Big Break Myrtle Beach Episode 10: Show Insight

By Big Break ProducerDecember 17, 2014, 3:10 pm

Our very own Kelly Jacques breaks down episode 10!

Big Break Myrtle Beach: Episode 10

We are down to the final four! I love this stage of the competition, because you get to see which players rise to the occasion or crumble under pressure!

 

The first and only immunity challenge of the day, also served as the elimination challenge. After today, the final 2 players will be determined! The challenge started with a closest to the pin contest from 100 yards. They had no idea what they were playing for when they hit, but they knew it was important! And important it was! Jimmy hit his shot the closest and he won the opportunity to choose who he would go up against in this final matchup! This was a huge advantage because he was able to choose the player he would have the best chance to win against. And he chose exactly who I thought he was going to. Anthony. There was no way he was going to choose Toph, since they are good buddies, and Emily was out of the question because of her length advantage. The winners of this three hole challenge will not only pocket $7,500, but they will also be a Big Break finalist!

 Match #1:

Jimmy and Anthony started it off with a 435 yard par 4. Anthony hit his drive waaaayyy left but was still in play while Jimmy placed his 3 wood right down the middle. Jimmy found his next shot up against the lip of the left greenside bunker and Anthony hit if just left of the green as well.  Anthony got up and down for par and Jimmy missed his 10 footer to tie. Granted, I would have been shocked if Jimmy got up and down from that lie.

 The second hole was a 180 yard par 3. Anthony hit another great shot just like he has done all season. I’m truly impressed by his golf game. Of course he hits some poor shots, but he usually recovers perfectly. I hope moving forward he will keep that same confidence in his game, but mature emotionally as a player. Jimmy needed to give himself a chance…and he did just that, hitting it just inside Anthony. In a three hole challenge, the last thing you need is to be down by 2 with one to play, so nice bounce back Jimmy! Both players were unable to capitalize on the opportunity and missed their birdie putts to the right. Heading into the final hole, Anthony now has a one shot lead.

 The third and final hole was a 539 yard par 5. Anthony once again pulled his drive straight left. Good news was that he hit it so far left that he found himself in Hole #5 fairway! Like I mentioned before, this is so easy to do when under a lot of pressure. His tempo sped up causing his hands to reach the ball before his lower body was engaged, resulting in a closed clubface.  A key under pressure is to really concentrate on your tempo and stick to your rock solid routine! Jimmy found himself safely in the left rough.

 For his second shot, Anthony had 287 yards to the green. He pulled an iron and came up 40 yards short...in the water! I'm not sure what he was trying to do?! If he just mishit it that bad or took the wrong line. He seemed shocked so I’s assuming it was just a bad club decision. Jimmy had 264 yards to the pin and hit a nice, easy layup, taking advantage of the opened door. Anthony recovered well and hit his 4th just over the pin, at least giving him a chance. While Jimmy hit his 100 yard shot pin high right, giving himself a great opportunity for birdie!  As much as I don't like routing for Anthony, I love how he was pumping himself up while he was driving to the green. Even when he hits poor shots, he remains confident and feeds himself positive thoughts. This is so opposite of what most of us have the tendency to do. When we start to play poorly, we tend to be so self-critical, tearing ourselves down. What good does that do? The only thing that comes from that is a tattered confidence in your abilities. Anthony had a great line on his first putt but just hit it too hard, as it lipped out. With Anthony missing, Jimmy now had a chance to win the challenge outright. He rose to the occasion and drained his birdie right in the center! WOW! What a great show of golf by Jimmy! He has really started peaking at the right time. He started off fairly shaky but has really started to come into his own. With that two shot swing on the last, he not only secured his spot in the finale but he pocketed $7,500! I would call that a pretty good day! What surprised me was Anthony’s sportsmanship! Considering some of his actions and comments throughout the competition, he impressed me with his congratulatory stance that he took with Jimmy. I think this gives us a better idea of the true Anthony. He’s not a bad guy; he just needs to mature a bit. He’s exciting to watch and with his talent he has an opportunity to go far with the game…and I truly hope to see him again in the future.

 Match #2:

In this second match Emily and Toph battled it out. The first hole was a 435 yard par 4 for Toph and 369 yards for Emily. Toph started off the match by hitting his drive left and Emily found the right waste bunker. That was definitely not a smart play by Emily. She could have easily laid up to the fatter part of the fairway considering how short the hole played for her. Toph hit a good shot from the left side of the course and found himself on the putting surface.  Emily thinned her second shot from the bunker and sailed the green into the back bunker. She left herself with a very difficult shot but was able to pull it off at least giving herself a chance at par. However, her hopes didn’t last long as Toph drained his mid-length birdie! Emily proceeded to miss her par putt and just like that, she found herself two down with two to play.

