Tommy Gainey summed it up best when he said in a previous episode, this is The Big Break VII and I feel like Im on Days of Our Lives.
With Ginn Reunion Resort in Reunion, Fla., serving as the stage for a golf competition playing like a soap opera, Gardino and Valeria Ochoa were ousted from the series in a short-game Elimination Challenge. Competitions in The Big Break VII are coed team events with the losing duos going to an Elimination Challenge. Once there, teams are split and males compete against males and female take on other females.
Before Gunas defeated Gardino and Garrity beat Ochoa in the Elimination Challenge to advance, eight characters attempted to stave off cancellation. It became apparent early that Murray and DiSanto were in no hurry to do anything. In an opening challenge that featured putting, they lined up putts, talked about Mother Nature and pictured Murray playing catch with his son. At one point he asked his partner to go down by his golf ball and say spiritual things to him.
All this happened while other contestants watched the grass grow.
I dont necessarily hear everything he says but I feel the energy, DiSanto, an actress from Los Angeles, said of Murrays banter that served as a calming influence.
Some thought it was a ploy to slow-play the field while others merely shook their heads in disbelief. Laura London caught Murrays act in The Big Break VI: Trump National and has an idea about the motive.
Nikki and Kelly arent trying to play mind games, observed London. They are so in their own world they are totally oblivious that anyone is even thinking about them, let alone watching them.
Gunas found it amusing until he and Garrity were upended by the cosmic duo. The opponents, though, were only a portion of the challenge facing the Gunas and Garrity duo, who suffered from a failure to communicate throughout the show. It started when Garrity claimed Gunas wouldnt give advice on a putt while the camera clearly caught Gunas coaching her.
Im not sure Pam is really set to be here, said contestant Mike Foster. Being a newlywed, she might not have the same focus as Dave.
Playing as a single in the Elimination Challenge, Garritys play was steady to advance but was aided by a lack of confidence that plagued Ochoa throughout the episode.
Meanwhile, Gainey and Bri Vega defeated Gardino and Ochoa to advance to the next show and sent the losing team to their ultimate demise.
Gardino and Ochoa join Cindy Miller and Gary Ostrega as four of the original 16 contestants that have been eliminated from the series. The Big Break concept pits highly skilled golfers against each other in challenges that test physical skills and mental toughness. During The Big Break VII, competitors will be eliminated with the last one standing crowned the winner
Each show will feature two to three challenges, the outcome of each influencing who stays and who goes home. Each challenge will demand precision shot-making designed to simulate conditions that players face every week on tour.
Should one of the eight male professionals be victorious, then he will either earn a spot in the field of the 2007 Cox Classic on the Nationwide Tour or the 2008 Ginn Championship at Hammock Beach on the Champions Tour. Should one of the eight females claim the title, then she will be invited to compete in the 2007 Ginn Tribute Hosted by Annika on the LPGA Tour.
But that is many weeks and many dramas down the road. For now, all we know is that 12 contestants remain in the juiciest golf competition yet.