Big Break Myrtle Beach Episode 8: Show Insight

By Big Break ProducerDecember 12, 2014, 7:15 pm

I can’t believe it’s already week 8! The season is flying by and only 6 people are left.

 Immunity Challenge 1

Jumping right in, this week the producers introduced a new challenge called the limbo wall. The contestants had to hit a 57 yard shot underneath a wall while trying to get as close as possible to the pin. However, the players had to predict how close their ball would end up in relation to the pin. The player who predicts the shortest distance and is successful would win immunity and a $2,500 car rental credit courtesy of Avis! I love these types of challenges because you can see where their confidence lies in their own game.

 Surprisingly Charlie had the highest bid of 22’. It seems like he just thought the shot was tough and wanted to successfully hit his distance…which he easily did. He has clearly been the best player up to this point, so I was very shocked to see the conservative play here. Emily and Anthony continued their steady play and successfully hit their shots within their distance. Tessa and Toph failed to hit their mark, leaving the gate wide open for Jimmy. Jimmy has been flying under the radar a bit, but shockingly made a bold prediction of 8’. Really?! What does he do?! He hits it inside his mark to claim the first immunity and the $2,500! This was huge! Maybe this win will give him the confidence he needs to go all the way!

 The remaining 5 players went back to that same position to hit the same shot again. Same rules and the closest successful prediction would win the second immunity of the day. Charlie, Anthony, Tessa and Toph all predicted 9’ and Emily predicted 8’. What are the odds?! Charlie and Toph were the only players to successfully hit their distance….sending them into a playoff! Charlie completely mishit his shot, barely making it to the green…with his ball finishing an unimpressive 76’ away from the hole. All Toph had to do from here was pretty much just make contact. Toph got it done, advancing to next week, but it wasn’t very pretty. Sometimes this is the hardest shot in golf, when you only have to hit the green, or you only have to two putt. As athletes, we are conditioned to strive for the best and set high standards. When those standards drastically and suddenly get lower; it can be difficult to remain focused. It’s vital to keep your eyes on your game plan and stick to it.

 Jimmy and Toph spent their relaxing afternoon in paradise where they enjoyed a guided Jet Ski tour off the coast of Myrtle Beach courtesy of Marina Inn at Grande Dunes. Well that’s a nice way to spend the afternoon!


Immunity Challenge 2

In this second immunity, the players had to hit into point circles from 3 different locations. From each location, they would hit two shots, but only 2 of the 3 locations would count. Before moving onto the next location, they would have to choose whether to keep the score from that location, or throw it out. The player with the highest point total would win immunity and $2,500 via Macanudo and the player with the least points would head straight to elimination.

 The first location was a straightforward 120-yard shot. Tessa hit first, posting 6 points and decided to keep it. She said she likes being first. This is a great mindset to have as many players would feel the exact opposite! Emily also posted 6 points, deciding to keep it and Anthony posted 4, but threw it out. Charlie came in with the least amount of points at 3 and decided to keep it! WHAT?! Why in the world would he keep such a low score? I don’t understand his thought process here, especially since he’s been playing so solid! In Big Break it’s important to know when to be conservative and when to be aggressive. However, whenever players start to think too much, it’s very easy to become too conservative! I hope he keeps this in check, so he can continue with his recent success.

 The second Location was from 85 yards. Tessa threw out a 4 point total and Emily put up a strong performance of 7. Charlie posted 7 and decided to keep it…again! I just don’t get it! He locked in his 10 point total and has no chance to win. He is playing defensive and trying not to lose instead of trying to win. You never know, maybe he just doesn’t like 40-yard bunker shots.  Since Anthony threw out the first score, he was forced to take the last two scores and he posted a solid 6 in location 2.

 The final location was an awkward 40 yard bunker shot. Tessa posted 3 points and sailed her second shot over the green. This sealed in her total points at 9. Anthony’s first bunker shot gave him 3 points as well. He then found himself with an extremely important shot in front of him. If he hits the green he will be tied for last, but if he hits it in the 5 point circle he wins immunity. He pulled off an amazing shot under the pressure and stuck the difficult shot into the 3 point circle.

 Emily won immunity and $2,500 courtesy of Macanudo. She is always so poised and always thankful. Love this!! Tessa unfortunately found herself in the last position and will be heading straight to elimination.

 Charlie again decides to hold off on using his super immunity and gets chosen by Tessa! The entire day he’s been so conservative and playing not to lose. But when it comes to staying out of elimination, his conservative play was thrown out the window. He did play Tessa back in episode 1 to capture the Super Immunity. Maybe he thought he could beat her again if chosen.


Elimination Challenge:

Tessa ended up choosing Charlie over Anthony. Both players have been solid throughout, but Anthony has dominated the elimination challenges. It was interesting because it seemed like Anthony wanted to be picked! You could tell he wanted to play! I like that!

