Big Break's Annie & Kelly Provide Insight on Show 2

By Big BreakMarch 6, 2014, 7:10 pm

Former Big Break Ireland competitors Annie Brophy and Kelly Jacques are back. Only this time, it is not to play on Big Break, but to lend their insight and provide some fun facts about the ladies of Big Break Florida. Each week, Annie and Kelly will give you their thoughts on that week’s show, including what the pressure is like each week, since they have been there before. They also will provide you with some behind-the-scenes info on the ladies – Annie and Kelly have played alongside most of them on the Symetra Tour the past few years. While they have no knowledge of any results on the series, they will offer up thoughts on their favorites – and some non-favorites – on Big Break Florida. When not providing their Big Break commentary, Annie and Kelly currently work for GolfNow.com, Golf Channel’s official online tee-times provider

Episode 2: First Elimination

Kelly: After last week’s first episode, I was very excited about the level of golf we were going to see this season. This episode didn’t disappoint either! There were so many great shots and a lot of girls are starting to show their true colors!

Annie: There have been some great shots (Jackie’s hole-out comes to mind) and also some pretty terrible shots (missing greens from 80 yards, ladies? Three-putting from 20 feet?) But, you and I both know there’s nothing quite like the pressure you feel on Big Break. It’s always easier to be sitting behind a TV and criticizing than it is to be in front of the cameras hitting the shots yourself.

Kelly: I think one of my favorites this season will be Jackie. She is definitely going to be one of the top contenders and she has one of the best attitudes on the course as well.

Annie: Of all the girls on this season, I think Jackie and Sadena have the best chance to win the whole thing. I played with Jackie quite a bit on the Symetra Tour. She’s won tournaments out on the Symetra Tour and has conditional status on the LPGA due to her performance at Q school after Big Break was filmed. I hope we see her in the finale!

That being said – anything goes on Big Break! One bad shot at the wrong time can send you home.

Kelly: I’m also very impressed with Sadena. She seems very composed and confident in her abilities under the pressure. She won the Macanudo Challenge last week and won a challenge this week as well, 2 for 2!

Annie: She’s a player! We are both from Washington, but opposite sides of the state. I had played a lot of Washington junior golf growing up, but had never even heard of her until high school state my senior year. She was two years younger than me, and she beat me in a three-hole playoff at our high school state championship. I cried. If she sends any girls home in tears this season on Big Break– tell them to give me a call.

Kelly: What did you think about having to make the decision between keeping the money or taking Immunity? I think she made a great decision with keeping the money and choosing to play. It showed the other girls that she’s here to win it. Go big or go home! I think she could have taken the money the second time around as well and earn Immunity through the next challenge. However it’s a fine line between being confident and being greedy, but I like her chances.

Annie: I love that she took the money and decided to keep playing the first time around and then went on to win Immunity. I’m not sure how many of the other girls would have made the same decision. Not only does it give Sadena more confidence in her game, but it solidifies her as one of the top players in the minds of the other girls.

So Kelly, there are two girls who turned pro to play this season of Big Break: Dallas and Kylee. Kylee played on the Cactus Tour last year as an amateur and her collegiate experience at Arizona State is really going to help her on Big Break in terms of dealing with the pressure I think. Dallas on the other hand, she turned pro for Big Break right out of high school. Personally, I think it’s a terrible decision. How much fun was college golf?! I wouldn’t trade those four years for anything! It’s also tough to deal with the pressure of Big Break without much playing experience, and I won’t be surprised if she gets the boot in the next few episodes.

Kelly: I’m always surprised at the girls who turned professional to be on Big Break! It’s obviously a chance of a lifetime, but what about getting a golf scholarship to go to school, being a part of a college golf team, and gaining experience? Unless you’re a teenage phenom, I don’t understand that decision. Stay in school girls and boys! Big Break has been around for 21 seasons. It will still be around when you graduate with a college degree!

With that being said, Dallas was immune after her solid play in the first challenge! Huge congrats! That has to be such a confidence booster going forward, knowing she beat out girls with years of experience on them. But I still stand firm on my opinion.

Annie: Preach! Couldn’t have said it better.

Kelly: Sometimes on Big Break, the eliminations seem unfair, but so far I really like how they are structuring the challenges. If you did well in the previous week, you get rewarded with an advantage to help you succeed in the challenge at hand.

Annie: I will say that I was disappointed no one went home the first episode. I’m glad it wasn’t Renee, but the head-to-head competition adds some suspense and drama to the show. Because no one went home the first episode, I do believe this means later on in the show, there will be an episode where two girls will go home.

Kelly: What are your thoughts about the second Immunity Challenge where the girls bet on who they think will succeed and who will fail? I thought that was evil...but genius! It really gives you a good idea of who the supposed weak link is. That has to be frustrating seeing girls not have any confidence in your abilities. Way to go Lauren for hitting a great clutch shot when no one thought you were going to pull it off!

