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Big Break: MesquiteIt wouldnt be Big Break without an unexpected twist in the competition and Big Break: Mesquite is no exception. Picture Big Break meeting the Ryder Cup with more than pride at stake and you have the third episode of the 12-week series.
 
Diverting from the shows format in which challenges allow competitors to earn points that are used to determine which players make or fail to make the cut, Hiroshi Matsuo and Anthony Rodriguez, who were one and two on the cumulative point standings through the first two episodes, selected teams to compete in best-ball, alternate-shot and match-play competitions. The entire losing team from the episode would go to an elimination challenge, where one of the members would be sent home.
 
Neither captain was thrilled by the idea of facing elimination and took different approaches in managing his team. Matsuo handled the twist in stride and won his team over with respect.
 
Their opinions were very valuable to me. They know each others games better than I do, said Matsuo. They have been to battle several times on their own and didnt need a Knute Rockne speech from me.
 
Matsuos plan was to ride his Four Horseman ' Benoit Beisser, Jerry James, Brian Kontak and Matt Vick ' to immunity.
 
Rodriguez, meanwhile, merely rode his team. Calling the whole process bogus, he preferred to have his fate rest in his hands and not in the palms of his teammates ' or competitors, depending on the episode. The feeling was mutual. Rodriguez has become one of the most controversial players in the history of Big Break. He has tossed clubs, referred to himself as A-Rod, a play on his name resembling New York Yankee star Alex Rodriguez, and alternated between pouting and arrogance to the point that none of the other competitors wanted to play for Captain Rodriguez.
 
Mark Farrell, James Nitties, Kevin Taylor and Josh Warthen didnt get their wish and were rewarded with a pep talk A-Rod style.
 
He pulled us to the side and said, Look, this means more to me than it does to you guys, Nitties said of Rodriguez. If you want it more than us, dont say it. It makes him look like an individual from the team.
 
Rodriguez was presented with an opportunity to be the man of the day when he was faced with a 5-foot birdie putt for the win against Beisser in the final singles match. He missed and settled for a half point as the episode ended with each team at 3 points and facing a playoff. The first team to four points will win the competition.
 
As much as people are going to say that you played well and all that generic crap, said Nitties about the missed putt. Id be absolutely sick in my room because I missed the putt that cost us the win.
 
Matsuos team struck first in the best-ball match as Vick sank a long putt for birdie to earn one point. After halving the alternate-shot competition, the five singles matches proved pivotal. Team Rodriguez made up ground by posting two wins and a tie in the first three matches but suffered a loss and half in the closing two.
 
What transpired was one of the more exciting things Ive experienced, Vick said in a GolfChannel.com blog. There was a dramatic start, a shifting of momentum, a comeback, and overtime to top it off.
 
Sounds like just another typical episode of Big Break: Mesquite.
 
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