The much hyped and long awaited battle of the sexes on The Big Break VI: Trump National occurred in the fifth episode and the only thing lacking was Dr. Phil. In a five-hole match play competition, the females dealt a blow to male pride as they defeated the men 4 ' 2.
That was the plan until Donald Trump stepped in and once again changed the direction of the series. In a surprise move, he announced that the losing male team would be joined in an Elimination Challenge by one of the four men who had previously been booted off the show. That individual would be decided by a challenge competition on next weeks show that will air on Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET.
Due to Trumps intervention, no contestant was eliminated in episode five but the victorious females can sit and watch the festivities with immunity in hand.
The shows concept pits nine men and nine women competing against each other in a variety of challenges that test their skills and mental toughness for the right to compete in two Champions Tour and two LPGA Tour events, respectively. One female and one male will be eliminated from the series each week, with the two standing being crowned Big Break VI: Trump National winners.
In the first match, Denny Helper (Warsaw, Ind.) made bogey to halve the par-4 fifth hole with Bri Vega (North Andover, Mass.). Vega hit the green in regulation but suffered a three-putt to allow Hepler to escape after his approach fell short of the green and he failed to get up and down.
The ladies took the lead on No. 6 when Laura London (Scottsdale, Ariz.) made a 25-foot par putt for the win over Jeff Mitchell (Llano, Texas).
One of the strangest matches of the day was Kelly Murray (Reston, Va.) and Ashley Gomes (Pleasanton, Calif.). On the par-5 seventh hole, Murrays tee shot found the hazard and, after a drop, could only hack back in the fairway. Gomes clearly had the advantage with her tee ball in the fairway until a tactical decision backfired when she went for the green in two. A pushed hybrid and suspect bunker shot led a bogey and halve after Murray made his 10-foot bogey putt.
She should have just hit an 8-iron, a 60 degree wedge and two putted, Hepler observed. All she needed was a five because Kelly wasnt going to make any better than six.
The mens momentum was short lived as Rachel Bailey (Faulconbridge, Australia) won the par-3 seventh hole with a par to cushion the female lead and made Gary Ostrega (Westfield, N.J.) eat his words. Prior to the matches Ostrega commented that, if it came down to us against them then it wouldnt be close.
He was right, it wasnt close. Unfortunately for the men, though, it was Bailey walking away with an easy win.
With the final match worth two points, the par-4 ninth hole was a must win situation for the men. Leading by two points, a halve would give the ladies a victory and immunity to the next show. After both Albert Crews (Homer, La.) and Bridgett Dwyer (Kailua, Hawaii) found the fairway, Crews pushed his approach shot that came rest on the cart path right of the green. His recovery shot found the putting surface but he was unable to convert the par putt.
Feeling less pressure, Dwyer made a conservative bogey by playing short of the green, chipping and two putting from 10 feet to halve the hole and win the competition for the females.
The men bogeyed all five holes leading Trump to state the obvious when he said, they really beat you guys.
Yes they did. And, next week, one of the men will have to pay the price for losing.