Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL Episode 10 Breakdown

By Sara Brown, Kelly JacquesApril 16, 2015, 12:09 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: The breakfast today was such a lighter feeling! I didn't feel like they were nervous or anything but that Robert, Richy, and Justin felt ready! I love that they were making fun of each other too!!! 


Kelly: You know what I love? That they are playing 6 holes of stroke play to determine the final 2! This is the most golf that we’ve seen this season and I’m looking forward to it! There is no better way to distinguish the best players than by throwing them into the Bear Trap! 


Sara: I was so excited that they were playing 6 holes and on the Bear Trap to boot!!! I love watching these 3 golf! They are GOOD!!! I have no idea who I am cheering for... I'll be sad no matter who gets kicked off!



Kelly: I’ve played those holes probably over 50 times and that 13th tee shot is not an easy one to start off with! I was sooo impressed to see them all place their drives perfectly and then stuff their approaches! These guys are coming out of the gates HOT! Despite the nerves I was surprised to see both Robert and Justin miss their short birdie attempts! Come on guys…you have to drain those if you want to play in the finale and pocket the extra $5,000!


Sara: They definitely made that hole look so easy with those approach shots!!! But the putting UGH!!! That's such a frustrating part of the game sometimes and I can only imagine when Justin and Robert missed those short putts and what they were feeling... I think you can really see nerves in people on the putting green and it's just amplified knowing what's at stake on Big Break. 



Kelly: On the second hole, Justin and Richy misread their very makeable birdies but Robert made his! I was impressed that he shook off the last putt so well and dropped this one right in the center. That’s what I like to see!


Sara: Again the display of talent between these three is remarkable! I know it's only the 2nd hole but they came to play!!! I totally agree with you Kelly about Robert... It's great to see how he bounced back to make that birdie when he had just missed a short birdie chance the last hole... We definitely have a match going on especially heading into the bear trap!!! 


Kelly: All three players are looking solid! Sara, who would you put your money on at this point? I really like Justin even though he is 1 stroke behind. He has just been so solid up to this point! It’s a toss-up for me between Robert and Richy!


Sara: I'm going with Richy! I like his game and his demeanor. He doesn't seem to get rattled easily and he just played in an elimination challenge in the last episode and won so he's felling good about his game! I'm a big fan of the other two guys as well... Like I said no matter who loses it will be sad to see them go!



Kelly: Oh no! How unfortunate that Robert’s shot plugged in the bunker. What an inopportune time for that to happen! But he is the one that put himself there…it’s not like he hit a good shot there.


Sara: I could barely watch that unfold for Robert! You are right he put himself in the bunker with a bail out type of swing BUT to get such a bad lie on the downslope plugged... That's just unlucky... And terrible timing especially since he had just made birdie on the previous hole! I felt so bad when he said he literally didn't know how to play the shot :( I think he made a wise choice to just chunk it into the bunker and try and get up and down from there... And well we all now the putt just missed again... I feel his putter is going to need to get hot these last couple of holes... 


Kelly: Especially after that double! BUT Robert came back and stuffed his approach on the fourth hole! Out of all seasons, this may be the best golf I’ve seen from the final three players! Gosh! Every time I think Robert is going to pull it off he doesn’t! I’m going to keep my mouth shut so I don’t jinx him anymore!


Sara: Absolutely all three of these guys are putting on an impressive display of iron play no doubt!!! But they all need some putts to DROP! You can tell they all want one of those final 2 spots in the finale show and they are all battling for the title of Big Break the Palm Beaches Florida!!! 



Kelly: On their fifth hole, We finally see someone make a putt over a few feet and Justin picked a perfect time to make his 7 foot par putt! That was huge! To go into their sixth hole, hole 18 with a one shot lead over Robert puts him in the driver seat!


Sara: Agreed! Justin has been misreading his putts all day and he made a little adjustment just in time because that one shot going into the final hole could keep him in the game!!!



Kelly: WHAT?! With that one shot lead, he hits his approach into the water! WOW! That really shocked me…he’still in it…but he has to dig deep.


Sara: OH MY GOSH!!!! I am as shocked as you are Kelly!!! I can't believe with a one shot lead Justin didn't play more conservative than that!!! You have got to make them make birdie! I know Robert only had about 180 yards into this par 5 BUT it's BIG BREAK HELLOOOO these are nerves that no one is used to until you are in that position!!! If I was Justin I would have laid up to that distance he had in on the first hole... I think it was like 130 or so because he's been sticking those shots all season!!!



Kelly: At this point, Robert only had 180 yards into the par 5. I thought he would stuff it but he pushed it a little but still on the putting surface. Ok…that’ll work! I’m getting nervous watching this! But it sure didn’t look like Richy had many nerves in this 6 hole match. A two putt birdie to secure his spot in the finale and he finds himself $5,000 richer as well!


