David Frost | Player Profile | Nedbank Senior Challengeon October 6, 2011
When David Frost joined the Champions Tour three seasons ago, he sounded a warning to his fellow competitors, making it clear that he had lost none of his ability to consistently shoot low rounds. In only five events in 2009, he finished second once and recorded three top-10s – earning more than $ 300 000. The next year playing a full schedule of 25 events, the former Paarl Boys High pupil completed the trifecta of finishing first, second and third, recorded a total of nine top-10 finishes, and earned $1,186,000 – placing him just outside the top-10 on the moneylist.
David Frost’s maiden professional victory, in the Gordon’s Gin Classic, was recorded at the Gary Player Country Club, and he went on to win 22 more tournaments before joining the Senior Tour in Europe. ‘Frostie,’ at one time recognised as one of the best putters in the world, also has the distinction of having met with one of the all-time greats, Ben Hogan, who after having watched Frost swing the club, declared that he could find no fault with the South African’s action. This was high praise from a man who was not the most generous when it came to handing out compliments.
When one looks at Frost’s record on the PGA Tour, it is immediately noticeable that when he is in the “zone”, he can make the best players in the world look rather ordinary. An example of this was when he won the Tucson Open in 1988 he did so by finishing five strokes ahead of an in-form Mark Calcavecchia and Mark O’Meara. Four years later he cruised home in the Buick Classic, finishing eight shots clear of Duffy Waldorf. His 21-under par total in the Hardee’s Golf Classic a year later left him seven clear of Payne Stewart and D.A Weibring.
One only had to see how the Dallas resident sharpened up his skills prior to qualifying for the over-50 circuits to know that he meant business, and as recently as 2005, while playing in the MCI Heritage, he set an all-time PGA Tour 72-hole putting record, taking only 92 strokes. Later on the other side of the Atlantic, in the 2008 European Open the “senior” Frost finished fourth. In his very first full- season on the Champions Tour, he narrowly missed out on recording what would have been considered a maiden Senior Major, only being narrowly beaten by Tom Lehman in the US Senior PGA Championship.
According to the “horses-for-courses” theory, Frost should always be near the top of the bookmaker’s boards when he tees up at the Gary Player Country Club – he has made no secret of just how good a test he believes the layout to be, a test he passed rather easily when he won his three Nedbank Golf Challenge titles.
Frost is one of those players that never fails to show dogged determination, and he is known to conjure up the most unlikely shots when they are most needed. An example of this was seen in Mauritius earlier this year when Frost made an eagle three on the final hole to force a playoff which he won against Roger Chapman.