Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL Episode 8 Breakdown

By Sara Brown, Kelly JacquesMarch 25, 2015, 12:32 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: Breakfast sure does get more and more quiet with each eliminated contestant... But that's all part of the game... Let's get to the day’s first immunity challenge!

 

Kelly: Yea, the ladder challenge! This drill is one of my favorites. It’s such a great test of how in control each player is of their game. The more confident you can be in your distances, the better. Which will turn into a lot more looks at birdie when you’re on the course! And Justin killed this challenge! 14 shots…are you kidding me?  I think that may be the best that we have ever seen someone do!!! Sara, did you get to try this one out on Big Break?

 

Sara: I did Kel... With chipping in Sandels and then with the team on Dominican Republic. These guys made this challenge look EASY but let me tell it's not!!!! You're so right though Kel, it shows who knows their game and their yardage! For Richy to start out like that and for Justin to follow it up WOW was that impressive!!! 

 

Kelly: I honestly did not think that anyone would be able to beat Justin and his impressive 14 shots that he put up. Then what happens?! Robert comes in and posts a 15! These guys are GOOD!

 

Sara: Robert put on a magnificent golf show!!!! I found myself rooting for him and when that last shot just went a little past 200 yards I was bummed but super happy for him to have gotten the immunity! What didn't impress me tho was Clay’s attitude again, trying to get into the heads of the other players... 

 

Kelly: I agree, and his antics definitely didn’t help his performance. A measly 2 shots!? Come on Clay, you’re better than that!

 

Sara: You need to speak with your clubs and not with your mouth and Clay sure failed at that this challenge. I was not impressed at all!!! 

 

Kelly: For the next challenge, the players had to hit from 3 locations, with 2 of the 3 locations counting. Kyle came out and missed the green twice from 140 yards . He has been really streaky with this play so far. Sara, do you think that was pure nerves for Kyle? 

 

Sara: just Kyle hasn't been playing that well. He's said it a few times and even Richy said it this episode! It's hard to get into a groove when it seems nothing is going your way...However I was shocked he missed the green on the first location twice! He got pretty lucky in the first elimination challenge with those two balls just barely in the fairway, you would think he would have used some of that momentum. He seems to have the best, most positive attitude which I sure do respect but you need to pull off the shots to win this show…and he’s definitely struggling in that area! But let's look at Justin WOW!!! 

 

Kelly: Yea Justin just got clipped in the first immunity challenge but came out just as strong in challenge #2! Through 2 locations he had an impressive 9 point lead, ensuring his immunity!

 

Sara: Justin is just SOLID!!! His game and his mental toughness are awesome to watch!!! I was happy he made it thru!!! 

 

Kelly: Did Clay just say he is trying to go to elimination so he can pick Richy for elimination?! Sara...have you ever heard anyone say they were trying to get into elimination?! 

 

Sara: That third and final location wasn't an easy one!! And COME ON!!! Kel there is no way Clay was wanting to get into elimination!!! If he truly did he would have butchered that last shot, not hit it into the 4 point circle. The interviews happen after the day is over... Maybe he just said that to add some drama. I don't know But he was right in thinking no matter who was in the bottom in this challenge he was getting picked. Richy and Kyle are best friends who played college golf together…and if they don't have to play each other they won't.You heard Richy say he's ready to take out Clay. Clay was playing no matter what happened! 

 

Kelly: In the elimination challenge, I was pretty impressed that Clay stepped up to the first hole and made a clutch birdie! Then what does he do?! He drains another birdie on hole 2! Two up with one hole to play!

 

Sara: I'm not gonna lie Kelly... This is the first time Clay showed he has GAME!!! To hit that shot right out of the gate and put the pressure on... And then birdie the 2nd hole too. OK CLAY I see you!!! Do your thing!!!! 

 

Kelly: Even though Clay can have a mouth on him, I am still pulling for him. I think he means well and really needs this Big Break…and he is pretty entertaining. However, I wanted to see Kyle play well too and I was surprised at how poorly he performed in elimination. 

 

Sara: Clay definitely talked with his clubs this elimination challenge... Which is all I wanted to see from him!!! He is hanging around because of his golf ability not because he can trash talk... If that stops I think he may have a chance at winning... If not well we all know what Karma is...

 

Kelly: I can’t help but feel bad for Kyle and the manner in which he was eliminated. You can tell he is a good guy but he definitely needs to become a little tougher in the pressure packed situations. Kyle, best of luck with everything and I’m looking forward to following you in the future!

Sara: Kyle kind of squeezed by each show... He even claimed to not hitting it the best and he seemed to be a little hesitant on some shots. I hope Big Break helped him realize he has major game and just needs to fine tune the toughness!!! I greatly enjoyed him on the show as one of the nicest on the cast…that accent was great to listen too as well!!! I wish you all the best Kyle and can't wait to see all the great things in store for you! But now we are down to 4 and These Guys are REAL Good!!!! 

 

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.