Big Break The Palm Beaches: Episode 3 Breakdown

By Sara Brown, Kelly JacquesFebruary 18, 2015, 7:03 pm

Big Break Ireland contestant, Kelly Jacques is back to break down episode 3 of Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL. Along with two-time Big Break contestant and host of School of Golf, Sara Brown. Don’t miss their expert commentary every week after each episode and make sure to tune in Mondays at 9PM ET.

Kelly: Welcome back Big Breakers! I mean, seriously…how good was Episode 3?! Starting off, they had to play a closest to the hole against the player with the same color ball. The other players had to predict who would win the matchup. Love, love, love these types of challenges! You can see who the players’ confidence lies in!

Sara: I couldn't agree more Kel!!! I love when the show opens with a bang!!! At breakfast when the guys pick the colored golf balls... Love that a few picked based on school colors or those other college colors as Wesley said that would make him throw up hahaha 

The first challenge is also very much a mind game and needed strategy when you weren't playing on who you thought was better... I didn't have this challenge on my Big Breaks but I love the intensity of it... 

Kelly: This challenge is definitely a mind game and players are choosing players based off of point totals! I felt bad for Chad, Clay and Kyle. That has to be a pretty defeating feeling when hardly anyone believes in you! 

Sara: Yep but ultimately Justin Brandon Richy and FINALLY Tyler are safe and onto the next show and a safari adventure... When all the other guys are off to the second immunity challenge where driving accuracy and distance were both in play!!! Love that they all talked when on the bench about the gun show and shirts being tighter and swinging out of their shoes... Hahahaha and then Wesley pulls a 3 wood... But again accuracy is key to get points and he rips his 3 wood.

Kelly: This distance and accuracy challenge didn’t play into Chad’s strength though... When you don’t hit a long ball, you definitely have to rely on your accuracy. Unfortunately, he missed one fairway and found himself in the bottom spot after both rounds…

Sara: Yes but we have a playoff for  immunity between the longest hitter Robert and Wesley who again hit his 3 wood perfect... But Robert answers with a huge drive and 7 points to win immunity... 

Kelly: Since Chad secured his spot in the elimination challenge he had to choose his opponent... Come on Chad, I’m pulling for you! 

But wait WHAT??!! Chad chose Wesley to go to elimination with him?! Wesley was just in a playoff for immunity! Talk about a swing of circumstances! Sara, why do you think Chad chose who he did?

Sara: I wasn't really that shocked... I mean I'm not sure why he picked Wesley but maybe it's because all 3 of these guys are good and If he's thinking pro careers or wins or golf outside of Big Break maybe Chad thought Wesley wasn't as accomplished... I don't know but all I know is this elimination challenge is KILLING me... I mean come on Wesley make a putt... And Chad... Ugh I don't know who to root for... Like them both!

Kelly: Chad got up and down from the bunker on location 3. He then found himself plugged in the face of the bunker at the last location…and what does he do?! He hit an incredible recovery shot close to the pin and sinks his must make putt! Incredible!! PLAYOFF TIME!! 

Sara: WOW WOW WOW... That plugged bunker shot from Chad INCREDIBLE!!! I mean it wasn't a gimmie put by any means and then with all the pressure Big Break adds... to make that putt... WOW He's tough!!! 

Kelly: Chad’s game and his putter stayed hot in the additional sudden death playoff hole where he ripped his drive and stuck his approach needing another must make 6 footer for birdie to send home Wesley. No one mess with Chad, he has talent AND a never give up attitude! I’m excited for Chad, but I am bummed to see Wesley go home.

Sara: Agreed Kelly, Chad is sooooo good when the pressure is on! And I feel for Wesley and will miss him on the show But his putter just didn't come to play today... So I guess it was a good choice by Chad to pick him... If I'm those other guys playing you better believe I am NOT picking Chad in an elimination challenge #corporalclutch as he was referred too he took out 3 people in 2 days pretty impressive if you ask me... Can't wait to see what next week brings because this week was definitely MUST SEE TV!!!

Until next time!

