Kelly Murrays (Reston, Va.) short-game skills on The Big Break VI: Trump National earned him the moniker of the wizard. His magic, however, failed him in the shows seventh episode as he joined Laura London (Scottsdale, Ariz.) in being eliminated from The Big Break VI.
Murray was sent packing by Denny Hepler (Warsaw, Ind.) while London was ousted in a five-way long game contest.
Describing his play as a comedy of errors, Murray got off to a slow start in the first of a two-stage Elimination Challenge in which competitors hit three shots out of a greenside bunker to circles surrounding the hole. Playing Charlie Gibson (Fortuna, Calif.) in the first round blast-off, he garnered four points to lose by two and was forced to face Hepler.
Down to two players in the final portion of the Elimination Challenge, the duo played the same format as in the first stage. Alternating shots, Hepler tallied nine points after his three attempts. With Murray having to post a three-point effort to tie and five to win, the Canadian native managed only one point on his final swing and was eliminated.
These boys are good, Murray said of the competition. Its like what they say about the PGA TOUR.
One of the better shot makers on the series, Murray had massaged a 3-iron from 165 yards in a previous challenge and used a driver in the glass breaking competition while most others hit mid-irons. He proved he could twist and turn the ball and make it do everything but dance. However, he didnt hit a bunker shot when he had to.
London, likewise, had similar troubles that led to her demise.
In the females Elimination Challenge, the final five ladies hit from three locations - a side-hill lie 150 yards from the target, out of rough 135 yard away, and from 150 yards in the fairway - to a circle on the 13th green at Trump National Golf Course, Los Angeles. They had four attempts to have their shots come to rest inside the circle with a point total corresponding to the number of times it took them to be successful. If a competitor could not hit the target in four shots they were awarded five points for that location.
Londons exit stemmed from an inability to produce at the first location when she took the maximum five points. The setback left her three points behind the other ladies.
She rebounded with a two-point effort on the next location but was unable to make up ground on the scoreboard. London did not hit another shot in the show as the other competitors secured a position in the next show by posting point totals on the third shot that made it mathematically impossible to lose to the Arizona native
The Big Break is supposed to make you learn something about your golf game, London said after being eliminated. The interesting part is that I learned a lot about myself.
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.