Big Break's Annie & Kelly Provide Insight on Show 8

By Big BreakApril 28, 2014, 1:16 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.

Kelly: I was really looking forward to this week, after all the hyped up previews! I feel like every single week, this season of Big Break is really bringing it. From the producers, cameramen, the hosts and the players, they all are doing an amazing job keeping this long running season fun and interesting!

I was excited to see the blackjack challenge right out of the gate. All golfers are essentially gamblers. Putting up our money to try and gain it back through our performance. This challenge should be right up their alley and it’s fun to see their poker face! Golf is such an emotional game so it was interesting to see them keep their emotions completely contained. If we all apply this mindset to our tournament golf, it would probably help us a lot, for as many times as our emotions get the better of us.

Annie:  I think Jackie said it best on this show – every week out on Tour golfers are gambling – paying their entry fee and hoping their game is good enough that week to come out on top.  Professional golf is so different from other professional sports, because the golfers have to finance themselves.  It’s one of the few professional sports where we have to pay to play.  I had a lot of friends go on to play their respective sports after college, and they were getting pay checks for sitting on the bench.  Not golf.  Whether you’re winning tournaments or missing every cut, you still have to find the way to pay in order to travel and compete.  It’s tough! 

Kelly: To start off the challenge, I was very impressed with Mary’s two-shot blackjack! She has been struggling with her distance control, so it was nice to see her dial it in.

Out of all the competitors, I think Jackie is the smartest. She always thinks her way through  the challenges while not letting her nerves and emotions rule her game. She is such an accomplished golfer and I think she can attribute a lot of her success to the mental part of her game.

Annie: I agree.  For people watching the show who don’t know these girls, I think she comes across as the most confident in her own game.  She seems to know her own game better than any of the other girls and is arguably the most accomplished player on Big Break Florida.  It’s fun to watch her think her way through each of these challenges. 

Kelly: Skipping to the last match, I loved that Renee decided to hit another shot when she was sitting at “18”.  Even though her ball came up just shy of the 3-point square, it was great to see her aggressive, confident play!

Annie:  Until she busted..

I was impressed to see Mary, Jackie, and Sadena all take the $2,500 cash when given the choice of cash or a mulligan.  What were your thoughts?

Kelly: Immunity is one thing, but to lose all that money just for a mulligan is definitely not worth it. Golf is so unpredictable; your mulligan could end up worse than your original shot. Good choice ladies!

Annie:  These three girls are probably the biggest gamblers of the group, so I wasn’t surprised that they all took the cash.  I don’t think choosing the mulligan would have been a bad choice, though.  Especially because golf is so unpredictable, and Big Break is even more unpredictable, choosing a mulligan would have been understandable – just boring.

Kelly: During the Immunity Challenge the girls had to combine their drives with their approach shots. I was interested to see the girls string together a few shots since we havn’t seen this besides in elimination.

Annie: Yes! These types of challenges help to separate the good players from the great players.  I like to watch these because it’s a better test of a player’s entire game.

Kelly: Ok, totally not golf related but how great was it when Melanie Collins was picking on Tom Abbott about his body type. Ha ha.  I watched that clip a few times! They were talking about how much distance a golfer could gain if they put on a lot of muscle. Melanie proceeds to tell Tom he has zero muscle on his body.  Ha ha Melanie, it took me awhile, but I just became a big fan.

Annie: Attention Big Break producers: I want more clips like this!  I was laughing at their banter as well. I also liked Tom’s “cat amongst the pigeons” comment.  I didn’t know what it meant, but I still laughed.  

Kelly: The top-two golfers during this multi-shot challenge were immune and Jackie, Kylee and Renee had to go into a playoff to determine the top two. I agreed with them completely when they thought whoever lost that playoff was going to be chosen for elimination. It’s always interesting to see the dynamics between the players, but it’s hard when you know politics play a big factor in your survival on the show.

Annie:  I think “politics” only goes so far on a show like this. I have a hard time believing that any of these girls would choose a girl for elimination that they didn’t think they could beat.  If you go into elimination, you’re going to choose the person who you think you have the best shot at sending home.  Right…?

Kelly: Both Jackie and Renee hit great shots and secured immunity for another week. Of course the predictions were right.  Fiamma chose Kylee for elimination. That would be a big emotional swing. Going from a playoff to win the entire challenge, to being in elimination.

Annie:  Watching Fiamma talk to Mary about who to pick for elimination was so aggravating to me!  Fiamma – figure out how to make your own decisions.   Mary – what are you doing? You should be practicing because you’re up for elimination!  It was pretty irritating to watch, but a smart move by Mary.  By offering “advice” she was really taking herself out of the equation.  You knew Fiamma wasn’t going to choose Mary after that conversation.  I do think Fiamma made the best choice by choosing Kylee for elimination, but the way she went about it just didn’t seem right. 

Kelly: We can always count on Mary for some type of drama and this time it came towards the end of the day. She was telling Fiamma who to choose in the challenge, ultimately making sure that Fiamma didn't chose her. Then proceeded to play both sides of the fence and tried to buddy up with Kylee. I can only imagine how annoyed Kylee was at this fake gesture, but honestly who can blame Mary for trying to keep her enemies close?

Annie:  I think this whole scenario showed Fiamma’s weakness more than anything.  If she’s not able to make her own decisions or analyze this game by herself, I won’t be surprised if we see her go home soon.

Kelly: I was proud of Kylee for sticking up for herself which then resulted in Mary calling Kylee a “witch” and saying she has a bad attitude. Wait….this is coming from Mary? Does she have any room to talk? I guess so, because she just did, and she’ll continue to do so.

Fiamma ends up winning and lives to see another day. How clutch was her birdie-birdie performance. I was very impressed and it proves that she was a very underrated player...until today.

Annie:  Let’s not forget about the help of that oak tree.  Her drive on the second hole was headed for No-Man’s-Land until it hit the tree and kicked into the middle of the fairway.  To spray that shot so far right with a one shot lead makes me think she’s not as clutch as she came across in this elimination challenge.  She hit a really bad shot at a high pressure moment, but just got an incredibly lucky break.  I will give her credit – she did capitalize on it by making a great putt and finishing with a second birdie. 

Kelly: I feel like most people could predict the outcome of this Elimination Challenge. Not based off of talent, but solely due to Kylee’s emotions heading into the challenge. She was still pissed and you could tell she carried all of those emotions into elimination. She is a great player, but still young. She showed us what she can do and I'm looking forward to seeing where golf will take her.

Annie:  Sometimes on Big Break, a player who we think will last a while will go home earlier than expected.   This hasn’t happened yet on Big Break Florida.  I feel like every week, the weakest players are going home.  Kylee seems to have a lot of potential; she’s just a bit inexperienced.  And I do think her attitude got the best of her this week.  With another year or so of playing experience, I’m sure we’ll be following her soon out on the Symetra Tour. Hopefully this experience on Big Break was a good one for her and has helped take her game to a new level. 

Looks like next week we will be seeing more drama unfold with the “friendships” that have been established.  Is it Monday yet?!

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Watch: Tiger birdies 3 of 4, then goes OB

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 18, 2018, 8:30 pm

Starting Sunday five off the lead, Tiger Woods teed off in his final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a laced 2-iron and a par at No. 1.

Woods hit the green at the par-3 second but left himself a 50-foot birdie putt and a 6-footer to save par, which he walked in.

A two-putt 4 at the par-5 fourth gave Woods his first birdie of the day and moved him to 8 under for the week. Apparently energized, Tiger pulled driver at the short par-4 fifth and unleashed this violent swing.

A pitch from the thick rough hit a sprinkler head and stopped on the apron, leading to this birdie try, which fortunately hit the pin but unfortunately didn't fall.

Looking to pick up another stroke - or two - at the par-5 sixth, Woods took his drive 317 yards over the water and hit this second shot from 227 yards to 13 feet, leading to another two-putt birdie when his eagle try burned the right edge.

Returning to his trusty 2-iron, Tiger found the fairway at the par-4 eighth and then threw this dart from 176 yards to 6 feet and rolled in his third birdie putt of the day to move to 10 under.

His momentum was slowed by his first bogey of the day at No. 9, the product of an errant drive and its ensuing complications. As a result, Woods made the turn 2 under on his round, 9 under for the week, and still five off the lead, like when he started the day.

But Woods wouldn't wait long to make up for his mistake, immediately responding with another flagged iron and another birdie at No. 10.

He continued his assault on Bay Hill's par-5s at the 12th, getting up and down from the sand for a birdie-4 that moved him to 11 under par, just two off the lead.

