Big Break Myrtle Beach Episode 9: Show Insight

By Big Break ProducerDecember 12, 2014, 7:28 pm

We are now down to one, one girl that is. Emily is one tough competitor and if any girl can take out all the boys it’s her.

This is also the last week Charlie has to get through without using his super immunity in order to pocket the $10,000!

Immunity Challenge 1

In this first challenge, the players had to hit from 4 different locations. The player closest to the hole in each of the first 3 locations, move on to the 4th and final location. The player who ends up closest at that 4th location will win immunity and $3,000 courtesy of Macanudo!

 The first location was a 100’ triple breaking putt. Jimmy started it off strong hitting his putt to 3’10. However, Emily took the wind out of his sail very quickly, as she hit her putt to 7”. From 100’…that’s incredible!!! No one could compare to that impressive distance and just like that, Emily is onto the final location! What struck a chord with me was what Anthony said next. He said Emily’s putt was absolutely lucky! Wait…really, how do you call that lucky? All I saw was an extremely talented golfer hit a great putt!

 Anthony, we will agree to disagree!

 The second location was a tricky downhill pitch shot. Jimmy hit first and wasn’t going to get bested twice. He made the chip look easy and hit it to 4”! Everyone else had no chance, and came up well short. We now have our second contender…great job Jimmy!

 The third location was a 32-yard shot over the retaining rock wall. Toph hit first and almost made it, with his ball finishing a mere 2” from the hole. Again, the first shot was by far the best. Anthony hit his chip to 11’5” and said that Toph was completely lucky. It seems like he is deeming everyone lucky when they hit a great shot. Maybe you should stop making excuses and give credit where credit is due!

 I can’t believe how top notch the play has been this week. Each player who won the first 3 locations rocked it, with all shots inside 7”!!  Then Anthony decided to run his mouth again…but more like complain since he didn’t win. He said, take them on the course and I’ll beat them like a drummer beats his drums. Ok Anthony.

 The 4th and final location was a straightforward 100-yard shot. Jimmy came up way short at 39’10”. You can tell that each bad shot is starting to really get to him. Toph hit is to 9’” and Emily won immunity and knocked it stiff to 4’2”! Great job girl, way to represent!


Immunity Challenge 2

The second immunity challenge was a stroke play accumulation of 3 locations. The player with the lowest total score would automatically join Emily in the semi-finals. The player with the highest score will be sent straight to elimination.

 The first location was a putt from 7’. Toph and Jimmy both missed their putts to the right while Anthony and Charlie made theirs confidently in the center. We have been seeing a theme with people coming straight out of their putts and missing it right. Stay committed to your routine and keep that head and body still!

 The second location was a 160-yard shot from the right rough. Anthony hit his approach into the right greenside bunker where he found it plugged. Charlie hit his shot on line but just short of the green while Toph and Jimmy both hit great shots, giving them a good look at birdie. Paige gave Anthony a 1 in 50 chance to get up and down from that brutal lie. And what does he do? He hit an amazing shot out to within 10’ and made his putt! As frustrated as Anthony makes me sometimes, he does pull out some incredible shots. I think we have a love-hate relationship.

 Charlie also left his chip well short but managed to make a solid putt.  To finish out the second location, Toph and Jimmy both 3 putted, putting them in a tie for last with a total score of 6. I seriously could not believe that they didn’t take advantage of their positions and capitalize! Come on guys!

 The third location was a 230 yard shot. No one hit their approaches on the green, but they all had it surrounded.

Toph got up and down to finish the challenge with a total score of 9. Anthony also got up and down to post a score of 7 and secure his spot in the semifinals. Charlie failed to get up and down and posted a 9, while Jimmy missed a shorty to send him straight to elimination with a final score of 10.


Elimination Challenge

Jimmy had to choose either Charlie or Toph to join him in elimination. I thought Charlie would for sure use his super immunity to stay out of elimination and guarantee his spot in the final 4. But he didn’t! That’s crazy, especially since he has not been on his game lately! He said he came here to play. But he needs to be smart as well. That was enough reason for Jimmy…and he decided to take on Charlie.

 The first location was a 294 yard par 4. Jimmy hit his shot short right of the green and Charlie hit an awesome 3 wood right beside Jimmy’s. I thought it was quite unfortunate that Charlie’s shot didn’t bounce up to the green, but that’s golf! I’m just trying to get over the fact that Charlie hit a 3 wood on a 294 yard par 4 because he thought his driver would be too far! Now that’s some distance!

 Charlie hit a very poor chip well past the hole and made an awesome come-back for birdie. That’s great that he made his comebacker, but man is his chipping horrible lately! That part of your game is so important. It gives you an out, when you aren’t hitting it that great. My guess is he should practice those a little more! Jimmy proceeded to hit a great chip and tapped in for birdie as well…a little less exciting, but a birdie none the less!

