Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL Episode 8 Breakdown

By Sara Brown, Kelly JacquesMarch 25, 2015, 12:32 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: Breakfast sure does get more and more quiet with each eliminated contestant... But that's all part of the game... Let's get to the day’s first immunity challenge!


Kelly: Yea, the ladder challenge! This drill is one of my favorites. It’s such a great test of how in control each player is of their game. The more confident you can be in your distances, the better. Which will turn into a lot more looks at birdie when you’re on the course! And Justin killed this challenge! 14 shots…are you kidding me?  I think that may be the best that we have ever seen someone do!!! Sara, did you get to try this one out on Big Break?


Sara: I did Kel... With chipping in Sandels and then with the team on Dominican Republic. These guys made this challenge look EASY but let me tell it's not!!!! You're so right though Kel, it shows who knows their game and their yardage! For Richy to start out like that and for Justin to follow it up WOW was that impressive!!! 


Kelly: I honestly did not think that anyone would be able to beat Justin and his impressive 14 shots that he put up. Then what happens?! Robert comes in and posts a 15! These guys are GOOD!


Sara: Robert put on a magnificent golf show!!!! I found myself rooting for him and when that last shot just went a little past 200 yards I was bummed but super happy for him to have gotten the immunity! What didn't impress me tho was Clay’s attitude again, trying to get into the heads of the other players... 


Kelly: I agree, and his antics definitely didn’t help his performance. A measly 2 shots!? Come on Clay, you’re better than that!


Sara: You need to speak with your clubs and not with your mouth and Clay sure failed at that this challenge. I was not impressed at all!!! 


Kelly: For the next challenge, the players had to hit from 3 locations, with 2 of the 3 locations counting. Kyle came out and missed the green twice from 140 yards . He has been really streaky with this play so far. Sara, do you think that was pure nerves for Kyle? 


Sara: just Kyle hasn't been playing that well. He's said it a few times and even Richy said it this episode! It's hard to get into a groove when it seems nothing is going your way...However I was shocked he missed the green on the first location twice! He got pretty lucky in the first elimination challenge with those two balls just barely in the fairway, you would think he would have used some of that momentum. He seems to have the best, most positive attitude which I sure do respect but you need to pull off the shots to win this show…and he’s definitely struggling in that area! But let's look at Justin WOW!!! 


Kelly: Yea Justin just got clipped in the first immunity challenge but came out just as strong in challenge #2! Through 2 locations he had an impressive 9 point lead, ensuring his immunity!


Sara: Justin is just SOLID!!! His game and his mental toughness are awesome to watch!!! I was happy he made it thru!!! 


Kelly: Did Clay just say he is trying to go to elimination so he can pick Richy for elimination?! Sara...have you ever heard anyone say they were trying to get into elimination?! 


Sara: That third and final location wasn't an easy one!! And COME ON!!! Kel there is no way Clay was wanting to get into elimination!!! If he truly did he would have butchered that last shot, not hit it into the 4 point circle. The interviews happen after the day is over... Maybe he just said that to add some drama. I don't know But he was right in thinking no matter who was in the bottom in this challenge he was getting picked. Richy and Kyle are best friends who played college golf together…and if they don't have to play each other they won't.You heard Richy say he's ready to take out Clay. Clay was playing no matter what happened! 


Kelly: In the elimination challenge, I was pretty impressed that Clay stepped up to the first hole and made a clutch birdie! Then what does he do?! He drains another birdie on hole 2! Two up with one hole to play!


Sara: I'm not gonna lie Kelly... This is the first time Clay showed he has GAME!!! To hit that shot right out of the gate and put the pressure on... And then birdie the 2nd hole too. OK CLAY I see you!!! Do your thing!!!! 


Kelly: Even though Clay can have a mouth on him, I am still pulling for him. I think he means well and really needs this Big Break…and he is pretty entertaining. However, I wanted to see Kyle play well too and I was surprised at how poorly he performed in elimination. 


Sara: Clay definitely talked with his clubs this elimination challenge... Which is all I wanted to see from him!!! He is hanging around because of his golf ability not because he can trash talk... If that stops I think he may have a chance at winning... If not well we all know what Karma is...


Kelly: I can’t help but feel bad for Kyle and the manner in which he was eliminated. You can tell he is a good guy but he definitely needs to become a little tougher in the pressure packed situations. Kyle, best of luck with everything and I’m looking forward to following you in the future!

Sara: Kyle kind of squeezed by each show... He even claimed to not hitting it the best and he seemed to be a little hesitant on some shots. I hope Big Break helped him realize he has major game and just needs to fine tune the toughness!!! I greatly enjoyed him on the show as one of the nicest on the cast…that accent was great to listen too as well!!! I wish you all the best Kyle and can't wait to see all the great things in store for you! But now we are down to 4 and These Guys are REAL Good!!!! 


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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.

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Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

“There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.

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In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

“To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

“To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.