Two More Fall Victim at Trump National

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 17, 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.
 

At least Sarah Lynn Johnston (Williamston S.C.) could finally enjoy a meal. Thats a consolation for the Furman University alum as both she and Rocky Rockett (Gastonia, N.C.) were eliminated in the fourth episode of The Big Break VI: Trump National.
 
After losing in a one-hole elimination match, Johnston commented that she hadnt been able to eat for four days without drinking Pepto Bismol. Welcome, or goodbye in the eliminated duos case, to Donald Trumps pressure cooker by the shores of the Pacific Ocean where the remaining contestants will vie for The Big Break VI title while Johnstons in the buffet line.
 
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The Breaking the Glass Challenge made its first appearance on the Big Break IV.
Its over. Thats life and golf, Rockett said after being eliminated. Ive played golf all my life in all types of tournaments and for all types of money. This is more difficult than anything I have done.
 
With the players divided into four teams of three people - two female teams and two male teams - the episode was a smorgasbord of emotions at Trump National: Los Angeles.
 
The show featured a three-tier Immunity Challenge in which the male and female teams with the lowest point total would play in an Elimination Challenge. The six competitors from the two losing teams competed as individuals with the men playing the men and women facing women.
 
Johnstons and Rocketts exit took different paths. After the first two tiers of the Immunity Challenge, her team had a commanding lead with two points while his side was shut out.
 
The final portion of the challenge demonstrated how fast things can turn on The Big Break VI. In three head-to-head matches, one member from each team hit from a location ' 160 yards in the fairway, an 85-yard sidehill lie in light rough, and a 45-yard bunker shot ' with the individuals ball closest to the pin the winner. Each location was worth one point.
 
Johnston and her teammates, Laura London (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Rachel Bailey (Faulconbridge, NSW, Australia), needed to win only one head-to-match to advance.
 
With immunity on the line, Bri Vega (North Andover, Mass.) defeated Bailey followed by Bridget Dwyer (Kailua, Hawaii) beating London to even up the competition.
 
In the deciding match, Ashley Gomes (Pleasanton, Calif.) blasted her ball 56 1 from the hole while Johnston hit her shot heavy and didnt reach the green forcing her team to the Elimination Challenge.
 
I was so angry, was Johnstons summation of the turn of events.
 
Meanwhile, Rockett lost to Kelly Murray (Reston, Va.) at the second location to spare any frustration of a heartbreaking loss.
 
The Elimination Challenge was one hole of match play on the par-4 opening hole at Trump National. Playing first, each of the three men found the fairway with their tee shots. Both Albert Crews (Homer, La.) and Gary Ostrega (Westfield, N.J.) put their shots on the green, while Rockett hit his 57-yard wedge shot just off the back of the green.
 
After a pitch, he had 6-foot par putt to stave off elimination. Crews had already made a 7-footer for par and Ostrega was inches away from matching the score.
 
This is what its all about, Crews said of his putt. You just get up there and do what you got to do or go home.
 
Rockett didnt get it done as his attempt to match his former teammates slid by the right side of the hole.
 
Its what I know to do and what I enjoy doing. Ive had more success than failures, said Rockett. You learn to live with the bad days for all the good ones.
 
Johnston continued her forgettable day by compounding a mistake in the Immunity Challenge with a double bogey in the Elimination Challenge. Her approach shot from the fairway found the back rough of the green and eventually led to a missed 8-foot putt that could have extended the competition.
 
Bailey said it was emotional watching one of her good friends leave. Johnston felt the same way about departing.
 
Things didnt turn out like I wanted them to turn out, but I gave it my all, said Johnston, who like Rockett had faced elimination for the third consecutive show. I will succeed in anything I do and life will work out for me. Luckily, I got the chance to be on The Big Break VI.

Thats the way it goes in a situation where a stray shot and a missed putt leads to a heartfelt bon voyage, or in Johnstons case, bon appetit.

The 10 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.
 
In addition, winners will receive the finest tools to make the most of their appearances at some of golfs most highly anticipated tournaments. Adams Golf will present the winners with an Adams Golf endorsement contract to keep them on top of their games. Also, NetJets, the worldwide leader in private aviation, will provide five hours of flight time to each winner so they may travel with the ultimate in safety, service and reliability.
 
To keep the champions fueled and energized when they are on the road, the McDonalds LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola will provide the winners with a $1,000 Arch Card to be used at McDonalds restaurants.

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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    Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

    Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

    Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

    Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

    McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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    Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

    By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

    Memo to the golf gods:

    If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

    Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

    It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

    With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

    It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

    We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

    We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

    Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.


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    Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

    We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

    In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

    While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

    Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

    Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

    Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

    While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

    Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

    So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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    McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

    By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

    With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

    The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

    Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

    "I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

    McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

    But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

    "I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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    What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

    Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

    Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

    Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

    Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

    Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

    Ball: Titleist Pro V1x