 The second location was a 419 yard par 4. Jimmy hit a perfect drive down the center and Charlie sprayed his 3 wood a little right. He then proceeded to hit a great shot just short of the pin. You could tell Jimmy was extremely nervous over the shot and hit his second shot long right. The most effective way to play your best golf under pressure lies in a solid pre-shot routine. If this pre-shot routine is concrete, it really can make all the difference. Instead of thinking about the results needed, you can solely rely and concentrate on this routine’s steps. It’s the one thing throughout an entire round that can remain the same. Take advantage of that!

 Jimmy hit an aggressive birdie putt dead center of the cup and jumped out. He tapped in for par and all he could do was wait. Charlie had an awesome birdie look but got too forceful and put his birdie putt 5’ past the hole. What is he doing?! He then missed his comebacker to be eliminated from Big Break Myrtle Beach. He unfortunately eliminated himself from the competition. Not only did he lose out on the $10,000 super immunity prize, but he also lost out on the huge winner’s prize package.

 I’m sure he regrets not using his get out of jail free card, but all in all, he had a great run. He was one of the best competitors on the show and I know he will take that success outside this competition. He is confident and has a great perspective. He knows this isn’t the end of the road and I would be surprised if we didn’t see his name in a few years.

 Best of luck Charlie!


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M. Jutanugarn eyeing first win with L.A. Open lead

By Associated PressApril 21, 2018, 1:50 am

LOS ANGELES - Moriya Jutanugarn took the lead into the weekend at the Hugel-JTBC L.A. Open in her latest bid to join younger sister Ariya as an LPGA winner.

Moriya Jutanugarn shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 on Friday at Wilshire Country Club to get to 8-under 134 in the LPGA Tour's first event in Los Angeles since 2005. The 23-year-old from Thailand started fast with birdies on the par-5 second, par-4 third and par-3 fourth and added two more on the par-4 11th and par-5 13th.

Ariya Jutanugarn has seven LPGA victories.

Marina Alex was second after a 68.

Full-field scores from the Hugel-JTBC Open

So Yeon Ryu was 6 under after a 69, and fellow South Korean players Inbee Park(71) and Eun-Hee Ji (69). Park was the first-round leader at 66. Lexi Thompsonwas 3 under after a 71.

Top-ranked Shanshan Feng followed her opening 74 with a 67 to get to 1 under.

Ariya Jutanugarn (71) was even par, and Michelle Wie (70) was 1 over. Brooke Henderson, the Canadian star who won last week in Hawaii, had a 79 to miss the cut.

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Johnson, Moore co-lead Valero Texas Open through 36

By Associated PressApril 21, 2018, 1:00 am

SAN ANTONIO - Zach Johnson was going nowhere in the Valero Texas Open when it all changed with one putt.

He made an 8-foot par putt on the 13th hole of the opening round to stay at 2 under. He followed with a big drive, a hybrid into 12 feet and an eagle. Johnson was on his way, and he kept right on going Friday to a 7-under 65 and a share of the 36-hole lead with Ryan Moore.

''You just never know. That's the beauty of this game,'' Johnson said. ''I felt like I was hitting some solid shots and wasn't getting rewarded, and you've just got to stay in it. You've got to persevere, grind it out, fight for pars. You just never know.''

Moore had three birdies over his last five holes for a 67 and joined Johnson at 9-under 135.

They had a one-shot lead over Grayson Murray (69) and Andrew Landry (67).

Ben Crane (66), Martin Laird (65) and David Hearn (68) were three shots behind. Billy Horschel and Keegan Bradley shot 71 and were four shots behind at 5-under 139.

Full-field scores from the Valero Texas Open

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Sergio Garcia, who consulted Greg Norman on the design of the AT&T Oaks Course at the TPC San Antonio, had a short stay in his first time at the Texas Open since 2010. Garcia shot an even-par 72, and at one point became so frustrated he threw his driver into the shrubs.

Garcia finished at 2-over 146 and missed the cut.

It was the first time since 2010 that Garcia missed the cut in successive starts. That was the PGA Championship and, 10 weeks later, the Castello Masters in Spain. This time, he missed the cut in the Masters and Texas Open three weeks apart.

Johnson, a two-time winner of the Texas Open, appeared to be headed to a short week until the key par save on the 13th hole, followed by his eagle, par and three straight birdies. He began the second round Friday with five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine, a sixth birdie on the par-4 first hole, and then an eagle on the short par-4 fifth when he holed out from a greenside bunker.

The only sour taste to his second round was a three-putt bogey from about 30 feet on his final hole. Even so, the view was much better than it was Thursday afternoon.

