As the sun sets on another season of Big Break..... well.... I guess we don’t really know if it’s setting or not because even though the wind is blowing 40 mph across the fairways of the K Club, the cloud cover appears to be firmly in place, thus blocking and evidentiary light which one would classify as said sunset. But I digress.
I have been saying since I arrived back from shooting this season in May that Big Break Ireland was without a doubt the best golf I had ever seen performed on any season that I was fortunate enough to be a part of. That’s 13 seasons so far... and counting. It will certainly be hard to top, but I have faith.
Ok, let’s get to some juicy deets about the penultimate show!
This show was actually fairly unique. I noticed it was really the first time the competitors noticed the end was near and if they could just hold it together then they would have an 8 A.M. tee time the next day for the biggest match of their career thus far.
The biggest giveaway was Mark. There were very few days during the shoot that I was actually greeted by Murph with your standard “hello’s” or “how you doin’s?”. Instead, an all too mysterious smirk would appear on his face and he would tuck his hands in his pockets and approach me a little too slyly. Then would come a classic Murph-ism that would make your mother blush but the sheer hilarity of his daily joke would get the better of you and you would bust up with an all out LOL.
This morning, however, as I walked across the driving range I made eye contact with Mark and got a very quick nod and a “hello laddie”. He knew today would be a big day. And he was right.
IMMUNITY CHALLENGE BLUES
The Immunity challenge was written up to go all three matches. Of course we knew mathematically it was possible to be over in two. But come on.... what are the chances?? Well, as it turns out, if someone like Julien runs the tables, then those chances are pretty good.
Since I knew I would be putting this show together in post-production, I was quite aware of how much content would be needed to fill the show. Originally, we had slated 3 matches in the Immunity, then three holes of golf for the elimination. After Julien cemented his position for the finale in quick fashion, we then had to amend the Elimination Challenge to include four holes. Thus the par 4 13th hole was added to the challenge and as it turned out proved to be extremely pivotal. So I guess.... thanks Jules.
Till next season.... be good.
Big Break Ireland Producer Blog: The End is Near
Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome
Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)
The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...
And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.
Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas
He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.
Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.
Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.
In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.
Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.
Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.
Win No. 1: Title defense at the CIMB Classic
Win Nos. 2 and 3: The Hawaiian double
Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open
Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open
Temporary Slide: Open MC makes it three in a row
Mr. Major (and win No. 4): PGA champ at Quail Hollow
Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship
The $10 Million Man: FedExCup champ
Biggest Win of All? Player of the Year
And One to Grow On: Wins at CJ Cup in 2017-18 season
Photo Galleries: Best of ...
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com counted down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below. And click here for the full collection of articles.
Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge
ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.
The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.
They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.
Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.
Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.
Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.
''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''
The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.
In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''
Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.