Can’t We All Just Get Along?

This past week there were a few golf related news stories which don’t pain golfers and golf clubs in the normal classy and friendly light.  To the contrary, it would seem that golf courses and golf clubs can sometimes be no different than an Irish pub, complete with fisticuffs.

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The first story comes courtesy of the Boston Globe.  Weston Golf Club had a no-jeans policy, as many golf clubs do.  Most require collared shirts as well.  It would seem some members were disregarding the dress code, causing the club president to take action.  The president suspended some offending members for three months.  When those members showed up at the club once again wearing jeans, the president attempted to prevent them from entering.

That’s when things got rough.  911 was called due to a physical altercation.  When police arrived there were no members with injuries but there was still a commotion and raised voices.

Casual Water

Are you brushed up on your rules of golf with regards to casual water? You might want to be sure, to avoid a fist fight. In Springfield Golf Course in South Union, Pennsylvania, two golfers had a disagreement over casual water. The disagreement ended in a brawl where a man of 63 hit a 42 year old with a golf club.

No word on who won the match, but it sounds like the 63 year old was hitting it solid.

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Weekend Preview

TPC Four Seasons 18th Green

LPGA TOUR
CME Group Tour Championship
Dates: Nov. 20-23
Venue: Tiburon Golf Club (Gold Course), Naples, Fla.

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 1:30-4 p.m. (Live) / 4:30-7 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 1:30-4 p.m. (Live) / 4:30-7 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 1:30-4 p.m. (Live) / 4:30-7 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 1:30-4 p.m. (Live) / 4:30-7 p.m. (Replay)

In the field: – Race to the CME Globe top-nine (those eligible to win the $1 million prize): 1. Stacy Lewis; 2. Inbee Park; 3. Lydia Ko; 4. Michelle Wie; 5. So Yeon Ryu; 6. Shanshan Feng; 7. Anna Nordqvist; 8. Chella Choi; 9. Karrie Webb.

EUROPEAN TOUR
DP World Tour Championship
Dates: Nov. 20-23
Venue: Jumeirah Golf Estates (Earth Course), Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 3-8 a.m. (Live) / 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 3-8 a.m. (Live) / 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 3-8 a.m. (Live) / 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 2:30-7:30 a.m. (Live) / 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Replay)

In the field: Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer, Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson, Graeme McDowell and Marcel Siem.

PGA TOUR Australasia
Australian Masters
Dates: Nov. 19-22
Venue: Metropolitan Golf Club, South Oakleigh, Australia

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Live)
Thursday 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Live)
Friday 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Live)
Saturday 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Live)

In the field: Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy, Stuart Appleby, Greg Chalmers, Robert Allenby, Daniel Popovic, Michael Sim, Craig Perry, Peter Lonard and Nick O’Hern.

Tuesday Tip – Putting Deceleration Cure

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Start from this position and push the ball toward the target to eliminate deceleration

One big problem golfers can have on the green is decelerating.  Decelerating means that the club is slowing down at impact.

Problems Caused

Deceleration can cause all sorts of problems.  First, the putt will likely travel off line, and probably to the left for right-handed golfers.  The deceleration causes the putter face to close and the putter to go from outside the line to inside.

Another bad problem with deceleration is distance control.  If the putter head is slowing down at impact, it is nearly impossible to putt with any distance accuracy.  Most often putts will end up short due to deceleration.

Deceleration Cure

There’s a very simple and effective drill to cure putting deceleration.  A hockey style sweep of the ball is the answer.  Pick a putt at a certain distance to practice, for instance if you decelerate on 3-foot putts.  Place a few balls down to putt.  Instead of taking the putter back, then through, start the stroke with the putter touching the ball.  Push or sweep the ball toward the hole.  It is impossible to decelerate when starting at zero!

After practicing pushing or putting hockey style, try to carry over the feel of accelerating through the hitting area to your regular putts.

Weekend Wrap

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OHL Classic at Mayakoba
El Camaleon, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Sporting a clean and short haircut, the normally long-haired Charley Hoffman recorded his third win on the PGA Tour in Mexico at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Hoffman led Shawn Stefani by one shot on the final hole but made things interesting when he had to hit a left-handed shot from the base of a tree. Stefani couldn’t take advantage though, finding a fairway bunker and eventually making bogey to match Hoffman’s, staying a shot behind

Web.com Tour graduates Andres Gonzales and Danny Lee finished two off the pace at -15.

EUROPEAN TOUR
Turkish Airlines Open
Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Antalya, Turkey

Believe it or not, 48 year-old John Daly was in the mix this past weekend at the Turkish Airlines Open, until a final round 73 sent him down the leader board.

Coming into the week, Rory McIlory could win the Race To Dubai and it’s huge cash prize, provided that a couple of contenders were knocked out of the running. While on his couch at home in Florida, McIlory won the Race To Dubai, thanks to Turkish Airlines Open winner Brooks Koepka.

Brooks Koepka held off Ian Poulter to win the Turkish Airlines Open, finishing ahead by one shot. Poulter had a chance to tie the lead on the final hole with a 6-foot birdie putt, but failed to convert it.

Koepka’s win following a great final round 65, was his first on the European Tour.

