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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Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

"That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.