What's in a Number?

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 15, 2012, 2:00 am

Although the byline of the blog may suggest otherwise, there is no all-seeing, all-knowing “Big Break Producer”; some lone mythical being that writes all, knows all and holds court over all things Big Break.  A super-producer of sorts.  Nope.  Like the myth of Atlantis itself, this singular person just doesn’t exist.  There are a lot of pieces to this puzzle and I’m just one of the corner pieces.  So with all that being what it is, in the words of Mr. Jagger…please allow me to introduce myself…

My name is Brendan Havens and I’m the Senior Producer for this season of the Big Break.  Those die-hard fans of the series, I’m sure, have read my incoherent thoughts and ramblings from past seasons Producer Blogs (including the preview blog for this series Shark Tanks, Casinos and Rum, OH MY!!!).  My last producing foray into this wonderful world of wicked awesome reality drama was the Big Break Indian Wells Series.  Jon Painter and Scott Lee are my co-Producers for this season and you’ll also be hearing from them as the series progresses every week.

As we all witnessed in the premiere, this season’s Chubby Checker- worthy twist is that all-important race to 100 points.  For the 1st time in the history of Big Break, someone will get a “bye” into the Championship Match.   Pretty darn important stuff, especially for those competing for that ginormous grand prize of tour exemptions and cold, hard, cash.  And when you really think about it, the number 100 is extraordinarily synonymous with money as most of the world’s currencies are divided into 100 subunits.

A high level of execution, mixed in with a little luck here and there can go a long way not only in the Big Break, but in most professional sports as well.  The 100 RBI mark in baseball will usually have you in the running for MVP; and in hockey, 100 points in a season could get you the Hart Trophy.  In football, the field is 100 yards from goal line to goal line and 100 yards rushing or receiving in a game are marks that fantasy owners geek out about (yeah, I know touchdowns are even more valuable, but I’m not about to delve into a player-value discussion with that subculture in this forum).  The NBA record for points scored in one game by a single player is 100 (Wilt Chamberlain back in 1962).  And for those cricket fans out there, I don’t even have to tell you that 100 is the number of runs required for a cricket batsman to score a century…a VERY significant milestone.

A Big Break cannot be won without 100% effort and, as the intensity of the competition heats up, disagreements have had a tendency to arise between the competitors.  You know who else disagrees all the time?  United States Senators.  There are exactly 100 of them.  Sometimes tensions can even reach a boiling point (aka: 100°C) or even explode like an atomic bomb…which is where the element Fermium was first discovered in the debris of the first hydrogen bomb explosion in 1952.  Fermium’s atomic number?  100.

With Big Break being a TV show, 100 episodes usually marks a pretty significant point in a television series as when a TV series reaches 100 episodes, it is generally considered viable for syndication.  (HINT HINT…)

Now I know the song 99 bottles of beer on the wall doesn’t have the number 100 in it, but c’mon…the dude who wrote that song had to be drinking the 100th beer from the wall when he came up with that idea.  I mean, seriously.  Who would buy 99 beers anyway?

What was I talking about?  Oh, right.  100 points gets you to the Championship Match.  As you can see…there’s about 100 reasons why this season is going to be awesome.

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Tiger putts way into contention at The Open

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 5:17 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – When Tiger Woods benched his trusty Scotty Cameron blade putter last month at the Quicken Loans National for a new TaylorMade mallet-headed version some saw it as a sign of desperation, but if his performance on Carnoustie’s greens on Saturday were any indication it could end up being a calculated success.

Woods stormed into contention on Day 3 with a 5-under 66 to move to within shouting distance of the lead at The Open, thanks in large part to his vastly improved putting.

“I hit so many good putts out there today, and this week from distance, I've had really good feels,” said Woods, whose 29 putts on Saturday belies his performance on Carnoustie’s greens. “Even as this golf course was changing and evolving, I've maintained my feels with the putter. I've made a couple of putts from about 40 to 60 feet, which is nice. I just feel like I've been able to roll the ball.”

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

The highlight of Woods’ round came at the par-4 ninth hole when he charged in a 40-footer for birdie from the front edge of the green to begin a run of three consecutive birdies. Perhaps more impressive, he didn’t have a three-putt, and has only had two all week, which is always a bonus on links courses.

