Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL Episode 5 Breakdown

By Kelly Jacques, Sara BrownMarch 5, 2015, 3:23 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.



Kelly: Sara, I love that we kicked off the show with a shot makers challenge! It makes it better that the players did not have a choice in which way they needed to work the ball! Once again…great job producers!


Sara: Totally agree Kelly... I loved that they had to just randomly punch out one of the squares... I got a kick out of seeing them have fun with it... Like when Clay pretended he was boxing it... We didn't have a draw fade wall on either one of my big breaks but it was pretty intimidating on tv I can only image what it was like standing right in front of you!!! 


Kelly: That was a great mulligan by Tommy, even though it didn’t pay off! I was happy to finally see him hit a good shot! And Chad came right back and knocked him out of immunity! I’m relieved to see that he is finally safe and won’t be playing in his 4th straight elimination challenge!


Sara: Tommy's mulligan may have been used wisely Kelley, but seriously what about Kyle...? I mean really you just said you don't like to curve the ball... He gets fade and pulls it way left then TAKES THE MULLIGAN... And almost does the same thing... Come on Kyle... Not smart there... I felt in this challenge, the guys struggled because each has their own shot shape they like... But they were not allowed to pick it was all by random with their punch... We heard a lot of players say they would rather hit a _______ and then pull the opposite... Like Justin who was smart and didn't use his mulligan because he wasn't comfortable with the fade... But some players seemed very comfortable and that was Clay and Chad who won immunity and were probably looking forward to the rest of the day off everyone had been getting who won previous immunity challenges... Especially Chad hahaha BUT... 


Kelly: Right Sara... BUT We had a Big Break first come out in the second immunity! The two players closest to the line behind Chad and Clay (Tommy and Brandon) had the choice to call on either Chad or Clay once in the 3 locations to hit an additional shot if necessary. What an awesome challenge! Sara, who would you chose to hit your shot for you if needed? 


Sara: I really liked this twist to the second immunity challenge... It allowed Brandon and Tommy (because they came in 3rd and 4th in the last challenge) to use back up (or the bull pen as they called it hahaha) with either Clay or Chad for one shot... And of course these guys would win a 1000 dollars if their shots was used and either Tommy or Brandon won immunity with their help... which was a pretty nice incentive to stay :) I knew Brandon was going to call on Clay... They are friends and when Tommy hit it long and called on Clay to  hit I think that was smart because Clay knew the distance and the shot... However I would have chosen Chad all day... He's just been playing awesome and as they call him he's corporal Clutch why wouldn't you call on him... 


Kelly: I was shocked with how poor Brandon’s shots were through the first two locations. He used Clay and he burned through his one and only mulligan. Come on Brandon….you have to step it up if you want to stick around! I think he listened to me! He finally hit a good shot at that third location but still found himself in the elimination challenge once Tommy picked him to battle it out.


Sara: Yea Tommy did pick Brandon for the elimination challenge and in a kind of awkward way I think... Tommy seemed very nervous to pick anyone and even said I don't know why I'm even picking you Brandon. But well as we all know there can only be one at the finish line holding the Big Break trophy... Sooo off to the Bear Trap they go... Come on boys give us a good show!!!


Kelly: Sara, I worked at PGA National for a year and I absolutely love this course. The course is definitely as hard as it looks…as it requires you to pull out almost every shot in the bag! I was excited to see how these boys would handle the infamous Bear Trap!

WHAT?! Tommy makes his bunker shot on the first hole for BIRDIE!! That was a huge start….and a two shot deficit through 1 hole is definitely not how you want to start off if you’re Brandon!


Sara: I literally cheered and clapped for Tommy as if I was there!!! Hahahaha that bunker shot was not easy either... green going away from you, hitting towards the water and Big Break elimination pressure WOW!!! Now whose clutch!!! 


Kelly: I was equally as surprised that he then went for the green in two…from the fairway bunker…over the water…with a 2 shot lead! You have more guts than me buddy! Sara, I know you have that aggressive shot in the bag…would you have done the same or layed up?


Sara: NO WAY!!! I do play more on the aggressive side BUT from that distance with what's on the line and a 2 shot lead I would have taken my medicine and laid it up... However Kelly it worked out for him SORT OF... I mean I know he hit it green side bunker but it was safely over the water and well he did just dunk the last bunker shot he had why not do it again... But that shot from Brandon WOW!!! Great recovery after making bogey on the opening elimination hole. He's definitely got game... They both do and you can see how much they want to be there!!!


