David Frost - October 30, 2012


David Frost came from six strokes back in the final round and defeated Bernhard Langer in a playoff to win the AT&T Championship. After he made his putt on the 14th hole in the final round, he knew that he had a chance to win the tournament. Also during the final round, he had to hit a shot while standing on an ant hill. He was unable to get relief so he had to hit very quickly.

His son was caddying for him last week and because they had had a lot of experience together on the course, it felt particularly good to win together. He was inspired last week in part by the documentary film Searching for Sugar Man about a musician from Dearborn, Michigan who was unsuccessful in the United States but a big star in South Africa. It is an inspiring story and a wonderful film.

In South Africa, kids grow up competing in sports in different age groups whether it is rugby or soccer or cricket or golf. Kids are competitive in sports from a very young age and if they are not good enough to play on one team, they can easily become part of another team. Frost thinks that a big reason for the success of South Africans is that they are competitive from a young age regardless of their ability in the early parts of their lives.

He does not think that Rory McIlroy will have a tough time finding a new equipment sponsor but McIlroy will have trouble finding new equipment that he is very comfortable with. When you are successful with one kind of equipment for a long time, it is tough to make a transition and then continue to have the same success much less increase the level of success.