 The second hole was a par 3 playing 180 yards for Toph and 153 yards for Emily. Toph did what he needed to do and safely found the putting surface. Emily needed to stick it, but instead found herself on the back left side of the green with a very difficult 2 putt. She powered her first putt through the mounds and Toph’s birdie putt lipped out!  If his putt was hit a little softer, that would have definitely dropped. You can tell he wants this as he is so focused on each shot. When someone gets in the zone, they are hard to beat!  Emily had a 9' comebacker to stay within striking distance and she made it! That was so important! Two shots can be overcome, but a three shot deficit is hard to come back from…especially with only one hole to go!

 The third and final hole was a 539 and a 449 yard par 5. Toph hammered his drive right down the middle. Emily pulled driver and barely missed the water on the left side of the course. She was actually quite lucky that she did not find the hazard. This is the first time we have seen her play poorly, and unfortunately this timing is far from ideal. Even with a 2 shot cushion, Toph decided to go for it and pulled hybrid and hit it in the water! What is he doing?!?!? Emily is in trouble, and all you have to do is keep the ball in play, and you don't layup?

 Emily had a tough second shot and could only chip it out to the fairway. Especially after his water ball, Toph needed to finish strong and he successfully hit his 4th shot pin high. Emily also stepped up and stopped her downward slide. She almost made her 3rd shot with her ball finishing just below the hole. Way to step up to the plate! She still has a chance! Toph had to putt first, and if he makes it he wins...even after going in the water. Toph missed his putt and taps in for bogey. Emily was then faced with the putt that could send them back to the par 5 for a playoff. She stood over her shorty and pulled it left. She has to be disappointed with that finish and will probably be replaying that putt in her mind for a long time.

 The remaining contestants had nothing but great things to say about her. She is such a great competitor, not only because of her golf game, but because of her attitude. She has such a grateful demeanor and carries herself with such poise. This will get her very far in golf and in life. Best of luck Emily!

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Ko part of 5-way tie for Mediheal lead

By Associated PressApril 27, 2018, 3:20 am

DALY CITY, Calif. - Lydia Ko was back on top at Lake Merced.

Ko shot a 4-under 68 on a chilly Thursday morning at the LPGA Mediheal Championship for a share of the first-round lead. Jessica Korda, Caroline Hedwall, In-Kyung Kim and Su Oh joined Ko atop the leaderboard in the LPGA's return to Lake Merced after a year away.

''This is a golf course where you need to drive the ball well and putt well,'' said Ko, the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic winner at the course in 2014 and 2015.

Ko eagled the par-5 fifth and had four birdies and a bogey. The New Zealander has 14 LPGA wins, the last in July 2016.

''It's nice to come back to a place where you feel super-welcomed,'' Ko said. ''It just brings back a lot of great memories. ... My family and friends are here this week, so I'm hoping that I'm going to continue the solid play.''

She turned 21 on Tuesday.

''I don't think I feel a huge difference, but I know turning 21 is a huge thing in the U.S.,'' Ko said, ''So, I'm legal and I can do some fun things now.''

Korda, playing alongside Kim a group ahead of Ko, also eagled the fifth and had four birdies and a bogey. Korda won in Thailand in February in her return from reconstructive jaw surgery.


Full-field scores from the LPGA Mediheal Championship


''The score says one thing and my hands say another,'' Korda said. ''It was really cold out there today, so it was good that I stuck to kind of my process. ... Actually, this is still some of the nicer conditions that we've played in compared to the past. I'll take the cold as long as there's no rain.''

Hedwall and Kim each had five birdies and a bogey.

''I just love the city. It's really nice,'' said Hedwall, from Sweden. ''It's sort of a European-style city with all the shopping going on downtown and stuff. I love it here. I even like this weather, suits me really well, too.''

Oh had a bogey-free round. The Australian was the only one of the five players tied for the lead to play in the afternoon.

''It was cold and pretty windy out there and, because it's got a lot of elevation, it kind of swirls in the middle like in the low areas, so it was tough,'' Oh said. ''I hit the ball really solid today. Then the ones I missed, I made really good up-and-downs.''

Lexi Thompson, Sei Young Kim, Charley Hull and Celine Herbin shot 69.

''This course is very challenging, especially when the wind picks up,'' the third-ranked Thompson said. ''It's chilly, so it's a little longer of a course. Some of the par 5s are reachable, so you try to take advantage of that, but pars were good and just take the birdie chances as you can get them.''

Moriya Jutanugarn, the winner Sunday in Los Angeles for her first LPGA title, had a 71 playing with former Stanford student Michelle Wie and ANA Inspiration winner Pernilla Lindberg. Wie had a 74, and Lindberg shot 79. Ariya Jutanugarn matched her sister with a 71, playing in the group with Ko.

Top-ranked Inbee Park matched playing partner Brooke Henderson with a 72. The third member of the afternoon group, second-ranked Shanshan Feng, shot 73.

