Ladies Capture $100,000 Prize as Champions of Big Break Dominican Republic

By Golf Channel Public RelationsApril 15, 2011, 2:40 pm

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 1, 2010 – In last night’s finale, the women defeated the men in a series of one-hole single elimination matches to win Big Break Dominican Republic when Christina Lecuyer (Conway, Ark.) dropped a three-foot putt in her match against Blake Moore (Denver, Colo.) to seal her team’s victory.

As a result of their victory, the ladies competing on Big Break Dominican Republic will share a $100,000 purse, with $50,000 going to Blair O’Neal (Scottsdale, Ariz.) as the MVP of the series.  O’Neal also will be awarded the opportunity to compete in her first LPGA Tour event, the 2011 Kia Classic on the LPGA tour in March. In addition to the tournament exemption and $50,000 cash, O’Neal receives an endorsement contract from Adams Golf, which includes $10,000 cash; a $10,000 shopping spree from Dick’s Sporting Goods, and an all-expenses paid return trip for two to Casa de Campo Resort – host site for the series.  All of the women also will receive a Funjet Vacations getaway to the all-inclusive Iberostar Bavaro Suites in the Dominican Republic. 

In a series twist, Anthony Rodriguez (San Antonio, Texas) – MVP for the men’s team – also was awarded his Big Break and will tee-it-up on the PGA TOUR at the 2011 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

The ultimate goal of Big Break Dominican Republic was to knock the other team out of contention.  Heading into Tuesday’s finale, the men had the advantage, with five remaining competitors to the women’s four.  After the morning matches, however, the momentum shifted when William Thompson(Bracey, Va.), Brian Skatell (Greensburg, Pa.) and Andrew Giuliani (New York, N.Y.) all were eliminated.

In the afternoon matches, O’Neal defeated Rodriguez and Lecuyer defeated Moore to eliminate the men’s team and secure the emotional victory.

Filmed on location in June at the world-famous Casa de Campo Resort, Big Break Dominican Republicunfolded on two Pete Dye-designed courses at Casa de Campo: the Teeth of the Dog and Dye Fore.  Teeth of the Dog is the number-one ranked course in the Caribbean and 42nd in the world by Golf Magazine.  Dye Fore is a picturesque and challenging course overlooking the Caribbean Sea that measures more than 7,770 yards.

The Big Break show concept pits highly skilled golfers against each other in a variety of challenges that test their physical skills and mental toughness.  Past Big Break champions won tournament exemptions to compete on some of the world’s top professional circuits, such as the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour,European Tour, LPGA TourNationwide Tour and Canadian Tour.  Several past Big Break competitors are currently competing on the world’s top tours, including Tommy GaineyJames NittiesMatt Every andKristy McPherson, a member of the victorious 2009 U.S. Solheim Cup Team.  For more information on Big Break Dominican Republic, visit www.GolfChannel.com/Big-Break-Dominican-Republic.

 

$100,000 Purse Breakdown

Blair O’Neal (Scottsdale, Ariz.)                     $50,000

Lori Atsedes (Orlando, Fla.)                          $20,000

Sara Brown (Tucson, Ariz.)                            $10,000

Christina Lecuyer (Conway, Ark.)                 $10,000

Elena Robles (Redondo Beach, Calif.)         $5,000

Brenda McLarnon (Charleston, S.C.)             $5,000

 

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About the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic’s first tourist was Christopher Columbus in 1492. Rich in history, the DR is a sophisticated destination attracting more than a million U.S. visitors each year. Known for lush tropical beauty, mountains, waterfalls and amazing coastlines, 25 percent of the DR has been protected as national parks and nature preserves and is the most bio-diverse country in the Caribbean.  Named a #1 Golf Destination, the DR boasts more than 25 designer golf courses amid upscale resorts, exciting cities and quaint villages filled with warm Dominican people.  With the best beaches and fascinating history and culture, the DR is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families alike.  Visit the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism’s official website: www.GoDominicanRepublic.com.

About Casa de Campo

The 7,000-acre, award-winning Casa de Campo resort, on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, is an all-new vacation destination featuring a unique combination of accommodations, facilities, sports and dining options unmatched by any Caribbean destination.  Guests can choose among spacious new Elite hotel rooms and suites or spectacular private villa homes. World-class facilities include: a new lobby and main area; three Pete Dye-designed resort golf courses, including 'Teeth of the Dog,' ranked the number-one course in the Caribbean, the inland 'Links' and the breathtaking 'Dye Fore”; two driving ranges and two '19th Hole' restaurants.  Beyond the golf greens is a beautiful private beach, 13 Har-Tru tennis courts, the largest sporting clays facility in the hemisphere and deep sea and river fishing.

 The unmatched variety of international restaurants include the resort’s signature breakfast buffet at Lago Grill; The Beach Club by Le Cirque and the new La Cana by Il Circo; Pan-Asian cuisine at Chinois and Spanish delicacies at La Casita at the Marina. Evening entertainment is available at a variety of venues, including a 5,000-seat Grecian-style amphitheater that was inaugurated by Frank Sinatra and site of international touring concerts.  Other unique features at Casa de Campo include the incomparable cultural mecca, the Altos de Chavon artists village featuring museums and the Altos de Chavon School of Design – affiliated with the Parsons School of Design in New York – and the chic Marina & Yacht Club. Casa de Campo has won many coveted industry awards, including the honor of 2009 'World's Leading Golf Resort.'  With enriching family programs, the spirit of Dominican hospitality and an unmatched facilities and service, Casa de Campo reigns as “The Caribbean’s Most Complete Resort.”  Visit www.casadecampo.com.do.

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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.