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!!!

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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.