Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL Episode 6 Breakdown

By Sara Brown, Kelly JacquesMarch 11, 2015, 6:53 pm

Big Break Ireland contestant Kelly Jacques breaks down Episode 5 of Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL, along with two-time Big Break contestant and host of School of Golf, Sara Brown. Don’t miss their expert commentary every week after each episode and make sure to tune in Mondays at 9PM ET.

 

Sara: Seriously the breakfast scenes are some of my fave hahaha I feel like we get a chance to see how the guys are outside of golf... And the 7 left are pretty funny!!! But enough of that I want to see some golf... 



Kelly:  Speaking of funny... I thought that was hilarious when Clay kept changing his distance in the first location. I understand Tommy’s frustrations but he has to understand that this is ultimately a game and you cannot let other players get to you! You can’t blame other players for your own decision! 



Sara: I totally agree Kel... I think Clay was just trying to have a little fun and Tommy let it get to him... But well they each made their decision on a distance I mean shoot tommy could have totally moved back... No one told him he couldn't... 



Kelly: After Clay hit, he was really pulling out all the stops to get into the other player’s heads. He knew that he didn’t have the length so he was definitely trying to gain an advantage through mind games! Sara, did you have anyone on your seasons that talked trash like that?



Sara: He really did and I think he was at first trying to have fun with it then it got bad and kind of annoying... I agree with Kyle when he said he wasn't a fan of that right before the guys were about to hit... It was too much for me... BUT on my 2nd season in the Dominican Republic our whole girls team did this to the guys but it was funny... Well we thought it was anyway hahaha!!! We just knew what made them tick because we had all been together for a while and after they hit a shot we would just be super annoying HAHAHAHA I think this happens on every show tho Kel... It just now matters how that person performs!!! Hope Clay hasn't dug himself a hole... 



Kelly: I guess all the trash talking didn’t help, as Clay finished one spot out of gaining immunity in the first challenge. He may have just alienated himself with that talk and I don’t think it was worth it!

The producers are starting to get creative! That’s two challenges in a row that I have not seen yet! I love the challenges that make the players think strategy! However, most players hit such great shots that they didn’t even need to think about using that second shot! I love to see this great golf! I was also happy to see Clay step it up!



Sara: This challenge was one the guys needed to think strategy for sure... I was a little nervous for Clay and I think he was too as we could see from that tee shot... Definitely not his best!!! He then had to hit first because he was away and he again but a poor shot... BUT I think it was very smart of him to use his mulligan first so it was as if he really had 3 shots instead of 2 but he chose to keep his mulligan shot which wasn't that bad from his yardage of 160yards... I mean the drive killed him because all the other guys were hitting in shorter clubs and they all hit great shots!!! Clay was the only one that had to hit two...



Kelly: I thought it was pretty interesting that Clay then found himself in the elimination challenge. I’m wondering if his mind games meant for the other players actually affected him more! If you're talking negative, no matter who it’s directed at, can’t have a positive effect on your game…right? 



Sara: Absolutely right Kel!!! He was trying hard to get in the heads of everyone else that first challenge and what he really did was put his game and mind set in a bad place... We saw that in that second challenge... And now he finds himself battling Tommy in the elimination challenge to stay on the show... 



Kelly: This elimination between Clay and Tommy is a hard one for me. Despite his odd behavior today, I really do like Clay and his story. However, I also have been pulling for Tommy this season because he is still chasing the dream after all these years and I find that inspirational. 



Sara: I wasn't shocked at all that Clay picked Tommy for the elimination challenge he had been messing with Tommy since the beginning of the day and Tommy just sent Brandon home... Which was Clays buddy on the show... He said he wanted to make a statement... Well let's see them dance then... This is gonna be a great match!!!



Kelly: WOW! Those were some clutch putts by both Clay and Tommy on the first hole! There isn’t a better feeling than executing like that when you need to!



Sara:  I felt that was the first time this episode Clay executed a good confident shot... Well putt but that pressure on a 10 footer GOOD JOB Clay... And for Tommy to hit such a poor putt after a great approached... I was kind of shocked because he really has been playing great this episode and the last couple shows... But again we see the pressure big break brings to the table for everyone... And he had to make a good stroke to make that 5 footer the way he did... 



Kelly: On the second and final hole Tommy didn’t pull through like I thought he would have. Especially on his chip shot! In my opinion he has one of the best short games on the show, so to see him get eliminated on a poor chip was surprising!



Sara: I thought it was interesting that the guys and even Melanie and Tom thought that this was a pretty even match up and that it would probably go into playoff holes... I agreed!!! I was thinking this could take forever because they were both sitting fine right in front of the green... And this season we have seen awesome short games from both these guys... I think Tommy hit the shot he wanted too BUT it checked you even heard the guys in the bench saying that and sounding shocked... Door opened right there for Clay to hit a good shot and he did... But that 5 footer he made after Tommy missed was the real deal... He executed another pressure packed putt and he now lives to play another day on Big Break The Palm Beaches Florida... I hope this now shows Clay he can compete with his clubs instead of his mouth...



