Vanilla.

To launch the new business endeavor, Jack Nicklaus teamed up with Schwan’s Global Supply Chain, Inc. (“Schwan”). With a shared commitment to philanthropy, Schwan has become a supporter of the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation (nchcf.org). The Foundation’s goal is to provide families access to world-class pediatric healthcare. Beyond the ice cream pilot program in 2015, the Nicklauses hope to tie in other children’s charities to sales of the product.

Between Jack, his wife Barbara, and Schwan, there was a detailed collaboration to perfect the line.

“It’s no secret that I love ice cream,” Nicklaus confessed. “Needless to say, I have never had so much fun in the research and development of a product. The team at Schwan has a world-class product development center. Together, we have created a variety of flavors—all with real ingredients—for a quality, premium ice cream at a value price.”

The ice cream introduction extends the Nicklaus Companies efforts to celebrate the life and lifestyle of Jack Nicklaus by introducing quality consumer products, with a philanthropic tie-in. Among the Nicklaus-branded or licensed products introduced in recent years that benefit children’s charities are water, wine, lemonade, sunglasses, and golf balls.

“Jack’s whole life is synonymous with excellence, family, and charity,” said Nicklaus Companies Co-Chairman Howard Milstein, “And our new collaboration with Schwan embodies all three values in a hand-picked selection of delicious ice cream flavors that also supports children’s healthcare. What could possibly taste better?”

Founder Post 01

jeremiahSpecial product offer at the end of Jeremiah’s message.

Welcome to my very first blog post that will be featured in the upcoming first release of the Frogger Newsletter!  I can’t tell you how great it is to finally be reaching out to Frogger fans!  I dove deep to come out with some innovative products that I hope you are enjoying and I’m finally getting around to coming out with other things like this newsletter! 

Most golf companies focus on their sponsored players. Hey why not right?  Since Frogger doesn’t sponsor any golfers, we have the opportunity to speak freely on a broader range of topics and ALL players.  Frogger can add more value to the betterment of the game through more than who’s doing what on the PGA Tour. 

I believe furnishing an unbiased perspective (usually) on a balanced diet of worthy content should be of value.  What does that mean you ask?  Well, in addition to covering any and all players and what’s up on golf tours we will also furnish valuable golf tips, great places to play that might make your bucket list, and hopefully provide a little humor from time to time as well. 

As for my posts, I plan to provide specials product deals, insight into what’s happening at Frogger, what’s on my mind in regard to the game of golf and possibly share a few personal experiences along the way as well.  Hey, skies the limit here right?  No limits and no boundaries for this Bullfrog!

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Weekend Preview

mciloryacePGA TOUR
The Honda Classic
Dates: Feb. 26-March 1
Venue: PGA National Resort & Spa (Champion Course), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 2-6 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. (Replay)
Friday 2-6 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 1-3 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 p.m. (Live, Spotlight Coverage) / 7 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)
Sunday 1-3 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 p.m. (Live, Spotlight Coverage) / 7 p.m.-Midnight (Replay)

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):
Saturday 3-6 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 3-6 p.m. (Live)

Headlining the field: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Billy Horschel, Patrick Reed and Russell Henley.

LPGA TOUR
Honda LPGA Thailand
Dates: Feb. 26-March 1
Venue: Siam Country Club Pattaya (Old Course), Chonburi, Thailand

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 1-5 a.m. (Live) / 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 1-5 a.m. (Live) / 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 1-5 a.m. (Live)
Sunday 1-5 a.m. (Live)

Headlining the field: Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis, Shanshan Feng, Michelle Wie, Suzann Pettersen, So Yeon Ryu, Hyo Joo Kim, Karrie Webb, Lexi Thompson and Anna Nordqvist.

EUROPEAN TOUR
Joburg Open
Dates: Feb. 26-March 1
Venue: Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club (East & West Courses), Gauteng, South Africa

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 7-9 a.m. (Live) / 5-7 a.m. (Tape delay)
Friday 7-9 a.m. (Live) / 5-7 a.m. (Tape delay)
Saturday 5:30-9:30 a.m. (Live)
Sunday 5-9:30 a.m. (Live)

Headlining the field: Darren Clarke, George Coetzee, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Edoardo Molinari, S.S.P. Chawrasia, Andy Sullivan, Gregory Bourdy, Alex Noren and David Horsey.

Tuesday Tip: Embrace Your Nerves

ryoishikawaHow many times have you stood on the first tee in a tournament, or even just a regular round of golf, and felt a little woozy?  Stomach churning… butterflies… shakes.

