Battle of the Sexes

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 24, 2006, 4:00 pm
The Big Break VIEditor's note: Airing each Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. ET through Dec. 12, The Big Break VI concept pits nine men and nine women competing against each other in a variety of challenges that test their skills and mental toughness for the right to compete in two Champions Tour and two LPGA Tour events, respectively. One female and one male will be eliminated from the series each week, with the two standing being crowned Big Break VI: Trump National winners.
 

The much hyped and long awaited battle of the sexes on The Big Break VI: Trump National occurred in the fifth episode and the only thing lacking was Dr. Phil. In a five-hole match play competition, the females dealt a blow to male pride as they defeated the men 4 ' 2.
 
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Laura London celebrates after draining a long putt in the Immunity Challenge.
With 10 contestants remaining on the series, the field was divided into five women competing against five men at Trump National Golf Course, Los Angeles, with the losing team sent to an Elimination Challenge. The first four holes of match play were worth one point each with two points at stake in the final match.
 
That was the plan until Donald Trump stepped in and once again changed the direction of the series. In a surprise move, he announced that the losing male team would be joined in an Elimination Challenge by one of the four men who had previously been booted off the show. That individual would be decided by a challenge competition on next weeks show that will air on Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET.
 
Due to Trumps intervention, no contestant was eliminated in episode five but the victorious females can sit and watch the festivities with immunity in hand.
 
The shows concept pits nine men and nine women competing against each other in a variety of challenges that test their skills and mental toughness for the right to compete in two Champions Tour and two LPGA Tour events, respectively. One female and one male will be eliminated from the series each week, with the two standing being crowned Big Break VI: Trump National winners.
 
In the first match, Denny Helper (Warsaw, Ind.) made bogey to halve the par-4 fifth hole with Bri Vega (North Andover, Mass.). Vega hit the green in regulation but suffered a three-putt to allow Hepler to escape after his approach fell short of the green and he failed to get up and down.
 
The ladies took the lead on No. 6 when Laura London (Scottsdale, Ariz.) made a 25-foot par putt for the win over Jeff Mitchell (Llano, Texas).
 
One of the strangest matches of the day was Kelly Murray (Reston, Va.) and Ashley Gomes (Pleasanton, Calif.). On the par-5 seventh hole, Murrays tee shot found the hazard and, after a drop, could only hack back in the fairway. Gomes clearly had the advantage with her tee ball in the fairway until a tactical decision backfired when she went for the green in two. A pushed hybrid and suspect bunker shot led a bogey and halve after Murray made his 10-foot bogey putt.
 
She should have just hit an 8-iron, a 60 degree wedge and two putted, Hepler observed. All she needed was a five because Kelly wasnt going to make any better than six.
 
The mens momentum was short lived as Rachel Bailey (Faulconbridge, Australia) won the par-3 seventh hole with a par to cushion the female lead and made Gary Ostrega (Westfield, N.J.) eat his words. Prior to the matches Ostrega commented that, if it came down to us against them then it wouldnt be close.
 
He was right, it wasnt close. Unfortunately for the men, though, it was Bailey walking away with an easy win.
 
With the final match worth two points, the par-4 ninth hole was a must win situation for the men. Leading by two points, a halve would give the ladies a victory and immunity to the next show. After both Albert Crews (Homer, La.) and Bridgett Dwyer (Kailua, Hawaii) found the fairway, Crews pushed his approach shot that came rest on the cart path right of the green. His recovery shot found the putting surface but he was unable to convert the par putt.
 
Feeling less pressure, Dwyer made a conservative bogey by playing short of the green, chipping and two putting from 10 feet to halve the hole and win the competition for the females.
 
The men bogeyed all five holes leading Trump to state the obvious when he said, they really beat you guys.
 
Yes they did. And, next week, one of the men will have to pay the price for losing.
 
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    Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

    By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

    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.

    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.

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    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.