Woods temporarily took a share of the lead with a lengthy birdie putt at the 14th hole and scrambled for a par save at the last after his drive nearly found the Barry Burn.

“I hit a few putts that I think should have gone in from 20, 30 feet today," he said. "So that's always a good sign.”

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TT postscript: A 66, he's in contention - awesome

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 4:58 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Here are a few things I think I think after Tiger Woods went berserk Saturday and shot 5-under 66 to vault up the leaderboard at The Open at Carnoustie:


At 4:13PM here in Scotland, when Tiger two-putted for birdie on the par-5 14th hole, he held a share of the lead in a major championship. It was once unthinkable, but it happened. I saw it with my own eyes.

• Tiger’s last two weekend rounds in the 60s in The Open both happened at Carnoustie and both happened on July 21. In 2007, Woods shot 69 here. On Saturday, that score was clipped by three shots. Tiger shot 65 in the second round of The Open at Royal Liverpool in 2006. He won his third claret jug that week. Tiger last shoot 66 in a major during the second round of the 2011 Masters.

• This is the sixth time that Tiger has recorded three consecutive rounds of par of better to start The Open. He went on to win three of the previous five times.

• One bad swing, the only bad swing of the day according to Tiger, produced the luckiest of breaks. Standing on the 18th tee with an iron in hand, Tiger pulled his tee shot that hit on the top of the Barry Burn and very easily could’ve ended in a watery grave. Instead it ended in thick rough, some 250 yards from the pin. Tiger punted it up the fairway, but got up and down from 83 yards to save par and shoot 66. “I hit my number,” he quipped about hitting wedge to 2 feet.

• On the other hand, the lone bogey came from one poor putt. On the par-3 16th hole, with half of Scotland screaming his name, Tiger missed a 7-footer for par. It was deflating at the time because the last three holes are so difficult. Pars on the last two holes were stellar.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

• Final stats: 12 of 15 fairways, 14 of 18 greens and 29 total putts. Tiger hit six drivers and one 3-wood, proving that he was way more aggressive. He hit four drivers on Friday and only one on Thursday.

• One of the aforementioned drivers that he hit on the ninth hole was well left and in some thick round, 170 yards from the hole. A safe approach to 40 feet set him up for and easy two-putt par. But he slammed the putt home and made an improbable birdie. “I hit so many good putts out there today, and this week from distance, I’ve had really good feels,” he said.

• In his own words about his chances of winning: “It certainly is possible. I’ve shown that I’ve been there close enough with a chance to win this year. Given what happened the last few years, I didn’t know if that would ever happen again, but here I am with a chance coming Sunday in a major championship. It’s going to fun.”

Yes, yes it is.

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Watch: Guy sleeps next to many beers at Open

By Grill Room TeamJuly 21, 2018, 4:55 pm

It's Moving Day at The Open Championship for all but one sedentary fan.

Cameras caught this potentially browned-out man having himself a Saturday snooze on the browned-out grasses of Carnoustie:

Browned out. That's a great term. Glad it's in the public domain. We've been using it all weekend. I imagine we'll continue to use it. A lot.

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Watch: Tiger makes 6 birdies, 1 amazing par in Rd. 3

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 4:10 pm

Tiger Woods started the third round of The Open at even par, having made seven birdies and seven bogeys over the first 36 holes at Carnoustie.

Following three pars to start on Saturday, Woods went on a birdie binge.

No. 1 came with this putt at the par-4 fourth.

No. 2 with this two-putt at the par-5 sixth.

No. 3 thanks to this 30-footer at the par-4 ninth.

No. 4 after nearly jarring his approach shot on the par-4 10th.

No. 5 when he almost drove the green at the par-4 11th and two-putted, from just off the green, from 95 feet.

And No. 6, which gave him a share of the lead, came courtesy another two-putt at the par-5 14th.

Woods bogeyed the par-3 16th to drop out of the lead and almost dropped - at least - one more shot at the par-4 18th. But his tee shot got a lucky bounce and he turned his good fortune into a par.

Woods shot 5-under 66 and finished the day at 5 under par.