Big Break Ireland Show Eight Recap

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 9, 2011, 3:00 am


Golf is such a mental game. Sometimes one bad shot can mess with your head.  It looks like that may have been the case with Andy.  Missing that 3-foot putt against Mallory really sent him in a downward spiral.  That one mistake kept affecting his putting the rest of the day.  Too bad, since Andy has been such a consistent and good player thus far.  But Mark said it well during that day’s Happy Hour.  He said Big Break is about playing the game in the moment in order to stay in the game.  You don’t get the luxury of playing a 72-hole tournament and have time to make up shots in order to win. You just have to stay focused and be in the moment.

They don’t call Mallory “ The Eliminator” for nothing.  Not sure Andy made the right call going up against Mallory in the first leg of the elimination challenge.  Had he not witness her being the only player not to choke under the pressure of an elimination challenge?

Julien sure does have the luck of the Irish on his side once again, but how long can that luck continue? You will just have to keep watching to see!  But seriously, Julien was lucky that his ball took that bounce against Mark.  Even though he ended up playing against Andy in the final stage of the elimination challenge, Julien always finds a way to “Make it Work”, sorry I had to borrow a line from Project Runway’s, Tim Gunn.

But Mark has some Irish luck on his side as well.  Well I guess being Irish and playing in Ireland, he would automatically be blessed with some Irish luck! Even though he hit a poor shot out of the bunker, he still managed to beat Julien in order to survive another day on Big Break Ireland.

Watch Andy’s exit interview as he talks to Host, Tom Abbott about why he feels he isn’t already playing on the PGA TOUR, how important being on Big Break Ireland was to him and what life on the Mini Tour is really like.  Plus, find out more about a foundation Andy started with former NFL player, Seth Joyner, that helps teenagers learn the value of a dollar and how to keep their finances in order. 

Andy’s Exit Interview- Watch Now

Happy Hour was not as lonely for Julien as it was last week.  Now that is down to the final three, there is no more Team Liffey or Team Straffan.  Julien has now moved into what was Team Liffey’s home.  Mark and Mallory welcomed Julien to their home away from home.  Mark definitely is head of entertainment in that house, as he did a great job of making fun of himself and his poor shot out of the bunker that ultimately cost him $5,000. 

Happy Hour- Watch Now

Also, hear what the hosts of Big Break Ireland, Tom Abbott and Stephanie Sparks, had to say about the surprise elimination.  Neither Stephanie nor Tom thought they would be seeing Andy go home this soon.   They were also surprised that Andy chose Mallory, “The Eliminator”, to go head-to-head against in the first leg of the elimination challenge.  Finally, hear what they had to say about Andy’s putting mistakes that ultimately sent him home.

Host Analysis- Watch Now

Text BREAK to 55333 to sign up to get mobile text alerts about Big Break Ireland.  And don’t forget to tune in every Tuesday at 9PM ET for an all-new Big Break Ireland.

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

Getty Images

Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.