Insight on Big Break Myrtle Beach Show 4

By Big Break ProducerNovember 3, 2014, 10:19 pm

Former Big Break Ireland competitor and LPGA/Symetra Tour professional Kelly Jacques is back to lend her insight on Big Break Myrtle Beach.  Each week, Kelly will give you her thoughts on that week’s show, including what the pressure is like, since she has been there before. She also will provide you with some behind-the-scenes info on the cast – Kelly has played alongside a few of them on the Symetra Tour the past few years.  While she has no knowledge of any results on the series, she will offer up thoughts on her favorites – and some non-favorites – on Big Break Myrtle Beach.  When not providing her Big Break commentary, Kelly works for GolfNow.com, Golf Channel’s official online tee-times provider.

Big Break Myrtle Beach: Episode Four Blog

 With the tensions rising each week, I knew week 4 was going to deliver.  However, I didn’t realize this was the episode that Anthony emerged as a full blown villain!

“Golf is a game of honor and class. If you don’t play with these, not many people will be in your corner.”

 The day started at breakfast like usual.  Eight players had a note saying to “Play Well”. Katy H and Toph got a note saying they will each captain a team of five in the first immunity challenge. It went on to say choose well as your teammates may be your ticket to immunity. I love when they get to pick their teams! I’m sure it took all the players back to grade school recess…just don’t get picked last! Toph picked his team in the following order; Jimmy, Carolin, Dave and Anthony. Katy chose her team as Tessa, Charlie, Emily and Christian. It’s no secret that no one likes Anthony and he’s not a team player, so I’m really not surprised he was chosen last. You could tell Katy picked her team based off the player, while it seemed like Toph based his picks off of friendship. I agree that allies are important, especially when it comes to staying out of elimination, but you want to make sure you are giving yourself the best possible chance for success!

 

 FIRST IMMUNITY CHALLENGE

 During the first immunity challenge, the teams had to choose one player at a time to go up against a player from the other team, in a one-on-one closest to the pin challenge from 115 yards away. With each win, the winning team gets to eliminate a player from the opposing team. That eliminated player has to sit out the rest of the challenge. A team is declared the winner when they have successfully eliminated everyone from the other team. The winning team automatically moves onto next week and receives a $1,000 shopping spree courtesy of Dicks Sporting Goods! Dave and Tessa were the first to square off with Tessa securing the first win, hitting it 12’11”. The winning team chose to eliminate Carolin. She was upset she didn’t get to hit. That’s only a testament to how good they think she is! Next up Charlie beat Toph, Katy beat Jimmy and Emily beat Anthony. At this point, Jimmy is the only player left on his team. He had to knock out every member of Katy’s team in order to earn his team immunity. He started off strong, beating Christian and Katy. Emily was up, and stuffed it to 8’11”. This was good enough to take out Jimmy, and earn her whole team immunity! In doing so, Charlie made it through another week without using his super immunity. Remember, this is his security blanket he won in episode one. If he finds himself in an elimination challenge before the final four, he can use this to avoid the elimination! I really enjoyed this challenge, but I was rooting for Jimmy to have an awesome come-back. Maybe next time!

 

SECOND IMMUNITY CHALLENGE

 Toph, Jimmy, Carolin, Dave and Anthony move on to the second Immunity Challenge. This week they had to hit as many shots from 50-150 yards, which each shot being longer than the previous. The player who hits the most shots wins immunity and $2,500 courtesy of Macanudo! The player with the fewest shots will go straight to elimination. Anthony is up first and hits 9 consecutively longer shots. He played this almost perfectly up until his 10th shot. He had 30 more yards to work with but hit his last shot 13 yards shorter than his previous. However, nine is a great number! Jimmy was up second and ended up with 7 shots. He also had 30 more yards to work with but failed to get his 8th shot further by one yard. That has to be disappointing!  Carolin was up next and hit 5 shots successfully. She admitted she just didn’t club up when she needed. I felt bad for her because she knew she made a mental error and was extremely disappointed in herself. Golf is such a tough, emotional game….and then there is Big Break. She is normally pretty level headed on the course, but Big Break will bring out emotions that aren’t normally there. Dave was next and secured his spot in elimination with a measly score of two. Come on Dave! I understand you are trying to get the max number by keeping the yards between each shot small…but give yourself a chance! Toph rounded out the group with another strong showing! He tied Anthony at nine and put on a distance control clinic for the other competitors!  He regularly practices this ladder drill and believes this is a must for tour players. I couldn’t agree more. To break the tie, Anthony and Toph had a one-shot playoff. The player who hit it closest to the 50-yard line without going under wins immunity. Anthony hits it to 17’1” while Toph hit a nearly perfect shot to 6’11”. You can tell his style of practice really paid off for him here! Congrats Toph!

 

ELIMINATION CHALLENGE

 It didn’t take long after his playoff loss for Anthony to run his mouth. He said, “Up for elimination, I would hate to send another person home”. He then proceeds to tell Dave that he has 3 people to choose from; essentially taking himself out of the equation. I just don’t get it. Anthony believes this is what being competitive looks like. News flash…you can be competitive and respectful at the same time!!! What a concept!

 Of course Dave chose Anthony to join him in elimination. I honestly feel like he didn’t even have a choice. I don’t care how good of a player someone may be. If they threaten you like that…you pick them! On the putting green Anthony goes on to wish Dave luck because this means more to Dave than it does for himself since he is a younger. That’s just going too far. You don’t insult others to build yourself up. I feel like that is exactly what he is doing here. I understand he is young, but that’s no excuse!

 For elimination, Anthony and Dave battled it out in two holes of stroke play. The first hole was a 364 yard par-4. Dave hit driver down the left side of the fairway in perfect position. Andrew found his drive in the left waste bunker. Dave hit first and flew the green from 114 yards while Anthony chunked his approach leaving himself an awkward distance. What does Anthony do??!! He hits an absolutely perfect chip and makes it for birdie!! He then looked over to the other players and pointed. Almost like warning them to take him seriously. Dave made a great 6-foot comeback putt for par which put him one down with one to play. The second hole was a 516-yard par 5. Anthony was up first and snapped it into the left bunker. With the door open, Dave blocks his drive right and into the right bunker! They both lay up short of the green and hit their third shots on the green. Anthony made a par after an easy two putt. Dave had an uphill birdie putt to tie but unfortunately pulled it to the left. That missed putt secured Dave’s elimination from Big Break Myrtle Beach.

 Anthony did wish Dave the best, but then started running his mouth again. I just don’t understand why he feels the need to prove his game through his words. Anthony…you have a great game, let that do the talking. When you take this approach, people will respect not only your game, but also you as a person!

 Golf is a game of honor and class. If you don’t play with these, not many people will be in your corner. I truly hope that he matures and realizes how far a great attitude will get you in life.

 Dave…I truly enjoyed watching you this season on Big Break. I wish you nothing but the very best!!!

 I’m hoping episode 5 is just as entertaining!

 Until next week…

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.