Trump Instigates the Unexpected in br The Big Break VI Trump National
In addition to reaching into Trumps wallet on the season finale that will air Dec. 12, the ultimate winner will become the owner of 2007 Chrysler Aspen - Chryslers first full-sized SUV.
Billed as a battle of the sexes competition, the sixth season of the popular original series pits nine men and nine women vying for exemptions into the PGA TOURs Champion Tour and LPGA Tour events. 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 2007 Heartland Players Senior Tour events. 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.
Airing each Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET, The Big Break VI boasts the largest and most diverse cast in the history of the series. The ladies have a former Miss Minnesota in their midst complemented by several competitors who are on the cusp of competing on the LPGA Tour. Six of the nine ladies featured competed on the Duramed FUTURES Tour this year including: Rachel Bailey, 25, Faulconbridge, NSW, Australia; Bridget Dwyer, 26, Kailua, Hawaii; Ashley Gomes, 24, Pleasanton, Calif.; Sarah Lynn Johnston, 25, Williamston, S.C.; Kristy McPherson, 25, Conway, S.C.; and Briana Vega, 24, North Andover, Mass.
Rounding out the female field is Annie Mallory, 23, a Cactus Tour player from Fredericton, New Brunswick, (currently residing in Las Vegas, Nev.); Laura London, 26, a former figure skater and hockey player from Scottsdale, Ariz., and Karyn Stordahl-Utecht, 25, a former Miss Minnesota now living in Brownsburg, Ind.
Not to be outdone in charisma or credentials, the mens group ranges from a former caddie who plays cross-handed to a PGA TOUR winner. The male side includes: Sid Corliss, 58, a contestant in the 2001 U.S. Senior Open and four Senior British Opens from Cumming. Ga.; Albert Crews, 54, a self-taught cross-handed former caddie from Homer, La.; Charlie Gibson, 53, a former TOUR player who loves fast cars hailing from Windsor, Calif.; Denny Helper, 51, a former TOUR player who is in the Indiana Golf Foundation Hall of Fame from Warsaw, Ind.; Jeff Mitchell, 52, a former TOUR winner from Llano, Tex.; Kelly Murray, 50, a Canadian Tour veteran from Vancouver, Canada (now living in Reston, Va.) who once shot 60; Gary Ostraga, 52, a former TOUR member from Westfield, N.J.; Rocky Rockett, 55, a former TOUR player known to enjoy playing matches for money from Gastonia, N.C.; and Gavin Slabbert, 51, a former motorcycle racer from Port Elizabeth, South Africa (currently living in Orange Park, Fla.).
The weekly drama will unfold on one of the most picturesque golf courses in the world, Trump National Golf Club, Los Angeles, located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula just 30 minutes south of downtown Los Angeles. Every hole is a sight to behold ' with most perched just above the jagged California cliffs ' and as the most expensive golf course ever built, the 18-hole layout offers a challenge to experienced and novice golfers, alike.
The trademark of The Big Break concept showcases highly skilled golfers competing against each other in a variety of challenges that test their physical skills and mental toughness, with the ultimate winner awarded his/her Big Break, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in select professional tournaments, and other career-building prizes. Champions of previous Big Break series have won their chance to compete on some of the worlds top professional tours, such as the Champions Tour, European Tour, LPGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and Canadian Tour.
Day (68) just one back at Australian Open
Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.
Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)
What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.
Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.
Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.
Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.
Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.
Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball
Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.
In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.
"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’
Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.
“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.
“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’
Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.
The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving
Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.
The major championships I'm certainly proud of, but Barbara, the kids and my grandkids are the best things to ever happen to me. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! pic.twitter.com/wkma1Q9LlK— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) November 23, 2017
GC Tiger Tracker:
Mixing Thanksgiving and waiting for a week from today. pic.twitter.com/u9m9WxQNYx— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) November 23, 2017
Happy thanksgiving to everyone! Hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends. #Thankful— Steve Stricker (@stevestricker) November 23, 2017
Was reading about Thanksgiving. Originally they ate waterfowl, venison, ham, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin, and squash. Seems a bit tastier than Turkey!— Frank Nobilo (@FrankNobiloGC) November 23, 2017
Literally food for thought.
Tyrone Van Aswegen:
Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017
Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.