Big Break The Palm Beaches: Episode 3 Breakdown

By Sara Brown, Kelly JacquesFebruary 18, 2015, 7:03 pm

Big Break Ireland contestant, Kelly Jacques is back to break down episode 3 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.

Kelly: Welcome back Big Breakers! I mean, seriously…how good was Episode 3?! Starting off, they had to play a closest to the hole against the player with the same color ball. The other players had to predict who would win the matchup. Love, love, love these types of challenges! You can see who the players’ confidence lies in!

Sara: I couldn't agree more Kel!!! I love when the show opens with a bang!!! At breakfast when the guys pick the colored golf balls... Love that a few picked based on school colors or those other college colors as Wesley said that would make him throw up hahaha 

The first challenge is also very much a mind game and needed strategy when you weren't playing on who you thought was better... I didn't have this challenge on my Big Breaks but I love the intensity of it... 

Kelly: This challenge is definitely a mind game and players are choosing players based off of point totals! I felt bad for Chad, Clay and Kyle. That has to be a pretty defeating feeling when hardly anyone believes in you! 

Sara: Yep but ultimately Justin Brandon Richy and FINALLY Tyler are safe and onto the next show and a safari adventure... When all the other guys are off to the second immunity challenge where driving accuracy and distance were both in play!!! Love that they all talked when on the bench about the gun show and shirts being tighter and swinging out of their shoes... Hahahaha and then Wesley pulls a 3 wood... But again accuracy is key to get points and he rips his 3 wood.

Kelly: This distance and accuracy challenge didn’t play into Chad’s strength though... When you don’t hit a long ball, you definitely have to rely on your accuracy. Unfortunately, he missed one fairway and found himself in the bottom spot after both rounds…

Sara: Yes but we have a playoff for  immunity between the longest hitter Robert and Wesley who again hit his 3 wood perfect... But Robert answers with a huge drive and 7 points to win immunity... 

Kelly: Since Chad secured his spot in the elimination challenge he had to choose his opponent... Come on Chad, I’m pulling for you! 

But wait WHAT??!! Chad chose Wesley to go to elimination with him?! Wesley was just in a playoff for immunity! Talk about a swing of circumstances! Sara, why do you think Chad chose who he did?

Sara: I wasn't really that shocked... I mean I'm not sure why he picked Wesley but maybe it's because all 3 of these guys are good and If he's thinking pro careers or wins or golf outside of Big Break maybe Chad thought Wesley wasn't as accomplished... I don't know but all I know is this elimination challenge is KILLING me... I mean come on Wesley make a putt... And Chad... Ugh I don't know who to root for... Like them both!

Kelly: Chad got up and down from the bunker on location 3. He then found himself plugged in the face of the bunker at the last location…and what does he do?! He hit an incredible recovery shot close to the pin and sinks his must make putt! Incredible!! PLAYOFF TIME!! 

Sara: WOW WOW WOW... That plugged bunker shot from Chad INCREDIBLE!!! I mean it wasn't a gimmie put by any means and then with all the pressure Big Break adds... to make that putt... WOW He's tough!!! 

Kelly: Chad’s game and his putter stayed hot in the additional sudden death playoff hole where he ripped his drive and stuck his approach needing another must make 6 footer for birdie to send home Wesley. No one mess with Chad, he has talent AND a never give up attitude! I’m excited for Chad, but I am bummed to see Wesley go home.

Sara: Agreed Kelly, Chad is sooooo good when the pressure is on! And I feel for Wesley and will miss him on the show But his putter just didn't come to play today... So I guess it was a good choice by Chad to pick him... If I'm those other guys playing you better believe I am NOT picking Chad in an elimination challenge #corporalclutch as he was referred too he took out 3 people in 2 days pretty impressive if you ask me... Can't wait to see what next week brings because this week was definitely MUST SEE TV!!!

Until next time!



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Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

“I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

“I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.

Masters victory

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Video: See the putt that made Sergio a major champ

Green jacket tour

Article: Take a look at Sergio's crazy, hectic media tour

Article: Garcia with fiancée, green jacket at Wimbledon

Article: Watch: Garcia kicks off El Clasico in green jacket

Man of the people

Article: SERGIO! Garcia finally gets patrons on his side

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Article: Sergio donates money for Texas flood relief

Article: Connelly, Garcia paired years after photo together

Ace at 17th at Sawgrass

Growing family

Article: Sergio, Angela get married; Kenny G plays reception

Article: Garcia, wife expecting first child in March 2018

Departure from TaylorMade

Article: Masters champ Garcia splits with TaylorMade

Squashed beef with Paddy

Article: Harrington: Garcia was a 'sore loser'

Article: Sergio, Padraig had 'great talk,' are 'fine'

Victory at Valderrama

Article: Garcia gets first win since Masters at Valderrama

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 12:30 pm
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Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

Well, this is a one new one.

According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

“No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

“If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

“I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.