During this past off season, I was contacted by Golf Channel about doing a guest appearance on the upcoming season for the TV series Big Break. I was told that the show would be filmed in the Bahamas at the Atlantis Resort and that I would have to fly out and spend 2 days there. Well it didn't take long to convince me to take a trip to the Bahamas. I told them they could count me in.
I was excited going back to the Big Break, mainly because I knew what to expect. As a contestant you really don't know what your schedule will be from day to day. Sometimes you don't even know what you'll be doing in the next 15 minutes! But this time, I would be well prepared for what is to come. I went from being a camper to being a counselor. When I was on Big Break Prince Edward Island, I knew nobody going into the show. Even the people working on the show kind of avoided you. It was a very lonely feeling. This time, I was reunited with the production crew and I received a very warm welcome. One thing I didn't miss about the show was the early wake up calls.
The day we shot the show we started early. I ate breakfast and got ready for the day, but I had to be careful not to be seen by any of the contestants on the show. Big Break likes to keep its contestants in the dark about what they will be doing each day and that includes who will be there with them. I even had my own cart driver to make sure we didn't run into any the contestants.
By the time I made my way to the golf course, the cameras had already started running. The hosts of the show got me into position and then introduced me to the contestants. I remember being very shy and reserved my first time on the show. This time, I was very comfortable with the spotlight and I really tried to soak it all in. I could tell the other girls had been in a tense environment being on the show and I wanted to do whatever I could to help loosen up the mood. When I had time, I tried to get to know the contestants and make them feel comfortable. I told them to just play your game and be confident.
There were a lot of similarities between when I was on the show and now but there were also some differences. One difference was the first challenge. We played a 'Tic Tac Toe' challenge which involved pitching the ball into a series of nets that were about 5 feet wide. It was nice because we have essentially the same nets at the course I practice at in Dallas. Needless to say, I was well prepared. It was nice doing the challenges because I was actually helping them and not playing against them. The better my shots were, the more points they were given.
I was very thankful for the opportunity to return to Big Break and the show has helped me learn to deal with pressure situations as well as give me confidence in my game. A big thanks to Golf Channel for having me as a guest. I'm proud to be a Big Break alum and hopefully I'll be back on the show in the future. Good luck to the remaining contestants and we'll see the winner later this year in Virginia.
Thank you for taking the time to catch up with me and for all your support.
Gerina Piller's Thoughts on Returning to Big Break
Watch: Woods birdies three of his first six holes
Tiger Woods didn't bogey the first hole on Saturday like he did the day prior - but he did drop at a shot at the par-3 second when he failed to get up and down from the bunker.
Luckily, it wouldn't take him long to get that stroke back. One hole later, at the dogleg-left, par-4 third, Woods ripped a 2-iron off the tee, hit a less-than-stellar approach long and right, and poured in this 38-footer for birdie to get back to even par on the day.
He followed with another at the par-5 fourth, smoking a drive 313 yards uphill, short-siding himself with his second shot, and playing this deft pitch to set up a tap-in 4.
After a par save from the bunker at 5, Woods missed the fairway right at the par-5 sixth, laid up with his second, spun a wedge to 15 feet with his third, and rolled in this third birdie of the day to move to 6 under for the week.
Woods' momentum was slowed by a bogey at 8, the product of an errant tee shot, and a missed birdie try at 9 left Woods to make the turn in 1 under-35, minus-5 for the week.
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Fowler among 5 to skip WGC-Match Play
ORLANDO, Fla. – Five of the top 64 players in the world will skip next week’s WGC-Dell Match Play.
Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott all will miss the second WGC event of the year, held next week at Austin Country Club.
As a result, the last man into the field is world No. 69 Luke List. Kevin Na, Charles Howell III, Joost Luiten and Keegan Bradley also got into the field.
Julian Suri and Bill Haas are the first two alternates, if anyone else withdraws from the round-robin-style match-play event.
This is the second year in a row that Rose, Fowler, Stenson and Scott will not play in Austin. Koepka reached the quarterfinals each of the past two years, but he is still recovering from a wrist injury.
The final seeding for the event will be determined after this week’s tournaments. The bracket show is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, live on Golf Channel.
Korda happy to finally be free of jaw pain
PHOENIX – Jessica Korda isn’t as surprised as everyone else that she is playing so well, so quickly, upon her return from a complex and painful offseason surgery.
She is inspired finally getting to play without recurring headaches.
“I’d been in pain for three years,” she said after posting a 4-under-par 68 Friday to move two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.
Korda had her upper jaw broken in three places and her low jaw broken in two places in December in a procedure that fixed the alignment of her jaw.
Korda, 25, said the headaches caused by her overbite even affected her personality.
“Affects your moods,” Korda said. “I think I was pretty snappy back then as well.”
She was pretty pleased Friday to give herself a weekend chance at her sixth LPGA title, her second in her last three starts. She won the Honda LPGA Thailand three weeks ago in her first start after returning from surgery.
“I'm much happier now,” Korda said. “Much calmer.”
Even if she still can’t eat the things she would really like to eat. She’s still recuperating. She said the lower part of her face remains numb, and it’s painful to chew crunchy things.
“Chips are totally out of question,” Korda said.
She can eat most things she likes, but she has to cut them into tiny pieces. She can’t wait to be able to eat a steak.
“They broke my palate, so I can't feel anything, even heat,” Korda said. “So that's a bit difficult, because I can't feel any heat on my lip or palate. I don't know how hot things are going in until they hit my throat.”
Korda has 27 screws in her skull holding the realignment together. She needed her family to feed her, bathe her and dress her while she recovered. The procedure changed the way she looks.
While Korda’s ordeal and all that went into her recovery has helped fans relate to her, she said it’s the desire to move on that motivates her.
“Because I was so drugged up, I don't remember a lot of it,” Korda said. “I try to forget a lot of it. I don't think of it like I went through a lot. I just think of it as I'm pain-free. So, yeah, people are like, `Oh, you're so brave, you overcame this and that.’ For me, I'm just going forward.”