Perhaps you should consider having less coffee before the round?

Just kidding.

Nerves are a part of golf we all have to deal with.  Any golf partner or person giving out advice who tells you not to be nervous is not realistic.

Nerves are good.  They show that we are highly focused and aware of the gravity of the situation.  The anxiety we feel helps us stay focused.

Once we realize it is okay to be nervous, those nerves will not hurt our games like they did before.  Once we face the nerves, we can control them and work doing so into our pre-shot routines by taking a deep breath and relaxing before pulling the trigger.

Relax.  Take a deep breath. Focus. Pull the trigger.

Weekend Wrap

Bubba Watson is defending champion this week...

Bubba Watson moved to #2 in the world rankings this week

PGA TOUR
Northern Trust Open
Dates: Feb. 19-22
Venue: Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, California

Quite an entertaining weekend at the beautiful par-71 Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California.  The Northern Trust Open produced some great golf, first by some of the older competitors in the field like Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen.  Goose had the lead as the final around approached, but a final round 75 derailed his hopes for a victory.

At the end of regulation three players were tied at 278, six-under-par.  A playoff between Dustin Johnson (fresh off a leave of absence from golf), Paul Casey, and literal unknown James Hahn.   Hahn was ranked 297th in the world before the event.

That ranking just went up.

On the 3rd playoff hole Hahn dunked a 25 foot birdie putt for birdie to close out his first PGA Tour win, and more importantly capture the spoils that go with it.  One of those spoils is a trip down Magnolia Lane at the Masters Tournament.

New ranking for Hahn is 86.

Another move in the rankings was that of Bubba Watson.  The unorthodox lefty-bomber has moved to #2 in the world behind Rory McIlory.

lydiakoLPGA TOUR
ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open
Dates: Feb. 18-21
Venue: Royal Melbourne Golf Club (Composite Course), Melbourne, Australia

Speaking of rankings, the very young Lydia Ko took her world #1 ranking down under for the Women’s Australian Open.

In historic fashion, Ko’s final round -2 71 (yes that’s correct, a par 73) was good enough for a two shot win over Amy Yang.   Ko’s total for the weekend was an impressive 9-under on a composite course put together for the event.

Not bad for a 17-year-old.

miguelangeljimenezEUROPEAN TOUR
Hero Indian Open
Dates: Feb. 19-22
Venue: Delhi Golf Club (Lodhi Course), New Delhi, India

Who is the hottest golfer on the European Tour right now?  With two wins in three weeks one might argue Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri holds that distinction.

Lahiri won the Hero Indian Open by beating S S P Chawrasia in a playoff by making birdie on the par-5 18th hole while Chawrasia failed to make par.

Lahiri moves to #34 in the world from #39 last week.

Friday Fun – Steals

Golf BetsWant to really spice up your weekend skins game?  Here’s the ticket: “stealies” or often called “steals.”

Steals is a variation to the skins game.  So first we must review what a skins game is.

In a skins game the group of players, can be any group of two or more players, decides on a bet amount.  The players will throw their bet into a main pot, which is divided evenly by the number of skins won.  Otherwise the bet amount will be “per skin,” meaning each time someone wins a skin the other players pay them the betting increment.

To win a skin a player must make the lowest score on a hole without being tied.  For instance in a group of four, player A makes birdie on the first hole while the other three make pars or worse.  Player A wins a skin.

Steals

In steals the game is played the same as above but with one addition.  The hole following a skin hole is a “steal” hole.  If a player makes a skin on the steal hole, he will capture the skin won on the previous hole.  Here’s an example:

Player A won the skin on the first hole as described above.  On the second hole though, Player B made birdie and the rest of the players made par.  Player B wins the skin for hole #2, and since it was a steal hole, Player B steals the skin Player A won on the first hole.  This gets crazy, because then a skin on the 3rd hole means the player could steal the skins for holes one and two!

Crazy Variation

Want to get REAL crazy?  Play carry-over skins.  In carry-over skins, all tied holes are added together.  So if the first four holes are tied, the fifth hole is worth five skins.  Then think about steals.  A player could make a skin and win say, eight skins, then have that stolen on the next hole!

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Weekend Preview

Bubba Watson is defending champion this week...

