Been enjoying the PGA this week, watching Tiger Woods run amok with the field – at least, that’s what he’s doing right now on my TiVo – not sure how it all ends. Anyhow, I noticed the stuffed Tiger in his bag and my kids asked about it. Not sure of the origin, I found him explained on Wikipedia. Not sure how I missed all of this, but here goes.
“Frank” is the name given to the club cover always on Tiger’s bag. It is a plush tiger head created by his mother Kultida. On it is stiched, “from mom with love” in Thai.
An animatronic version of Frank, created by M5 Industries, was used in several Nike Golf commercials starting in 2003, where Frank would give advice to Tiger, or even seem to be more a nuisance than a help, much in the same vein as the “Lil’ Penny” commercials Nike did with Penny Hardaway in the mid-1990s. In one commercial, Frank was talking trash at Charles Barkley during a pro-am. In another, when Tiger thought Frank was giving bad advice, Tiger told Frank, “You can be replaced.”