 The first hole was a par 5 that played 539 yards for Charlie and 449 yards for Tessa. Charlie hit his drive down the middle and Tessa hit her drive into the left hand rough. Charlie layed up short of the green and hit his chip to tap in range for his birdie.  Tessa had a tough lie but managed to lay it up to 77 yards. She hit an awesome approach to 7’ just past the hole. She came right up and out of her putt and consequently missed her birdie right. This is so easy to do! Remember on pressure packed putts to stay committed to your routine and keep that head down!

 The second hole was a 401 yard par 4 for Charlie and 329 yards for Tessa. Charlie played it safe and hit an iron off the tee, but managed to pull it into the waste bunker! That has to be the worst, when you intend to play smart but it backfires! Tessa hit her drive safely into the left rough. Charlie had a 154-yard bunker shot from a chunky side hill lie. He rose to the occasion and hit it to 20 feet! He said this was one of the best shots he has ever hit under pressure. Now that’s saying something! Tessa matched his great shot from 128 yards to just outside Charlie’s ball.

 She had 18 feet for birdie and she knew this was a must make! She made a good stroke but barely missed it to the right. She finished the two holes at even par. But that wasn’t good enough. Charlie missed his birdie and tapped in for par, finishing the 2 holes at 1 under.

 This is such a great testament to how talented these players are. From the first episode we’ve seen incredible golf! In order for the remaining players to stay around, they will need to continue to elevate their games each week.

 I’m sad to see Tessa go. She has a phenomenal attitude and I think she will go quite far in the game. With Emily being the only girl left in the competition, I’m looking forward to routing her on! She is one tough player and my money is on her to win it all.

 Keep in mind that If Charlie can make it through one more week without using his super immunity he will win $10,000! I think as long as he plays to win…and not play to lose, he should advance no problem.

 The battle is heating up!


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M. Jutanugarn finally joins sister in LPGA winner's circle

By Associated PressApril 23, 2018, 1:42 am

LOS ANGELES - Moriya Jutanugarn won the Hugel-JTBC L.A. Open by two shots for her first victory in six years on the LPGA Tour, joining sister Ariya as the second siblings to win on the tour.

The 23-year-old from Thailand shot a 3-under 68 for a 12-under 272 total Sunday at Wilshire Country Club in the tour's return to Los Angeles after a 13-year absence.

Jutanugarn won in her 156th start after three career runner-up finishes, including at the Honda LPGA Thailand in February. She had 21 top-10 finishes before winning.

Seven-time winner Ariya tied for 24th after a 70. She joined the predominantly Asian crowd to follow her older sister's final holes, crying as Moriya two-putted to close out the win.

Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam were the first sisters to win on the LPGA Tour.

Hall of Famer Inbee Park shot a 68 to tie for second with Jin Young Ko (70).

Park had opportunities, but she wasn't able to put pressure on Jutanugarn playing in the final threesome. However, Park will return to No. 1 in the world when the rankings come out Monday, knocking off top-ranked Shenshen Fang, who tied for 12th.

Full-field scores from the Hugel-JTBC Open

Jutanugarn began the final round with a two-shot lead and never wavered in fulfilling the potential she first displayed as the LPGA Rookie of the Year in 2013. After a birdie at the second hole, she reeled off nine consecutive pars before sinking birdie putts at 12 and 13.

She overcame a tee shot that narrowly missed going out of bounds for another birdie at 15 to lead by three.

Jutanugarn ran into trouble on the par-4 16th. Her approach landed on the green and rolled off it, stopping inches from dropping into a bunker. Her chip shot ran well past the hole and her par putt just missed catching the edge of the cup. That left her with a short putt for bogey, her first in her previous 28 holes, trimming her lead to two shots.

Ko's tee shot on 18 landed about 4 feet from the hole, giving her a chance to cut Jutanugarn's lead to one shot with the Thai facing a long birdie attempt.

But Ko missed, leaving Jutanugarn room to maneuver. Her birdie putt came up a couple feet short, but she calmly parred the hole to win. Ariya rushed onto the green and joined others in emptying water bottles on her sister before they embraced.

So Yeon Ryu (68) finished fourth at 7 under. American Emma Talley (67) and Eun-Hee Ji (71) tied for fifth at 6 under, making Ji one of four South Koreans to place in the top five.

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After Further Review: Tour players embracing new ideas

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 23, 2018, 1:26 am

Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On players embracing new ideas on the PGA Tour ...

PGA Tour players are trying to tell commissioner Jay Monahan something: They like new.

In the second year of the two-man team format at the Zurich Classic, 10 of the top 14 players in the world have signed up, including all four reigning major champions. It’s the first time all four have been in the same field since the Tour Championship. If the laid-back event offered world-ranking points – it doesn’t, and that’s part of the appeal – the winner would have received 62 points. That’s the same as the Genesis Open.

Sure, some sponsor obligations are involved in boosting the field here, but there’s no other way to look at this: Today’s PGA Tour players are not only willing to play events that are a departure from the 72-hole, stroke-play norm. They’re encouraging it. - Ryan Lavner

On Moriya Jutanugarn's breakthrough win ...

