Big Break The Palm Beaches: Episode 4 Breakdown

By Kelly Jacques, Sara BrownFebruary 26, 2015, 12:51 pm

Big Break Ireland contestant, Kelly Jacques is back to break down episode 4 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: I loved watching these guys open those 9 envelopes it's like they thought something was going to pop out! Hahaha but ultimately they found out it was time for the infamous FLOP SHOT WALL! I like the team aspect of this challenge, makes that wall that much more difficult... And speaking of difficult Kel... I mean how difficult was it to pick teams? These guys are all good... Who would you have picked first?

Kelly: Agreed! The suspense when they were opening the envelopes was hilarious! But we both know how that feels and it is nerve racking! It’s always hard to pick teams especially once you start forming friendships with certain players! I think I would have chosen Tommy first, and they chose him last! When you older I feel like the part of your game that keeps on improving should be your short game!

Sara: I would have gone with chad but since he was also a captain I would go with Robert. He's been pretty consistent and playing well so far. Kyle then chose Richy, I know they went to school together do you think that's why? I mean I know he's good on paper has a great resume but really hasn't done too much so far this season... He may be the quiet one to watch out for :) 

Kelly: I think that’s definitely the reason that Kyle chose Richy. You can’t blame him though! You should never rely on someone else, but allies can definitely help you in Big Break!

Sara: At the first flop location, Justin Tyler and Kyle were up, and WOW! Right out of the gate Justin almost holes it! That is not easy to do! He even said you can't see anything but blue sky...impressive Justin, VERY IMPRESSIVE!!! Then Tyler almost holed it as well! I mean, my heart can't handle all this excitement hahaha, such good golf shots are being hit in this series!

Kelly: Seriously! What a great way to start off the challenge! I’m not sure they could hit it that close if they could see the target! Tyler hit a pretty poor shot here, but at least he knows that was not his strength! However, I wonder if he talked himself out of a good performance there!

Sara: At the second flop location, you had Chad Clay and Tommy, and again all three of them hit great shots! It must have been Clay's awesome red socks, hahaha, no but seriously, a great shot from him! That shot earned him the opportunity to play in that fourth location with his teammate Justin, for immunity and that $3000!

The third location was much closer between Robert Richy and Brandon. Again we see a perfectly executed flop shot from Robert to 6”! Just a little info for you all; all three guys that won each location  hit it a totally of 1 foot 5 inches from the hole, hahaha now that's good!!! 

Kelly: I loved watching the players move closer and closer to the wall with each location. I think this is the best that I’ve ever seen the players perform on this intimidating challenge! I can’t believe their total distance was a mere 1 foot 5 inches! Keep in mind, they are hitting to a blind target!

Sara: So now the fourth location for the flop challenge was between Justin, Clay (who are on the same team) and Robert. The winner of this last location would win immunity for their team and $3000 dollars to split! You never know BUT I'm thinking Justin and Clay had the upper had on Robert since they could cheer each other on. That just adds a little more unnecessary stress to Robert! Ultimately Justin would win the last location for his team of Clay and Brandon. They are now safe and onto the next show...  

Kelly: I think Justin and Clay definitely had the upper hand, but not because of the cheering. I think it took some stress off their backs because they knew they had two chances. The fate of the team wasn’t just on their own shoulders, it was shared. Playing for your team’s safety is a lot more pressure than just playing for your own and they all did a great job!

Sara: This second immunity challenge was how close you could get your second shot to the hole. These challenges to me are fun but also pressure packed because you're playing a hole BUT you may not want to be as aggressive as you would normally be! That aggressiveness could have cost Robert on his putt, BUT in the end Tyler hit a poor bunker shot and is straight to the elimination.

Kelly: I was excited to see this challenge as well! It gives us a better look at the player’s overall game! Tyler just chose a bad challenge to string two poor shots together. If I was Tyler, I think I would choose Kyle. He didn’t have a great day and he hasn’t played great so far.

Sara: I know if I were Tyler I would definitely not want to play Chad aka Corporal Clutch. BUT what do I know! Who does he pick?? CHAD!! Like are you crazy Tyler?? Kelly what do you think about that?

Kelly: I was shocked! He’s knocked out three players so far and has proven himself to be clutch when it counts! He’s now played in every elimination challenge so far! But you can tell that he is pulling from those experiences and it’s making him more confident!

Sara: Tyler I like you man...but you're CRAZY!!!! Boom! Birdie out of the gate by Chad to go 1 up. I don't know if anyone else caught this but Kelly did you hear the guys on the bench talking about Chad tanking it in the morning challenges and maybe sand bagging a little bit? What do you make of that? 

Kelly: I don’t think that’s the case at all. I honestly think it’s because the immunity challenges aren’t playing to his strengths. Due to his leg, certain challenges aren’t suited the best for him. But when he finds himself in the elimination challenges, he is getting the opportunity to play HIS game not just one shot here, or one shot there. He knows how to play off his strengths, and that is usually the player that will come out on top!

Sara: During the second hole, Tyler just got a bad break when it went out of bounds. And Chad said it best, “Golf is just a crazy game like that”. Stinks that Tyler got eliminated but Chad did play great golf. Would you guys please stop picking Chad for elimination!! I MEAN SERIOUSLY he's like a sniper rifle taking them out quietly one by one hahahaha!

Kelly: I love Tyler’s attitude. In my opinion that is one of the hardest parts of the game to control. I wish more players were as classy as he is! You can tell that he keeps the game in perspective and doesn’t take himself too seriously. Everyone trying to make this dream a reality has the talent, but many times it’s their attitude that sets them apart! I’m going to miss you Tyler and your hilarious personality!!

Sara: Tyler was a great contestant definitely one of my favorites. I will miss his banter and his mustache hahaha! No but really, what a classy guy. Did you see the way the guys spoke about him and how he congratulated Chad? That's a great guy. We wish you all the best Tyler... 

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Ortiz takes Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

Former Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Tour Player of the Year.

McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

Memo to the golf gods:

If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.

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Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

"I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

"I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x