USA vs Europe Big Break IV Premieres in September

By Golf Channel NewsroomAugust 4, 2005, 4:00 pm
The Big Break IVORLANDO, Fla. -- A cast of 12 golfers representing six countries will play not only for national pride, but a chance at realizing their own dreams of making a career on one of the worlds top professional tours when the next Big Break series premieres Sept. 13 on The Golf Channel.
 
The Big Break IV
Vince Cellini and Stephanie Sparks return as co-hosts for Big Break IV.
With a new twist, The Big Break IV: USA vs. Europe will introduce a new team format but, ultimately, will name only one golfer as champion. The winner will receive exemptions into select events on the European Tour and an endorsement contract from Bridgestone Golf.
 
In true Ryder Cup style, each episode of The Big Break IV will pit a team of golfers from the United States against a team from Europe in various skills challenges on the golf course. Although playing for country and team, the shows unique twist will turn the tables at the end of each episode as teammates are faced with competing against each other to avoid being eliminated from the show.
 
The team representing the USA includes:
  • Randall Hunt, 26, a golf pro and youth counselor from Los Angeles, currently living in Arlington, Texas.
  • Tommy Two Gloves Gainey, 29, a golf pro from Bishopville, S.C.
  • T.J. Valentine, 28, a teaching professional from Plymouth, Mass.
  • David Carnell, 28, a mini-tour player from Park Forest, Ill., currently living in Miami, Fla.
  • Paul Holtby, 38, a teaching professional from Simi Valley, Calif.
  • Bart Lower, 28, a real estate professional from Ionia, Mich., currently residing in Naples, Fla. Lower, also a contestant on The Big Break II, was voted back on the show by a viewer poll.
     
    The team representing Europe includes:
  • Warren Bladon, 38, former British Amateur Champion from Leamington Spa, England
  • Guy Woodman, 27, a golf pro from Old Windsor, England
  • Edoardo Gardino, 29, former tour caddy and current teaching and golf pro from Azti, Italy, currently living in Crans-Montana, Switzerland
  • Marty Wilde Jr., 24, a golf pro from Tewin, England
  • Richard Gillot, 30, a golf pro and entertainer, from Paris, France
  • Thomas Blankvoort, 25, a golf pro from Wassenaar, Netherlands.
     
    As one of the most-watched original programs in the history of the 24-hour golf network, The Big Break series has entertained audiences by showcasing a new way to watch golf on TV. The Big Break IV: USA vs. Europe will be a 15-week series, with each weekly episode premiering Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET.
     
    The competition will take place at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland, site of six Open Championships and host of the 2007 Open Championship. Portions of the show also will take place on the hallowed grounds of the Old Course in St. Andrews, where Tiger Woods was recently crowned 2005 Open Champion.
  • 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.

    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.

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    Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

    Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

    The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.