Kelly: Yea absolutely, Brandon did exactly what professionals are conditioned to do…bounce back! He made his short birdie putt and gained a very crucial shot back. Unfortunately he gave it right back on the last hole. He pulled his pitching wedge pretty bad, leaving him an awkward pitch over the bunker…essentially leaving the match in Tommy’s hands.


Sara: I mean I wouldn't say he totally gave it back... I look at it this way... Tommy got up and down from that bunker on 16 which is just as impressive as chipping in on 15 and then he sticks his shot in the par 3 17th... Yea Brandon pulled his shot left but almost chipped it in... I mean he played his ball he just got beat by a guy who golfed their ball better... 2 under on the Bear Trap!!! Are you kidding me??? I bet there are PGA Tour guys that would give their right pinky toe to play the Bear Trap in 2 under... Brandon didn't play terrible... He just got beat by spectacular golf... And honestly that is a way, if any, to be exiting this show... Brandon never gave up... he's got game but Tommy just played better golf!


Kelly: Yes and we saw as Tommy drained his birdie to close out the match and send Brandon home. He played the Bear Trap 2 under! Tommy that was amazing! Tour pros would have paid you last week at The Honda to hit those shots for them! I’m so glad Tommy came out on top. I’m always a fan of people who don’t give up on their dream and continue to chase it until the passion is no longer there. You’re representing well Tommy, and I know a lot of people are watching you in admiration. 


Sara: I agree Tommy is a great player... Love seeing him chase the dream! He's definitely got game to do it! And Brandon was a long ball hitter who brought a lot of fun and energy to the show... You will be missed Brandon... Best of luck to you in all that you do!!! BUT we are now down to 7 remaining contestants aaaaahhhhhhhh!!! Hope you all are enjoying the show as much as we are!!! Stay tuned for our take on everything Big Break the Palm Beaches Florida... NEXT WEEK!!!


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Awards season: Handing out the 2017 Rexys

By Rex HoggardDecember 14, 2017, 7:00 pm

After careful consideration and an exhaustive review of 2017 we present The Rexys, a wildly incomplete and arbitrary line up following one of the most eventful years in golf.

 There will be omissions – just keep your calls, concerns and even e-mails to yourself. We appreciate your patronage, but not your feedback.

It’s Not You, It’s Me Award. You know the deal: You can’t be a part of two until you’re a better one; but on this front it’s really just a desire to find a better two.

It was a tough year for caddies, and not just any caddies. In June, Phil Mickelson split with longtime bagman Jim “Bones” Mackay. Both player and caddie cited the need for “change,” but the move reverberated throughout the game.

“The fairytale is over,” mused one caddie when told of the high-profile split.

In the wake of the Lefty/Bones break, Rory McIlroy split with his caddie J.P Fitzgerald, and Jason Day replaced looper/swing coach Colin Swatton on his bag. It all proves yet again that there are only two kinds of caddies, those who have been fired and those who are about to be fired.

Run for the Rose Cup. Sergio Garcia got the green jacket, a lifetime exemption to the game’s most coveted member-member and a long-awaited major, but Justin Rose took home the slightly less prestigious “Rose Cup.”

Following a frenzied afternoon at Augusta National in April, Rose lost to Garcia on the first playoff hole, but he won so much more with his honesty and class.

“You're going to win majors and you're going to lose majors, but you've got to be willing to lose them,” Rose figured following the final round. “You've got to put yourself out there. You've got to hit the top of the leaderboard. There's a lot of pressure out there and if you're not willing to enjoy it, then you're not ready to win these tournaments. I loved it out there.”

Few have made losing look so dignified and fewer still are as easy to root for.

Half-Empty Cup. It was the perfect setting, with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline and the promise of the Tristate masses descending on this fall’s Presidents Cup.

If only all those rowdy New Yorkers had something to cheer.

For the sixth time in the last seven matches, the U.S. team rolled to a victory of at least three points. This particular edition was even in danger of ending on Saturday afternoon thanks to a particularly dominant performance by a young American squad led by Steve Stricker.

Officials spoke of the purity of the competition and the attention the ’17 cup generated, but however you spin the 19-11 rout, this cup is half empty.

Enigma Award. The actual hardware is simply an oversized question mark and was sent directly to Tiger Woods’ South Florida compound following the most curious of seasons.

