Big Break The Palm Beaches: Episode 9 Breakdown

By Sara Brown, Kelly JacquesApril 1, 2015, 12:14 pm

 

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: FINAL FOUR! Richy Robert Clay and Justin! This is sure to be good!!!



Kelly: Yes we are finally down to the final 4! I truly feel like we have the 4 strongest golfers left in this competition! That only means these last few episodes are going to be AWESOME!

 

Sara: I agree Kel... And it definitely shows on paper for Justin, Richy and Robert with all of their accolades and well let's be serious Clay has GAME!!! This is sure to be a great episode!!! There is that nervousness we as contestants get as the players start to dwindle and that finale gets closer and closer... Oh but let's not forget Justin and Richy were told and breakfast this was the last day to use their mulligan or they would lose it... I can't wait to see what happens!



Kelly: I loved this first immunity challenge! This is the first time I’ve seen this exact challenge and I think it’s a keeper! With 5 total shots, the players had to play 2 holes and see how well they could do. This late in the game, I think it’s important to have true golf challenges incorporated!



Sara: I think you were reading my mind! I LOVE that the immunity challenge was playing GOLF! You only had 5 shots and two holes... A par 3 and a par 4... This was the first time I saw ALL the contestants show they were nervous! No shots were spectacular.



Kelly: Yea Sara I was pretty surprised that no one hit a tight one on that first shot either. But Like you said I'm sure the nerves are playing a big factor as we are getting closer and closer to the finale!

But all the players made a par on the first hole except Clay! He 3 putted from a pretty decent birdie range…WOW…what a mistake…that almost guarantees that he will not win this immunity challenge.  You want to be aggressive AND smart but unfortunately that didn’t happen this time. 



Sara: Yea Clays first putt was pretty firm for the type of challenge it is and what he's playing for! I was shocked to see Richy didn't give it a better look for birdie since he got a read from Robert... But a par was what was needed that first hole and when Clay missed I was SHOCKED!!! He's been putting great! So now Clay has one shot on the par 4 and definitely doesn't have Roberts length off the tee... So he's pretty much out!  



Kelly: I was pretty impressed with the way that Justin played that first immunity challenge! Knowing that he still had a mulligan in his pocket, he put himself in a position to know exactly what he had to do to win at the last location. He used his mulligan and it paid off. Earning himself immunity into the top 3! I like his odds to take it all!



Sara: I liked how everyone played smart off the tee... BUT I was shocked since Robert knew Justin AND Richy Still had mulligans that he didn't take out his driver and play alittle more aggressive... It was to Justin's advantage to hit in that 3rd spot after he saw Robert and Richy... He knew he wanted to hit it past them so he would be last to hit... Putting himself in great position to know exactly what he needed to do to win this challenge!!! Although Richy gave it a great effort from 160 yards Justin only had 75 and that mulligan in his pocket... Which came into good use as he stuck his mulligan ball to 4 feet! Justin is very confident in his game right now and I agree with you Kel, he may be hard to beat, BUT we both know how that Big Break Pressure can just jump up and grab you... Excited to see him play next episode!



Kelly: The short games of the remaining players were put to the test during the second immunity challenge…and they sure did hit some impressive shots! EXCEPT…Richy missed his 3ft comeback TWICE! He used his mulligan and unfortunately it did not pay off. Sara, do you think that was nerves?



Sara: Yes they did!!! That first location out of the bunker everyone hit it inside 4 feet and while Robert and Clay putted it in... Richy MISSED!!! I was literally in shock when I saw that!!! I was yelling at the tv for him to use his MULLIGAN... Seems silly to need it for a 3 foot putt but hey you have, it USE IT!!! Seems easy enough right... NOPE!!! He hits the SAME EXACT PUTT and misses AGAIN!!! WOW!!! He is definitely showing some nerves and feeling the Big Break Pressure... I think this is the first time I've seen him a little frazzled on the course.

 



Kelly: Clay struggled during this challenge and was the first player to ensure his spot in the elimination challenge. He has not had a good day up until this point and really needs to pull himself together in order to advance to the next show. 



Sara: For Richy to have stuck that second location after his missed putts was impressive a definite bounce back BUT Robert was right there to answer with his clutch putting! Clay is struggling in this challenge and I don't think he can make up any ground in this final location... 





Kelly: Due to Robert’s clutch putt, Richy was the one to join Clay in the elimination challenge.  Before seeing the results, my money would be on Richy. Only because we have seen how Clay crumbles a bit when he is lacking that confidence. 



Sara: That putt Robert made was HUGE but let's give it to Richy too he made a great up and down from that 3rd and final location from in between the palm trees... But ultimately Clay and Richy were in elimination and well not anything against Clay BUT Richy has wanted to play him for a few shows now and with Clay lacking confidence this show my money was on Richy too!



Kelly: Clay bogey’d the first hole due to a few compounded mistakes but if he has a solid hole 2 he can still be in it! Fight Clay! I want to see a good match!



Sara: I don't know Kelly, two holes is not very many when you get behind... And to be honest Clay got pretty lucky with that tee shot that hit the tree and he didn't take advantage... Then what was that putt? He rammed it way past the hole! Again we both have been there and when it starts to spiral out of control there is not much that you can do... Especially when you are playing with someone who is on cruise control! 



Kelly: Unfortunately for Clay, Richy was able to 2 putt the last hole to send him home and put an end to his Big Break. 



Sara: Richy played smart these two elimination holes... It made Clay have to press to make something happen and unfortunately it wasn't in the cards for Clay this time! 



Kelly: There are a lot of people who are not a fan of Clay, but I truly believe he is a great guy. I appreciate his passion and his genuine love for the game. If he learns to let his game do the talking and tighten up his play under pressure, I think he can be pretty darn good. Best of luck with everything Clay…I’ll be pulling for you!!!



Sara: Well Kelly we know what that pressure is like on Big Break and what it can do to you when you are there... Clay may not be liked by everyone BUT I'm with you I like him! He's got some major game just needs to tighten up in some areas and maybe let the clubs do more talking than his mouth! I wish you all the BEST Clay!!! Can't wait to see what's in store for 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.