Big Break The Palm Beaches: Episode 11 Breakdown

By Kelly Jacques, Sara BrownApril 23, 2015, 12:14 pm

Big Break Ireland contestant Kelly Jacques breaks down the Season Finale of Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL, along with two-time Big Break contestant and host of School of Golf, Sara Brown. 



Kelly: The Finale is here!!! This season has showcased amazing golf and with Justin and Richy facing off, I know this last episode won’t disappoint!

Sara: I couldn't agree with you more Kelly! This Big Break we have seen some of the best golf shots! And these two guys in my opinion were the two best coming into the show! I'm definitely excited for this matchup!!!

Kelly: Right out of the gate Richy stuffs his approach and makes birdie to take a 1 up lead! Justin didn’t even make Richy make his birdie putt! Sara, were you as surprised as I was here? I'm sure he would have made it, but with the nerves, force him to make it!

Sara: Absolutely I was surprised... HELLO!!! The pressure of Big Break, knowing Richy had missed some short putts in previous shows, and just because it's the first hole... I would have made him putt it!

Kelly: On the second hole Richy drains his second birdie! Dang!! Way to start off the match strong! 

Sara: Both Richy and Justin are so good it wasn't surprising to me that they started out like they did... But I felt for Justin I mean to be 2 down after 2 holes that's tough especially since you aren't playing bad and you know what you are there playing for.

Kelly: After a mess up from Richy on the 6th hole, Justin capitalized and won the hole to go into the 7th only 1 down. Richy must like not losing that lead as he birdied the 7th to go back to 2 up! Sara, in your opinion do certain types of players have advantages in a match play format? I feel like both of these players play similar games so it’s hard to tell who has the upper hand!

Sara: I just had a feeling the match would be like this... For me there wasn't a clear cut better golfer. When you saw Justin win the 6th hole it looked like he had new life... And that's really important in match play because you could have the worst hole ever but only be down one... You have to shake it off and move on and that is exactly what Richy did... like you said he didn't like losing that hole! Their personalities on the golf course are very similar... Hey are both pretty laid back and don't easily get rattled which I think is a big deal when it comes to match play... You can't get to up and down in emotions and you have to play your game... 

Kelly: Justin finally turns on his game and made back to back birdies on holes 8 and 9. That’s what I love to see!!! Way to go Justin, in order to win Big Break you need to dig deep, so keep it up!

Big Break Ireland contestant Kelly Jacques breaks down Episode 8 of Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL, along with two-time Big Break contestant and host of School of Golf, Sara Brown. Don’t miss their expert commentary every week after each episode and make sure to tune in Mondays at 9PM ET.



Sara: Justin was so patient he knew his game was good and he just needed a few putts to fall... I loved seeing that too!!! But if you pay attention to Richy he wasn't changing anything in his game or getting upset... He's keeping his cool pretty well for losing that lead and now being tied heading to the back nine!

Kelly: On the 10th hole Justin made a comment that in my opinion no golfer should ever say. I Hate playing in the rain. To me that comment seals it right there. If you make that type of comment you are already at a disadvantage mentally. Its for that exact reason, that I loved playing in poor weather because I knew I had an advantage mentally over many of the other players. 

Sara: That rain was soooo RIDICULOUS tho! It was sideways and heavy and brutal! I felt so bad for Richy and Justin! I know he said that comment and I agree as golfers we need to face all kinds of weather conditions... But some people are just better at it then others... I wasn't the best player in the rain and to be honest would probably make that same statement Hahahaha but the  good thing it didn't last long and the sun came back out but I think the course drastically changed! Now it's much longer because the fairways are wet and the greens are much softer! So it's now go time... time to pin hunt!!! 

Kelly: After that comment, Justin made me eat my words as he birdied hole 10 and 11 to make 4 birds in a row! My goodness this match is crazy back and forth! Just like that Richy won back to back holes and its back to all square! I knew this match was going to be entertaining, but dang….this finale rocks!  

Sara: BOOM!!! Maybe Justin likes the rain after all Hahahaha!!! Those birdies put him 2 up. This match is CRAZY GOOD! This is what you want a big break finale to be like!!! A lot of good competitive golf and BIRDIES!!!

Kelly: Richy heads into the 17th hole with a 1up lead. If he wins this hole the match is over! He plays like he doesn’t have any nerves whatsoever! He proceeded to stuff his tee shot and make his birdie to seal the deal!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!! That is soooo clutch!!!! 

Sara: Both Richy and Justin were making the Bear Trap look easy... Headed to 17 I was cheering for Justin to win the hole because I selfishly wanted to see it go all the way to 18, but when Richy took that tee you could just see the confidence in him,.. To hit a shot that close with that kind of pressure is outstanding! And although Justin didn't hit the best of shots he gave it a good run but missed his putt and ultimately lost. 

