Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL - Episode 1 Analysis

By Kelly Jacques, Sara BrownFebruary 4, 2015, 8:32 pm

Big Break Ireland contestant, Kelly Jacques returns this season to break down each episode of Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL. This time two-time Big Break contestant and host of School of Golf, Sara Brown joins in the fun to provide additional insight. Don’t miss their expert commentary every week after each episode and make sure to tune in Mondays at 9PM ET. 

 

Kelly: I’m so excited that another season of Big Break is here! This season Sara Brown and I will be breaking down each episode to discuss the standout moments!

Sara: Kel, I am soooo excited to get Season 23 of Big Break started as well!!! And WOW the 1st episode did not disappoint!

Kelly: After watching the player’s bios, I can’t decide who I’m pulling for! Every player has such a compelling story and they are all so different! What are your thoughts?

Sara: I agree! What a great group of guys we have on this cast! From a war Veteran who fought and lost his leg for this Country and for our freedom, to a singer songwriter; we have a Dad trying to make it on tour for the first time at the age of 40, some trick shot bros and many of the guys have college and professional wins under their belt! Kelly, just all around good stories from this bunch. Not to mention they are a great looking group of guys…sorry but I had to point that out! :D

Kelly: Sara did you know that the trick shot brothers you mentioned have over 8 million total video views?! They are probably the most well-known contestants this season! If you haven’t seen them in action, check them out at bryanbrosgolf.com! Not only have they excelled at trick shots, they are pretty darn talented too! George was a three time NCAA-All-American at South Carolina! Wesley hasn’t’ had quite the same success, but is hanging on, trying to make it to the big tour.

Onto the show! How about that great shot from Chad in the first round of the Immunity Challenge!? He hit it to an unbeatable 4 inches!! WOW! Being the last to hit, he knew exactly what he had to do and he pulled it off!

Sara: I actually got a chance last week to see Chad while he was on Feherty Live in Phoenix. I really admire who he is and it's not just because he fought for his country. It's because he was hysterical on Feherty and just seems like a genuinely awesome guy who wants the same as everyone else. He may have just one leg to do it with, BUT he has a great prosthetic to help.  

In the first round of the Immunity Challenge, he proved he also has GAME!!! You said it best Kel, he knew exactly what he had to do and he NAILED IT!!! That's a huge confidence boost for Chad!! But keep in mind, now EVERYONE will be keeping an eye on him. Including me!!!!

Kelly: In the second round of the Immunity Challenge, George hit a horrible shot, only to have it snuggle up to 8 feet!! He beat Brandon by 2 inches to capture a coveted immunity spot! In Big Break it’s hard to not let the lucky shots from others affect you, but it’s definitely necessary! Many times those that win are the ones that have the best misses!

Sara: You're right, it definitely wasn't George's best shot and I think Brandon hit what he thought was a good one. SIDE NOTE: I loved that he channeled his Big Break predecessor Don Donatello and said, "Pull it tight"!

The third and final challenge was won by a very impressive 257 yard 2 iron by Brandon. He is a little vocal and I think you can see the contestants have already said that a few times.  BUT…he should be a fun one to watch. Only time will tell :) 

Kelly: At the end of the day, Kyle found himself at the bottom of the totem pole. He chose Zach to join him in the first elimination challenge of the season. It looked like it was a tough decision for him!

Sara: I think it's so hard especially that first show to pick someone to play against. You haven't really seen their games and unless you knew them from before you kind of just pick and pray you stay on top. So I honestly felt Kyle just picked at random. Maybe he fears the Stache on Tyler I don't know HAHAHA!!

Kelly: That’s hilarious; you may be right!

Zachary’s approach shot to the par 5-18th really impressed me! His ball was buried in the left hand rough and not only got it out, but he stuffed it! That’s not an easy hole either! I used to work at PGA National and played that championship course probably 100 times. That 18th hole is no joke, with bunkers lining the left and water lining the right! Great job Zach!

The players ultimately tied, meaning no one was eliminated in episode 1. I’m happy for them, but someone has to be the first to go, and I have no idea who the weakest link is yet!

Sara: Kelly, I know you didn't like that someone wasn't kicked off the first show, BUT I loved that part!!! It gives them more time to get their nerves in check and more time to showcase their talents!!! 

The one thing I'm looking forward to about this season is their "Mulligan Medals"!  I’m excited to see if/when it’s put in play. This could be a huge game changer throughout the show and I can't wait to see what happens!!! 

Now hurry up and get here Monday, Kelly and I are ready to watch some great golf on Season 23 of Big Break The Palm Beaches Florida!!!

 

Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.

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Awards season: Handing out the 2017 Rexys

By Rex HoggardDecember 14, 2017, 7:00 pm

After careful consideration and an exhaustive review of 2017 we present The Rexys, a wildly incomplete and arbitrary line up following one of the most eventful years in golf.

 There will be omissions – just keep your calls, concerns and even e-mails to yourself. We appreciate your patronage, but not your feedback.



It’s Not You, It’s Me Award. You know the deal: You can’t be a part of two until you’re a better one; but on this front it’s really just a desire to find a better two.

