Nationwide Tour Next Stop for TGCs Big Break


Big Break 2ORLANDO, Fla. - The stakes just got higher for the winner of the upcoming second season of The Golf Channel hit reality series, The Big Break, who will receive four exemptions on the 2005 Nationwide Tour schedule.
The exemptions bring incredible drama to the table and will put it all on the line for all the Big Break II contestants, said David Manougian, president of The Golf Channel. The game of golf is the ultimate reality event where winning and losing is decided by one swing or mere inches. And, well see that on The Big Break II.
The Nationwide Tour - now in its 15th season - has produced a long list of marquee names that now are mainstays on the PGA Tour, including Jim Furyk, John Daly, Chad Campbell, Stewart Cink, Jerry Kelly, Tom Lehman, Stuart Appleby, David Duval and Steve Flesch. Through the first 17 events of the 2004 PGA Tour season, Nationwide Tour alums have won seven times, including a victory by 2003 Nationwide Tour Player of the Year Zach Johnson. All told, Nationwide Tour alums have won 144 PGA Tour titles.
After a successful first year, it is a logical step up in competition for the winner of the Big Break II to compete on the Nationwide Tour, which we feel is the second most competitive Tour in the world, said Bill Calfee, Senior Vice President and COO of the Nationwide Tour. The competition for this spot to challenge the high caliber players on the Nationwide Tour should be very heated, and we look forward to having the winner join us in 2005.
The 11-part Big Break II series will pit 10 scratch golfers against each other in a variety of skills challenges. One golfer is eliminated from the series each week, with the ultimate survivor given the opportunity to play big-time professional golf in internationally televised tournaments on The Golf Channel. The winner of the 2003 series earned four exemptions on the Canadian Tour.
Auditions for The Big Break II ' which attracted more than 5,000 applicants ' recently were concluded at sites across the United States and Canada. From the popularity of the first series, producers have been pleased with the talent they have screened for the second series, which is scheduled for a Sept. 28 premiere on The Golf Channel.