Insight on Show 1 by Big Break’s Kelly Jacques

By Big Break ProducerOctober 13, 2014, 5:57 pm

Former Big Break Ireland competitor and LPGA/Symetra Tour professional Kelly Jacques is back to lend her insight on Big Break Myrtle Beach.  Each week, Kelly will give you her thoughts on that week’s show, including what the pressure is like, since she has been there before. She also will provide you with some behind-the-scenes info on the cast – Kelly has played alongside a few of them on the Symetra Tour the past few years.  While she has no knowledge of any results on the series, she will offer up thoughts on her favorites – and some non-favorites – on Big Break Myrtle Beach.  When not providing her Big Break commentary, Kelly works for, Golf Channel’s official online tee-times provider.

Big Break Myrtle Beach: Episode 1

Welcome back Big Break enthusiasts! Another season is upon us and based off the first episode, it’s not going to disappoint! In this 22nd season, we have 5 All-Americans, a 19 year old who turned professional after high school, a 35 year old mom of 2, the Latvian Amateur Champion, two guys with type 1 diabetes, an LPGA Class A teaching professional, a USGA Champion and the stories go on. These contestants have very different backgrounds and stories but they do have one thing in common…they came to win. They are willing to endure the intense pressure and put their game to the test for the opportunity to win over $100,000 in cash and prizes and the coveted prize of getting to tee it up with the best in the world on the PGA/LPGA Tour!

 Big Break Myrtle Beach - Episode 1

Let the viewing begin!

The twists and turns start right away with the reveal of the Super Immunity. This will give one contestant the opportunity to bypass an elimination challenge in the future. This is huge!!! They are playing as individuals this season, so having that security blanket has the potential to change the whole game, and it was all decided the first episode.

The players were asked to choose a colored golf ball. It was revealed the next morning that the color they chose, determines who they will be competing against in the first challenge….the glass break! They were in groups of three and the fastest two contestants to break their glass moved on and were still eligible to win the Super Immunity. The two standout players here were Carolin and Charlie. Carolin, who has a bright smile and an even brighter personality, took the fast approach and broke the glass on her first try, setting the bar high. Charlie stuck with his methodical game plan and it paid off…this time. He broke the glass on his first try as well but took his time. Some people did not like this approach but I think it was brilliant, but only because he stuck with his game plan. Under that type of pressure in a timed event, is hard to do. Kudos Charlie!

Four players moved onto the second of three stages to determine the super immunity winner. Thanks to producer Chris Graham, they were faced with a risk reward shot from behind a tree. Their ultimate goal was to get their second shot as close to the pin as possible, with the top 4 advancing. Everyone chipped out except Jimmy who advanced it closer to the green, but left himself with a tough short wedge from the rough. In a normal situation, I would definitely say chipping out to set up your second shot is the play. However, he had nothing to lose! There wasn’t elimination that day and no order of ranks would be set based off their performance. So why not?! I think that was a risk worth taking…it didn’t pan out this time…but way to have guts Jimmy, go big or go home!

Tessa and Charlie were at the top hitting it 1’1’’ and 3’ respectfully with Dave and Carolin making the cut as well at 4’9’’ and 5’5’’. Tessa, way to make your quiet presence known and stick it! She seems rather shy, but if she keeps hitting shots like that, who cares! I’m guessing this full time LET Player is going to let her game do the talking.

The remaining four players battled it out in 1-on-1 matches. Charlie beat out Dave with a birdie and Tessa beat out Carolin with a par. Charlie and Tessa advanced to the reachable par 5 for the final match. Charlie pulled 3-wood and split the fairway a good 300 yards. I think this rattled Tessa; she looked comfortable all day but started looking uneasy. Caroline hit it down the right side then into the left greenside bunker. Charlie proceeded to make birdie and capture the sought-after Super Immunity. This prize is huge. It not only gives him a safety net, but it will free him up to play his game, while the other players will continue to stress over every shot, knowing one bad swing can send them home.

After episode 1, I’m impressed with Charlie Harrison from Atlanta, Ga. He’s solid tee to green and has the confidence to do very well in this competition. Before the show he said, “It’s uncomfortable to feel nervous, but if you can be comfortable feeling uncomfortable, then you’re going to have a pretty good time out there”. For never having a lesson, I’m impressed, and at this time I’m going to say he is the one to beat, especially with that attitude.