Sara: Richy was definitely on cruise control! He played smart and let his clubs do the talking! Well deserved spot in the finale and my pick to WIN IT ALL!!!



Kelly: As if this episode couldn’t get any better, Justin gets up and down to save his par and Robert makes his four foot birdie to force a playoff! How exciting!


Sara: SEEEEEE what did I tell ya... Justin stuck it from that yardage like he's been doing all season!!! Should have done that the first time JUSTIN!!! Would have made it easier on you my friend!!! But now it's playoff time!!! So let's see who gets that second spot into the finale!!! 


Kelly: WHAT?! I cannot believe that in this situation Robert hits his tee ball into the water. Wow! I can’t even imagine how he felt at this point. 



Sara: I didn't even know the water came into play over there... Robert hits it so FAR!!! And although Justin's drive was not desirable it was safe and in the middle of the fairway! Both had to layup... I thought Robert was smart because he chose to layup behind Justin... He needed to stick it and put that pressure on Justin but what does he do... He hits it short of the green! This is where the nerves got to him... You could see it in his swings on this hole! 


Kelly: Yea and when Justin steps up and literally hits the flag that all but secures his position in the finale with Richy.



Sara: Yep when Robert doesn't chip in all Justin had to do was 2 putt and he did!!! And now he will be facing Richy in the finale!!! 



Kelly: What a great battle amongst all three players. I feel for Robert. He is such a solid player…and I think one of the best players from this season, if not the best. He has all the tools to make it out on tour and I have no doubt he will do just that. Best of luck Robert! I’ll be pulling for you in your journey to the PGA!


Sara: I totally agree Kelly!!! Robert you have some major game!!! Your attitude on the golf course will allow you to do great things on the PGA Tour!!! Welcome to the Big Break Family... It was a pleasure watching you play!!! Oh and by the way 3rd place isn't that bad (that's where I finished on my show too) :) 


Best of luck to Richy and Justin!!! Can't wait to crown a new Big Break Champ!!! 

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Teenager Im wins season opener

By Will GrayJanuary 16, 2018, 10:23 pm

South Korea's Sungjae Im cruised to a four-shot victory at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, becoming just the second teenager to win an event on the Tour.

Im started the final day of the season-opening event in a share of the lead but still with six holes left in his third round. He was one shot behind Carlos Ortiz when the final round began, but moved ahead of the former Player of the Year thanks to a 7-under 65 in rainy and windy conditions. Im's 13-under total left him four clear of Ortiz and five shots ahead of a quartet of players in third.

Still more than two months shy of his 20th birthday, Im joins Jason Day as the only two teens to win on the developmental circuit. Day was 19 years, 7 months and 26 days old when he captured the 2007 Legend Financial Group Classic.

Recent PGA Tour winners Si Woo Kim and Patrick Cantlay and former NCAA champ Aaron Wise all won their first Tour event at age 20.

Other notable finishes in the event included Max Homa (T-7), Erik Compton (T-13), Curtis Luck (T-13) and Lee McCoy (T-13). The Tour will remain in the Bahamas for another week, with opening round of The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic set to begin Sunday.

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Mickelson grouped with Z. Johnson at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 16, 2018, 8:28 pm

He's not the highest-ranked player in this week's field, but Phil Mickelson will likely draw the biggest crowd at the CareerBuilder Challenge as he makes his first start of 2018. Here are a few early-round, marquee groupings to watch as players battle the three-course rotation in the Californian desert (all times ET):

12:10 p.m. Thursday, 11:40 a.m. Friday, 1:20 p.m. Saturday: Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson

Mickelson is making his fourth straight trip to Palm Springs, having cracked the top 25 each of the last three times. In addition to their respective amateur partners, he'll play the first three rounds alongside a fellow Masters champ in Johnson, who tied for 14th last week in Hawaii and finished third in this event in 2014.

11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Jon Rahm, Bubba Watson

At No. 3 in the world, Rahm is the highest-ranked player teeing it up this week and the Spaniard returns to an event where he finished T-34 last year in his tournament debut. He'll play the first two rounds alongside Watson, who is looking to bounce back from a difficult 2016-17 season and failed to crack the top 50 in two starts in the fall.

11:40 a.m. Thursday, 1:20 p.m. Friday, 12:50 p.m. Saturday: Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker

Reed made the first big splash of his career at this event in 2014, shooting three straight rounds of 63 en route to his maiden victory. He'll be joined by Snedeker, whose bid for a Masters bid via the top 50 of the world rankings came up short last month and who hasn't played this event since a missed cut in 2015.