Kelly: Congrats Richy!!!! What an awesome way to win!!!!! You played incredible and you definitely deserve it! You have the game, confidence and attitude to make it out on tour and I'm looking forward to watching that journey!!

Sara: CONGRATS to you both!!! Justin you fought hard and are a great competitor and a true gentleman on the course! BIG things are in store for you! And Richy CONGRATS CHAMP!!! Definitely a well played season and a much deserved win!!! Your skill and demeanor will take you far in this game! I can't wait to follow all that you do out on tour!!! WELCOME to the Big Break Family guys... We are glad to have you!!! 


Park collapses; leaderboard chaos at CME

By Nick MentaNovember 18, 2017, 8:47 pm

Sung-Hyun Park started the day with a three-shot lead and slowly gave it all back over the course of a 3-over 75, leaving the CME Group Tour Championship and a host of season-long prizes up for grabs in Naples. Here’s where things stand through 54 holes at the LPGA finale, where Michelle Wie, Ariya Jutanugarn, Suzann Pettersen and Kim Kaufman share the lead.

Leaderboard: Kaufman (-10), Wie (-10), Jutanugarn (-10), Pettersen (-10), Stacy Lewis (-9), Karine Icher (-9), Austin Ernst (-9), Lexi Thompson (-9), Jessica Korda (-9), Pernilla Lindberg (-9)

What it means: It wasn’t the Saturday she wanted, but Park, who already wrapped up the Rookie of the Year Award, is still in position for the sweep of all sweeps. With a victory Sunday, she would claim the CME Group Tour Championship, the Race to CME Globe’s $1 million jackpot, the Rolex Player of the Year Award, and the money title, as she ascends to No. 1 in the Rolex world ranking. Meanwhile, Thompson, too, could take the $1 million and Player of the Year. As those two battle for season-long prizes, a host of other notable names – Wie, Jutanugarn, Pettersen, Korda, Lewis and Charley Hull (-8) – will fight for the Tour Championship.

Round of the day: Kaufman made four birdies on each side in a bogey-free 8 under-par 64. A lesser-known name on a stacked leaderboard, she seeks her first LPGA victory.

Best of the rest: Amy Yang will start the final round two behind after a 7-under 65. The three-time LPGA Tour winner could pick up her second title of the season after taking the Honda LPGA Thailand in February.

Biggest disappointment: On a day that featured plenty of low scores from plenty of big names, Lydia Ko dropped 11 spots down the leaderboard into a tie for 23rd with a Saturday 72. The former world No. 1 needed two birdies in her last five holes to fight her way back to even par. Winless this season, she’ll start Sunday four back, at 6 under.

Shot of the day: I.K. Kim aced the par-3 12th from 171 yards when her ball landed on the front of the green and tracked all the way to the hole.

Kim, oddly enough, signed her name to a scorecard that featured a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. It was all part of a 1-under 71.

Watch: Pros try to hit 2-yard wide fairway in Dubai

By Grill Room TeamNovember 18, 2017, 5:20 pm

While in Dubai for the DP World Tour Championship, the European Tour prestented a little challenge to Ross Fisher, Richie Ramsay, Nicolas Colsaerts and Soren Kjeldsen. On a stretch of road outside of town, the four players had to try and hit a 2-yard wide fairway. Check out the results.

Rose (65) leads Rahm, Frittelli in Dubai

By Associated PressNovember 18, 2017, 3:24 pm

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Justin Rose will take a one-shot lead into the final day of the season-ending Tour Championship as he attempts to win a third straight title on the European Tour and a second career Race to Dubai crown.

The 37-year-old Rose made a gutsy par save on the final hole after a bogey-free round for a 7-under 65 Saturday and overall 15-under 201.

The Englishman leads South African Dylan Frittelli, who produced the day's best score of 63, and Spain's Jon Rahm, who played in the same group as Rose and matched his 65.

Rose is looking to be Europe's season-ending No. 1 for the second time. His leading rival for the Race to Dubai title, Tommy Fleetwood, is only two shots behind here after a second straight 65 on the Earth course of Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Fleetwood did his chances no harm by overcoming a stuttering start before making eight birdies in his final 11 holes to also post a 65. The 26-year-old Englishman was tied for fourth place at 13 under, alongside South African Dean Burmester (65) and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat (67), who closed with five birdies in a row.

''So, last day of the season and I've got a chance to win the Race to Dubai,'' Fleetwood said. ''It's cool.''

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Masters champion Sergio Garcia, the only other player with a chance to win the Race to Dubai title, is tied for 13th on 10 under after a 67.

Fleetwood had a lead of 256,737 points going into the final tournament and needs to equal or better Rose's finishing position to claim the title. If Rose doesn't finish in the top five and Garcia doesn't win, Fleetwood will have done enough.

Rose is hoping to win a third straight tournament after triumphs in China and Turkey.

