Clearing up Confusion


Welcome. This is Big Break’s 14th season and my ninth. Hands down, this was the most fun I’ve had on a production in my career. We’re hoping this is the best Big Break ever! My job as producer is to ensure you enjoy the series, so I don’t want you to be confused. Below are all the specifics. 


Simple Breakdown of the Big Break Dominican Republic format:

Team Challenge

  • First challenge
  • Winning team members each receive 5 MVP points
  • Winning team chooses the match-up in the Benching Challenge & receives scoring advantage (i.e. 1 stroke over 2 holes--We want this challenge to mean something – this is a team competition!)

Benching Challenge

  • Second challenge
  • Winner receives 5 additional MVP points
  • Loser receives 1 Strike (earn 2 strikes=Permanently Benched)


How to win Big Break Dominican Republic

  • One team permanently benches the other team (knock out the other team!)


MVP Points Race

  • The player from the winning team with the most MVP Points wins $50,000 ($100,000 divided up amongst the team)
  • Winning MVP wins PGA TOUR EXEMPTION (Justin Timberlake’s event) or LPGA EXEMPTION (Kia Classic)


Things that you, the viewer, wouldn’t know unless we told you:

For two very long days in the Dominican Republic, our crew of coordinators, producers and hotel staff had to keep the contestants separate, so they didn’t know any of the following information:

- They were competing as teams             

- The teams didn’t know they were competing against the opposite gender

- That former Big Breakers were on the other team

This was all done in the hopes that the reactions we captured on tape were genuine when the contestants arrived at their villas to find out all the information about their new competition. 


By the Way: These are hands-down the best living conditions any Big Break cast has ever seen –the villas had their own maid staff, full-time cook and each villa measured about 10,000 square feet of great party space—not bad to call home for a few weeks! If I had the chance to go back, I would.


Player insight after first show:

--The big question: “How are they getting along?” Blake and Andrew are getting along and seem to be quite friendly to each other; it’s a slight change from their on-camera animosity in the Disney Golf season. Later in the season, without spilling too much, their new friendship is put to the test. 

--Lori and Christina friends? That remains to be seen. David was nominated captain by the men’s team to ensure there would be no issues when having to make difficult decisions. If it ever comes down to it (and it does), David will have to make tough decisions for the team. Whether anyone likes his decisions or his Captainship will be an interesting storyline. Brian and Elena seem to be the enigmas of both teams—they are the relative unknowns on the teams. Through show one, Elena has impressed her team, while Brian has some on his team (Blake during Glass Break Challenge) worried.


TEAM GLOSSY POSSE was named by Blair off-camera after breakfast. I’ll let you know a secret: one team will grow to despise the name, but I’m not telling which one.


Team Challenge (Glass Break) Fun Facts:

  1. The Glass Break challenge wasn’t won by the men by 1 second. It was won by 1.14 seconds!  We rounded down; it sounds better on TV. 
  2. Two - Total number of attempts Sara has taken to break two panes of glass in each of her Big Breaks.
  3. 1:02 seconds: Total time it took Brian and David to break their glass panes.
  4. 30 seconds:  Total time it took A-Rod, Football, Blake and Andrew to break their glass panes.
  5. 18 yards: Distance the glass panes are from the hitting area.
  6. 45 yards: Distance the glass panes were from the hitting area in Big Break I.
  7. When David finally broke his glass, he thought he had 20 seconds to spare.


Team Challenge (Singles Matches) Fun Facts:

  1. 8 IRON: Club used by Lori Atsedes when she carded her 8th career hole-in-one during practice round
  2. 8 IRON: Club used by Lori Atsedes when she rattled her shot off the flag stick in her match against David.
  3. While Blair didn’t hit a good drive (by her own admission) her ball still went over 260 yards (she’s long!)
  4. BOY SPIN: A new term I learned from the women’s team. It’s aptly named for shots that spin a lot hit by men (i.e. Blake’s bunker shot vs. Christina).


Benching Challenge Fun Facts:

  1. When A-Rod beat Brenda (benching her for the next episode), the $5,000 he won was the most money he had earned on a golf course in over a year.
  2. The 1-stroke advantage given to the Winning Team will be consistent throughout the series anytime the contestants play holes of golf. If the Benching Challenge is in another scoring format, you’ll find out.


Finally, here are some series Fun Facts:

  • This is the fifth co-ed Big Break season we’ve produced
  • The women will always play 85% of the men’s distances on challenges that measure longer than 125 yards. PGA of America runs their nationals championships this way: good enough for them, good enough for us.
  • Pete Dye (world-renowned architect and designer of the “Teeth of the Dog”/”Dye Fore” courses) lives most of the year at Casa de Campo (our host site).
  • Pete’s house overlooks the ocean on the front nine of the “Teeth of the Dog” course.
  • We shot this series during the World Cup/US Open and Wimbledon. We missed a lot of good sporting events.
  • The entire season is shot over 16 days.