Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL Episode 10 Breakdown

By Sara Brown, Kelly JacquesApril 16, 2015, 12:09 pm

Big Break Ireland contestant Kelly Jacques breaks down Episode 8 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: The breakfast today was such a lighter feeling! I didn't feel like they were nervous or anything but that Robert, Richy, and Justin felt ready! I love that they were making fun of each other too!!! 


Kelly: You know what I love? That they are playing 6 holes of stroke play to determine the final 2! This is the most golf that we’ve seen this season and I’m looking forward to it! There is no better way to distinguish the best players than by throwing them into the Bear Trap! 


Sara: I was so excited that they were playing 6 holes and on the Bear Trap to boot!!! I love watching these 3 golf! They are GOOD!!! I have no idea who I am cheering for... I'll be sad no matter who gets kicked off!



Kelly: I’ve played those holes probably over 50 times and that 13th tee shot is not an easy one to start off with! I was sooo impressed to see them all place their drives perfectly and then stuff their approaches! These guys are coming out of the gates HOT! Despite the nerves I was surprised to see both Robert and Justin miss their short birdie attempts! Come on guys…you have to drain those if you want to play in the finale and pocket the extra $5,000!


Sara: They definitely made that hole look so easy with those approach shots!!! But the putting UGH!!! That's such a frustrating part of the game sometimes and I can only imagine when Justin and Robert missed those short putts and what they were feeling... I think you can really see nerves in people on the putting green and it's just amplified knowing what's at stake on Big Break. 



Kelly: On the second hole, Justin and Richy misread their very makeable birdies but Robert made his! I was impressed that he shook off the last putt so well and dropped this one right in the center. That’s what I like to see!


Sara: Again the display of talent between these three is remarkable! I know it's only the 2nd hole but they came to play!!! I totally agree with you Kelly about Robert... It's great to see how he bounced back to make that birdie when he had just missed a short birdie chance the last hole... We definitely have a match going on especially heading into the bear trap!!! 


Kelly: All three players are looking solid! Sara, who would you put your money on at this point? I really like Justin even though he is 1 stroke behind. He has just been so solid up to this point! It’s a toss-up for me between Robert and Richy!


Sara: I'm going with Richy! I like his game and his demeanor. He doesn't seem to get rattled easily and he just played in an elimination challenge in the last episode and won so he's felling good about his game! I'm a big fan of the other two guys as well... Like I said no matter who loses it will be sad to see them go!



Kelly: Oh no! How unfortunate that Robert’s shot plugged in the bunker. What an inopportune time for that to happen! But he is the one that put himself there…it’s not like he hit a good shot there.


Sara: I could barely watch that unfold for Robert! You are right he put himself in the bunker with a bail out type of swing BUT to get such a bad lie on the downslope plugged... That's just unlucky... And terrible timing especially since he had just made birdie on the previous hole! I felt so bad when he said he literally didn't know how to play the shot :( I think he made a wise choice to just chunk it into the bunker and try and get up and down from there... And well we all now the putt just missed again... I feel his putter is going to need to get hot these last couple of holes... 


Kelly: Especially after that double! BUT Robert came back and stuffed his approach on the fourth hole! Out of all seasons, this may be the best golf I’ve seen from the final three players! Gosh! Every time I think Robert is going to pull it off he doesn’t! I’m going to keep my mouth shut so I don’t jinx him anymore!


Sara: Absolutely all three of these guys are putting on an impressive display of iron play no doubt!!! But they all need some putts to DROP! You can tell they all want one of those final 2 spots in the finale show and they are all battling for the title of Big Break the Palm Beaches Florida!!! 



Kelly: On their fifth hole, We finally see someone make a putt over a few feet and Justin picked a perfect time to make his 7 foot par putt! That was huge! To go into their sixth hole, hole 18 with a one shot lead over Robert puts him in the driver seat!


Sara: Agreed! Justin has been misreading his putts all day and he made a little adjustment just in time because that one shot going into the final hole could keep him in the game!!!



Kelly: WHAT?! With that one shot lead, he hits his approach into the water! WOW! That really shocked me…he’still in it…but he has to dig deep.


