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, 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!



 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!



 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!



 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…

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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.