The Eliminator is Eliminated

By Mark MitchellNovember 27, 2007, 5:00 pm
Big Break: MesquiteThe Eliminator finally met his demise. After surviving each of the first seven Elimination Challenges to earn the notorious nickname, Kevin Taylor was ousted in the 12-week series by Gerry James and Brian Kontak.
 
Hiroshi Matsuo posted 12 points to remain the leader in the cumulative point standings after eight shows with 92, 11 better than Josh Warthen, who recorded the most points in the episode for the second consecutive week with 15.
 
Unfortunately, the Eliminator is gone, Kontak lamented. Im sad because I think he deserves to be here more than Gerry, but I am not disappointed that I will not have to face him in an Elimination Challenge again.
 
Big Break: Mesquite has implemented a scoring system to give the series a tournament feel. Each of the 12 shows will consist of challenges that allow the players to earn points that will be used to determine which players make or fail to make the cut. The cut line varies from episode to episode and is based on the players cumulative points for the series. The cut will be announced at the start of each show and will be applied directly after that episodes final Points Challenge. Players who make the cut advance directly to the next episode. Players who fail to make the cut will go to the Elimination Challenge. The competitor with the worst performance in a shows Elimination Challenge will be eliminated from Big Break: Mesquite.
 
Having been at the bottom of the rankings since the premiere episode, Taylor entered each episode knowing he was going to the Elimination Challenge. Living on borrowed time suited him as weekly he beat the pressure and opponent after opponent to advance.
 
Of course, Taylor seldom takes the path of least resistance. With his ponytail and earrings, Taylor doesnt look the part of the traditional professional golfer and, certainly, has taken a different road to get to Big Break: Mesquite.
 
Taylor came to the attention of the GOLF CHANNEL when a Tarheel Tour tournament director pointed him out and Big Break: Mesquite producers quickly discovered theres no one else like him. He started playing golf as a child with his father, a pharmacist, who played baseball at the University of North Carolina. Eventually, he and his father clashed and Taylor fell in with the wrong crowd in high school and was surrounded by alcohol and drugs. He ultimately ended up dropping out of high school and getting kicked out of the house.
 
One of the first big breaks in Taylors life was meeting Brandi, his future wife and what he calls the, brains of the operation at home. They met when she was a freshman at Appalachian State at a kegger party. He straightened out his life, got married and has a daughter, whose picture he carries with him in his golf bag.
 
Life experience makes me more aware that there are other things in life aside from golf, said Taylor, who later earned his high school equivalency.
 
Like his life, Taylors golf career has been a trip full of peaks and valleys. The low came last year when he was down to his last $100 and was ready to give up the game. Luckily, he turned things around after deciding to play one last event on the Tarheel Tour. Paired with Tommy Gainey, (champion of Big Break VII: Reunion), in the final round, he went on a scoring tear to win the event.
 
I have played a lot of golf with Kevin. We have gone neck-and-neck and he has gotten me a few times, said Gainey. Once he shot 65 in the last round to beat me. Anytime you shoot 65 in the last round that tells you he has no fear and also has some game.
 
In typical Taylor fashion, he rolls with what both life and golf has thrown his way. He says that you can sum up his biography in one word ' Moron. This is more indicative of his sense of humor than his intelligence because he clearly is nobodys fool.
 
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    Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

    By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

    Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

    Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

    As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

    "That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

    Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

    Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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    Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

    By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

    If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

    Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

    But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

    Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

    Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

    Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

    Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

    Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

    Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

    Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

    Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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    Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

    SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

    Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

    “It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

    Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

    “What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

    Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

    “When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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    Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

    SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

    Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

    Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

    Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.