Watching Big Break as a Fan

By Big Break ProducerDecember 5, 2012, 3:44 pm

It’s always fun for me to sit down in the comfort of my own living room and watch the episodes of Big Break as a fan. I’ve spent weeks and weeks stressing over the minute details of some of these shows so it has become a sense of relief when it finally airs. As I reflect on the days of when we were shooting the series and what I was doing at this point in the shoot, I remember being excited and exhausted. Shooting a Big Break is a very physically and mentally demanding task on everyone involved, so I was mostly exhausted. But, I remember the excitement at the beginning of this particular episode’s day because I knew that no matter what happened, we were going to have a great finale. As a producer I strive to make sure the challenges are fair but entertaining, the players are able to hit great golf shots while doing it in an entertaining way, and of course make sure we don’t miss anything. At this point in the season, I can honestly say mission accomplished.

And for the lucky few of you who are reading this incredibly stimulating blog, I am going to let you in on a little secret... You haven’t seen anything yet. This is the 13th Big Break season I have had the privilege of being a part of and watching the next two episodes unfold as it was happening was truly spectacular.
Oh, and here are some things that you couldn’t have possibly known about this week’s show unless you were there, so here you go:

 - The Tic-Tac-Toe challenge is the hardest challenge on Big Break to find an actual location for. It needs to happen on a short sharply sloped fairway so all the cameras have a view of all the nets.

 - The Tic-Tac-Toe nets themselves are different heights. The front row has 2 ft back legs, the middle row has 3 ft legs, and the back row is 4 ft.  

 - Did you notice during the breakfast when Rick is the first person to call “not it” on being the one who would be eliminated that day? So I guess that clinically rules out the “not it” method as an accurate measure...

 - Have you been watching the Last Break competitions on We actually shot the final match immediately after the Rick/Isaac elimination challenge but we had to keep everyone sequestered from everyone else. The eliminated contestants were not allowed to see what was happening in the elimination challenge and we had to whisk away the active contestants as soon at the elimination was over so they didn’t know who was still in the Last Break Challenge.

Thanks for watching.

Chris Graham

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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.

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Farmers inks 7-year extension through 2026

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:04 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance has signed a seven-year extension to serve as the title sponsor for the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines, it was announced Tuesday. The deal will run through 2026.

“Farmers Insurance has been incredibly supportive of the tournament and the Century Club’s charitable initiatives since first committing to become the title sponsor in 2010,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

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“We are extremely grateful for the strong support of Farmers and its active role as title sponsor, and we are excited by the commitment Farmers has made to continue sponsorship of the Farmers Insurance Open for an additional seven years.

In partnership with Farmers, the Century Club – the tournament’s host organization – has contributed more than $20 million to deserving organizations benefiting at-risk youth since 2010.