Sara: OH MY GOSH!!!! I am as shocked as you are Kelly!!! I can't believe with a one shot lead Justin didn't play more conservative than that!!! You have got to make them make birdie! I know Robert only had about 180 yards into this par 5 BUT it's BIG BREAK HELLOOOO these are nerves that no one is used to until you are in that position!!! If I was Justin I would have laid up to that distance he had in on the first hole... I think it was like 130 or so because he's been sticking those shots all season!!!



Kelly: At this point, Robert only had 180 yards into the par 5. I thought he would stuff it but he pushed it a little but still on the putting surface. Ok…that’ll work! I’m getting nervous watching this! But it sure didn’t look like Richy had many nerves in this 6 hole match. A two putt birdie to secure his spot in the finale and he finds himself $5,000 richer as well!


Sara: Richy was definitely on cruise control! He played smart and let his clubs do the talking! Well deserved spot in the finale and my pick to WIN IT ALL!!!



Kelly: As if this episode couldn’t get any better, Justin gets up and down to save his par and Robert makes his four foot birdie to force a playoff! How exciting!


Sara: SEEEEEE what did I tell ya... Justin stuck it from that yardage like he's been doing all season!!! Should have done that the first time JUSTIN!!! Would have made it easier on you my friend!!! But now it's playoff time!!! So let's see who gets that second spot into the finale!!! 


Kelly: WHAT?! I cannot believe that in this situation Robert hits his tee ball into the water. Wow! I can’t even imagine how he felt at this point. 



Sara: I didn't even know the water came into play over there... Robert hits it so FAR!!! And although Justin's drive was not desirable it was safe and in the middle of the fairway! Both had to layup... I thought Robert was smart because he chose to layup behind Justin... He needed to stick it and put that pressure on Justin but what does he do... He hits it short of the green! This is where the nerves got to him... You could see it in his swings on this hole! 


Kelly: Yea and when Justin steps up and literally hits the flag that all but secures his position in the finale with Richy.



Sara: Yep when Robert doesn't chip in all Justin had to do was 2 putt and he did!!! And now he will be facing Richy in the finale!!! 



Kelly: What a great battle amongst all three players. I feel for Robert. He is such a solid player…and I think one of the best players from this season, if not the best. He has all the tools to make it out on tour and I have no doubt he will do just that. Best of luck Robert! I’ll be pulling for you in your journey to the PGA!


Sara: I totally agree Kelly!!! Robert you have some major game!!! Your attitude on the golf course will allow you to do great things on the PGA Tour!!! Welcome to the Big Break Family... It was a pleasure watching you play!!! Oh and by the way 3rd place isn't that bad (that's where I finished on my show too) :) 


Best of luck to Richy and Justin!!! Can't wait to crown a new Big Break Champ!!! 

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DJ, McIlroy, Spieth listed as PGA betting favorites

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 1:38 pm

Three majors are in the books, but there's still one more trophy up for grabs in two weeks' time.

While next year The Open will signal the end of the 2019 major season amid a revamped calendar, this is the final year that the PGA Championship will be held in August. The tournament returns next month to Bellerive Country Club outside St. Louis, which last hosted the PGA when Nick Price won in 1992 and hasn't hosted a PGA Tour event since Camilo Villegas won the 2008 BMW Championship.

Oddsmakers at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook published PGA betting odds shortly after the final putt dropped at Carnoustie and Francesco Molinari left with the claret jug. Topping the board are a trio of major champions: Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, all listed at 12/1.

McIlroy won the PGA in both 2012 and 2014, while Spieth needs only the Wanamaker Trophy to round out the career Grand Slam. Johnson has recorded four top-10s in the PGA, notably a T-5 finish at Whistling Straits in 2010 when a few grains of sand kept him out of a playoff with Martin Kaymer and Bubba Watson.

Fresh off a T-6 finish in Scotland, Tiger Woods headlines the group listed at 16/1, behind only the three co-favorites as he looks to win a 15th career major.