Annie: Kudos to whoever thought up this challenge! Especially for an all-female cast, quite literally making the girls “pick sides” was entertaining to watch. I was rolling my eyes when Lindsay didn’t move benches and then made the comment that she just wants to be friends with everyone. That comment made me think that she might be one of the weaker girls this season. Can’t be more concerned with making friends than winning if you want to take it all the way! However, the elimination challenge made me change my mind about Lindsay.

Kelly: I thought Lindsay 100% made the right decision when convincing Courtney to choose Mary for the Elimination Challenge! I know that may not be a popular stance, but if someone shows any weakness, you HAVE to take advantage and capitalize on them! Especially in this type of situation where every shot and every decision can make the ultimate difference in your success on the show! I think that decision showed how smart Lindsay is and she is one to look out for. Not necessarily for her game, but for her strategy!

Annie: Absolutely! Genius strategy. Courtney was so rattled it was comical. Lindsay knew in order to stay, she didn’t have to beat Mary, she just couldn’t lose to Courtney. Lindsay didn’t even play that great in elimination, Courtney just imploded. And how brutal was Courtney’s final interview? So insecure it was painful. Sorry, I’m not sorry.

Kelly: I know we both played with Mary a few times and have some mixed feelings about her...but you have to give her some props for showing up when it really mattered! Through her intimidating demeanor and her clutch performance, she definitely sent a strong message to the other girls. Don’t mess with me!

Annie: I hope Mary lasts a long time on this season – she makes for some great TV! She has had no filter so far this season, and I love it. Every time she opens her mouth, I can’t help but laugh. Although I have been surprised with her play so far – it hasn’t been as good as I’d thought it would be. She’s one of the better players on the show, but up until the Elimination Challenge, she hasn’t shown it. I was glad to see her step up. #beastmode.

Kelly: Fun fact about Mary. Does anyone know why she wears rain pants 99% of the time? She played really well one tournament as an amateur and had them on. She decided they might be her lucky charm! Annie, did you have any superstitions? I always had to eat the same thing for breakfast and the same thing during the round. Greek yogurt and 1 banana before, and 2-3 more bananas and a protein shake during. Oh silly superstitions!

Annie: Ha! I had no idea that’s why she wears them! I’ve never seen her in anything BUT rain pants until Big Break Florida! I was glad when she put them back on in the second episode. All felt right in the world.

I never really had any superstitions. I always liked to think that I had control of my golf game rather than the coin I use to mark my ball or what I ate for breakfast. Maybe that’s why I only made a few paychecks out on Tour.

Kelly: No one wants to be the first person to go home and I hope Courtney keeps her chin up and keeps that great attitude of hers. But with her lack of experience, I’m not surprised that she was eliminated first. Big Break tests you so hard mentally. If you don't have complete confidence in yourself and your abilities, you probably won't be sticking around long. Courtney, I wish you the very best, and I hope you cherished every moment on Big Break. You will be able to draw on these experiences for the rest of your life, so use that to your advantage. Set those goals, work your tush off and keep those “freakin monkeys” on your side!

Annie: Wow, Kelly. That was much nicer than I was about to be. Big Break is an incredible opportunity, and I do wish her the best. But I will say I’m a happier spectator not having to hear “freakin monkeys” one more time.

Cut Line: Lyle faces third bout with cancer

By Rex HoggardNovember 24, 2017, 5:40 pm

In this week’s holiday edition, Cut Line is thankful for the PGA Tour’s continued progress on many fronts and the anticipation that only a Tiger Woods return can generate.

Made Cut

The Fighter. That was the headline of a story Cut Line wrote about Jarrod Lyle following his second bout with cancer a few years ago, so it’s both sad and surreal to see the affable Australian now bracing for a third fight with leukemia.

Lyle is working as an analyst for Channel 7’s coverage of this week’s Emirates Australian Open prior to undergoing another stem cell transplant in December.

“I’ve got a big month coming,” Lyle said. “I’m back into hospital for some really heavy-duty treatment that’s really going to determine how things pan out for me.”

Twice before things have panned out for Lyle. Let’s hope karma has one more fight remaining.

Changing times. Last season the PGA Tour introduced a policy to add to the strength of fields, a measure that had long eluded officials and by most accounts was a success.

This season the circuit has chosen to tackle another long-standing thorn, ridiculously long pro-am rounds. While there seems little the Tour can do to speed up play during pro-am rounds, a new plan called a 9&9 format will at least liven things up for everyone involved.

Essentially, a tournament hosting a pro-am with four amateurs can request the new format, where one professional plays the first nine holes and is replaced by another pro for the second nine.

Professionals will have the option to request 18-hole pro-am rounds, giving players who limit practice rounds to just pro-am days a chance to prepare, but otherwise it allows Tour types to shorten what is an admittedly long day while the amateurs get a chance to meet and play with two pros.

The new measure does nothing about pace of play, but it does freshen up a format that at times can seem tired, and that’s progress.

Tweet of the week: @Love3d (Davis Love III‏) “Thanks to Dr. Flanagan (Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center) for the new hip and great care! Can’t wait to get back to (the PGA Tour).”

Love offered the particularly graphic tweet following hip replacement surgery on Tuesday, a procedure that he admitted he’d delayed because he was “chicken.”

