Birds of a Feather Flock Together

By Constantin Preda, Big Break ProducerNovember 16, 2010, 1:15 am

On show eight of Big Break Dominican Republic titled “Birds of a Feather Flock Together,” we really see the players going through strange and unexpected emotional changes. Our show may be weekly, but what audiences don’t realize is our show was shot over a 12 day period. That means that these Big Breakers are competing nearly every day, sometimes back to back with crack of dawn starts, continuous play throughout the humid days, and interviews that go late into the night. It should be no surprise that politeness falls by the wayside while real cut-throat emotion spills out everywhere.

Desperate and permanently benched along with Brenda, Elena thinks the best plan of attack is to get inside the guys heads with sarcastic comments and smirks. Lori agrees and joins in by trying to first make fun of Andrew’s wardrobe. The thing you have to know about Andrew is he has a dry sense of humor that the girls get annoyed by. But you have to agree, his striped shirt and plaid pants were straight up funny. He may have gotten some wardrobe advice from Ian Poulter—who knows.

It really didn’t matter what the women said to the guys, because in the end, it didn’t work. Even though the girls took a one point lead in stage one of the Team Challenge, the guys swept them through stages two, three and four. And it irritated them—especially Sara, who clearly let Anthony know that she and the rest of the ladies were tired of what they saw as his constant need for attention. Sara is a sweet, charming, quiet girl, and when she yelled at Anthony and said he was going to get “mean Sara,” I knew right away that the gloves were off.

However, through all of the stress and tension, Cupid came fluttering to Casa De Campo, because a little romance blossomed between Elena and Brian. Her attention and care seemed to really help Brian calm down, and it really showed during stage four of the Team Challenge, when Brian stuck it to four feet and two inches out of the bunker on the fifth hole—sealing the win for the men.

Brian felt he had been struggling so much until that point, and when the men chose Football to go into the Benching Challenge over Brian, Brian was pissed. However, those decisions are tough. These athletes have to make decisions quickly based on previous performances, and sometimes they make fantastic choices, and sometimes they make mistakes. They are only human.

I think on this show, no one realized that more than Football. He went head to head against Lori with a one shot advantage in the Benching Challenge and still got it handed to him by Lori. She just had too much to lose. With one strike already against her, she was going to fight for those three holes, and she did, beating Football by one stroke (technically two strokes if you don’t count his advantage).

Football said it best: “It’s golf. Sometimes you’re the bug, and sometimes, you’re the windshield.” At least he’ll only be sitting out in the next show, and he’ll be back in the grand finale in two weeks. Keep watching.

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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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Rahm (62) fires career low round

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.


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Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.

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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.