 

 

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Singh tops Maggert in playoff for first senior major

By Associated PressJuly 16, 2018, 12:10 am

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. - Vijay Singh birdied the second playoff hole to beat Jeff Maggert and win the Constellation Senior Players Championship on Sunday.

Singh knocked in a putt from about 2 feet after a nearly perfect approach on the 18th hole at Exmoor Country Club, giving an understated fist pump as the ball fell in. That gave him his first major title on the PGA Tour Champions to go with victories at the Masters and two PGA Championships.

Singh (67) and Maggert (68) finished at 20-under 268. Brandt Jobe (66) was two strokes behind, while Jerry Kelly (64) and defending champion Scott McCarron (71) finished at 17 under.

Maggert had chances to win in regulation and on the first playoff hole.

He bogeyed the par-4 16th to fall into a tie with Singh at 20 under and missed potential winning birdie putts at the end of regulation and on the first playoff hole.

His 15-footer on the 72nd hole rolled wide, forcing the playoff, and a downhill 12-footer on the same green went just past the edge.


Full-field scores from the Constellation Energy Senior Players


The 55-year-old Singh made some neat par saves to get into the playoff.

His tee shot on 17 landed near the trees to the right of the fairway, and his approach on 18 wound up in a bunker. But the big Fijian blasted to within a few feet to match Maggert's par.

McCarron - tied with Maggert and Bart Bryant for the lead through three rounds - was trying to join Arnold Palmer and Bernhard Langer as the only back-to-back winners of this major. He came back from a six-shot deficit to win at Caves Valley near Baltimore last year and got off to a good start on Sunday.

He birdied the first two holes to reach 18 under. But bogeys on the par-4 seventh and ninth holes knocked him off the lead. His tee shot on No. 7 rolled into a hole at the base of a tree and forced him to take an unplayable lie.

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Davies a fitting winner of inaugural USGA championship

By Randall MellJuly 15, 2018, 11:26 pm

Laura Davies confessed she did not sleep well on a five-shot lead Saturday night at the U.S. Senior Women’s Open.

It’s all you needed to know about what this inaugural event meant to the women who were part of the history being made at Chicago Golf Club.

The week was more than a parade of memories the game’s greats created playing in the USGA’s long-awaited showcase for women ages 50 and beyond.

The week was more than nostalgic. 

It was a chance to make another meaningful mark on the game.

In the end, Davies relished seeing the mark she made in her runaway, 10-shot victory. She could see it in the familiar etchings on the trophy she hoisted.

“I get my name on it first,” Davies said. “This championship will be played for many years, and there will only be one first winner. Obviously, quite a proud moment for me to win that.”

Really, all 120 players in the field made their marks at Chicago Golf Club. They were all pioneers of sorts this past week.

“It was very emotional seeing the USGA signs, because I've had such a long history, since my teens, playing in USGA championships,” said Amy Alcott, whose Hall of Fame career included the 1980 U.S. Women’s Open title. “I thought the week just came off beautifully. The USGA did a great job. It was just so classy how everything was done, this inaugural event, and how was it presented.”

Davies was thankful for what the USGA added to the women’s game, and she wasn’t alone. Gratefulness was the theme of the week.


Full-field scores from the U.S. Senior Women’s Open


The men have been competing in the U.S. Senior Open since 1980, and now the women have their equal opportunity to do the same.

“It was just great to be a part of the first,” three-time U.S. Women’s Open winner Hollis Stacy said. “The USGA did a great job of having it at such a great golf course. It's just been very memorable.”

Trish Johnson, who is English, like Davies, finished third, 12 shots back, but she left with a heart overflowing.

“Magnificent,” said Johnson, a three-time LPGA and 19-time LET winner. “Honestly, it's one of the best, most enjoyable weeks I've ever played in in any tournament anywhere.”

She played in the final group with Davies and runner-up Juli Inkster.

“Even this morning, just waiting to come out here, I thought, `God, not often do I actually think how lucky I am to do what I do,’” Johnson said.

At 54, Davies still plays the LPGA and LET regularly. She has now won 85 titles around the world, 20 of them LPGA titles, four of them majors, 45 of them LET titles.