Kelly: I’m bummed that Tommy was eliminated, but that doesn’t take anything away from him. He was truly one of my favorites. He seems so genuinely nice and has a great head on his shoulders. Best of luck in the future Tommy and I truly hope to see your name again!

 

Sara: This match up was one of my favorites so far this season... These two guys have the heart and the determination to win! It is sad to see Tommy go AND I think I say it way to much BUT there can only be one winner on Big Break!!! Clay lives to play another day and we are down to 6...

 

Park collapses; leaderboard chaos at CME

By Nick MentaNovember 18, 2017, 8:47 pm

Sung-Hyun Park started the day with a three-shot lead and slowly gave it all back over the course of a 3-over 75, leaving the CME Group Tour Championship and a host of season-long prizes up for grabs in Naples. Here’s where things stand through 54 holes at the LPGA finale, where Michelle Wie, Ariya Jutanugarn, Suzann Pettersen and Kim Kaufman share the lead.

Leaderboard: Kaufman (-10), Wie (-10), Jutanugarn (-10), Pettersen (-10), Stacy Lewis (-9), Karine Icher (-9), Austin Ernst (-9), Lexi Thompson (-9), Jessica Korda (-9), Pernilla Lindberg (-9)

What it means: It wasn’t the Saturday she wanted, but Park, who already wrapped up the Rookie of the Year Award, is still in position for the sweep of all sweeps. With a victory Sunday, she would claim the CME Group Tour Championship, the Race to CME Globe’s $1 million jackpot, the Rolex Player of the Year Award, and the money title, as she ascends to No. 1 in the Rolex world ranking. Meanwhile, Thompson, too, could take the $1 million and Player of the Year. As those two battle for season-long prizes, a host of other notable names – Wie, Jutanugarn, Pettersen, Korda, Lewis and Charley Hull (-8) – will fight for the Tour Championship.

Round of the day: Kaufman made four birdies on each side in a bogey-free 8 under-par 64. A lesser-known name on a stacked leaderboard, she seeks her first LPGA victory.

Best of the rest: Amy Yang will start the final round two behind after a 7-under 65. The three-time LPGA Tour winner could pick up her second title of the season after taking the Honda LPGA Thailand in February.

Biggest disappointment: On a day that featured plenty of low scores from plenty of big names, Lydia Ko dropped 11 spots down the leaderboard into a tie for 23rd with a Saturday 72. The former world No. 1 needed two birdies in her last five holes to fight her way back to even par. Winless this season, she’ll start Sunday four back, at 6 under.

Shot of the day: I.K. Kim aced the par-3 12th from 171 yards when her ball landed on the front of the green and tracked all the way to the hole.

Kim, oddly enough, signed her name to a scorecard that featured a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. It was all part of a 1-under 71.

Watch: Pros try to hit 2-yard wide fairway in Dubai

By Grill Room TeamNovember 18, 2017, 5:20 pm

While in Dubai for the DP World Tour Championship, the European Tour prestented a little challenge to Ross Fisher, Richie Ramsay, Nicolas Colsaerts and Soren Kjeldsen. On a stretch of road outside of town, the four players had to try and hit a 2-yard wide fairway. Check out the results.

Rose (65) leads Rahm, Frittelli in Dubai

By Associated PressNovember 18, 2017, 3:24 pm

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Justin Rose will take a one-shot lead into the final day of the season-ending Tour Championship as he attempts to win a third straight title on the European Tour and a second career Race to Dubai crown.

The 37-year-old Rose made a gutsy par save on the final hole after a bogey-free round for a 7-under 65 Saturday and overall 15-under 201.

The Englishman leads South African Dylan Frittelli, who produced the day's best score of 63, and Spain's Jon Rahm, who played in the same group as Rose and matched his 65.

Rose is looking to be Europe's season-ending No. 1 for the second time. His leading rival for the Race to Dubai title, Tommy Fleetwood, is only two shots behind here after a second straight 65 on the Earth course of Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Fleetwood did his chances no harm by overcoming a stuttering start before making eight birdies in his final 11 holes to also post a 65. The 26-year-old Englishman was tied for fourth place at 13 under, alongside South African Dean Burmester (65) and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat (67), who closed with five birdies in a row.

''So, last day of the season and I've got a chance to win the Race to Dubai,'' Fleetwood said. ''It's cool.''


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Masters champion Sergio Garcia, the only other player with a chance to win the Race to Dubai title, is tied for 13th on 10 under after a 67.

Fleetwood had a lead of 256,737 points going into the final tournament and needs to equal or better Rose's finishing position to claim the title. If Rose doesn't finish in the top five and Garcia doesn't win, Fleetwood will have done enough.

Rose is hoping to win a third straight tournament after triumphs in China and Turkey.