Rose, who made some long putts for birdies apart from chipping in on the 13th hole, looked to be throwing away his advantage on the par-5 18th, when his second shot fell agonizingly short of the green and into the water hazard. But with his short game in superb condition, the reigning Olympic champion made a difficult up-and-down shot to stay ahead.

''That putt at the last is a big confidence-builder. That broke about 18 inches right-to-left downhill. That's the kind of putt I've been hoping to make. That was a really committed stroke. Hopefully I can build on that tomorrow,'' said Rose. ''I know what I need to do to stay at the top of the leaderboard. If I slip up tomorrow, he's (Fleetwood) right there. He's done everything he needs to do on his end, so it's a lot of fun.''

The last player to win three tournaments in a row on the European Tour was Rory McIlroy, when he won the Open Championship, the WGC-Bridgestone and the PGA Championship in 2014.

Fleetwood was 1 over after seven holes but turned it on with a hat trick of birdies from the eighth, and then four in a row from No. 13.

''I wanted to keep going. Let's bring the tee times forward for tomorrow,'' quipped Fleetwood after closing with a birdie on the 18th. ''Just one of them strange days where nothing was going at all. A couple sloppy pars on the par 5s, and a bad tee shot on fifth and I was 1-over through seven on a day where scoring has been really good ... Ninth and 10th, felt like we had something going ... it was a really good last 11 holes.''

If Park is nervous, she sure doesn't show it

By Randall MellNovember 17, 2017, 11:24 pm

NAPLES, Fla. – Sung Hyun Park says she can feel her heart pounding every time she steps to the first tee.

She says she always gets nervous starting a round.

You don’t believe it, though.

She looks like she would be comfortable directing a sky full of Boeing 737s as an air traffic controller at Incheon International Airport . . .

Or talking people off the ledges of skyscrapers . . .

Or disarming ticking bombs . . .

“In terms of golf, I always get nervous,” she insists.

Everything about Park was at odds with that admission Friday, after she took control halfway through the CME Group Tour Championship.

Her Korean nickname is “Dan Gong,” which means “Shut up and attack.” Now that sounds right. That’s what she looks like she is doing, trying to run roughshod through the Tour Championship in a historic sweep of all the LPGA’s most important awards and honors.

Park got just one look at Tiburon Golf Club before this championship began, playing in Wednesday’s pro-am. Then she marched out Thursday and shot 67, then came out Friday and shot 65.

At 12 under overall, Park has a three-shot lead on Caroline Masson and Sarah Jane Smith.

She is six shots up on Lexi Thompson, who leads the CME Globe point standings in the race for the $1 million jackpot.

She is 11 shots up on world No. 1 Shanshan Feng.

And 11 shots up on So Yeon Ryu, who leads the Rolex Player of the Year point standings.

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There’s a long way to go, but Park is in position to make an epic sweep, to win the Tour Championship, that CME Globe jackpot, the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, the Vare Trophy for low scoring average, the LPGA money-winning title and the Rolex world No. 1 ranking.

Nobody’s ever dominated a weekend like that in women’s golf.

It’s all there for the taking now, if Park can keep this going.

Park has another nickname back in South Korea. Her fans call her “Namdalla.” That means “I am different.” She’ll prove that if she owns this weekend.

Park, 24, isn’t assuming anything. She’s humbly aware how much talent is flooding the LPGA, how the tour’s depth was underscored in a year where five different players have reigned as world No. 1, five different players won majors and 22 different winners stepped forward in 32 events.

“I don’t think it’s quite that far a lead,” Park said of her three-shot advantage. “Two, three shots can change at any moment.”

About those nerves that Park insists plague her, even Hall of Famer Judy Rankin can’t see it.

Not when Park unsheathes a driver on a tee box.

“She’s the most fearless driver of the ball out here,” Rankin said. “I would put Lexi a close second and everybody else a distant third. She hits drivers on holes where you shouldn’t, and she hits it long and she just throws it right down there between hazard stakes that are 10 yards apart, like it’s nothing. Now, that’s a little hyperbole, but she will hit driver almost everywhere.”

David Jones, Park’s caddie, will attest to that. He was on Park’s bag when she won the U.S. Women’s Open in July and won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in August.

“She reaches for driver a lot because she is a good driver,” Jones said. “She isn’t reckless. She’s as accurate with a driver as she is a 3-wood.”

Park and Thompson played together in the first round. Park is eighth on tour in driving distance, averaging 270 yards per drive, and Thompson is third, averaging 274.

Thompson loves to hit driver, too, but . . . 

“Lexi hit a lot of 3-woods compared to us when we played together yesterday,” Jones said.

Jones doesn’t find himself talking Park out of hitting driver much.

“It’s really simple,” Jones said. “When you hit driver as straight as she does, why mess around?”

Count Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, a student of the swing, among admirers of Park’s abilities.

“No other swing in the game comes close to her technical perfection and elegance in my opinion,” Chamblee tweeted Friday.

Come Sunday, Park hopes to complete a perfect sweep of the LPGA’s most important awards.