With every swing this past week, she peeled back the years, turned back the clock, made fans and peers remember what she means to the women’s game.

This wasn’t the first time Davies made her mark in a USGA event. When she won the U.S. Women’s Open in 1987, she became just the second player from Europe to win the title, the first in 20 years. She opened a new door for internationals. The following year, Sweden’s Liselotte Neumann won the title.

“A lot of young Europeans and Asians decided that it wasn't just an American sport,” Davies said. “At that stage, it had been dominated, wholeheartedly, by all the names we all love, Lopez, Bradley, Daniel, Sheehan.”

Davies gave the rest of the world her name to love, her path to follow.

“It certainly made a lot of foreign girls think that they could take the Americans on,” Davies said.

In golf, it’s long been held that you can judge the stature of an event by the names on the trophy. Davies helps gives the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open the monumental start it deserved.

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Suwannapura beats Lincicome in playoff for first win

By Associated PressJuly 15, 2018, 10:49 pm

SYLVANIA, Ohio - Thidapa Suwannapura won her first LPGA event on Sunday, closing with a 6-under 65 and birdieing the first playoff hole to defeat Brittany Lincicome at the Marathon Classic.

The 25-year-old Thai player is the sixth first-time winner on tour this year. Her previous best finish in 120 starts was seventh at the 2014 Kingsmill Championship.

Suwannapura picked up three strokes over her final two holes, making eagle on the par-5 17th and closing with a birdie on the par-5 18th at Highland Meadows to finish at 14-under 270.

In the playoff, Suwannapura converted a short birdie putt after Lincicome hit her second shot into a water hazard and scrambled for par.

Lincicome shot 67. She had a chance to win in regulation, but her birdie putt from about 10 feet did a nearly 360-degree turn around the edge of the cup and stayed out. Next up for the big-hitting Lincicome: a start against the men at the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship.

Third-round leader Brooke Henderson led by two shots after six holes, but struggled the rest of the way. Back-to-back bogeys on the 14th and 15th holes dropped her out of the lead. The 20-year-old Canadian finished with a 2-under 69, one shot out of the playoff.

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Kim cruises to first win, final Open invite at Deere

By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 9:38 pm

Following the best week of his professional career, Michael Kim is both a winner on the PGA Tour and the 156th and final player to earn a tee time next week at The Open.

Kim entered the final round of the John Deere Classic with a five-shot lead, and the former Cal standout removed any lingering doubt about the tournament's outcome with birdies on each of his first three holes. He cruised from there, shooting a bogey-free 66 to finish the week at 27 under and win by eight shots over Francesco Molinari, Joel Dahmen, Sam Ryder and Bronson Burgoon.

It equals the tournament scoring record and ties for the largest margin of victory on Tour this season, matching Dustin Johnson's eight-shot romp at Kapalua in January and Molinari's margin two weeks ago at the Quicken Loans National.

"Just super thankful," Kim said. "It's been a tough first half of the year. But to be able to finish it out in style like this means a lot."

Kim, 25, received the Haskins Award as the nation's top collegiate player back in 2013, but his ascent to the professional ranks has been slow. He had only one top-10 finish in 83 starts on Tour entering the week, tying for third at the Safeway Open in October 2016, and had missed the cut each of the last three weeks.

But the pieces all came together at TPC Deere Run, where Kim opened with 63 and held a three-shot lead after 36 holes. His advantage was trimmed to a single shot during a rain-delayed third round, but Kim returned to the course late Saturday and closed with four straight birdies on Nos. 15-18 to build a five-shot cushion and inch closer to his maiden victory.

As the top finisher among the top five not otherwise exempt, Kim earned the final spot at Carnoustie as part of the Open Qualifying Series. It will be his first major championship appearance since earning low amateur honors with a T-17 finish at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, and he is also now exempt for the PGA Championship and next year's Masters.

The last player to earn the final Open spot at the Deere and make the cut the following week was Brian Harman, who captured his first career win at TPC Deere Run in 2014 and went on to tie for 26th at Royal Liverpool.