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!
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.
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!