Big Break The Palm Beaches: Episode 4 Breakdown

By Kelly Jacques, Sara BrownFebruary 26, 2015, 12:51 pm

Big Break Ireland contestant, Kelly Jacques is back to break down episode 4 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.


Sara: I loved watching these guys open those 9 envelopes it's like they thought something was going to pop out! Hahaha but ultimately they found out it was time for the infamous FLOP SHOT WALL! I like the team aspect of this challenge, makes that wall that much more difficult... And speaking of difficult Kel... I mean how difficult was it to pick teams? These guys are all good... Who would you have picked first?

Kelly: Agreed! The suspense when they were opening the envelopes was hilarious! But we both know how that feels and it is nerve racking! It’s always hard to pick teams especially once you start forming friendships with certain players! I think I would have chosen Tommy first, and they chose him last! When you older I feel like the part of your game that keeps on improving should be your short game!

Sara: I would have gone with chad but since he was also a captain I would go with Robert. He's been pretty consistent and playing well so far. Kyle then chose Richy, I know they went to school together do you think that's why? I mean I know he's good on paper has a great resume but really hasn't done too much so far this season... He may be the quiet one to watch out for :) 

Kelly: I think that’s definitely the reason that Kyle chose Richy. You can’t blame him though! You should never rely on someone else, but allies can definitely help you in Big Break!

Sara: At the first flop location, Justin Tyler and Kyle were up, and WOW! Right out of the gate Justin almost holes it! That is not easy to do! He even said you can't see anything but blue sky...impressive Justin, VERY IMPRESSIVE!!! Then Tyler almost holed it as well! I mean, my heart can't handle all this excitement hahaha, such good golf shots are being hit in this series!

Kelly: Seriously! What a great way to start off the challenge! I’m not sure they could hit it that close if they could see the target! Tyler hit a pretty poor shot here, but at least he knows that was not his strength! However, I wonder if he talked himself out of a good performance there!

Sara: At the second flop location, you had Chad Clay and Tommy, and again all three of them hit great shots! It must have been Clay's awesome red socks, hahaha, no but seriously, a great shot from him! That shot earned him the opportunity to play in that fourth location with his teammate Justin, for immunity and that $3000!

The third location was much closer between Robert Richy and Brandon. Again we see a perfectly executed flop shot from Robert to 6”! Just a little info for you all; all three guys that won each location  hit it a totally of 1 foot 5 inches from the hole, hahaha now that's good!!! 

Kelly: I loved watching the players move closer and closer to the wall with each location. I think this is the best that I’ve ever seen the players perform on this intimidating challenge! I can’t believe their total distance was a mere 1 foot 5 inches! Keep in mind, they are hitting to a blind target!

Sara: So now the fourth location for the flop challenge was between Justin, Clay (who are on the same team) and Robert. The winner of this last location would win immunity for their team and $3000 dollars to split! You never know BUT I'm thinking Justin and Clay had the upper had on Robert since they could cheer each other on. That just adds a little more unnecessary stress to Robert! Ultimately Justin would win the last location for his team of Clay and Brandon. They are now safe and onto the next show...  

Kelly: I think Justin and Clay definitely had the upper hand, but not because of the cheering. I think it took some stress off their backs because they knew they had two chances. The fate of the team wasn’t just on their own shoulders, it was shared. Playing for your team’s safety is a lot more pressure than just playing for your own and they all did a great job!

Sara: This second immunity challenge was how close you could get your second shot to the hole. These challenges to me are fun but also pressure packed because you're playing a hole BUT you may not want to be as aggressive as you would normally be! That aggressiveness could have cost Robert on his putt, BUT in the end Tyler hit a poor bunker shot and is straight to the elimination.

Kelly: I was excited to see this challenge as well! It gives us a better look at the player’s overall game! Tyler just chose a bad challenge to string two poor shots together. If I was Tyler, I think I would choose Kyle. He didn’t have a great day and he hasn’t played great so far.

Sara: I know if I were Tyler I would definitely not want to play Chad aka Corporal Clutch. BUT what do I know! Who does he pick?? CHAD!! Like are you crazy Tyler?? Kelly what do you think about that?