While it’s become customary in recent years to consider the uncertain path that awaits the 14-time major winner, this most recent calendar brought an entirely new collection of questions following fusion surgery on his lower back in April, his arrest for DUI on Memorial Day and, finally, a glimmer of hope born from his tie for ninth at the Hero World Challenge earlier this month.

When will he play again? Can he compete against the current generation of world-beaters? Can his body withstand the rigors of a full PGA Tour schedule? Should Jim Furyk make him a captain’s pick now or wait to see if he should be driving a vice captain’s golf cart instead?

Little is certain when it comes to Woods, and the over-sized question mark goes to ... the guy in red and black.

After Further Review Chalice. In April, Lexi Thompson endured a heartbreaking loss at the ANA Inspiration, the byproduct of a surreal ruling that arrived a day late via a viewer e-mail and cost the would-be winner a major championship.

The entire event was so unsavory that the USGA and R&A made not one but two alterations to the rules and created a “working group” to avoid similar snafus in the future.

That working group – it turns out the U.S. Ryder Cup team has some sort of copyright on “task force” – initially issued a decision that introduced a “reasonable judgment” and a “naked eye” standard to video reviews, and last week the rule makers kept the changes coming.

The new protocols on video review will now include an official to monitor tournament broadcasts and ended the practice of allowing fans to call in, or in this case e-mail, possible infractions to officials. The USGA and R&A also eliminated the two-stroke penalty for players who sign incorrect scorecards when the player is unaware of the penalty.

While all this might be a step in the right direction, it does nothing to change Thompson’s fate. The AFR Chalice won’t change the harsh reality, but at least it will serve as a reminder of how she helped altered the rulemaking landscape.

Nothing Runs Like a Deere Award. Nothing gets fans fired up like officials turning fields of fescue rough into hay on the eve of a major championship, and the USGA’s decision to do some 11th-hour trimming at Erin Hills in June certainly caught many by surprise.

Officials said the nip/tuck on four holes was in reaction to a particularly foreboding forecast that never materialized, and the maintenance drew the ire of some players.

“We have 60 yards from left line to right line,” Rory McIlroy said. “You’ve got 156 of the best players in the world here; if we can’t hit it within that avenue, you might as well pack your bags and go home.”

The record low scoring at the U.S. Open – winner Brooks Koepka finished with a 16-under total – didn’t help ease the fervor and had some questioning whether the softer side of the USGA has gone a bit too far?

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Podcast: Daly takes big pride in 'Little John'

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 5:28 pm

John Daly is a two-time major champion, but the newest trophy in his household belongs to someone else.

That’s because Daly’s son, 14-year-old Little John “LJ” Daly, rallied to capture an IJGT junior golf event over the weekend. The younger Daly birdied the first extra hole to win a five-person playoff at Harbour Town Golf Links, site of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage.

Daly recently sat down for a Golf Channel podcast to describe what it’s like to cheer for his son and PNC Father-Son Challenge partner, share the unique challenge presented by the upcoming Diamond Resorts Invitational and reflect on some of the notable highs of a career that has now spanned more than 25 years.

Sneds starts slowly in Masters invite bid

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.

Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters

Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.

Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.

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Crosby selected as 2019 U.S. Walker Cup captain

By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 3:19 pm

The USGA announced that former U.S. Amateur champ Nathaniel Crosby will serve as the American captain for the 2019 Walker Cup, which will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England.

Crosby, 56, is the son of entertainment icon and golf enthusiast Bing Crosby. He won the 1981 U.S. Amateur at The Olympic Club as a teenager and earned low amateur honors at the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. He also played in the 1983 Walker Cup, coincidentally held at Royal Liverpool, before embarking on a brief career in professional golf, with his amateur status reinstated in 1994.

"I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be chosen captain of the next USA Walker Cup team," Crosby said in a statement. "Many of my closest friends are former captains who will hopefully take the time to share their approaches in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities."

Crosby takes over the captaincy from John "Spider" Miller, who led the U.S. squad both in 2015 and earlier this year, when the Americans cruised to a 19-7 victory at Los Angeles Country Club.

Crosby is a Florida resident and member at Seminole Golf Club, which will host the 2021 matches. While it remains to be seen if he'll be asked back as captain in 2021, each of the last six American captains have led a team on both home and foreign soil.

Started in 1922, the Walker Cup is a 10-man, amateur match play competition pitting the U.S. against Great Britain and Ireland. The U.S. team holds a 37-9 all-time lead in the biennial matches but has not won in Europe since 2007.