Bubba Watson is defending champion this week…

PGA TOUR
Northern Trust Open
Dates: Feb. 19-22
Venue: Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 5-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 5-8 p.m. (Live) / 8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 6:30-9 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)

Headlining the field: Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Jimmy Walker, Sergio Garcia, Jordan Spieth, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Hideki Matsuyama, Fred Couples and Davis Love III.

lydiakoLPGA TOUR
ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open
Dates: Feb. 18-21
Venue: Royal Melbourne Golf Club (Composite Course), Melbourne, Australia

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live) / 1:30-4:30 p.m. (Thursday replay)
Thursday 11:30 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live) / 1:30-4:30 p.m. (Friday replay)
Friday 11:30 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live) / 3-6 p.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday 9 p.m.-2 a.m. (Live) / 3-6:30 p.m. (Sunday replay)

Headlining the field: Lydia Ko, Na Yeon Choi, So Yeon Ryu, Jessica Korda, Shanshan Feng, Karrie Webb, Charley Hull, Ai Miyazato, Chella Choi, Minjee Lee and Cheyenne Woods.

miguelangeljimenezEUROPEAN TOUR
Hero Indian Open
Dates: Feb. 19-22
Venue: Delhi Golf Club (Lodhi Course), New Delhi, India

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Tape delay)
Friday 5-7 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Tape delay)
Saturday 5:30-9:30 a.m. (Tape delay)
Sunday 5:30-10 a.m. (Tape delay)

Headlining the field: Miguel Angel Jimenez, Arjun Atwal, Anirban Lahiri, Jeev Milkha Singh, Siddikur Rahman, Daniel Chopra, S.S. P. Chawrasia and Jyoti Randhawa.

Tuesday Tip: Don’t Trust Your Eyes for Alignment

alignmentrodMost amateur golfers miss to the right.  Granted, many of those misses are due to the average amateur hitting a slice.  Many misses to the right are not slices though.  What’s the issue?

Eyes

Studies have shown that most golfers misalign with their eyes.  What looks to be a square alignment is most often a setup which is aiming to the right.  So when the golfer hit is well, the shot misses to the right.

In a properly aligned stance, the golfer’s feet, shoulders, and hips should be parallel to the target line.  A great way to work on this alignment is via the use of alignment aids.  A common aid can be simply laying a golf club on the ground parallel to the target, then lining the toes up.  Rather than using a club, many like to use useful alignment sticks or rods, which are very light and easy to carry in the golf bag.

Frogger offers a very nice set of alignment sticks, seen below.

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Click the image above or the following link to Frogger Golf alignment sticks.

 

Weekend Wrap

PGA TOUR
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Dates: Feb. 12-15
Venues: Pebble Beach Golf Links; Spyglass Hill Golf Course; Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Pebble Beach, Calif.

Many fans love the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. This is a fun PGA Tour event featuring great golf stars, but celebrities as well. The celebs particiapate in the Pro-Am portion of the event, interacting with the crowd and having a general fun time. Fans get to see athletes, actors, business personalities, musicians, all hack it up on the beautiful Pebble Beach Golf Links. Most of the swings are bad, but the times are good.

As scenic and beautiful as Pebble is, it does not prove to be difficult for the tour pros. Most finish double digits under par and this year’s winning score was -22.

Jim Furyk put on birdie barrage on Saturday and took the overnight lead. But a final round 74 kept him winless on tour since 2010.

Brandt Snedeker’s final round five-under-par 67 was enough to cruise to a three-shot win. “Sneds” had not hoisted a winner’s trophy since 2013, and since then has battled injury.

Nick Watney finished in second while three players finished tied for third: Dustin Johnson, Pat Perez, and Jason Day.

miguelangeljimenezCHAMPIONS TOUR
ACE Group Classic
Dates: Feb. 13-15
Venue: The TwinEagles Club (Talon Course), Naples, Fla.

At the conclusion of regulation play, two players were tied for the lead in the ACE Group Classic, Bart Bryant and Lee Janzen.  Bryant vaulted up the leaderboard with a stunning final round 62 at Twin Eagles Club Talon Course in Naples, Florida.  Janzen’s final round -5 wasn’t quite as impressive, but it apparently left him with enough mental and physical energy to perform well enough in the playoff.

Janzen’s par on the first playoff hole was enough to notch the win for the recently turned 50 player from Austin, Texas.

EUROPEAN TOUR
True Thailand Classic
Dates: Feb. 12-15
Venue: Black Mountain Golf Club, Hua Hin, Thailand

The colorful Miguel Angel Jimenez was one of many big names in action at the True Thailand Classic.  Jimenez (pictured) was in the hunt, but a final round 73 derailed his hopes for victory.

After beginning the tournament with a round of 71, eventual willer Andrew Dodt carded three consecutive rounds of 67 to edge out fellow Australian Scott Hend by one stroke.  For the tournament Dodt carded 19 birdies against only three bogeys.