Insight on Show 5 of Big Break Myrtle Beach

By Big Break ProducerNovember 11, 2014, 9:42 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 GolfNow.com, Golf Channel’s official online tee-times provider.

Big Break Myrtle Beach: Episode 5

The teams are back! I love when the producers make the individual competitors work together! My immediate thought went straight to Anthony. Is he even capable of working as a team?

 During breakfast, the players had to choose a colored ball…just like in episode 1. They were then told to pass the ball to the person on their right. The players who now held the same colored golf ball were teammates!

 The teams were:

Jimmy, Toph and Christian

Anthony, Katy and Tessa

Emily, Charlie and Carolin

 Toph was not a happy camper that Christian was on his team. Christian has been flying under the radar so far and really hasn’t proved himself in this competition.

 

Immunity Challenge 1

During the first immunity, the teams had to chip as many shots as possible onto the putting surface. Each chip had to be shorter than the last as the teams cycled through each player. The rope represents the last chip. If the next player hits it over or even taps the rope, they are done. The team that posts the highest number of chips wins immunity and $2,000 courtesy of Macanudo! Jimmy, Toph and Christian were up first. Jimmy hit his first chip all the way across the green. He hit an extremely aggressive shot, as the ball came to rest right against the collar. One more inch and their number would have been zero! With the rest of the green to work with, I thought they would have posted a decent number. Nope, Christian hits the second chip over the rope…and over the green. This gave their team a whopping 1 for their score. You have the whole green to work with! It seemed like the nerves just got to him as he folded under the pressure.

 Next up was Anthony, Katy and Tessa. Anthony hit his first chip to the center of the green. Yes this was a mistake, but the last thing you want to do is shoot yourself out of the competition by being too aggressive. I’m surprisingly ok with this shot. Tessa hit second and hit an awesome shot just a few feet short of the rope. They finished up with 6 successful chips. I was very surprised by Anthony. He was actually a good teammate! I would have never guessed that he had a nice, supportive side to him. He gave credit to his whole team for the win. It makes me wonder if his attitude would be completely different if the season was team based! However, I will admit I enjoy watching Anthony and his over the top attitude. It keeps things interesting!!

 The remaining team of Emily, Charlie and Carolin brought up the rear. Following in Jimmy’s footsteps, Emily hit the first chip up against the back collar. That was definitely a miss hit, but impressive none the least! I bet you could give Emily and Jimmy 20 more shots and they couldn’t repeat those close calls. Even with the whole green to work with, they posted a dismal 3. I was very surprised by this result. Going into today, I thought this team was the strongest. This shows just how much nerves are a factor!

 

 Immunity Challenge 2

Anthony, Tessa and Katy move onto the next show. The remaining competitors chose 1 player to partner up with in the second immunity challenge. The winning team moves onto next week and the losing team goes straight to elimination. Toph and Christian were the last 2 players, so they had to become partners by default. Once again Toph was not happy that they got partnered up, especially after Christian’s poor showing earlier in the day. Christian said he felt like he was the weakest link and he felt bad for Toph. Everyone has bad shots but you must have confidence in yourself!

 One member of the team had to run to the tee box and hit the approach shot. The second player had to run to the ball and finish out the par 3 as fast as possible. The objective is to finish the hole as fast as possible in the fewest amount of strokes; with each stroke tacking on an additional 10 seconds. I love watching speed golf incorporated in Big Break. It’s fun to see how the players approach the challenge!

 Jimmy sprinted up the tee and hit a great shot just short of the pin. He took a while to line up the shot so it was a good thing he hit it close! Charlie, hit his first putt past but made the comebacker for par. They finished the hole in 50 sec and the 3 shots are an additional 30 more seconds; for a total of 1 minute 20 seconds. I think it was smart for Jimmy to take a few extra seconds to bring down his heart rate and make sure he hit a quality shot. Great job!

 Next up, Emily sprinted to the tee and hit her approach to the back right fringe. Carolin hit a great first putt down the hill, but waited for the putt to almost stop before she ran after it.  She did make her come back putt, but a few seconds were definitely wasted. The girls finished in 3 shots, and finished the hole in 51 seconds, for a total of 1 minute 21 seconds. One second slower than Jimmy and Charlie…should’ve run after it Carolin!

 Last up was Toph and Christian. Toph hit the best approach shot of the group just past the hole. Christian barely missed his first putt but made the testy 3 footer coming back. The pair finished the hole in 46 seconds for a total time of 1 minute and 16 seconds. They really pulled it together and each won a $2,500 shopping spree to Dicks Sporting Goods!

 Carolin and Emily was sent straight to elimination and had to choose 1 player to join them… either Charlie or Jimmy.

Charlie had to decide before the girls made their decision if he was going to use his super immunity. He decided not to use it and the girls chose Jimmy. I agree with his decision. This shows how confident he is in his game and this may have intimidated the girls as well. By not using his super immunity, Charlie is one step closer to the $10,000 reward! 

 

Elimination Challenge

Emily, Carolin and Jimmy had to battle it out in a stroke play format from two different locations.

