So much for second chances. After winning a Playback Challenge to earn a spot back on Big Break VI: Trump National two weeks ago, Charlie Gibson (Fortuna, Calif) was once again eliminated from the series by Denny Hepler (Warsaw, Ind.) in an Elimination Challenge.
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. The male and female left standing will be crowned Big Break VI: Trump National winners.
Previously eliminated in the third show, Gibson was granted new life in the sixth episode when Trump stepped in and once again changed the direction of the series. In a surprise move, he announced that the four men who had been eliminated from the show would participate in Playback Challenge.
Seemingly playing with house money, he breezed through the next show until meeting his demise.
After failing to gain immunity in the first two challenges, Gibson faced Hepler in one hole of stroke play on the par-5 seventh hole at Trump National Golf Course, Los Angeles.
The 53-year-olds tee shot found the right rough and was forced to hit short of the green with his second shot. After a chip to 12 feet, he missed the putt and settled for par. Hepler, meanwhile, escaped a buried lie in deep rough behind the green and then made a 6-foot birdie putt to earn a spot in next weekss show - which airs 10:00 on Tuesday night.
Shaking anyones hand in defeat is never something you want to do, said Gibson. But the fact he is a good guy who did a good job and executed made it better. I would have loved for it to have turned out different, but I gave it everything I had and have nothing to be ashamed of.
In the second match of the Elimination Challenge, Dwyer and Gomes matched pars and played seventh hole once again. This time around, Dwyer made birdie to send Gomes home.
I just stood there a minute thinking that this is how it feels to be kicked off the show, explained Gomes. You realize that you are in the final four and have a chance to win it all. Then all the sudden its gone.
The remaining contestants are still vying for the coveted tournament exemptions and other prizes. The female champion will receive an exemption into the 2007 SBS Open at Turtle Bay and the 2007 Longs Drugs Challenge, as well as waived entry fees for the 2007 Duramed FUTURES Tour season. The winning male contestant will receive exemptions into the 2007 Turtle Bay Championship and the 2007 Bank of America Championship, as well as waived entry fees in six events on the 2007 Heartland Players Senior Tour.
In addition, winners will receive the finest tools to make the most of their appearances at some of golfs most highly anticipated tournaments. Adams Golf will present the winners with an Adams Golf endorsement contract to keep them on top of their games. Also, NetJets, the worldwide leader in private aviation, will provide five hours of flight time to each winner so they may travel with the ultimate in safety, service and reliability.
To keep the champions fueled and energized when they are on the road, the McDonalds LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola will provide the winners with a $1,000 Arch Card to be used at McDonalds restaurants. And finally, as a surprise to the contestants, the male and female champions will be joined by the eliminated contestants to compete for a chance to get into Trumps wallet!
The ultimate winner of the match also will become the owner of an all new 2007 Chrysler Aspen - Chryslers first full-sized SUV.