Moore thought he had wasted a good birdie opportunity on the par-5 14th hole when he left his 50-foot eagle putt about 6 feet short. But he made that, and then holed a similar putt from 8 feet for birdie on the next hole and capped his good finish with a 15-foot putt on the 17th.

''That was a huge momentum putt there,'' Moore said of the 14th. ''It was a tough putt from down there with a lot of wind. That green is pretty exposed and ... yeah, really short and committed to that second putt really well and knocked it right in the middle.''

The birdies on the 14th and 15th were important to Moore because he missed a pair of 10-foot birdie tries to start the back nine.

''So it was nice to get those and get going in the right direction on the back,'' he said.

The cut was at 1-over 145, and because 80 players made the cut, there will be a 54-hole cut on Saturday.

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Garcia tosses driver, misses Valero cut

By Will GrayApril 21, 2018, 1:00 am

It wasn't quite to the level of his watery meltdown earlier this month at the Masters, but Sergio Garcia still got frustrated during the second round of the Valero Texas Open - and his driver paid the price.

Garcia had a hand in redesigning the AT&T Oaks Course along with Greg Norman several years ago, but this marked his first return to TPC San Antonio since 2010. After an opening-round 74, Garcia arrived to the tee of the short par-4 fifth hole and decided to get aggressive with driver in hand.

When his shot sailed well left, a heated Garcia chucked the club deep into the bushes that lined the tee box:

It took considerable effort for Garcia to find and retrieve the club amid the branches, and once he did things only got worse. He appeared to shank a chip once he got up to his ball, leading to a bogey on one of the easiest holes on a demanding track.

Garcia closed out his round with four straight pars, and at 2 over he eventually missed the cut by a shot. It marks the first time he has missed consecutive cuts on the PGA Tour since 2003, when he sat out the weekend at the AT&T Byron Nelson, Fort Worth Invitational and Memorial Tournament in successive weeks.

Garcia entered the week ranked No. 10 in the world, and he was the only top-20 player among the 156-man field. He missed the cut at the Masters in defense of his title after carding an octuple-bogey 13 on the 15th hole during the opening round.

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Daly-Allen team grabs Legends of Golf lead on Day 2

By Associated PressApril 20, 2018, 11:14 pm

RIDGEDALE, Mo. - John Daly and Michael Allen took the second-round lead Friday in the cool and breezy Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.

Daly and Allen shot an 8-under 46 on the Top of the Rock par-3 course with wind gusting to 15 mph and the temperature only in the high-50s at Big Cedar Lodge. They had three birdies on the front nine in alternate-shot play and added five more on the back in better-ball play to get to 13 under.

''Michael and I go back to the South African days in the late 80s and playing that tour,'' Daly said. ''We've been buddies since. He's just fun to play with. We feed off each other pretty good. And if he's not comfortable guinea-pigging on one hole, I'll go first.''

On Thursday, they opened with a 66 on the regulation Buffalo Ridge course. They will rotate to the 13-hole Mountain Top par-3 course on Saturday, and return to Top of the Rock for the final round Sunday.

''I went to high school in Jeff City, so it's cool to have the fans behind us,'' Daly said.

Allen won the PGA Tour Champions team event with David Frost in 2012 and Woody Austin in 2016.

''I'm just here to free up John,'' Allen said. ''It was fun. Luckily, I started making good putts today. We just want to keep the good times rolling.''

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

Defending champions Vijay Singh and Carlos Franco were a stroke back along with Bernhard Langer-Tom Lehman and Paul Broadhurst-Kirk Triplett. Singh and Franco had a 7-under 32 in best-ball play at Mountain Top, and Lehman-Langer and Broadhurst-Tripplet each shot 6-under 48 at Top of the Rock.

''Part of the issue here is all the tees are elevated, so you're up high hitting to a green that's down below and the wind is blowing, and there is more time for that wind to affect it,'' Lehman said. ''If you guess wrong on the wind, you can hit a really good shot and kind of look stupid.''

Former UCLA teammates Scott McCarron and Brandt Jobe were two strokes back at 11 under with Steve Flesch and David Toms and the Spanish side of Jose Maria Olazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez. McCarron-Jobe had a 47, and Jimenez-Olazabal a 48 at Top of the Rock, and Tom Flesch shot 34 at Mountain Top.

First-round leaders Jeff Maggert and Jesper Parnevik had a 52 at Top of the Rock to fall three shots back at 10 under. Madison, Wisconsin, friends Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly also were 10 under after a 32 at Mountain Top. Jay Haas aced the 131-yard seventh hole at Mountain Top with a gap wedge. Haas and fellow 64-year-old Peter Jacobsen were 8 under after a 32.