Kelly: I was shocked! He’s knocked out three players so far and has proven himself to be clutch when it counts! He’s now played in every elimination challenge so far! But you can tell that he is pulling from those experiences and it’s making him more confident!

Sara: Tyler I like you man...but you're CRAZY!!!! Boom! Birdie out of the gate by Chad to go 1 up. I don't know if anyone else caught this but Kelly did you hear the guys on the bench talking about Chad tanking it in the morning challenges and maybe sand bagging a little bit? What do you make of that? 

Kelly: I don’t think that’s the case at all. I honestly think it’s because the immunity challenges aren’t playing to his strengths. Due to his leg, certain challenges aren’t suited the best for him. But when he finds himself in the elimination challenges, he is getting the opportunity to play HIS game not just one shot here, or one shot there. He knows how to play off his strengths, and that is usually the player that will come out on top!

Sara: During the second hole, Tyler just got a bad break when it went out of bounds. And Chad said it best, “Golf is just a crazy game like that”. Stinks that Tyler got eliminated but Chad did play great golf. Would you guys please stop picking Chad for elimination!! I MEAN SERIOUSLY he's like a sniper rifle taking them out quietly one by one hahahaha!

Kelly: I love Tyler’s attitude. In my opinion that is one of the hardest parts of the game to control. I wish more players were as classy as he is! You can tell that he keeps the game in perspective and doesn’t take himself too seriously. Everyone trying to make this dream a reality has the talent, but many times it’s their attitude that sets them apart! I’m going to miss you Tyler and your hilarious personality!!

Sara: Tyler was a great contestant definitely one of my favorites. I will miss his banter and his mustache hahaha! No but really, what a classy guy. Did you see the way the guys spoke about him and how he congratulated Chad? That's a great guy. We wish you all the best Tyler... 

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Minjee Lee co-leads Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

By Associated PressJune 24, 2018, 12:25 am

ROGERS, Ark. - Minjee Lee wasn't all that concerned when she missed her first cut of the year this month at the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

The ninth-ranked Australian has certainly looked at ease and back in form at Pinnacle Country Club in her first event since then.

Lee and Japan's Nasa Hataoka each shot 6-under 65 on Saturday to share the second-round lead in the NW Arkansas Championship 13-under 129. Lee is chasing her fifth victory since turning pro three years ago. It's also an opportunity to put any lingering frustration over that missed cut two weeks ago behind her for good.

''I didn't particularly hit it bad, even though I missed the cut at ShopRite, I just didn't really hole any putts,'' Lee said. ''I'd been hitting it pretty solid going into that tournament and even into this tournament, too. Just to see a couple putts roll in has been nice.''

The 22-year-old Lee needed only 24 putts during her opening 64 on Friday, helping her to match the low round of her career. Despite needing 28 putts Saturday, she still briefly took the outright lead after reaching as low as 14 under after a birdie on the par-5 seventh.

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Lee missed the green on the par-4 ninth soon thereafter to lead to her only bogey of the day and a tie with the 19-year-old Hataoka, who is in pursuit of her first career win.

Hataoka birdied six of eight holes midway through her bogey-free round on Saturday. It was yet another stellar performance from the Japanese teenager, who has finished in the top 10 in four of her last five tournaments and will be a part of Sunday's final pairing.

''I try to make birdies and try to be under par, that's really the key for me to get a top ten,'' Hataoka said. ''Golf is just trying to be in the top 10 every single week, so that's the key.''

Third-ranked Lexi Thompson matched the low round of the day with a 64 to get to 11 under. She hit 17 of 18 fairways and shot a 5-under 30 on her opening nine, The American is in search of her first win since September in the Indy Women in Tech Championship.

Ariya Jutanugarn and Celine Boutier were 10 under.

First-round leader Gaby Lopez followed her opening 63 with a 75 to drop to 4 under. Fellow former Arkansas star Stacy Lewis also was 4 under after a 72.

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Henley will try to put heat on Casey in final round

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 11:55 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – While it will be a tall task for anyone to catch Paul Casey at the Travelers Championship, the man who will start the round most within reach of the Englishman is Russell Henley.