Rose, who made some long putts for birdies apart from chipping in on the 13th hole, looked to be throwing away his advantage on the par-5 18th, when his second shot fell agonizingly short of the green and into the water hazard. But with his short game in superb condition, the reigning Olympic champion made a difficult up-and-down shot to stay ahead.

''That putt at the last is a big confidence-builder. That broke about 18 inches right-to-left downhill. That's the kind of putt I've been hoping to make. That was a really committed stroke. Hopefully I can build on that tomorrow,'' said Rose. ''I know what I need to do to stay at the top of the leaderboard. If I slip up tomorrow, he's (Fleetwood) right there. He's done everything he needs to do on his end, so it's a lot of fun.''

The last player to win three tournaments in a row on the European Tour was Rory McIlroy, when he won the Open Championship, the WGC-Bridgestone and the PGA Championship in 2014.

Fleetwood was 1 over after seven holes but turned it on with a hat trick of birdies from the eighth, and then four in a row from No. 13.

''I wanted to keep going. Let's bring the tee times forward for tomorrow,'' quipped Fleetwood after closing with a birdie on the 18th. ''Just one of them strange days where nothing was going at all. A couple sloppy pars on the par 5s, and a bad tee shot on fifth and I was 1-over through seven on a day where scoring has been really good ... Ninth and 10th, felt like we had something going ... it was a really good last 11 holes.''

If Park is nervous, she sure doesn't show it

By Randall MellNovember 17, 2017, 11:24 pm

NAPLES, Fla. – Sung Hyun Park says she can feel her heart pounding every time she steps to the first tee.

She says she always gets nervous starting a round.

You don’t believe it, though.

She looks like she would be comfortable directing a sky full of Boeing 737s as an air traffic controller at Incheon International Airport . . .

Or talking people off the ledges of skyscrapers . . .

Or disarming ticking bombs . . .

“In terms of golf, I always get nervous,” she insists.

Everything about Park was at odds with that admission Friday, after she took control halfway through the CME Group Tour Championship.

Her Korean nickname is “Dan Gong,” which means “Shut up and attack.” Now that sounds right. That’s what she looks like she is doing, trying to run roughshod through the Tour Championship in a historic sweep of all the LPGA’s most important awards and honors.

Park got just one look at Tiburon Golf Club before this championship began, playing in Wednesday’s pro-am. Then she marched out Thursday and shot 67, then came out Friday and shot 65.

At 12 under overall, Park has a three-shot lead on Caroline Masson and Sarah Jane Smith.

She is six shots up on Lexi Thompson, who leads the CME Globe point standings in the race for the $1 million jackpot.

She is 11 shots up on world No. 1 Shanshan Feng.

And 11 shots up on So Yeon Ryu, who leads the Rolex Player of the Year point standings.


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There’s a long way to go, but Park is in position to make an epic sweep, to win the Tour Championship, that CME Globe jackpot, the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, the Vare Trophy for low scoring average, the LPGA money-winning title and the Rolex world No. 1 ranking.

Nobody’s ever dominated a weekend like that in women’s golf.

It’s all there for the taking now, if Park can keep this going.

Park has another nickname back in South Korea. Her fans call her “Namdalla.” That means “I am different.” She’ll prove that if she owns this weekend.

Park, 24, isn’t assuming anything. She’s humbly aware how much talent is flooding the LPGA, how the tour’s depth was underscored in a year where five different players have reigned as world No. 1, five different players won majors and 22 different winners stepped forward in 32 events.

“I don’t think it’s quite that far a lead,” Park said of her three-shot advantage. “Two, three shots can change at any moment.”

About those nerves that Park insists plague her, even Hall of Famer Judy Rankin can’t see it.

Not when Park unsheathes a driver on a tee box.

“She’s the most fearless driver of the ball out here,” Rankin said. “I would put Lexi a close second and everybody else a distant third. She hits drivers on holes where you shouldn’t, and she hits it long and she just throws it right down there between hazard stakes that are 10 yards apart, like it’s nothing. Now, that’s a little hyperbole, but she will hit driver almost everywhere.”

David Jones, Park’s caddie, will attest to that. He was on Park’s bag when she won the U.S. Women’s Open in July and won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open in August.

“She reaches for driver a lot because she is a good driver,” Jones said. “She isn’t reckless. She’s as accurate with a driver as she is a 3-wood.”

Park and Thompson played together in the first round. Park is eighth on tour in driving distance, averaging 270 yards per drive, and Thompson is third, averaging 274.

Thompson loves to hit driver, too, but . . . 

“Lexi hit a lot of 3-woods compared to us when we played together yesterday,” Jones said.

Jones doesn’t find himself talking Park out of hitting driver much.

“It’s really simple,” Jones said. “When you hit driver as straight as she does, why mess around?”

Count Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee, a student of the swing, among admirers of Park’s abilities.

“No other swing in the game comes close to her technical perfection and elegance in my opinion,” Chamblee tweeted Friday.

Come Sunday, Park hopes to complete a perfect sweep of the LPGA’s most important awards.