The surgery went well and Love is on pace to return to the Tour sometime next spring. As for the possibility of over-sharing on social media, we’ll leave that to the crowd.


Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF)

Distance control. The Wall Street Journal provided the octagon for the opening blows of a clash that has been looming for a long time.

First, USGA executive director Mike Davis told The Journal that the answer to continued distance gains may be a restricted-flight golf ball with an a la carte rule that would allow different organizations, from the Tour all the way down to private clubs, deciding which ball to use.

“You can’t say you don’t care about distance, because guess what? These courses are expanding and are predicted to continue to expand,” Davis said. “The impact it has had has been horrible.”

A day later, Wally Uihlein, CEO of Acushnet, which includes the Titleist brand, fired back in a letter to The Journal, questioning among other things how distance gains are putting a financial burden on courses.

“The only people that seem to be grappling with advances in technology and physical fitness are the short-sighted golf course developers and the supporting golf course architectural community who built too many golf courses where the notion of a 'championship golf course' was brought on line primarily to sell real estate,” Uihlein wrote.

For anyone paying attention the last few years, this day was inevitable and the likely start of what will be a drawn out and heated process, but Cut Line’s just not sure anyone wins when it’s over.

Tiger, take II. Tiger Woods’ return to competition next week at the Hero World Challenge was always going to generate plenty of speculation, but that hyperbole reached entirely new levels this week as players began giving personal accounts of the new and improved 14-time major champion.

“I did talk to him, and he did say it's the best he's ever felt in three years,’” Day said as he prepared for the Australian Open. “If he's hitting it long and straight, then that's going to be tough for us because it is Tiger Woods. He's always been a clutch putter and in amongst the best and it will be interesting to see.”

Rickie Fowler added to the frenzy when he was asked this month if the rumors that Woods is driving the ball by him, by 20 to 30 yards by some reports, are true?

“Oh, yeah,” he told Golf.com. “Way by.”

Add to all this a recent line that surfaced in Las Vegas that Woods is now listed at 20-1 to win a major in 2018, and it seems now may be a good time for a restraint.

Golf is better with Woods, always has been and always will be, but it may be best to allow Tiger time to find out where his body and game are before we declare him back.


Missed Cut

Searching for answers. Twelve months ago, Hideki Matsuyama was virtually unstoppable and, regardless of what the Official World Golf Ranking said, arguably the best player on the planet.

Now a year removed from that lofty position, which featured the Japanese star finishing either first or second in six of his seven starts as the New Year came and went, Matsuyama has faded back to fifth in the world and on Sunday finished fifth, some 10 strokes behind winner Brooks Koepka, at the Dunlop Phoenix.

“That hurt,” Matsuyama told the Japan Times. “I don’t know whether it’s a lack of practice or whether I lack the strength to keep playing well. It seems there are many issues to address.”

Since his last victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Matsuyama has just two top-10 finishes on Tour and he ended his 2016-17 season with a particularly poor performance at the Presidents Cup.

While Matsuyama’s take seems extreme considering his season, there are certainly answers that need answering.

Trump playing 'quickly' with Tiger, DJ

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 24, 2017, 1:33 pm

Updated at 11:14 a.m. ET

An Instagram user known as hwalks posted photos to her account that included images of Tiger Woods, President Trump and Dustin Johnson Friday at Trump National, as well as video of Woods' swing.


Here are some other social media posts that have surfaced:


Original story:

Tiger Woods is scheduled to make his return to competition next week at his Hero World Challenge. But first, a (quick) round with the President.

President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that he was going to play at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla., alongside Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.



Woods and President Trump previously played last December. Trump, who, according to trumpgolfcount.com has played 75 rounds since taking over the presidency, has also played over the last year with Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els and Hideki Matsuyama.

Chawrasia leads major champs in Hong Kong

By Associated PressNovember 24, 2017, 1:19 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia extended his lead at the Hong Kong Open to two strokes Friday after a 4-under 66 in the second round.

Chawrasia, who had led by one at the Hong Kong Golf Club, is at 9-under 131 overall and took as much as a five-stroke lead at one point.

''Yesterday I was putting very well, and today, also I make some up and downs. I saved a couple of short putts. That's why I think I'm leading by two shots most probably,'' the Indian said. ''The next two days, I'm just looking forward.''


Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open


Thomas Aiken (64) is second, followed by Alexander Bjork (66), Joakim Lagergren (66), Poom Saksansin (68) and Julian Suri (67) at 5 under 135.

Aiken's round was the lowest of the tournament.

''It is tough out there. The greens are really firm. You've got to hit the fairway,'' Aiken said. ''If you get above the holes, putts can get away from you.''

Justin Rose (69) had six birdies, but three bogeys and a double-bogey at the par 3 12th kept him at 3 under for the tournament.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia (71), playing for the first time in Hong Kong, was at even par, as was defending champion Sam Brazel (71) and 2014 champion Scott Hend (67).

''I have to play better,'' Garcia said. ''The way I felt like I played, it's difficult. This kind of course, you need to play well to shoot a good score.''

Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.


Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open


Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.