Float Like a Butterfly....

By Big Break ProducerJuly 17, 2012, 2:00 am

There’s nothing in a caterpillar that says it’s going to be a butterfly.  To go from a furry worm lookin’ thing, to a colorful, fluttering, fully realized insect is a pretty amazing thing.  What’s interesting to note, though, is that once that drastic change occurs, one never really considers the effort it must have taken to get to that point.  Think about it.  When was the last time you looked at a butterfly and thought, “ya know what’s crazy…that used to be a caterpillar.”  George Carlin may have summed it up best when he said, “the caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.” 

Welcome to the incoherent thoughts and ramblings about this penultimate episode of Big Break Atlantis, courtesy of Big Break’s Senior Producer, Brendan Havens.

Instead of focus on the very fun, yet ultimately pointless prize challenge which highlighted the all too brief return of the entire cast of Big Break Atlantis, I’m gonna go in the completely opposite direction.  Let’s talk about the butterfly of the cast, shall we? 

I hope all of you can fully appreciate what you’ve all been witness to over the last 10-weeks as we are currently in the midst of a turnaround in which I’ve never seen on any Big Break series I’ve ever been involved with.  Selanee has transformed from a caterpillar to a butterfly right before our eyes and it’s happened in an astonishingly quick period of time.  I say this because in TV time, this has taken a full 10-weeks to happen.  In reality, this happened over the course of roughly 10-DAYS.

As it’s been chronicled in past producer blogs, this series takes right around 2-weeks to shoot.  The contestants arrive, get a full day of practice to get familiar with the course, the show open elements are shot, and then the actual competition begins filming with 1 show being shot per day.  Usually, in this compacted period of time, the competitors kind of come with what they got and hope that it’s good enough to get ‘em through the series.  There’s really no time to necessarily figure things out and work out the kinks, so to speak.  This is what makes this progression of Selanee’s self realization that much more impressive.  She’s gone from being flat out scared, to being the flat out scariest competitor in the entire competition. 

As Scott Lee detailed in his blog last week, we each have interview assignments at the end of every day.  As a general rule of thumb, you stick with the same contestant as long as they’re on the show.  It builds a comfort level and the interviews benefit greatly from both sides being able to have a comfortable conversation.  I drew Selanee from the start, so that meant as long as she stuck around; we’d have a nice little chat at the end of every day.  To experience her daily evolution first hand was pretty amazing.

Remember, Selanee was one-hole-of-golf away from being eliminated in show 1.  Remember that she backed off that 4-foot birdie putt 4 times before getting her hands to stop shaking so violently that she couldn’t even pull the putter back.  Remember that only 3 shows later, she found herself in the same position against Aubrey, only to fight back the nerves once again and birdie another hole in elimination (whist hands shaking again).  Remember the opening birdie and AMAZINGLY clutch up and down to eliminate Christina.  And now, as we all sat back and watched Selanee completely destroy a very game Gloriana to make it to the championship match, take in the beauty and make sure to marvel at how we even got to this point.  Just like the butterfly, Selanee has awoken in her own time.

Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

Lexi Thompson:

Baking time!!

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David Feherty:

Jack Nicklaus:

GC Tiger Tracker:

Steve Stricker:

Golf Channel:

Frank Nobilo:

Ian Poulter:

Tyrone Van Aswegen:

Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.