Be Careful What You Wish For

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 3, 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.
 

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Crew members set up an obstacle during the shape-your-shot portion of the Immunity Challenge.
Be careful of what you wish for because you just may get it. Annie Mallory, a Cactus Tour player from Fredericton, New Brunswick (currently residing in Las Vegas, Nev.), learned that lesson the hard way as she and Gavin Slabbert, a former motorcycle racer from Port Elizabeth, South Africa (currently living in Orange Park, Fla.), were eliminated in episode two of The Big Break VI: Trump National.
 
Mallory and Slabbert were sent home when they each lost a one-hole match play competition on the par-4 third hole of Trump National Golf Club: Los Angeles. After both players made par, Sarah Lynn Johnston (Williamston, S.C) rolled in a birdie putt to eliminate Mallory while Rocky Rockett (Gastonia, N.C.) made par to top Slabberts bogey.
 
One of only three female competitors who didnt compete on the Duramed FUTURES Tour this season, Mallory further felt the outsider in episode one when she was not picked as a playing partner by any of the men. The slight made the chip on the 23-year-olds shoulder grow to Mount Rushmore proportion.
 
Sarah was one of the people I wanted to go head-to-head with, Mallory said after being eliminated. I like them, but I wanted a FUTURES Tour girl. I wanted to take one out.
 
Instead, it was the Canadian who was bounced when Johnston made a 7-foot birdie putt to advance. It marked the second consecutive week in which Mallory was forced to compete in an Elimination Challenge. In the premiere show, both she and Slabbert were one of six contestants in a final short game competition.
 
Everything was just kind of average, Mallory explained. I didnt come out here to be average.
 
Par would have been a good showing for the duo. Resembling the underperforming U.S. squad in the recent Ryder Cup, it was no coincidence that Mallory and Slabbert found themselves once again playing for Big Break survival. The two were paired from results in the first show and competed together in the team Immunity Challenges.
 
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Gavin Slabbert became the second male contestant to be ousted from the show.
In the first challenge, eight teams were broken into four matches. After both players hit a lag putt form over 50 feet, the team with the closest combined distance to the hole would win the match and gain immunity.
 
Mallorys and Slabberts 261 effort was well behind the combined effort of 1111 by Bri Vega (North Andover, Mass.) and Kelly Murray (Reston, Va.), which was low for the competition.
 
In the episodes second Immunity Challenge, the duo was once again well off the pace. Both players hit a 95-yard shot with the teams score being the worse of the two shots. Mallorys 362 effort ranked last in the competition.
 
With one last chance to avoid the Elimination Challenge, Mallory and Slabbert didnt fair any better in the shape-a-shot wall competition. They finished last to seal their fate as a team. For the final elimination, teams were disbanded for the match play
 
You win some, you lose some, Slabbert pondered after being eliminated. There is only one winner and Im disappointed it wasnt me.
 
In the premiere episode, Sid Corliss (Cumming, Ga.), a seasoned professional, and Karyn Stordahl-Utecht (Brownsburg, Ind.), a former Miss Minnesota married to an Indianapolis Colt, were eliminated in a short game challenge.
 
The 14 remaining contestant are still vying for the coveted tournament exemptions and other prizes. The female champion will receive an exemption into the 2007 SBS Open at Turtle Bay and the 2007 Longs Drugs Challenge, as well as waived entry fees for the 2007 Duramed FUTURES Tour season. The winning male contestant will receive exemptions into the 2007 Turtle Bay Championship and the 2007 Bank of America Championship, as well as waived entry fees in six events on the 2007 Heartland Players Senior Tour.
 
And finally, as a surprise to the contestants, the male and female champions will be joined by the eliminated contestants to compete for a chance to get into Trumps wallet! The ultimate winner of the match also will become the owner of an all new 2007 Chrysler Aspen - Chryslers first full-sized SUV.
 
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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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    Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

    What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

    Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    “I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

    McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

    He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


    McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

    Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

    “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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    Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

    Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

    Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials phoned Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

    Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

    Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

    Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial. 

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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.