What's in a Number?

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 15, 2012, 2:00 am

Although the byline of the blog may suggest otherwise, there is no all-seeing, all-knowing “Big Break Producer”; some lone mythical being that writes all, knows all and holds court over all things Big Break.  A super-producer of sorts.  Nope.  Like the myth of Atlantis itself, this singular person just doesn’t exist.  There are a lot of pieces to this puzzle and I’m just one of the corner pieces.  So with all that being what it is, in the words of Mr. Jagger…please allow me to introduce myself…

My name is Brendan Havens and I’m the Senior Producer for this season of the Big Break.  Those die-hard fans of the series, I’m sure, have read my incoherent thoughts and ramblings from past seasons Producer Blogs (including the preview blog for this series Shark Tanks, Casinos and Rum, OH MY!!!).  My last producing foray into this wonderful world of wicked awesome reality drama was the Big Break Indian Wells Series.  Jon Painter and Scott Lee are my co-Producers for this season and you’ll also be hearing from them as the series progresses every week.

As we all witnessed in the premiere, this season’s Chubby Checker- worthy twist is that all-important race to 100 points.  For the 1st time in the history of Big Break, someone will get a “bye” into the Championship Match.   Pretty darn important stuff, especially for those competing for that ginormous grand prize of tour exemptions and cold, hard, cash.  And when you really think about it, the number 100 is extraordinarily synonymous with money as most of the world’s currencies are divided into 100 subunits.

A high level of execution, mixed in with a little luck here and there can go a long way not only in the Big Break, but in most professional sports as well.  The 100 RBI mark in baseball will usually have you in the running for MVP; and in hockey, 100 points in a season could get you the Hart Trophy.  In football, the field is 100 yards from goal line to goal line and 100 yards rushing or receiving in a game are marks that fantasy owners geek out about (yeah, I know touchdowns are even more valuable, but I’m not about to delve into a player-value discussion with that subculture in this forum).  The NBA record for points scored in one game by a single player is 100 (Wilt Chamberlain back in 1962).  And for those cricket fans out there, I don’t even have to tell you that 100 is the number of runs required for a cricket batsman to score a century…a VERY significant milestone.

A Big Break cannot be won without 100% effort and, as the intensity of the competition heats up, disagreements have had a tendency to arise between the competitors.  You know who else disagrees all the time?  United States Senators.  There are exactly 100 of them.  Sometimes tensions can even reach a boiling point (aka: 100°C) or even explode like an atomic bomb…which is where the element Fermium was first discovered in the debris of the first hydrogen bomb explosion in 1952.  Fermium’s atomic number?  100.

With Big Break being a TV show, 100 episodes usually marks a pretty significant point in a television series as when a TV series reaches 100 episodes, it is generally considered viable for syndication.  (HINT HINT…)

Now I know the song 99 bottles of beer on the wall doesn’t have the number 100 in it, but c’mon…the dude who wrote that song had to be drinking the 100th beer from the wall when he came up with that idea.  I mean, seriously.  Who would buy 99 beers anyway?

What was I talking about?  Oh, right.  100 points gets you to the Championship Match.  As you can see…there’s about 100 reasons why this season is going to be awesome.

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:

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.

Tributes pour in for legendary caddie Sheridan

By Randall MellNovember 23, 2017, 2:54 pm

Tributes are pouring in as golf celebrates the life of Greg Sheridan after receiving news of his passing.

Sheridan, a long-time LPGA caddie who worked for some of the game’s all-time greats, including Kathy Whitworth and Beth Daniel, died Wednesday in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., at 63. He was diagnosed in July 2016 with brain and lung cancer.

Sheridan worked the last dozen years or so with Natalie Gulbis, who expressed her grief in an Instagram post on Wednesday:

“Greg…I miss you so much already and it hasn’t even been a day. 15+ seasons traveling the world you carried me & my bag through the highs and lows of golf and life. You were so much more than my teammate on the course…Thank you.”

Sheridan was on Whitworth’s bag for the last of her LPGA-record 88 titles.

“When I first came on tour, I would try to find out how many times Greg won,” Gulbis told Golfweek. “It’s a crazy number, like 50.”

Matthew Galloway, a caddie and friend to Sheridan, summed up Sheridan’s impressive reach after caddying with him one year at the LPGA Founders Cup, where the game’s pioneers are honored.

“Best Greg story,” Galloway tweeted on Thanksgiving morning, “coming up 18 at PHX all the founders were in their chairs. Greg goes, `Yep, caddied for her, her and her.’ Legend.”

In a first-person column for Golf Magazine last year, Gulbis focused on Sheridan while writing about the special bond between players and caddies. She wrote that she won the “looper lottery” when she first hired Sheridan in ’04.

“Greg and I have traveled the world, and today he is like family,” Gulbis wrote. “Sometimes, he’s a psychologist. Last year, my mom got sick and it was a distraction, but he was great. When I used to have boyfriend issues and breakup issues, he was my confidant. In a world where caddies sometimes spill secrets, Greg has kept a respectful silence, and I can’t thank him enough for that. He’s an extension of me.”

Four months after Gulbis wrote the column, Sheridan was diagnosed with cancer.

“The LPGA family is saddened to hear of the loss of long-time tour caddie, Greg Sheridan,” the LPGA tweeted. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and players he walked with down the fairways. #RIP.”

Dean Herden was among the legion of caddies saddened by the news.

“Greg was a great guy who I respected a lot and taught me some great things over the years,” Herden texted to GolfChannel.com.

Here are some of heartfelt messages that are rolling across Twitter:

Retired LPGA great Annika Sorenstam:

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan in a retweet of Gulbis:

Golf Channel reporter and former tour player Jerry Foltz:

Christina Kim:

LPGA caddie Shaun Clews:

LPGA caddie Jonny Scott:

LPGA caddie Kevin Casas:

LPGA pro Jennie Lee:

Fitzpatrick one back in 2018 Euro Tour opener

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 1:37 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia had six birdies and a bogey Thursday for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open, the first event of the 2018 European Tour season.

Playing in sunny but breezy conditions at the Hong Kong Golf Club, the greens had the players struggling to gauge the approach.

''Very tough conditions today,'' Chawrasia said. ''It's very firm greens, to be honest. I'm just trying to hit the second shot on the green and trying to make it like a two-putt.''

Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open

Shubhankar Sharma and Matthew Fitzpatrick (both 66) were one shot behind, while seven others were tied for fourth a further stroke behind.

''Hit it great tee to green,'' Fitzpatrick said. ''I think I had like seven or eight chances inside 15 feet, and on a day like today when it's so windy and such a tough golf course, with how tight it is, yeah, it was a good day.''

Justin Rose, who won the title in 2015, shot was 2 under with five birdies and three bogeys.

''I think the course played a couple shots harder than it typically does,'' Rose said. ''I like this course. I think it offers plenty of birdie opportunities.''

Masters champion Sergio GarciaRafa Cabrera Bello and defending champion Sam Brazel (69) were in a group of 16 at 1 under.