Big Break's Annie & Kelly Provide Insight on Show 2

By Big BreakMarch 6, 2014, 7:10 pm

Former Big Break Ireland competitors Annie Brophy and Kelly Jacques are back. Only this time, it is not to play on Big Break, but to lend their insight and provide some fun facts about the ladies of Big Break Florida. Each week, Annie and Kelly will give you their thoughts on that week’s show, including what the pressure is like each week, since they have been there before. They also will provide you with some behind-the-scenes info on the ladies – Annie and Kelly have played alongside most of them on the Symetra Tour the past few years. While they have no knowledge of any results on the series, they will offer up thoughts on their favorites – and some non-favorites – on Big Break Florida. When not providing their Big Break commentary, Annie and Kelly currently work for, Golf Channel’s official online tee-times provider

Episode 2: First Elimination

Kelly: After last week’s first episode, I was very excited about the level of golf we were going to see this season. This episode didn’t disappoint either! There were so many great shots and a lot of girls are starting to show their true colors!

Annie: There have been some great shots (Jackie’s hole-out comes to mind) and also some pretty terrible shots (missing greens from 80 yards, ladies? Three-putting from 20 feet?) But, you and I both know there’s nothing quite like the pressure you feel on Big Break. It’s always easier to be sitting behind a TV and criticizing than it is to be in front of the cameras hitting the shots yourself.

Kelly: I think one of my favorites this season will be Jackie. She is definitely going to be one of the top contenders and she has one of the best attitudes on the course as well.

Annie: Of all the girls on this season, I think Jackie and Sadena have the best chance to win the whole thing. I played with Jackie quite a bit on the Symetra Tour. She’s won tournaments out on the Symetra Tour and has conditional status on the LPGA due to her performance at Q school after Big Break was filmed. I hope we see her in the finale!

That being said – anything goes on Big Break! One bad shot at the wrong time can send you home.

Kelly: I’m also very impressed with Sadena. She seems very composed and confident in her abilities under the pressure. She won the Macanudo Challenge last week and won a challenge this week as well, 2 for 2!

Annie: She’s a player! We are both from Washington, but opposite sides of the state. I had played a lot of Washington junior golf growing up, but had never even heard of her until high school state my senior year. She was two years younger than me, and she beat me in a three-hole playoff at our high school state championship. I cried. If she sends any girls home in tears this season on Big Break– tell them to give me a call.

Kelly: What did you think about having to make the decision between keeping the money or taking Immunity? I think she made a great decision with keeping the money and choosing to play. It showed the other girls that she’s here to win it. Go big or go home! I think she could have taken the money the second time around as well and earn Immunity through the next challenge. However it’s a fine line between being confident and being greedy, but I like her chances.

Annie: I love that she took the money and decided to keep playing the first time around and then went on to win Immunity. I’m not sure how many of the other girls would have made the same decision. Not only does it give Sadena more confidence in her game, but it solidifies her as one of the top players in the minds of the other girls.

So Kelly, there are two girls who turned pro to play this season of Big Break: Dallas and Kylee. Kylee played on the Cactus Tour last year as an amateur and her collegiate experience at Arizona State is really going to help her on Big Break in terms of dealing with the pressure I think. Dallas on the other hand, she turned pro for Big Break right out of high school. Personally, I think it’s a terrible decision. How much fun was college golf?! I wouldn’t trade those four years for anything! It’s also tough to deal with the pressure of Big Break without much playing experience, and I won’t be surprised if she gets the boot in the next few episodes.

Kelly: I’m always surprised at the girls who turned professional to be on Big Break! It’s obviously a chance of a lifetime, but what about getting a golf scholarship to go to school, being a part of a college golf team, and gaining experience? Unless you’re a teenage phenom, I don’t understand that decision. Stay in school girls and boys! Big Break has been around for 21 seasons. It will still be around when you graduate with a college degree!

With that being said, Dallas was immune after her solid play in the first challenge! Huge congrats! That has to be such a confidence booster going forward, knowing she beat out girls with years of experience on them. But I still stand firm on my opinion.

