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By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 12, 2011, 2:00 am

What an intense and drama-filled episode. The show started with four players and ended with two players.  This episode of Big Break Indian Wells was really all about the golf.  Kent decided to play head-to-head against Carl. What a showdown. Even though Kent is the most experienced player on the show, he definitely got off to a rough start in his three-hole match- up against Carl. This was definitely a great match to watch as both players showed us they were hungry for a win.  One thing is for sure, Carl is a fierce and mentally strong competitor. Despite his mistakes he always found a way to stay in the game.  Unfortunately, he made one too many mistakes and was eliminated from Big Break Indian Wells. Like Kent, Will had problems from the beginning as he had trouble keeping the ball in sight as well as in play. Unfortunately, in this episode we had to say goodbye to both Carl and Will. Roommates and fellow Canadians, Kent and David played their way on to the finale of Big Break Indian Wells with hopes of winning their big break! Who do you think will win the finale?

As stated above, Carl has an incredible mental game.  Watch as Carl talks to Big Break Indian Wells’ host, Tom Abbott, about why his is so mentally tough. Plus Tom talks to Carl about some of his incredible shots throughout the season, his relationship with Robbie and his goals for playing golf.

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Watch as Will talks to Big Break Indian Wells’ host, Tom Abbott, about his unique grip and if he has ever tried to change it.  Plus, Tom talks to Will about his connection with the First Tee of Charlotte , his relationship with Carl and what is next for him in the golf world.

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Watch as the hosts of Big Break Indian Wells, Tom Abbott and Stephanie Sparks, break down the drama filled day where two players were eliminate.  Tom and Stephanie also talk about how Kent got off to a rough start, but he is opponent Carl opened the door to let him back in the game and ultimately win the three-hole match-up that sent Kent to the finale.

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Kent and David let loose a bit during this week’s Happy Hour.  Kent and David talk about how they knew if it came down to them going into the elimination challenge, they were not going to choose each other to compete against.  Plus, listen to Kent and David talk about how Carl was a fierce competitor, who didn’t leave without a fight.

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Does your golf bag need a Big Break? If so, become a fan of the Big Break Indian Wells Facebook page get the scoop on how to win a Big Break Golf Bag.

Don’t forget to tune in for the finale of Big Break Indian Wells this Monday at 9PM ET.

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Players winner to get 3-year exemption into PGA

By Rex HoggardFebruary 21, 2018, 8:01 pm

Although The Players isn’t golf’s fifth major, it received a boost in that direction this week.

The PGA of America has adjusted its criteria for eligibility into the PGA Championship, extending an exemption for the winner of The Players to three years.

According to an official with the PGA of America, the association felt the winner of The Players deserved more than a single-year exemption, which had been the case, and the move is consistent with how the PGA Tour’s annual flagship event is treated by the other majors.

Winners of The Players were already exempt for three years into the Masters, U.S. Open and The Open Championship.

The change will begin with this year’s PGA Championship.

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Thomas: Playing in front of Tiger even more chaotic

By Randall MellFebruary 21, 2018, 7:52 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Justin Thomas may be going from the frying pan to the fire of Tiger Woods’ pairings.

Translation: He’s going from being grouped with Woods last week in the first two rounds at the Genesis Open to being grouped directly in front of Woods this week at the Honda Classic.

“Which might be even worse than playing with him,” Thomas said Wednesday.

Typically, the pairing in front of Woods deals with a lot of gallery movement, with fans racing ahead to get in position to see Woods’ next shot.

Thomas was quoted after two rounds with Tiger at Riviera saying fans “got a little out of hand,” and saying it’s disappointing some golf fans today think it’s “so amusing to yell and all that stuff while we’re trying to hit shots.”

With 200,000 fans expected this week at the Honda Classic, and with the Goslings Bear Trap pavilion setting a party mood at the 16th green and 17th tee, that portion of the course figures to be quite lively at PGA National.


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Thomas was asked about that.

“I touched on this a little bit last week,” Thomas said. “I think it got blown out of proportion, was just taken out of context, and worded differently than how I said it or meant it.

“I love the fans. The fans are what I hope to have a lot of, what all of us hope to have a lot of. We want them cheering us on. But it's those certain fans that are choosing to yell at the wrong times, or just saying stuff that's completely inappropriate.”

Thomas said it’s more than ill-timed shouts. It’s the nature of some things being said.

“It's one thing if it's just you and I talking, but when you're around kids, when you're around women, when you're around families, or just around people in general, some of the stuff they are saying to us is just extremely inappropriate,” he said. “There’s really no place for it anywhere, especially on a golf course.

“I feel like golf is pretty well known as a classy sport, not that other sports aren't, but it has that reputation.”

Thomas said the nature of the 17th hole at PGA National’s Champion Course makes it a more difficult tee shot than the raucous 16th at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Typically, players like to hear fans get into the action before or after they hit shots. Ill-timed bluster, however, makes a shot like the one at Honda’s 17th even tougher.

“That hole is hard enough,” Thomas said. “I don't need someone yelling in my ear on my backswing that I'm going to hit it in the water, to make it any harder. I hope it gets better, just for the sake of the game. That's not helping anything. That's not helping grow the game.”

Those who follow golf know an ill-timed shout in a player’s backswing is different than anything a fan says at a football, basketball or baseball game. An ill-timed comment in a backswing has a greater effect on the outcome of a competition.

“Just in terms of how much money we're playing for, how many points we're playing for ... this is our jobs out here, and you hate to somehow see something that a fan does, or something that they yell, influence something that affects [a player’s] job,” Thomas said.

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Rory: Phil said RC task force just copied Europe

By Randall MellFebruary 21, 2018, 7:21 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Playing the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am two weeks ago, Rory McIlroy quizzed Phil Mickelson about what the Americans got out of the U.S. Ryder Cup task force’s overhaul.

McIlroy and Mickelson were paired together at Pebble Beach.

“Basically, all they are doing is copying what the Europeans have done,” McIlroy said.  “That's what he said.”

The Europeans claimed their sixth of seven Ryder Cups with their victory at Gleneagles in 2014. That brought about a sea change in the way the United States approached the Ryder Cup. Mickelson called out the tactics in Gleneagles of captain Tom Watson, who was outmaneuvered by European captain Paul McGinley.


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The Americans defeated Europe at Hazeltine two years ago with that new European model.

“He said the first thing they did in that task force was Phil played a video, a 12-minute video of Paul McGinley to all of them,” McIlroy said. “So, they are copying what we do, and it's working for them. It's more cohesive, and the team and the core of that team are more in control of what they are doing, instead of the PGA of America recruiting and someone telling them what to do.”

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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.