1:10 p.m. Thursday, 12:40 p.m. Friday, 12:10 p.m. Saturday: Patton Kizzire, Bill Haas

Kizzire heads east after a whirlwind Sunday ended with his second win of the season in a six-hole playoff over James Hahn in Honolulu. He'll play alongside Haas, who won this event in both 2010 and 2015 to go with a runner-up finish in 2011 and remains the tournament's all-time leading money winner.

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Mackay still a caddie at heart, even with a microphone

By Doug FergusonJanuary 16, 2018, 7:34 pm

HONOLULU – All it took was one week back on the bag to remind Jim ''Bones'' Mackay what he always loved about being a caddie.

It just wasn't enough for this to be the ultimate mic drop.

Mackay traded in his TV microphone at the Sony Open for the 40-pound bag belonging to Justin Thomas.

It was his first time caddying since he split with Phil Mickelson six months ago. Mackay was only a temporary replacement at Waialae for Jimmy Johnson, a good friend and Thomas' regular caddie who has a nasty case of plantar fasciitis that will keep him in a walking boot for the next month.

''The toughest thing about not caddying is missing the competition, not having a dog in the fight,'' Mackay said before the final round. ''There's nothing more rewarding as a caddie, in general terms, when you say, 'I don't like 6-iron, I like 7,' and being right. I miss that part of it.''

The reward now?

''Not stumbling over my words,'' he said. ''And being better than I was the previous week.''

He has done remarkably well since he started his new job at the British Open last summer, except for that time he momentarily forgot his role. Parts of that famous caddie adage – ''Show up, keep up, shut up'' – apparently can apply to golf analysts on the ground.

During the early hours of the telecast, before Johnny Miller came on, Justin Leonard was in the booth.

''It's my job to report on what I see. It's not my job to ask questions,'' Mackay said. ''I forgot that for a minute.''

Leonard was part of a booth discussion on how a comfortable pairing can help players trying to win a major. That prompted Mackay to ask Leonard if he found it helpful at the 1997 British Open when he was trying to win his first major and was paired with Fred Couples in the final round at Royal Troon.

''What I didn't know is we were going to commercial in six seconds,'' Mackay said. ''I would have no way of knowing that, but I completely hung Justin out to dry. He's now got four seconds to answer my long-winded question.''

During the commercial break, the next voice Mackay heard belonged to Tommy Roy, the executive golf producer at NBC.

''Bones, don't ever do that again.''

It was Roy who recognized the value experienced caddies could bring to a telecast. That's why he invited Mackay and John Wood, the caddie for Matt Kuchar, into the control room at the 2015 Houston Open so they could see how it all worked and how uncomfortable it can be to hear directions coming through an earpiece.

Both worked as on-course reporters at Sea Island that fall.

And when Mickelson and Mackay parted ways after 25 years, Roy scooped up the longtime caddie for TV.

It's common for players to move into broadcasting. Far more unusual is for a caddie to be part of the mix. Mackay loves his new job. Mostly, he loves how it has helped elevate his profession after so many years of caddies being looked upon more unfavorably than they are now.

''I want to be a caddie that's doing TV,'' he said. ''That's what I hope to come across as. The guys think this is good for caddies. And if it's good for caddies, that makes me happy. Because I'm a caddie. I'll always be a caddie.''

Not next week at Torrey Pines, where Mickelson won three times. Not a week later in Phoenix, where Mackay lives. Both events belong to CBS.

And not the Masters.

He hasn't missed Augusta since 1994, when Mickelson broke his leg skiing that winter.

''That killed me,'' he said, ''but not nearly as much as it's going to kill me this year. I'll wake up on Thursday of the Masters and I'll be really grumpy. I'll probably avoid television at all costs until the 10th tee Sunday. And I'll watch. But it will be, within reason, the hardest day of my life.''

There are too many memories, dating to when he was in the gallery right of the 11th green in 1987 when Larry Mize chipped in to beat Greg Norman. He caddied for Mize for two years, and then Scott Simpson in 1992, and Mickelson the rest of the way. He was on the bag for Lefty's three green jackets.

Mackay still doesn't talk much about what led them to part ways, except to say that a player-caddie relationship runs its course.

''If you lose that positive dynamic, there's no point in continuing,'' he said. ''It can be gone in six months or a year or five years. In our case, it took 25 years.''

He says a dozen or so players called when they split up, and the phone call most intriguing was from Roy at NBC.

''I thought I'd caddie until I dropped,'' Mackay said.

He never imagined getting yardages and lining up putts for anyone except the golfer whose bag he was carrying. Now it's for an audience that measures in the millions. Mackay doesn't look at it as a second career. And he won't rule out caddying again.

''It will always be tempting,'' he said. ''I'll always consider myself a caddie. Right now, I'm very lucky and grateful to have the job I do.''

Except for that first week in April.