Henley was in the penultimate group at TPC River Highlands on Saturday, but he’ll now anchor things during the final round as he looks to overcome a four-shot deficit behind Casey. After a 3-under 67, Henley sits at 12 under through 54 holes and one shot clear of the three players tied for third.

Henley closed his third round with a run of five straight pars, then became the beneficiary of a pair of late bogeys from Brian Harman that left Henley alone in second place.

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“Could have made a couple more putts, but to end with two up-and-downs like that was nice,” Henley said. “I felt a little bit weird over the shots coming in, put me in some bad spots. But it was nice to have the short game to back me up.”

Henley has won three times on Tour, most recently at the 2017 Houston Open, and he cracked the top 25 at both the Masters and U.S. Open. But with Casey riding a wave of confidence and coming off an 8-under 62 that marked the best round of the week, he knows he’ll have his work cut out for him in order to nab trophy No. 4.

“I think I can shoot a low number on this course. You’ve got to make the putts,” Henley said. “I’m definitely hitting it well enough, and if I can get a couple putts to fall, that would be good. But I can’t control what he’s doing. I can just try to keep playing solid.”

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Back from back injury, Casey eyeing another win

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 11:36 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Given his four-shot cushion at the Travelers Championship and his recent victory at the Valspar Championship, it’s easy to forget that Paul Casey hit the disabled list in between.

Casey had to withdraw from The Players Championship because of a bad back, becoming the only player in the top 50 in the world rankings to miss the PGA Tour’s flagship event. He flew back to England to get treatment, and Casey admitted that his T-20 finish at last month’s BMW PGA Championship came while he was still on the mend.

“I wasn’t 100 percent fit with the back injury, which was L-4, L-5, S-1 (vertebrae) all out of place,” Casey said. “Big inflammation, nerve pain down the leg and up the back. I didn’t know what was going on.”

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Thanks in large part to a combination of MRIs, back adjustments and anti-inflammatories, Casey finally turned the corner. His T-16 finish at last week’s U.S. Open was the first event for which he felt fully healthy since before the Players, and he’s on the cusp of a second title since March after successfully battling through the injury.

“We thought we were fixing it, but we weren’t. We were kind of hitting the effects rather than the cause,” Casey said. “Eventually we figured out the cause, which was structural.”

Casey started the third round at TPC River Highlands two shots off the lead, but he’s now four clear of Russell Henley after firing an 8-under 62 that marked the low round of the week.

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Bubba thinks he'll need a Sunday 60 to scare Casey

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 11:15 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Perhaps moreso than at most PGA Tour venues, a low score is never really out of reach at TPC River Highlands. Positioned as a welcome change of pace after the U.S. Open, the Travelers Championship offers a lush layout that often pushes the balance much closer to reward than risk.

This is where Jim Furyk shot a 58 on the par-70 layout two years ago – and he didn’t even win that week. So even though Paul Casey enters the final round with a commanding four-shot lead, there’s still plenty of hope for the chase pack that something special could be in store.

Count Bubba Watson among the group who still believe the title is up for grabs – even if it might require a Herculean effort, even by his standards.

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Watson has won the Travelers twice, including in a 2015 playoff over Casey. But starting the final round in a large tie for sixth at 10 under, six shots behind Casey, he estimates that he’ll need to flirt with golf’s magic number to give the Englishman something to worry about.

“My 7 under yesterday, I need to do better than that. I’m going to have to get to like 10 [under],” Watson said. “The only beauty is, getting out in front, you have a chance to put a number up and maybe scare them. But to scare them, you’re going to have to shoot 10 under at worst, where I’m at anyway.”

Watson started the third round three shots off the lead, and he made an early move with birdies on Nos. 1 and 2 en route to an outward 32. The southpaw couldn’t sustain that momentum, as bogeys on Nos. 16 and 17 turned a potential 65 into a relatively disappointing 67.

“Bad decision on the par-3, and then a very tough tee shot for me on 17, and it just creeped into the bunker,” Watson said. “Just, that’s golf. You have mistakes every once in a while.”