As much love as there is between the Jutanugarn sisters, it couldn’t have been easy for Moriya, watching her baby sister, Ariya, soar past her as one of the LPGA’s dominant stars the last few years. Mo, though, never betrayed an inkling of frustration or envy.

That’s what made Mo’s breakthrough LPGA victory Sunday at the Hugel-JTBC LA Open especially meaningful for everyone who has admired Mo’s devotion to her sister. Mo was always a fixture, waiting in the wings to celebrate whenever Ariya hoisted a trophy.

So emotions were high late Sunday, with Ariya waiting in the wings this time, with Ariya sobbing in Mo’s arms after the victory was secured. It was heartwarming for more than Apple, the mother who raised these talented, loving sisters. As always, Apple was there, too, soaking both her daughters in tears of joy. – Randall Mell

On the tough scheduling decisions facing the PGA Tour ...

According to multiple sources, officials at Colonial are poised to announce a new sponsorship agreement with Charles Schwab Corporation on Monday.

While this is good news for the folks in Fort Worth, Texas, who were in danger of finding themselves on the wrong side of timing, there remain some tough decisions to be made in the next few weeks.

If the PGA Tour’s plan is to end its season before Labor Day beginning in 2019, something must give. Currently, the Houston Open, a staple on Tour since 1946, and The National are without sponsors. When the music stops in a few weeks and the circuit announces the ’19 schedule, there’s a good chance one, or both, of those events will be the victims of bad timing. – Rex Hoggard

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Triplett hole-out wins Legends of Golf playoff

By Associated PressApril 23, 2018, 12:12 am

RIDGEDALE, Mo. - Kirk Triplett holed out from a bunker for birdie on the first playoff hole Sunday in the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf to lift himself and partner Paul Broadhurst past Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman.

''Well, you're trying to make it, but you know realistically it doesn't go in very often,'' Triplett said. ''You're trying to give your partner a free run at it. You don't want to hit it up there 20 feet past or do something silly. I'm just trying to hit it the right distance and get it on the right line.''

Langer and Lehman took it in stride.

''You kind of learn to expect it,'' Lehman said. ''These guys out here are so good and Kirk Triplett is a magician around the greens. The odds of making that shot are probably not good, but you certainly expect him to hit a great shot and he did and it went in.''

Lehman and Langer missed birdie putts after Triplett holed out.

''I kind of felt like we both hit pretty good putts, misread them, both of them,'' Lehman said. ''I hit mine probably too hard and Bernhard's was too soft, but you have to hand it to the guys who hit the shot when they have to hit it.''

Full-field scores from the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf

Broadhurst and Triplett closed with a 6-under 48 on the Top of the Rock par-3 course to match Langer and Lehman at 24 under. Langer and Lehman had a 47, playing the front nine in alternate shot and the back nine in better ball.

The 56-year-old Triplett won his sixth PGA Tour Champions title.

''That's a big roller-coaster - three good shots and mine, right?'' Triplett said. ''I'm feeling a little dejected walking down that fairway there, a little sheepish. To knock it in it just reminds you, this game, you know, crazy stuff.''

Broadhurst claimed his third senior victory.

''I don't get too emotional, but that was something special,'' the 52-year-old Englishman said.

Spanish stars Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal had a 48 to tie for third with 2017 winners Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco. Singh and Franco, the third-round leaders, shot 50.

Mark Calcavecchia-Woody Austin (48), John Daly-Michael Allen (49), Steve Stricker-Jerry Kelly (50) and David Toms-Steve Flesch (52) tied for fifth at 20 under.

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Mullinax (T-2) comes up short of maiden win

By Will GrayApril 23, 2018, 12:06 am

The Valero Texas Open saw an unheralded player break through to earn a maiden victory, but unfortunately for Trey Mullinax his day will have to wait.

Mullinax started the final round within a shot of the lead, having fired a course-record 62 during the final round. He trailed Andrew Landry by one shot for much of the final round while racking up six birdies over his first 11 holes, but a pair of late miscues meant the former Alabama standout had to settle for a share of second place, two shots behind Landry.

A final-round 69 marked a career-best finish for Mullinax, who is playing this season on conditional status and whose lone prior top-10 this season came after he Monday qualified for the Valspar Championship.

"I know my game's there, I'm playing really well," Mullinax told reporters. "Give all credit to Andrew, he played really well today, rocksteady. He was putting great, hitting great shots."

Full-field scores from the Valero Texas Open

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Given time to reflect, the 26-year-old will likely look back on the final two holes where nerves appeared to get the best of him. Looking to put some pressure on Landry, Mullinax chunked his pitch on the short 17th hole into a greenside bunker, leading to a bogey on one of the easiest holes on the course.

Then Mullinax was unable to convert a 9-foot birdie putt on the final green, which would have forced Landry to make his 8-foot par putt to avoid a playoff. Afforded the luxury of two putts for the win, Landry rolled in his par save to cement a two-shot win.

"Made a bad bogey on 17, but just you've got to hit some bad shots," Mullinax said. "Would have liked to have got the putt on 18 to fall to put a little bit of heat on him, but this experience that I'm gaining right now is just going to help me down the road."