Juli Inkster shot 72. The 57-year-old Hall of Famer grew up in Santz Cruz, starred at San Jose State and lives in Los Altos. She won the last of her 31 LPGA titles in 2006.

Stacy Lewis had a 74 after announcing that she is pregnant with a due date of Nov. 3. She plans to play through the Marathon Classic in July and return for a full season next year.

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Glover, Reavie share Zurich lead with Chinese pair

By Associated PressApril 27, 2018, 3:04 am

AVONDALE, La. - Chez Reavie had quite a few good moments at TPC Louisiana on Thursday. So did teammate Lucas Glover.

In best-ball format, the most important thing was those moments came on different holes.

Reavie and Glover teamed to shoot a 12-under 60 for a share of the Zurich Classic lead with China's Zhang Xinjun and Dou Zecheng.

''Chez started well and I picked it up in the middle of the back nine,'' Glover said. ''He closed it off and then we both played really well on the front. Just kind of ham and egged it, I guess, as they would say.''

Reavie and Glover each had six birdies in the best-ball format, pushing through soggy weather early in the round before conditions cleared at TPC Louisiana. Six teams are two shots back in a tie for third after shooting 62.

''We were just rolling,'' Reavie said. ''I think we're comfortable. We like to laugh and have a good time when we're playing golf, and it definitely helps.''

Zhang and Dou birdied four of their final five holes. Dou made a 31-foot putt on No. 9 to cap the impressive rally and jump into the lead with Reavie and Glover.


Full-field scores from the Zurich Classic of New Orleans

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Tony Finau-Daniel Summerhays, Chris Paisley-Tommy Fleetwood, J.J. Henry-Tom Hoge, Michael Kim-Andrew Putnam, Kevin Kisner-Scott Brown and Troy Merritt-Brendon de Jonge shot 62. Jason Day and Ryan Ruffels shot 64.

It's the first time since last year's Tour Championship that the reigning champs of all four majors have been in the same field. None of them were among the leaders after the first round.

Masters champion Patrick Reed and Patrick Cantlay had a 65, and British Open winner Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer were at 66.

''I didn't feel like there was really any rust,'' Reed said. ''I felt like I hit the ball all right today. I felt I hit some good quality putts. A couple of them went in, a couple of them didn't.''

This is the second year that two-player teams have competed at the Zurich Classic. The unusual tournament features best-ball play in the first and third rounds and alternate shot in the second and final rounds.

U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka and Marc Turnesa shot a 67. PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas and Bud Cauley shot a 70.

There are 80 teams in the tournament and the top 35, along with ties, will make the cut after Friday's second round.

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Lewis says she's expecting first child in November

By Randall MellApril 27, 2018, 2:18 am

Stacy Lewis is pregnant.

The 12-time LPGA winner confirmed after Thursday’s first round of the Mediheal Championship that she and her husband, University of Houston women’s golf coach Gerrod Chadwell, are expecting their first child on Nov. 3.

Lewis learned she was pregnant after returning home to Houston in late February following her withdrawal from the HSBC Women’s World Championship with a strained oblique muscle.

“We're obviously really excited,” Lewis said. “It wasn't nice I was hurt, but it was nice that I was home when I found out with [Gerrod]. We're just really excited to start a family.”

Lewis is the third big-name LPGA player preparing this year to become a mother for the first time. Suzann Pettersen announced last month that she’s pregnant, due in the fall. Gerina Piller is due any day.


Full-field scores from the LPGA Mediheal Championship


Piller’s husband, PGA Tour pro Martin Piller, withdrew from the Zurich Classic on Thursday to be with her. Piller and Lewis have been U.S. Solheim Cup partners the last two times the event has been played.

“It's going to be fun raising kids together,” Lewis said. “Hopefully, they're best friends and they hang out. But just excited about the next few months and what it's going to bring.”

Lewis, a former Rolex world No. 1 and two-time major championship winner, plans to play through the middle of July, with the Marathon Classic her last event of the year. She will be looking to return for the start of the 2019 season. The LPGA’s maternity leave policy allows her to come back next year with her status intact.

“This year, the golf might not be great, but I've got better things coming in my life than a golf score.” Lewis said. “I plan on coming back and traveling on the road with the baby, and we'll figure it out as we go.”

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Coach scores in NFL Draft and on golf course

By Grill Room TeamApril 27, 2018, 1:47 am

To say that Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio had a good day Thursday would be an understatement. Not only did his team snag one of the top defensive players in the NFL Draft - Georgia outside linebacker Roquan Smith, who the Bears took with the eighth pick of the first round - but earlier in the day Fangio, 59, made a hole-in-one, sinking a 9-iron shot from 125 yards at The Club at Strawberry Creek in Kenosha, Wis.

Perhaps the ace isn't so surprising, though. In late May 2017, Fangio made another hole-in-one, according to a tweet from the Bears. The only information supplied on that one was the distance - 116 yards.