Insight on Show 2 by Big Break's Kelly Jacques

By Big Break ProducerOctober 16, 2014, 8:43 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 2

Welcome back Big Break enthusiasts! Week 2 is upon us and it did not disappoint! Players tested their nerves and their skills in an attempt to stay out of the dreaded elimination challenge. But for 2 unfortunate players, that’s exactly where they ended up.

 

Out of the gates, the day started with a twist during breakfast. Charlie was told that if he doesn’t use his Super Immunity and makes it to the final four, he will be awarded $10,000! This has the possibility to be a game changer. What was just a lifeline, has now become a lifeline or a pretty pay check. One or the other. I’m looking forward to seeing which path he chooses when faced with that decision! He says this twist did not change his mindset and would be willing to risk the $10,000 if it gets him one step closer to winning the $100,000 in cash and prizes! Charlie’s maturity is continuing to impress me, but only time will tell if it pays off in the long run.

 

The immunity challenge was first on the agenda which consisted of 2 challenges. During the first challenge, the players had a choice to hit a shot to the 115 yard hole on the left or the 110 yard hole on the right. The closest two golfers at both greens would be safe and move onto the next show, with the closest overall player taking home $2,500 from Macanudo! One by one the golfers hit their shots, but they had no idea what distances the other competitors posted, until they were finished. They only knew which hole the previous players hit from. These distances are so close that it really comes down to preference and what you’re most confident with. For the second episode in a row, Emily went against her gut and chose the hole on the left. This resulted in the worst shot of all the players at 30’10”. I think she definitely learned her lesson here…stick to your game plan and play to your strengths! She is too good of a player to make that mistake again. The golfers who gained immunity were Dave, Tessa, Caroline and Toph, with Dave taking home $2,500 after sticking his shot to 5’7”.  One shot down and these four get to relax the rest of the day while the remaining 8 have to keep grinding.

 

For the second immunity challenge, the players were once again faced with a decision to make. Hit a 60’ double breaking, downhill putt or a straightforward uphill chip. The four golfers who end up the closest from either location are safe and move onto the next show. While the closest shot earns the golfer $2,500 from Travelocity and the golfer who hit the worst shot is automatically headed to the elimination challenge. They say that putting always gives you the best odds, but I am not surprised that everyone chose the chip. I would take the straightforward uphill chip all day over a long downhill putt that can run away from you.  Krista was the first to go and caught her chip a little heavy, leaving herself with 5’6” which landed her in the dreaded elimination challenge. The four golfers who advanced were Jimmy, Christian, Katy H and Emily who hit her chip to 3”, landing herself the $2,500 cash prize!

 

The remaining four players were off to the range and Krista had the hard decision of who she wanted to play against in elimination. This is where things get interesting. Anthony proceeds to tell Krista that he will beat her if she picks him for elimination. Really?! Wow, that was bold, but then again he’s only a 19 year old kid with a lot of maturing to do! Of course…what happens? Krista chooses Anthony!! Way to go girl! Way to stand up and make him prove himself! I love that decision but if it were me, I would have chosen Katie D since she doesn’t have much tournament experience the last few years due to her teaching job back home.

 

In elimination, the golfers play two holes of stroke play to determine the winner. They start off with a mid-length par 3. Anthony hit first and stuffed it to 8’, while Krista hit it over the green. She said it caught her off guard when Anthony hit it so close. She preceded to bogie the hole and Anthony drained his left to right breaker. This shows her inexperience. You always have to expect your opponent to play their best against you. Never let them into your mind because that is the only thing that you can truly control in this game. Unfortunately she continued to let the nerves get the best of her and she played the second hole (par 5) just as poorly. Anthony hit an incredible second shot from 240 yards out, just to the front of the green. He made another birdie to finish the two holes at two under and sent Krista packing.

I was definitely surprised by the young and outspoken Anthony Quezada. He ran his mouth a few times but at the end of the day he backed it up. After his performance this week, I guarantee he earned some more respect from his fellow competitors. Respect for his game that is. He believes he is the strongest golfer on the show and he is letting everyone know it. Dave said it best, “Just shut it and play golf”.

A congrats is due to Anthony, but you have to feel bad for Krista Puisite from Latvia because no one wants to be the first eliminated. The other competitors were surprised by her performance and thought she was too good of a player to go home first. That just shows you how unpredictable Big Break can be. She’s only 23 years old and has the talent to make this a career. She won her first two events as a professional on the SunCoast Tour in Florida and just recently finished T32 at Stage II of LPGA Q-School and will be advancing to final stage in December! Awesome job Krista! She shot an opening round of 79 but followed that up with 70-70-70 to make the cut. It looks like the pressure she faced on Big Break may have really helped her! In 2012 I finished T17th at Final Stage of LPGA Q-School and that was by far the most stressful and exhausting week of my golfing career. So I know from experience what it will take for her to get that card, and I think she’s got it! Krista, as a part of the Big Break family, I will be pulling for you!! Stay in the moment, play your own game, and remember that everyone will make mistakes over the 5 days. It’s about minimizing those mistakes and never losing your confidence. You have prepared your whole life for this moment, take it all in and recognize how far you have come. Don’t doubt yourself and know that you are just as good as any golfer there; you played your way to that spot. Now own it!

I encourage everyone to follow Krista and root her on as she prepares for the most grueling week in golf. 

Until next week…

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.