Here's a look at the betting odds for a number of contenders, with the opening round of the PGA just 17 days away:

12/1: Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth

16/1: Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler

18/1: Justin Rose

20/1: Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Tommy Fleetwood, Francesco Molinari, Jason Day

30/1: Patrick Reed, Hideki Matsuyama

40/1: Henrik Stenson, Alex Noren, Paul Casey

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia, Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Matt Kuchar

60/1: Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen, Patrick Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau, Webb Simpson

80/1: Adam Scott, Zach Johnson, Kevin Kisner

100/1: Ian Poulter, Thomas Pieters, Tyrrell Hatton, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Daniel Berger, Kevin Chappell, Brian Harman, Brandt Snedeker, Charley Hoffman

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Molinari moves to No. 6 in world with Open win

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:31 pm

After breaking through for his first career major title, Francesco Molinari reached some rarified air in the latest installment of the Official World Golf Rankings.

The Italian's two-shot win at Carnoustie moved him up nine spots to No. 6 in the world, not surprisingly a new career high. But it's also a quick ascent for Molinari, who has now won three of his last six worldwide starts and was ranked No. 33 in the world after missing the cut at The Players Championship two months ago.

A share of second place helped Xander Schauffele jump from No. 24 to No. 18 in the updated standings, while the same result meant Kevin Kisner went from No. 33 to No. 25. Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy both went up one spot after T-2 finishes to No. 2 and No. 7, respectively - a new career high for Rose.

The drama in the rankings unfolded at No. 50, as Tiger Woods moved up 21 spots to exactly No. 50 following his T-6 finish. While some projections had him moving to 51st, Woods was able to sneak into the top 50 just in time to qualify for a return to the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, as the top 50 in the rankings both this week and next qualify for Akron.

That includes Zach Johnson, last year's runner-up who was not yet qualified but moved from No. 52 to No. 49 this week. It also includes Kevin Chappell, who went from 61st to 47th with a T-6 finish in Scotland.

Despite missing the cut at Carnoustie, Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1 for another week followed by Rose, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Molinari is now at No. 6, with McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Jason Day rounding out the top 10.

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Simpson overtakes DeChambeau in Ryder Cup race

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:09 pm

A T-12 finish at The Open allowed Webb Simpson to move past Bryson DeChambeau into the eighth and final automatic qualifying spot in the U.S. Ryder Cup points race with just three weeks to go.

Simpson finished the week at 3 under, five shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. Adding another strong result to his win at TPC Sawgrass and T-10 finish at the U.S. Open, he's now edged in front of DeChambeau by less than 41 points. But with players earning one point per $1,000 each of the next two weeks and 1.5 points per $1,000 at the PGA Championship, the race is far from over.

Jordan Spieth's T-9 finish strengthened his position at No. 6, as the top six players are essentially assured of qualifying automatically. Rickie Fowler held onto his spot at No. 7, while Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner both moved onto the bubble following T-2 finishes at Carnoustie. After a T-6 finish, Tiger Woods jumped from 31st to 20th.

Here's a look at the updated American standings, with the top eight after the PGA qualifying automatically and captain Jim Furyk adding four picks in September:

1. Brooks Koepka

2. Dustin Johnson

3. Patrick Reed

4. Justin Thomas

5. Bubba Watson

6. Jordan Spieth

7. Rickie Fowler

8. Webb Simpson


9. Bryson DeChambeau

10. Phil Mickelson

11. Xander Schauffele

12. Matt Kuchar

13. Kevin Kisner

14. Tony Finau

15. Brian Harman

On the European side, Molinari was already in position to qualify automatically but is now assured of a spot on Thomas Bjorn's roster this fall. Fellow major champs Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy also solidified their footing with runner-up performances.

Here's a look at how things look for the Europeans, with the top four from each list after the PGA Championship qualifying automatically:

European Points

1. Francesco Molinari

2. Justin Rose

3. Tyrrell Hatton

4. Tommy Fleetwood


Thorbjorn Olesen

Russell Knox

Eddie Pepperell

World Points

1. Jon Rahm

2. Alex Noren

3. Rory McIlroy

4. Paul Casey


Matthew Fitzpatrick

Sergio Garcia

Ian Poulter

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Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.