With a new twist, The Big Break IV: USA vs. Europe will introduce a new team format but, ultimately, will name only one golfer as champion. The winner will receive exemptions into select events on the PGA European Tour and an endorsement contract from Bridgestone Golf.
In true Ryder Cup style, each episode of The Big Break IV will pit a team of golfers from the United States against a team from Europe in various skills challenges on the golf course. Although playing for country and team, the shows unique twist will turn the tables at the end of each episode as teammates are faced with competing against each other to avoid being eliminated from the show.
The team representing the USA includes: Randall Hunt, 26, a golf pro and youth counselor from Los Angeles, currently living in Arlington, Texas; Tommy Two Gloves Gainey, 29, a golf pro from Bishopville, S.C.; T.J. Valentine, 28, a teaching professional from Plymouth, Mass.; David Carnell, 28, a mini-tour player from Park Forest, Ill., currently living in Miami, Fla.; Paul Holtby, 38, a teaching professional from Simi Valley, Calif.; and Bart Lower, 28, a real estate professional from Ionia, Mich., currently residing in Naples, Fla. Lower, also a contestant on The Big Break II, was voted back on the show by a viewer poll.
The team representing Europe includes: Warren Bladon, 38, former British Amateur Champion from Leamington Spa, England; Guy Woodman, 27, a golf pro from Old Windsor, England; Edoardo Gardino, 29, former tour caddy and current teaching and golf pro from Azti, Italy, currently living in Crans-Montana, Switzerland; Marty Wilde Jr., 24, a golf pro from Tewin, England; Richard Gillot, 30, a golf pro and entertainer, from Paris, France; and Thomas Blankvoort, 25, a golf pro from Wassenaar, Netherlands.
As one of the most-watched original programs in the history of the 24-hour golf network, The Big Break series has entertained audiences by showcasing a new way to watch golf on TV. The Big Break IV: USA vs. Europe will be a 15-week series, with each weekly episode premiering Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET.
The competition will take place at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland, site of six Open Championships and future host of the 2007 Open Championship. Portions of the show also will take place on the hallowed grounds of the Old Course in St. Andrews, where the worlds best are playing this week in hopes of being crowned 2005 Open Champion.
The trademark of The Big Break concept showcases highly skilled golfers competing against each other in a variety of challenges that test their physical skills and mental toughness. One golfer is eliminated from the series each week, with the last contestant standing awarded his/her Big Break, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in select professional tournaments. Winners of previous Big Break series have won their chance to compete on the LPGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and Canadian Tour.
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