 Location one was from 121 yards on a severe side hill. This is one of the tougher shots in golf. In order to make solid contact you need to make sure your hips stay engaged and you get through the ball. Most players have a tendency to use all arms here. This will result in a ball that comes off dead left.

 Jimmy hit first and found himself in the left bunker. He hit an awesome bunker shot under the pressure, just past the hole. He continued to step up his game, as he made his ten footer to finish the hole in three.

 Emily hit second and hit an impressive iron shot pin high to the left side of the green. She just missed her birdie putt, and had an uneventful three as well.

 Carolin on the other hand really struggled from this position. She chunked her first shot short of the green and chunked her chip short of the green as well. She continued to struggle as she left her putt 5’ short and missed the breaking putt to finish with a 5. She dug herself an unnecessary hole after location one.

 Location two was a straight forward par 5. Jimmy had to hit from 538 yards while Emily and Carolin hit from 449 yards.

Emily made a very interesting comment. She said this drive was harder than her first shot at the U.S. Women’s Open! That’s a bold statement, but I have to agree with her.  I was fortunate enough to play in the 2012 Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run. Of course there was pressure, but nothing compared to the pressure of Big Break. In a tournament, no matter how big, you’re playing at least 36 holes. When you make a mistake, you can take your medicine and bounce back. The pressure from Big Break comes from the knowledge that one bad shot or one bad hole can send you home.

If these players can learn to perform under this type of pressure, it will greatly benefit them moving forward in their careers.

 Emily proceeded to hit her drive straight down the fairway. Good girl! She hit another impressive iron shot just passed the pin for her eagle putt! Beast mode! Jimmy hit his drive dead left into the junk. What?! You have a 2 shot lead with one to play….play smart! With that shot he let Carolin back in as he had to take an unplayable. I’m sure it stung to take that penalty, but it showed his maturity and discipline. He could have easily left his 2nd in the junk, potentially punching his ticket home. Instead he took his medicine, and hit his 3rd shot down the middle.

 Carolin was last to hit and hit her drive center cut.  I’m sure she felt that glimmer of hope as Jimmy let her back in! She hit a strong second shot just short of the green.

 Jimmy almost dunked his 4th shot from 92 yards and finished just past the hole. This was clutch and still had a putt to save himself. Carolin had a straight forward chip …and chunked it to the middle of the green! Just like the last hole! Emily ended up 3 putting for a par but that is all that she needed to do to move on.  She finished the two locations with par - par. For her first time in elimination she handled herself well. We finally got a glimpse of the strong player that we know she is.

 For Carolin to have any chance of forcing a playoff with Jimmy, she had to make her lengthy birdie putt. Guess what? She drains it…putting the pressure back on Jimmy! He had a 5 foot downhill par putt that he had to make to avoid the playoff.  He drops it right in the center…beating Carolin by one and sending her home.

 This was the first time I was surprised by who was eliminated. In my opinion, Carolin was one of the strongest competitors on the show. She’s young and has many years of great golf ahead of her. I wish her nothing but the best. With her bright smile and engaging personality, I know she will gain a lot of supporters!

 Until next week!

 

 

 

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Woods would 'love' to see Tour allow shorts

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 25, 2018, 12:59 pm

Players on the European Tour are allowed to wear shorts during practices and pro-ams.

The PGA of America permitted players to show some leg while prepping for last year’s PGA Championship.

Tiger Woods would like to see the PGA Tour follow suit.

"I would love it," he said Thursday in a Facebook Live with Bridgestone Golf. "We play in some of the hottest climates on the planet. We usually travel with the sun, and a lot of our events are played in the summer, and then on top of that when we have the winter months here a lot of the guys go down to South Africa and Australia where it's summer down there.

"It would be nice to wear shorts. Even with my little chicken legs, I still would like to wear shorts."

Caddies are currently allowed to wear shorts on Tour, during events.

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Feasting again: McIlroy shoots 65 to lead BMW PGA

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 25, 2018, 12:04 pm

Rory McIlroy made seven birdies and no bogeys on Friday for a 7-under 65 and the second-round lead at the BMW PGA Championship.

After opening in 67, McIlroy was among the early groups out on Day 2 at Wentworth Club. He made three birdies and no bogeys on the par-35 front nine on Friday, and then went on a run after the turn.

McIlroy made four consecutive birdies, beginning at the par-5 12th. That got him to 12 under, overall, and gave him a clear advantage over the field. With two closing par-5s, a very low number was in sight. But, as he did on Day 1, McIlroy finished par-par.

"I've made four pars there [on 17 and 18] when I really should be making at least two birdies, but I played the other par-5s well," McIlroy said. "It all balances itself out."


Full-field scores from the BMW PGA Championship


McIlroy has made 14 birdies and two bogeys through two rounds. At 12 under, he had a four-stroke lead when he completed Friday play.

"The work has paid off, to some degree," McIlroy said of his practice with swing coach Michael Bannon. "I still feel like I'm hitting some loose shots out there. But, for the most part, it's been really good. If I can keep these swing thoughts and keep going in the right direction, hopefully this is the type of golf I'll be able to produce."

