Big Break Florida Show 5 Producer Blog

By Big Break ProducerMarch 25, 2014, 2:00 am

This season of Big Break is all about choices and episode five starts out with a big one team selection. Oddly enough, Sadena, who for all intensive purposes started the day 4 for 4 on immunity challenges and isn’t the first draft pick. Interesting choice. The fact that Kristi, Fiamma, and Sadena all turned down money just shows how taxing Big Break pressure can be. They were all ready for a day relaxing on the water!

Competitors talk lot about nerves on Big Break, and Renée has had to fight hers for the first few days. She actually struggled more than most people do early, but now, midway through the season, she seems to have found her stride. We’ll see if that holds up for the rest of the season. Speaking of nerves, Kylee and Tonya decided to make Jackie sweat at the range, which I thought was a bold strategy, we’ll see how that pays off down the road.

The line between immunity and elimination gets a lot smaller as more and more competitors leave the show. Lindsay goes from hitting the second best shot in the second immunity challenge, to being eliminated. I was sad to see her go, but I think we’ll see good things from her down the road. Here’s a neat behind the scenes tidbit for those of you who are reading along: Lindsay is very into hair bows. After her elimination, she made bows for everyone on the cast. Over the next few weeks, you’ll see some of the ladies wearing their Lindsay bows in challenges and during the nightly interviews.

This week’s #AskBigBreak question comes from @Texasbrons who asks, “There are a couple of young players who turned pro just for BB. How much do they get counselled [sic] on this decision?”

Hey @Texasbrons, great question.

Thousands upon thousands of golfers apply to be on Big Break every year. The first step of that journey is filling out the online application, which asks whether the applicant has amateur status. The application makes it clear that participating in the Big Break results in forfeiture of their amateur status. It also asks them to acknowledge that they’re willing to become a professional if selected to appear on the show.

This application process helps us to invite people to auditions who are already a potential fit for the show. Basically no one arrives at auditions confused about how appearing on the show will affect their status. Just to be sure, we reiterate the question in auditions when we’re interviewing an amateur. It’s part of the paperwork people sign before they appear on the show. The consequences of appearing on the show are covered by the Standards and Practices attorney that briefs the competitors when they arrive at the location. The entire casting process from sending in an application to shooting the first episode can take 4-6 months or longer from the competitors point of view, so it’s certainly not a quick process.

That’s all for now, stay tuned!

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Tiger Tracker: Honda Classic

By Tiger TrackerFebruary 21, 2018, 7:00 pm

Tiger Woods is making his third start of the year at the Honda Classic. We're tracking him at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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Woods happy to help Furyk at Ryder Cup

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 21, 2018, 6:58 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Tiger Woods didn't hesitate when Jim Furyk asked him to become a vice captain at the upcoming Ryder Cup.

Woods said Wednesday that Furyk asked he and Steve Stricker “a while ago” whether they were interested in being assistants in Paris as the Americans try to win a Ryder Cup on foreign soil for the first time in 25 years.

“He’s one of my best friends,” Woods said of Furyk, “and whatever he wants, whatever he needs, I’m there to help him. We’re worked well the last couple of years in the cups together.”

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Though Woods has said that he wants to be a playing vice captain, he has been an assistant at each of the past two international team competitions.

Furyk, Woods and Stricker were all assistants at Hazeltine, where the U.S. won in a rout.

“Jim is very detailed, very smart, very analytical, and he’s just a fantastic leader,” Woods said. “For him to ask Stricks and I together, it will be special for both of us.”

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Woods to hit '4 or 5' drivers each day at Honda

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 21, 2018, 6:25 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Those hoping Tiger Woods will wield the driver early and often this week at PGA National likely will be disappointed.

Depending on wind direction, he said he will only hit “four or five” drivers each round.

During Wednesday’s pro-am, Woods hit driver on six holes. He found two fairways with the big stick and found the right rough four times, though a few of those misses were only a few yards off the fairway.

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In two starts this year, Woods has struggled mightily with every club off the tee, but driver has been especially troublesome. He has found only 36 percent of the fairways so far (30 of 84).

The Champion Course here is a par 70, with water and bunkers often lining the fairways. Putting the ball in play off the tee will be at a premium, and so Woods opted for a low, penetrating 2-iron six times in the pro-am.

Woods said he did not make any equipment changes following the missed cut at Riviera.

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TT postscript: One birdie in casual pro-am round

By Tiger TrackerFebruary 21, 2018, 6:15 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Here are a few observations after watching Tiger Woods’ pro-am round Wednesday at the Honda Classic:

• As expected, the stress level was minimal at PGA National. He had a short warmup (considering it was still freakin’ dark when he was about to tee it up, at 6:45 a.m.) and generally took little time contemplating shots, except for a few clubs off the tee.

• Tiger spent a lot of time chipping, pitching and putting after completing a hole. No surprise there. He didn’t play a practice round Monday or Tuesday, and he hasn’t competed here since 2014. Gotta get in that work.

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• He hit six drivers Wednesday. That’s probably one or two more than he will in competition, depending on wind direction. Two of those drives found the fairway. The other four were varying degrees off-line in the right rough, none more wild than his push slice on the difficult sixth hole that was probably 60 yards right. At least it was playable over there – water runs all the way down the left side.

• It’s not quite a stinger, but he hit more than a few 2-iron shots off the tee, with a sweet, little draw. That’ll play quite nicely here.

• We said it for a few rounds at Torrey Pines, and then again for one day at Riviera, but here goes: Woods appears to have taken the left side of the course out of play. Whether that remains true after playing under “game speed” this week, who knows?

• Woods made only one birdie, after getting up and down out of the greenside bunker on the par-5 third. His pro-am stat line, for those interested: 7 of 14 fairways, 12 greens and 31 putts and shot around 2 over. Again, he was not really trying.

• Best shot of the day? His fairway-bunker shot on the sixth hole (while playing his second ball). He skied a mid-iron from 187 yards to kick-in range. A little more of that, please.