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By Golf Channel Public RelationsOctober 25, 2006, 4:00 pm
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.
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 match 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.
The 10 remaining contestants 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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Golf's Olympic format, qualifying process remain the same

By Rex HoggardMarch 19, 2018, 6:25 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – Potential Olympic golfers for the 2020 Games in Tokyo were informed on Monday that the qualification process for both the men’s and women’s competitions will remain unchanged.

According to a memo sent to PGA Tour players, the qualification process begins on July 1, 2018, and will end on June 22, 2020, for the men, with the top 59 players from the Olympic Golf Rankings, which is drawn from the Official World Golf Ranking, earning a spot in Tokyo (the host country is assured a spot in the 60-player field). The women’s qualification process begins on July 8, 2018, and ends on June 29, 2020.

The format, 72-holes of individual stroke play, for the ’20 Games will also remain unchanged.

The ’20 Olympics will be held July 24 through Aug. 9, and the men’s competition will be played the week before the women’s event at Kasumigaseki Country Club.

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Webb granted U.S. Women's Open special exemption

By Will GrayMarch 19, 2018, 6:22 pm

Karrie Webb's streak of consecutive appearances at the U.S. Women's Open will continue this summer.

The USGA announced Monday that the 43-year-old Aussie has been granted a special exemption into this year's event, held May 31-June 3 at Shoal Creek in Alabama. Webb, a winner in both 2000 and 2001, has qualified for the event on merit every year since 2011 when her 10-year exemption for her second victory ended.

"As a past champion, I'm very grateful and excited to accept the USGA's special exemption into this year's U.S. Women's Open," Webb said in a release. "I have always loved competing in the U.S. Women's Open and being tested on some of the best courses in the country."

Webb has played in the tournament every year since 1996, the longest such active streak, meaning that this summer will mark her 23rd consecutive appearance. She has made the U.S. Women's Open cut each of the last 10 years, never finishing outside the top 50 in that span.

Webb's exemption is the first handed out by the USGA since 2016, when Se Ri Pak received an invite to play at CordeValle. Prior to that the two most recent special exemptions went to Juli Inkster (2013) and Laura Davies (2009). The highest finish by a woman playing on a special exemption came in 1994, when Amy Alcott finished sixth.

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Notah: Driver is Tiger's No. 1 pre-Masters concern

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 19, 2018, 5:49 pm

Tiger Woods mounted a Sunday charge at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, sending shockwaves through Bay Hill when it looked as though he might finally claim PGA Tour victory No. 80.

But the charge came to an end at the par-5 16th, where Woods had missed wide-right three days in a row before going OB-left on Sunday en route to bogey.

Woods’ API performance featured just a handful of drivers each day, as firm and fast conditions allowed him to make frequent use of a 2-iron off the tee.

That strategy led to a second top-5 finish in as many weeks, but if Woods wants to win again, if he wants claim another major, he is going to sort out his issues with the big stick.

A guest Monday morning on the Dan Patrick Show, Golf Channel’s Notah Begay believes the driver will be a focus for Woods in his pre-Masters preparation.

“Project No. 1 over the next two weeks is going to be the driver. … Any time he has to turn a shot right to left with trouble on the left, he struggles a little bit,” Begay said.

“Off the sixth tee, off the ninth tee, there was some errant shots. And then we saw the really horrible tee shot yesterday at 16. He talked about in the post-round comments. He just didn’t commit to a shot, and the worst thing that a professional athlete can do to themselves to compromise performance is not commit.

“And so he made a terrible swing, and that’s the miss that is really difficult for him to recover from, because the majority of his misses are out to the right. So, when you eliminate one half of the golf course, you can really make your way around … a lot easier. When you have a two-way miss going, which sometimes creeps into his driver, it really makes it difficult to take out some of the trouble that you’re looking at when you’re standing on the tee box.

“So he has to focus in on trying to find some way to navigate Augusta National with the driver, because it’s a course that’s going to force you to hit driver.”

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McIlroy trails only Woods in Masters betting odds

By Will GrayMarch 19, 2018, 5:47 pm

After rallying for victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Rory McIlroy is once again among the betting favorites for the upcoming Masters.

McIlroy was available at 16/1 at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook last week, listed behind six other players. But after his three-shot win at Bay Hill, his odds were trimmed to 10/1, leaving him behind only betting favorite Tiger Woods.

Next month will mark McIlroy's fourth opportunity to close out the final leg of the career Grand Slam by slipping into a green jacket. Here's a look at the current betting odds, with the first round only 17 days away:

8/1: Tiger Woods

10/1: Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas

14/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose

16/1: Jason Day, Jon Rahm

18/1: Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson

25/1: Paul Casey, Bubba Watson

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Tommy Fleetwood, Hideki Matsuyama

40/1: Henrik Stenson, Marc Leishman

50/1: Alex Noren

60/1: Matt Kuchar, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott, Tyrrell Hatton, Thomas Pieters

80/1: Branden Grace, Brian Harman, Tony Finau, Charley Hoffman, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Cantlay

100/1: Zach Johnson, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Webb Simpson, Bryson DeChambeau, Xander Schauffele, Charl Schwartzel, Daniel Berger, Kevin Kisner