It was a tough year for caddies, and not just any caddies. In June, Phil Mickelson split with longtime bagman Jim “Bones” Mackay. Both player and caddie cited the need for “change,” but the move reverberated throughout the game.

“The fairytale is over,” mused one caddie when told of the high-profile split.

In the wake of the Lefty/Bones break, Rory McIlroy split with his caddie J.P Fitzgerald, and Jason Day replaced looper/swing coach Colin Swatton on his bag. It all proves yet again that there are only two kinds of caddies, those who have been fired and those who are about to be fired.



Run for the Rose Cup. Sergio Garcia got the green jacket, a lifetime exemption to the game’s most coveted member-member and a long-awaited major, but Justin Rose took home the slightly less prestigious “Rose Cup.”

Following a frenzied afternoon at Augusta National in April, Rose lost to Garcia on the first playoff hole, but he won so much more with his honesty and class.

“You're going to win majors and you're going to lose majors, but you've got to be willing to lose them,” Rose figured following the final round. “You've got to put yourself out there. You've got to hit the top of the leaderboard. There's a lot of pressure out there and if you're not willing to enjoy it, then you're not ready to win these tournaments. I loved it out there.”

Few have made losing look so dignified and fewer still are as easy to root for.



Half-Empty Cup. It was the perfect setting, with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline and the promise of the Tristate masses descending on this fall’s Presidents Cup.

If only all those rowdy New Yorkers had something to cheer.

For the sixth time in the last seven matches, the U.S. team rolled to a victory of at least three points. This particular edition was even in danger of ending on Saturday afternoon thanks to a particularly dominant performance by a young American squad led by Steve Stricker.

Officials spoke of the purity of the competition and the attention the ’17 cup generated, but however you spin the 19-11 rout, this cup is half empty.



Enigma Award. The actual hardware is simply an oversized question mark and was sent directly to Tiger Woods’ South Florida compound following the most curious of seasons.

While it’s become customary in recent years to consider the uncertain path that awaits the 14-time major winner, this most recent calendar brought an entirely new collection of questions following fusion surgery on his lower back in April, his arrest for DUI on Memorial Day and, finally, a glimmer of hope born from his tie for ninth at the Hero World Challenge earlier this month.

When will he play again? Can he compete against the current generation of world-beaters? Can his body withstand the rigors of a full PGA Tour schedule? Should Jim Furyk make him a captain’s pick now or wait to see if he should be driving a vice captain’s golf cart instead?

Little is certain when it comes to Woods, and the over-sized question mark goes to ... the guy in red and black.



After Further Review Chalice. In April, Lexi Thompson endured a heartbreaking loss at the ANA Inspiration, the byproduct of a surreal ruling that arrived a day late via a viewer e-mail and cost the would-be winner a major championship.

The entire event was so unsavory that the USGA and R&A made not one but two alterations to the rules and created a “working group” to avoid similar snafus in the future.

That working group – it turns out the U.S. Ryder Cup team has some sort of copyright on “task force” – initially issued a decision that introduced a “reasonable judgment” and a “naked eye” standard to video reviews, and last week the rule makers kept the changes coming.

The new protocols on video review will now include an official to monitor tournament broadcasts and ended the practice of allowing fans to call in, or in this case e-mail, possible infractions to officials. The USGA and R&A also eliminated the two-stroke penalty for players who sign incorrect scorecards when the player is unaware of the penalty.

While all this might be a step in the right direction, it does nothing to change Thompson’s fate. The AFR Chalice won’t change the harsh reality, but at least it will serve as a reminder of how she helped altered the rulemaking landscape.



Nothing Runs Like a Deere Award. Nothing gets fans fired up like officials turning fields of fescue rough into hay on the eve of a major championship, and the USGA’s decision to do some 11th-hour trimming at Erin Hills in June certainly caught many by surprise.

Officials said the nip/tuck on four holes was in reaction to a particularly foreboding forecast that never materialized, and the maintenance drew the ire of some players.

“We have 60 yards from left line to right line,” Rory McIlroy said. “You’ve got 156 of the best players in the world here; if we can’t hit it within that avenue, you might as well pack your bags and go home.”

The record low scoring at the U.S. Open – winner Brooks Koepka finished with a 16-under total – didn’t help ease the fervor and had some questioning whether the softer side of the USGA has gone a bit too far?

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Podcast: Daly takes big pride in 'Little John'

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 5:28 pm

John Daly is a two-time major champion, but the newest trophy in his household belongs to someone else.

That’s because Daly’s son, 14-year-old Little John “LJ” Daly, rallied to capture an IJGT junior golf event over the weekend. The younger Daly birdied the first extra hole to win a five-person playoff at Harbour Town Golf Links, site of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage.

Daly recently sat down for a Golf Channel podcast to describe what it’s like to cheer for his son and PNC Father-Son Challenge partner, share the unique challenge presented by the upcoming Diamond Resorts Invitational and reflect on some of the notable highs of a career that has now spanned more than 25 years.

Sneds starts slowly in Masters invite bid

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.


Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters


Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.

Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.