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The Social: The end was nigh, then it wasn't

By Jason CrookJanuary 16, 2018, 7:00 pm

The star power at the Sony Open may have been overshadowed by a missile scare, but there were plenty of other social media stories that kept the golf world on its toes this week, including some insight on Tiger Woods from a round with President Obama and some failed trick shots.

All that and more in this week's edition of The Social.

By now you've undoubtedly heard about the false alarm in Hawaii on Saturday, where just about everyone, including most Sony Open participants, woke up to an emergency cell phone alert that there was a ballistic missile heading toward the islands.

Hawaiian emergency management officials eventually admitted the original message was mistakenly sent out, but before they did, people (understandably) freaked out.

As the situation unfolded, some Tour pros took to social media to express their confusion and to let the Twittersphere know how they planned on riding out this threat:

While I would've been in that bathtub under the mattress with John Peterson, his wife, baby and in-laws (wait, how big is this tub?), here's how Justin Thomas reacted to the threat of impending doom:

Yeah, you heard that right.

“I was like ‘there’s nothing I can do,'” Thomas said. ”I sat on my couch and opened up the sliding door and watched TV and listened to music. I was like, if it’s my time, it’s my time.”

Hmmm ... can we just go ahead and award him all the 2018 majors right now? Because if Thomas is staring down death in mid-January, you gotta like the kid's chances on the back nine Sunday at Augusta and beyond.

Before the Hawaiian Missile Crisis of 2018, things were going about as well as they could at Waialae Country Club, starting with the Wednesday pro-am.

Jordan Spieth might have been the third-biggest star in his own group, after getting paired with superstar singer/songwriter/actor Nick Jonas and model/actress Kelly Rohrbach.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more photogenic group out on the course, and the "Baywatch" star has a gorgeous swing as well, which makes sense, considering she was a former collegiate golfer at Georgetown.

As impressive as that group was, they were somehow outshined by an amateur in another group, former NFL coach June Jones.

Jones, who now coaches the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, played his round in bare feet and putted with his 5-iron, a remedy he came up with to battle the yips.

Former NFL and current CFL coach June Jones: A master of 5-iron putting?

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Considering he made back-to-back birdies at one point during the day, it's safe to say he's won that battle.

With Tiger Woods' return to the PGA Tour about a week away, that sound you hear is the hype train motoring full speed down the tracks.

First, his ex-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn told Sports Illustrated that she hopes this comeback works out for him.

“I loved him and we’re still friends. Sometimes, I wish he would have listened to me a little more, but he’s very stubborn and he likes to go his own way," the Olympic skiier said. "I hope this latest comeback sticks. I hope he goes back to winning tournaments.”

Vonn also mentioned she thinks Woods is very stubborn and that he didn't listen to her enough. That really shouldn't shock anyone who watched him win the 2008 U.S. Open on one leg. Don't think there were a lot of people in his ear telling him that was a great idea at the time.

We also have this report from Golf Channel Insider Tim Rosaforte, stating that the 14-time major champ recently played a round with former president Barack Obama at The Floridian in Palm City, Fla., where he received rave reviews from instructor Claude Harmon.

The Farmers Insurance Open is sure to be must-see TV, but until then, I'm here for all of the rampant speculation and guesses as to how things will go. The more takes the better. Make them extra spicy, please and thanks.

These poor New Orleans Saints fans. Guess the only thing you can do is throw your 65-inch TV off the balcony and get 'em next year.

Here's two more just for good measure.

Farts ... will they ever not be funny?

Perhaps someday, but that day was not early last week, when Tommy Fleetwood let one rip on his European teammates during EurAsia Cup team photos.

Fleetwood went 3-0-0 in the event, helping Europe to a victory over Asia, perhaps by distracting his opponents with the aid of his secret weapon.

Also, how about the diabolical question, "Did you get that?"

Yeah Tommy, we all got that.

Ahhh ... golf trick shot videos. You were fun while you lasted.

But now we’ve officially come to the point in their existence where an unsuccessful attempt is much more entertaining than a properly executed shot, and right on cue, a couple of pros delivered some epic fails.

We start with Sony Open runner-up James Hahn’s preparation for the event, where for some reason he thought he needed to practice a running, jumping, Happy Gilmore-esque shot from the lip of a bunker. It didn’t exactly work out.

Not to be outdone, Ladies European Tour pro Carly Booth attempted the juggling-drive-it-out-of-midair shot made famous by the Bryan Bros, and from the looks of things she might have caught it a little close to the hosel.

PSA to trick-shot artists everywhere: For the sake of the viewing public, if you feel a miss coming on, please make sure the camera is rolling.

Seriously, though, who cares? Definitely not these guys and gals, who took the time to comment, "who cares?" They definitely do not care.