Until next week…

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Bjorn adds four Ryder Cup veterans as vice captains

By Will GrayMay 22, 2018, 1:05 pm

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn has added a quartet of vice captains for the biennial matches this fall in Paris.

Bjorn had already named Robert Karlsson as his first assistant, and he announced Tuesday at the BMW PGA Championship that his group of advisors will also include major champions Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell, and former world No. 1s Lee Westwood and Luke Donald.

Westwood is among Europe's most decorated Ryder Cup players, and his addition in this role signals he likely won't participate as a player in the matches for the first time since 1995. The Englishman has spoken openly about his desire to captain the European squad at Whistling Straits in 2020, but he's been quiet on the course in recent months, with a missed secondary cut at the Houston Open his only start since mid-February.

Harrington is seen as another possible captain for the 2020 matches, and he'll don an earpiece for the third straight Ryder Cup, having represented Europe as a player on six straight teams from 1999-2010.

Donald played on four Ryder Cup teams from 2004-12, with the Europeans winning each time he was on the roster. This will mark his first stint as a vice captain, as Donald announced last month that he would be sidelined indefinitely while recovering from a back injury.

At age 38, McDowell will be the youngest vice captain in the room, having holed the winning putt eight years ago at Celtic Manor. He won the French Open in both 2013 and 2014 at Le Golf National, site of this year's matches, and will also be making his debut as a vice captain.

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Bidder pays $50,000 to caddie for Woods

By Grill Room TeamMay 22, 2018, 12:28 pm

Someone has paid $50,000 to caddie for Tiger Woods at this year’s Hero World Challenge.

An unnamed bidder paid for the opportunity at an auction Saturday night at Tiger Jam, where monies are raised to support the Tiger Woods Foundation.

The Hero World Challenge will be contested Nov. 29-Dec. in Albany, Bahamas. The pro-am is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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NCAA DI Women's Champ.: Scoring, TV times

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 11:28 am

The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship is underway at Kartsen Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

After three days of stroke play, eight teams have advanced to the match-play portion of the championship. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be contested on Tuesday, with the finals being held on Wednesday. Golf Channel is airing the action live.

Wake Forest junior Jennifer Kupcho won the individual title. Click here for live action, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.


TV Times (all times ET):

11AM-conclusion: Match-play quarterfinals (Click here to watch live)
4-8PM: Match-play semifinals

4-8PM: Match-play finals

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Arizona grabs last spot with eagle putt, playoff win

By Ryan LavnerMay 22, 2018, 3:18 am

STILLWATER, Okla. – With her team freefalling in the standings, Arizona coach Laura Ianello was down to her last stroke.

The Wildcats began the final round of the NCAA Championship in third place, but they were 19 over par for the day, and outside the top-8 cut line, with only one player left on the course.

Bianca Pagdaganan had transferred from Gonzaga to compete for NCAA titles, and on the 17th hole Ianello told her that she needed to play “the best two holes of your life” to keep the dream alive.

She made par on 17, then hit a 185-yard 6-iron out of a divot to 30 feet. Not knowing where she stood on the final green, Pagdaganan felt an eerie calm over the ball. Sure enough, she buried the eagle putt, setting off a raucous celebration and sending the Wildcats into a play-five, count-four team playoff with Baylor at 33 over par.

Their match-play spot wasn’t yet secure, but Ianello still broke down in tears.

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NCAA Women’s DI Championship: Individual scoring

“Bianca is such an inspiration for all of us,” she said. “She’s the kind of kid that you want to root for, to have good things happen to.”

Arizona prevailed on the second playoff hole. As the 8 seed, the Wildcats will play top-seeded UCLA in the quarterfinals Tuesday at Karsten Creek.

Though the finish had plenty of drama, no teams played their way into the coveted top 8 on the final day of stroke-play qualifying.

Baylor came closest. The Bears barely advanced past regionals after a mysterious stomach virus affected several players and coaches. They competed in the final round with just four healthy players.

On Monday, Gurleen Kaur put Baylor in position to advance, shooting 68, but the Bears lost by three strokes on the second extra hole.

Arkansas finished one shot shy of the team playoff. The second-ranked Razorbacks, who entered NCAAs as one of the pre-tournament favorites, having won seven times, including their first SEC title, couldn’t overcome a 308-300 start and finished 10th. Player of the Year favorite Maria Fassi finished her week at 19 over par and counted only two rounds toward the team total.