Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL - Ep 2 Show Insight

By Kelly Jacques, Sara BrownFebruary 11, 2015, 2:04 pm

Big Break Ireland contestant, Kelly Jacques is back to break down episode 2 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: Let's just talk about those breakfast encounters... They definitely start to get more and quieter as the season goes on but everyone seemed pretty upbeat... UNTIL they read the card and found out that this day they were going to send TWO people home!!! 

Kelly: No kidding! They went from zero being eliminated to two! That had to be a stressful feeling!

Sara: I loved the first immunity challenge because the guys had to pick without telling anyone else...  

I was cracking up when Clay was trying to bluff all the guys that were the long hitters... But ultimately the longest on the show, Robert lost because he failed to hit the fairway so Brandon just had to beat Kyle and he did it in style with a 315 yard drive...

7 players for the 150 yard approach shot WOW now it's just to see who can dart that pin!!!! And Tommy does it!!!! 

Kelly: I loved this immunity challenge as well! Mainly because this is the first time that we truly get to see what each player’s strength is! I wasn’t at all surprised with 7 players choosing the 150 yard shot! That’s such a stock distance that every pro should be comfortable with. I was happy to see that the 40 year old beat out the young ones on that shot! 

Sara: Clay didn't hit a great shot out of the bunker 7'2" but because he was only playing against George who hit it 9' and who went first... That's really all it takes...

Kelly: See, I thought that Clay hit a pretty good shot! Not great by any means but he did what he had to do to move onto show 3!

Sara: The second immunity challenge was all about that chipping AND it was great... You got to see how everyone was thinking and how their short games would hold up...

Kelly: I love short game challenges! This is where you make your money and we got to see those players do their thing! With the different point circles, the players had to choose wisely! One turn without points can take you completely out of it! 

With only the top 2 of this challenge winning immunity, the players needed to play aggressive but smart at the same time. This truly encompasses professional golfers in tournaments as well. You don’t want to be too aggressive that you make silly mistakes, but you also can’t be too conservative that you never give yourself a chance to win

Sara: I was sooooo excited to see the mulligan medallions come out in this chipping challenge Wesley said he started an epidemic hahahha and he really did... I was also very impressed that those who did use the mulligan medallions made great 2nd shots... But I question... Was this the time to use it I mean it's only the 2nd show??

Kelly: Haha started an epidemic. That’s pretty funny! I too thought that it was a little premature to pull the mulligans out. In my opinion, that just shows how scared they are to go to elimination! I understand it’s intimidating, but you need to be confident enough in your game that you shouldn’t have to rely on that this early. Play your way through this competition!

Sara: George and Zachary were the lowest scores and so they had to pick who they would take into elimination and well Kel how do you pick that??? 

Kelly: That’s a tough one. You really have to pick someone based on how they have performed so far…which is not much to go off of! However, I was surprised that they chose Chad. He almost just won the previous challenge…and if I know anything about elimination challenges, they usually come down to short game! This time wasn’t any different. With that being said, Chad pulls off the win, sending George and Zach home. I’m sure he garnered some more respect from his fellow competitors after another strong performance!

Sara: It's sad to see two players go especially George and Zach but hey that's the name of the game right... There is only one Big Break The Palm Beaches winner.

Kelly: Until next time!

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Watch: McIlroy gives Fleetwood a birthday cake

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 19, 2018, 2:58 pm

Tommy Fleetwood turned 27 on Friday. He celebrated with some good golf – a 4-under 68 in Abu Dhabi, leaving him only two shots back in his title defense – and a birthday cake, courtesy of Rory Mcllroy.

While giving a post-round interview, Fleetwood was surprised to see McIlroy approaching with a cake in hand.

“I actually baked this before we teed off,” McIlroy joked.

Fleetwood blew out the three candles – “three wishes!” – and offered McIlroy a slice.  

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DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

“I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

“Everyone was hitting good shots,” McIlroy said. “That’s all we were seeing, and it’s nice when you play in a group like that. You feed off one another.” 

Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

“It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

“I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.

Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship

McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

“DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials contacted Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial.