New Year New Season Of Big Break

By Big Break ProducerFebruary 5, 2014, 6:00 am


New Year. New Season. New cast. Same heart pounding Big Break competition.

It’s that time of year again. It’s the dawn of a brand new Big Break competition and this time around, we’re bringing it your way about 3 months early. Yup. Normally you’d have to wait until May for your 1st taste of this one-of-a-kind competition (cruel...I know), but for reasons only the Programming Department can explain in technical detail, those frigid Monday nights of late winter will now be filled with the sound of breaking glass and the fascinating inner monologues of these 12 amazingly talented LPGA hopefuls. This also means that we’re all in for the weekly insider insight we’ve all gotten accustomed to from the series Producers themselves.

Welcome to the 1st installment of Lead Producer, Brendan Havens’, incoherent thoughts and ramblings...

Last time we spoke, I was extolling the virtues of Matthew Galloway’s improbable run to the finale of Big Break Mexico. Since then...I’ve been a little busy. With what? Well, this is where the talk of this early premiere date comes in to play. Allow me to elaborate...

Right around the middle of Post-Production on Big Break Mexico (sometime around the mid/end of June), we got word from Programming that the premiere of the 1st Big Break season of 2014 would be moved from May all the way up to February. Now, to those who have never been involved in the Production of one of these series, this is nothing but fantastic news. “You mean we get our 1st taste of Big Break 3 months early?!?! AWESOME!!!” Now, for those involved in the production of the series, our reaction was, “Holy crap. How are we gonna get this thing shot in time.” To put this neurotic-esque reaction into perspective, I’m gonna do a little date/time math for you.

Normally, for a May premiere, we shoot the series in late January, early February. Without getting into crazy specifics, this gives us the appropriate amount of lead time to get everything in the series completed and ready for air on time (each episode takes approximately one-month to complete and there are 3 Producer/Editor teams working simultaneously on different episodes). By moving the premiere date up by three months meant that the series would have to be shot in October. So far, this doesn’t seem so bad. “But, Brendan it’s only June and you’re worried about a series that won’t be shot for another four months?!?!” This is a reasonable question, until you factor in what needs to be done before a Big Break can even be filmed. The competitors must be cast, the format of the competition has to be planned out, the challenges need to be designed, a crew in the upwards of 80-people needs to be signed on and, most importantly, we need a site to shoot it at. That whole process can take up to six-months under normal circumstances, so we were technically two-months behind schedule before we even had a chance to start. So, there I went, off to our 1st round of auditions at the on the Symetra Tour before my final episode of Big Break Mexico was even finished being edited.

What this crazily compacted schedule also meant, was that for the 1st time in the 10-plus years we’ve been producing this series, there would be three different Big Breaks shot in the same calendar year. At one point, Big Break Mexico, Big Break NFL and Big Break Florida were in some level of production simultaneously.

So, I guess you could say 2013 was a big year for Big Break. The copious amount of extra grey hair I’ve obtained during that time period could surely speak to that. I also consider them to be little colorless reminders to the immense amount of pride we have as a crew in being privileged enough to be the ones who bring you three-months worth of weeknight entertainment. And let me be the first to tell you...this may be the most entertaining three-months of Big Break you’ll ever get.

For this season, we’ve departed with the team format that dominated the past two Big Breaks and have gone back to basics, so to speak. All 12 of these ladies will compete as individuals and will find themselves having to avoid elimination from the very start of the competition. So, get ready Big Break fans. This old format takes on a whole new life with this cast. And, per usual, us diabolical Producers have a few new tricks up our sleeves for this season. It’s what we do, and it’s all new. Stay tuned...

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Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

"That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.