LPGA TOUR
Lorena Ochoa Invitational presented by Banamex Info
Venue: Club de Golf Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

Christina Kim has gone through quite a difficult time.  From financial troubles to injuries and battling depression.  But she stuck with it and persevered through 222 winless starts on the LPGA Tour.

Patience and perseverance paid off finally for Kim, who defeated Shanshan Feng on the par-4 second hold of a sudden-death playoff.

Friday Fun – Golf Police Blotter

What a crazy week it has been in the golf world with regards to golf courses showing up on police blotters.

First there was a car chase in California which went right through a golf course.  Sadly the chase ended with the driver being fatally shot, in a lady’s yard.  Imagine having to see that happen in your back yard.

Next there was the guy who drove a Jaguar onto the driving range at a Top Golf, then became a live target as golfers pelted the Jaguar with golf balls.

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Finally, there’s the guy who was being chased by police who ended up driving his truck into a water hazard.

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It is unsure if he took a penalty drop and played the truck from where it entered the hazard, or if perhaps he attempted to play the truck from the water hazard.

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Weekend Preview

HPBNC_2011_SU_067PGA TOUR
OHL Classic at Mayakoba
Dates: Nov. 13-16
Venue: El Camaleon, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Wednesday 2-5 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)
Thursday 2-5 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 2-5 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 2-5 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)

In the field: Big Break Mexico winner Jay Woodson, returning champion Harris English, Angel Cabrera, Erik Compton, Padraig Harrington, Davis Love III, Billy Hurley, Nick Taylor, Robert Streb, Will MacKenzie, Ben Martin and long hitting Tony Finau.

EUROPEAN TOUR
Turkish Airlines Open
Dates: Nov. 13-16
Venue: Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Antalya, Turkey

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 4-9 a.m. (Live) / 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Replay)
Friday 4-9 a.m. (Live) / 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Replay)
Saturday 4-9 a.m. (Live) / 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Replay)
Sunday 3:30-8:30 a.m. (Live) / 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Replay)

In the field: Returning champion Victor Dubuisson, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Victor Dubuisson, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Darren Clarke, Luke Donald, Jamie Donaldson and Marcel Siem.

LPGA TOUR
Lorena Ochoa Invitational presented by Banamex Info
Dates: Nov. 13-16
Venue: Club de Golf Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 5-7 p.m. (Tape Delay) / 4-6 p.m. (Live streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Friday 5-7 p.m. (Tape Delay) / 4-6 p.m. (Live streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Saturday 5-7 p.m. (Tape Delay) / 4-6 p.m. (Live streaming on Golf Live Extra)
Sunday 5-7 p.m. (Tape Delay) / 3-5 p.m. (Live streaming on Golf Live Extra)

In the field: returning champion Lexi Thompson, Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis, Michelle Wie, Lexi Thompson, Suzann Pettersen, So Yeon Ryu, Shanshan Feng, Lydia Ko, Anna Nordqvist and Cristie Kerr.

Veterans Day Salute

On this Veterans Day we at Frogger tip our hats to the great veterans of the USA.  Without you, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the sport (golf) we love so much.

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A big Frogger salute to our veterans.  Hope you get out to play some golf today!

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Weekend Wrap

PGA TOUR / European Tour
WGC-HSBC Champions
Dates: Nov. 5-8
Sheshan International Golf Club
Shanghai, China

The World Golf Championships (WGC) HSBC Champions is an international competition drawing players from the two biggest professional golf tours on the planet, the PGA Tour and European Tour.

The HSBC featured some big names in golf this past weekend including Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler, Martin Kaymer, Billy Horschel, Bubba Watson, and Jordan Spieth.

The tournament finish was quite exciting.  Bubba Watson found himself two shots behind Tim Clark on the final hole of regulation.  From the left greenside, Watson holed an improbable shot for eagle to force a playoff with Clark.

On the first playoff hole Watson drained a 25-foot birdie putt to claim the win, the 7th win of his golf career.

PGA TOUR
Sanderson Farms Championship
Dates: Nov. 6-9
Country Club of Jackson
Jackson, Mississippi

What’s the prize for winning the Sanderson Farms Championship?  A large bronze rooster.  More importantly, a check for $720,000 and exemptions to major championships like the Masters.  A huge benefit as well includes exempt status on the PGA Tour until the 2016-2017 season.

In just his 16th start on the PGA Tour, Canadian golfer Nick Taylor claimed the win and vaulted his career to the next level, guaranteeing his presence on tour until at least 2017.  Taylor had been struggling with his putting previously, but this week’s putting, especially in the final round, made the difference.

Said Taylor following his victory at the Sanderson Farms Championship, “I like roosters now.  It’s my favorite animal.”

Friday Fun – Alligators Fighting on Golf Course

Strange things always seem to happen on the golf course.  Here’s a new video which surfaced today of two alligators getting into a very bad fight on the golf course.

Personally, I would not have gotten this close.  Alligators can outrun humans.

The reason for the fight is unknown.  I suspect one alligator was mad because the other didn’t give him a “gimme” putt.  Tempers probably flared, a hole or two later when the favor was returned.  Typical golf fight.

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