This event has been feast or famine for McIlroy. He won here in 2014, but has three missed cuts in his other three starts. This week, however, he’ll be around for the weekend and is in position for his first European Tour victory since the 2016 Irish Open and his second worldwide victory of the year (Arnold Palmer Invitational).

"I have the confidence that I'm playing well and I can go out and try to just replicate what I did the day before," McIlroy said about his weekend approach with the lead. "On the first tee box tomorrow I'll be thinking about what I did today. Trying to just keep the same thoughts, make the same swings. I went a couple better today than I did yesterday. I'm not sure I'll keep that progression going but something similiar tomorrow would be nice."

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Goat visor propels Na to Colonial lead

By Will GrayMay 25, 2018, 1:29 am

Jason Dufner officially has some company in the headwear free agency wing of the PGA Tour.

Like Dufner, Kevin Na is now open to wear whatever he wants on his head at tournaments, as his visor sponsorship with Titleist ended earlier this month. He finished T-6 at the AT&T Byron Nelson in his second tournament as a free agent, and this week at the Fort Worth Invitational he's once again wearing a simple white visor with a picture of a goat.

"I bought it at The Players Championship for $22 with the 30 percent discount that they give the Tour players," Na told reporters. "It's very nice."


Full-field scores from the Fort Worth Invitational

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Perhaps a change in headwear was just what Na needed to jumpstart his game. Last week's result in Dallas was his first top-35 finish in his last six events dating back to February, and he built upon that momentum with an 8-under 62 to take a one-shot lead over Charley Hoffman after the first round at Colonial Country Club.

While many sports fans know the "GOAT" acronym to stand for "Greatest Of All Time," it's a definition that the veteran Na only learned about earlier this year.

"I do social media, but they kept calling Tiger the GOAT. I go, 'Man, why do they keep calling Tiger the GOAT? That's just mean,'" Na said. "Then I realized it meant greatest of all time. Thinking of getting it signed by Jack (Nicklaus) next week (at the Memorial)."

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Golden: Dull rude, caddie 'inebriated' at Florida Mid-Am

By Ryan LavnerMay 25, 2018, 1:03 am

Jeff Golden has offered more detail on what transpired at the Florida Mid-Amateur Championship, writing in a long statement on Twitter that Marc Dull’s caddie was “inebriated” before he allegedly sucker-punched Golden in the face.

In a story first reported by GolfChannel.com, Charlotte County Police responded to a call May 13 after Golden claimed that he’d been assaulted by his opponent’s caddie in the parking lot of Coral Creek Club, where he was competing in the Mid-Am finals. Golden told police that the caddie, Brandon Hibbs, struck him because of a rules dispute earlier in the round. Hibbs denied any involvement, and police found no evidence of an attack.

Golden posted a 910-word statement on the alleged incident on his Twitter account on Thursday night. He said that he wanted to provide more detail because “others have posed some valid questions about the series of events that led to me withdrawing” from what was an all-square match with two holes to play.

Golden wrote that both Dull and Hibbs were rude and disruptive during the match, and that “alcohol appeared to be influencing [Hibbs’] behavior.”

Dull, who caddies at Streamsong Resort in Florida, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“I’ve never seen an opposing caddie engage in so much conversation with a competitor,” Golden wrote. “On the eighth hole I had become extremely frustrated when my opponent and caddie were talking and moving. I expressed my disappointment with their etiquette to the rules official in our group.”

On the ninth hole, Golden informed the official that he believed Hibbs had broken the rules by offering advice on his putt. Golden won the hole by concession to move 2 up at the turn, and Hibbs removed himself from the match and returned to the clubhouse.

Golden wrote that after the penalty, the match “turned even nastier, with more negative comments from my opponent on the 10th tee.” He added that he conceded Dull’s 15-foot birdie putt on No. 10 because he was “sick of the abuse from my opponent, and I wanted the match to resemble what you would expect of a FSGA final.”

Though there were no witnesses to the alleged attack and police found little evidence, save for “some redness on the inside of [Golden’s] lip,” Golden wrote that the inside of his mouth was bleeding, his face was “throbbing” and his hand was also injured from bracing his fall. X-rays and CT scans over the past week all came back negative, he said.

Golden reiterated that he was disappointed with the FSGA’s decision to accept his concession in the final match. He had recommended that they suspend the event and resume it “at a later time.”

“The FSGA has one job, and that’s to follow the Rules of Golf,” Golden wrote. “Unfortunately, there’s no rule for an inebriated ‘ex-caddie’ punching a player in a match-play rain delay with no witnesses.”

Asked last week about his organization’s alcohol policy during events, FSGA executive director Jim Demick said that excessive consumption is “highly discouraged, but it falls more broadly under the rules of etiquette and player behavior.”

Dull, 32, was back in the news Wednesday, after he and partner Chip Brooke reached the finals of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship. They lost to high schoolers Cole Hammer and Garrett Barber, 4 and 3.