Annie: Preach! Couldn’t have said it better.

Kelly: Sometimes on Big Break, the eliminations seem unfair, but so far I really like how they are structuring the challenges. If you did well in the previous week, you get rewarded with an advantage to help you succeed in the challenge at hand.

Annie: I will say that I was disappointed no one went home the first episode. I’m glad it wasn’t Renee, but the head-to-head competition adds some suspense and drama to the show. Because no one went home the first episode, I do believe this means later on in the show, there will be an episode where two girls will go home.

Kelly: What are your thoughts about the second Immunity Challenge where the girls bet on who they think will succeed and who will fail? I thought that was evil...but genius! It really gives you a good idea of who the supposed weak link is. That has to be frustrating seeing girls not have any confidence in your abilities. Way to go Lauren for hitting a great clutch shot when no one thought you were going to pull it off!

Annie: Kudos to whoever thought up this challenge! Especially for an all-female cast, quite literally making the girls “pick sides” was entertaining to watch. I was rolling my eyes when Lindsay didn’t move benches and then made the comment that she just wants to be friends with everyone. That comment made me think that she might be one of the weaker girls this season. Can’t be more concerned with making friends than winning if you want to take it all the way! However, the elimination challenge made me change my mind about Lindsay.

Kelly: I thought Lindsay 100% made the right decision when convincing Courtney to choose Mary for the Elimination Challenge! I know that may not be a popular stance, but if someone shows any weakness, you HAVE to take advantage and capitalize on them! Especially in this type of situation where every shot and every decision can make the ultimate difference in your success on the show! I think that decision showed how smart Lindsay is and she is one to look out for. Not necessarily for her game, but for her strategy!

Annie: Absolutely! Genius strategy. Courtney was so rattled it was comical. Lindsay knew in order to stay, she didn’t have to beat Mary, she just couldn’t lose to Courtney. Lindsay didn’t even play that great in elimination, Courtney just imploded. And how brutal was Courtney’s final interview? So insecure it was painful. Sorry, I’m not sorry.

Kelly: I know we both played with Mary a few times and have some mixed feelings about her...but you have to give her some props for showing up when it really mattered! Through her intimidating demeanor and her clutch performance, she definitely sent a strong message to the other girls. Don’t mess with me!

Annie: I hope Mary lasts a long time on this season – she makes for some great TV! She has had no filter so far this season, and I love it. Every time she opens her mouth, I can’t help but laugh. Although I have been surprised with her play so far – it hasn’t been as good as I’d thought it would be. She’s one of the better players on the show, but up until the Elimination Challenge, she hasn’t shown it. I was glad to see her step up. #beastmode.

Kelly: Fun fact about Mary. Does anyone know why she wears rain pants 99% of the time? She played really well one tournament as an amateur and had them on. She decided they might be her lucky charm! Annie, did you have any superstitions? I always had to eat the same thing for breakfast and the same thing during the round. Greek yogurt and 1 banana before, and 2-3 more bananas and a protein shake during. Oh silly superstitions!

Annie: Ha! I had no idea that’s why she wears them! I’ve never seen her in anything BUT rain pants until Big Break Florida! I was glad when she put them back on in the second episode. All felt right in the world.

I never really had any superstitions. I always liked to think that I had control of my golf game rather than the coin I use to mark my ball or what I ate for breakfast. Maybe that’s why I only made a few paychecks out on Tour.

Kelly: No one wants to be the first person to go home and I hope Courtney keeps her chin up and keeps that great attitude of hers. But with her lack of experience, I’m not surprised that she was eliminated first. Big Break tests you so hard mentally. If you don't have complete confidence in yourself and your abilities, you probably won't be sticking around long. Courtney, I wish you the very best, and I hope you cherished every moment on Big Break. You will be able to draw on these experiences for the rest of your life, so use that to your advantage. Set those goals, work your tush off and keep those “freakin monkeys” on your side!

Annie: Wow, Kelly. That was much nicer than I was about to be. Big Break is an incredible opportunity, and I do wish her the best. But I will say I’m a happier spectator not having to hear “freakin monkeys” one more time.

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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”