Every season that I produce Big Break, I plan on keeping a shoot diary to help me out when I write blogs for the series. Somehow, between the early morning wake up calls, and the late night interviews, it never happens.
Looking back, I remember my sense of relief that the Yani Tseng breakfast reveal went off without a hitch. Keeping a guest of Yani’s caliber under wraps at a resort the size of Atlantis, seems simple, but it always adds quite a bit of stress to the situation. Completely blindsiding the contestants was a great feat of logistical work by our production staff, involving a lot of early call times for everyone from PA’s and Production Managers to Make-up artists and Cameramen. With breakfast behind us, we just had to get the first two challenges done on schedule, so Yani could make her afternoon flight back to the US, and then we’d be home free!
The level of excitement on the range that morning was palpable. Everyone knew they were either going to be playing the challenge in front of Yani Tseng, or she’d be on the bench watching them play against her. The competitors didn’t know the exact details of the challenge until they got to the hole they were playing. (i.e. that morning we told them to prepare to hit a tee shot and an approach, no putting) That way they warm up the right part of their game, but we maintain that constant element of uncertainty we need to get reactions for twists and reveals of cool/new challenges.
Wind was a major concern that day. Our flop wall location was on the 8th green right on the ocean, so the wall would be receiving the full force of the prevailing winds. At the crew breakfast that morning, the Producers actually agreed on a backup challenge, in case the wall couldn’t be put up safely. During the first immunity challenge, the Art Department prepped the flop wall, and a special pane of glass that we had for Yani to break. Shortly after the ladies got to the range to warm up for the second challenge, we got the good word, the wall was up, and it wasn’t going to move in the wind.
One of the things I’ve heard over and over during the seven seasons I’ve worked on Big Break, is how much pressure the golfers feel over every shot. Nothing drove the point home to me personally, than hearing the number one player on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings and a five time major winner, talking about how much pressure she felt to play well for her team in the first challenge, and then to hit great mulligans in the second challenge. The pressure of playing on Big Break is completely unlike anything else in the golf world.
Just want to close by extending our thanks to Yani for being a part of the show, it was a thrilling experience for the ladies, and great day for us as we got to watch the World No. 1 up close.
Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son
ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.
Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.
''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''
They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.
''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''
Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.
''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''
Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.
Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.
Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.
Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?
Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.
Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.
Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.
The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.
Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.
Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.
Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational
Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.
The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.