And with this roll at 13 giving him his third birdie in four holes, the charge was officially on, with Woods just one back.

Just when it looked like Woods was primed for a late run at his 80th PGA Tour victory, Woods stepped to the tee at the par-5 16th, where he had missed wide right three days in a row, and sniped his drive out of bounds into a backyard miles left.

He made 4 on his second ball for a bogey-6 to drop back to 11 under, three behind.

(More coming...)

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Tiger Tracker: Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Tiger TrackerMarch 18, 2018, 5:00 pm

Tiger Woods will start Sunday five off the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. How will he follow up last week's runner-up? We're tracking him at Bay Hill.

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McIlroy: Time for Tour to limit alcohol sales on course

By Ryan LavnerMarch 18, 2018, 1:50 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Rory McIlroy suggested Saturday that the PGA Tour might need to consider curbing alcohol sales to stop some of the abusive fan behavior that has become more prevalent at events.

McIlroy said that a fan repeatedly yelled his wife’s name (Erica) during the third round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

“I was going to go over and have a chat with him,” McIlroy said. “I think it’s gotten a little much, to be honest. I think they need to limit the alcohol sales on the course, or they need to do something, because every week it seems like guys are complaining about it more and more.

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“I know that people want to come and enjoy themselves, and I’m all for that, but sometimes when the comments get personal and people get a little bit rowdy, it can get a little much.”

This isn’t the first time that McIlroy has voiced concerns about fan behavior on Tour. Last month at Riviera, he said the rowdy spectators probably cost Tiger Woods a half-shot a round, and after two days in his featured group he had a splitting headache.

A week later, at the Honda Classic, Justin Thomas had a fan removed late in the final round.

McIlroy believes the issue is part of a larger problem, as more events try to replicate the success of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which has one of the liveliest atmospheres on Tour.

“It’s great for that tournament, it’s great for us, but golf is different than a football game, and there’s etiquette involved and you don’t want people to be put off from bringing their kids when people are shouting stuff out,” he said. “You want people to enjoy themselves, have a good day.”

As for a solution, well, McIlroy isn’t quite sure.

“It used to be you bring beers onto the course or buy beers, but not liquor,” he said. “And now it seems like everyone’s walking around with a cocktail. I don’t know whether (the solution) is to go back to letting people walking around with beers in their hands. That’s fine, but I don’t know.”

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Confident Lincicome lurking after 54 holes at Founders

By Randy SmithMarch 18, 2018, 2:45 am

PHOENIX – Brittany Lincicome is farther back than she wanted to be going into Sunday at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, but she’s in a good place.

She’s keeping the momentum of her season-opening Pure Silk Bahamas Classic victory going this year.

Her confidence is high.

“Last year, I won in the Bahamas, but then I didn't do anything after that,” Lincicome said. “I don't even know if I had a top 10 after my win in the Bahamas. Obviously, this year, I want to be more consistent.”

Lincicome followed up her victory in the Bahamas this year with a tie for seventh in her next start at the Honda LPGA Thailand. And now she’s right back on another leaderboard with the year’s first major championship just two weeks away. She is, by the way, a two-time winner at the ANA Inspiration.

Missy Pederson, Lincicome’s caddie, is helping her player keep that momentum going with more focus on honing in the scoring clubs.

“One of our major goals is being more consistent,” Pederson said. “She’s so talented, a once in a generation talent. I’m just trying to help out in how to best approach every golf course.”

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Pederson has helped Lincicome identify the clubs they’re likely to attack most with on the particular course they are playing that week, to spend more time working with those clubs in practice. It’s building confidence.

“I know the more greens we hit, and the more chances we give ourselves, the more our chances are to be in contention,” Pederson said. “Britt is not big into stats or details, so I have to figure out how to best consolidate that information, to get us exactly where we need to be.”

Lincicome’s growing comfort with clubs she can attack with is helping her confidence through a round.

“I’ve most noticed consistency in her mental game, being able to handle some of the hiccups that happen over the course of a round,” Pederson said. “Whereas before, something might get under her skin, where she might say, `That’s what always happens,’ now, it’s, `All right, I know I’m good enough to get this back.’ I try to get her in positions to hit the clubs we are really hitting well right now.”

That’s leading to a lot more birdies, fewer bogeys and more appearances on leaderboards in the start to this year.