The PGA Tour Champions touches down in Alabama this week for its first major, the Regions Tradition, which will be hosted on the Founders Course at Greystone Golf & Country Club for the second time.
American Jeff Maggert prevailed last year, winning in a play-off against countryman Kevin Sutherland. From a South African perspective, the hope will be that David Frost will deliver after a string of impressive performances.
Frost won the Regions Tradition back in 2013, albeit at a different venue, and will bring added confidence, sitting in eighth place in the Charles Schwab Cup. The 1999 SA Open champion has put together a season that includes five top-20 performances in eight starts and no missed cuts. He heads into the year’s first major on the back of two runners-up finishes and must be among the favourites to claim the title.
The 56-year-old will be looking to play to his strengths – he ranks sixth in putting average and fourth in three-putt avoidance. The majors have added pressure and being hot on the greens can make the difference. The Cape Town-born golfer will hope this is where he can break away from the field come Sunday and claim a second Tradition title.
Unfortunately, Frost is the sole representative in the field for South Africa this week. There are familiar names such as Ian Woosnam, Colin Montgomerie, and Bernhard Langer, who will be gunning for the title as well.