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!!! 


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Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook played a six-hole stretch in 6 under and shot an 8-under 64 in breezy conditions Saturday to take the lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook began the run at La Quinta Country Club with birdies on Nos. 4-5, eagled the sixth and added birdies on No. 7 and 9 to make the turn in 6-under 30.

After a bogey on the 10th, he birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 15 and saved par on the 18th with a 20-footer to take a 19-under 197 total into the final round on PGA West's Stadium Course. The 26-year-old former Arkansas player is making his first start in the event. He won at Sea Island in November for his first PGA Tour title.

Fellow former Razorbacks star Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were a stroke back. Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 on the Stadium Course. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. They are both winless on the PGA Tour.

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Jon Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium Course to reach 17 under. The top-ranked player in the field at No. 3, Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

Scott Piercy also was two strokes back after a 66 at the Stadium.

Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, and Harkins shot 68 on the Stadium Course.

Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium Course to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time.

The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. The Southern California recruit had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over for the week.

John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine – and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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Mickelson misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

How rare is his missing the cut there?

The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.

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Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur

By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 11:20 pm

Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.

They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.

It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.

“I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”

The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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LAAC returning to Casa de Campo in 2019

By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 8:23 pm

The Latin America Amateur Championship will return to Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic in 2019 (Jan. 17-20), event organizers announced Saturday in Chile, where this year’s championship is underway.

The LAAC champion receives an invitation to play the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club every spring.

The champion is also exempt into The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event for which he is eligible to compete. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

The championship got its start in 2015 with Chile’s Matias Dominguez winning at Pilar Golf in Argentina. In 2016, Casa de Campo hosted, with Costa Rica’s Paul Chaplet winning. At 16, he became the first player from Central America to compete in the Masters. In 2017, Chile’s Toto Gana won the title at  Club de Golf de Panama.