Big Break Florida Show 1 Producer Blog

By Big Break ProducerFebruary 25, 2014, 3:00 am

For those currently in the throes of the soon to be SyFy Channel movie “Polar Vortex”, I extend my most sincere apology for line you’re about to read next…

As I sit, barefoot, out on the balcony of my hotel room, gazing out at the Atlantic Ocean whilst sipping on an adult beverage (stick with me vortex-ers); I can’t help but feel like I’m back in a place and time of my somewhat recent life that has since passed…yet seems like it never ended…or even happened. How long had I been here? A lifetime? A day? Or is it somewhere in between. Ok, maybe I’m being dramatic, but this just feels weird. I feel like I left this place long, long ago…yet, somehow, never actually left. I’m back at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation and we’re not shooting Big Break tomorrow.

Hold on to your armrests folks…it’s time for Lead Producer, Brendan Havens, incoherent thoughts and ramblings…

What I’m realizing as I finish off my 1st Gentleman Jack of the evening, this is the first time I’ve ever returned to a location at which we’ve shot a Big Break. Granted, most of the series I’ve produced have been in places I can’t afford to return to, but this still doesn’t account for the fact that I’m back here in Amelia Island. This day’s whereabouts are because Omni has been so gracious to host an advanced screening of the premiere episode of Big Break Florida. Being the Lead Producer and all, I was invited. So, I’ve put my editor to work on the finishing touches to show 4 and now I’m watching the waves roll in until the festivities start in an hour.

The strangeness of this whole experience of which I spoke of earlier, seems to lie within a few different factors. One of which is the time period we stay at a location during filming. We’re on location for three weeks when shooting a season of Big Break. Being somewhere for that long kind of tricks your mind into thinking that this is now “home”. So, when you leave at the end of a series shoot, for a split second, it kind of feels like you’re moving away from home.

During these three weeks on location, you kind of enter into this time-bubble where the normal rules of time and space do not exist. A hotel becomes your home. For the core production team, the work days average to about 15 hours. After the first couple days, you completely lose track of what day it is. Your only frame of reference for how many days you have left on location is what episode you’re currently filming.

At the end of this shoot, the majority of the crew goes on to other jobs within television and film and basically disconnects themselves from the experience. For someone like myself, though, there is no disconnecting. I’m immediately back in the middle of the competition from the second I return to the Golf Channel offices. Only this time, it’s thru a TV screen.

So now, as I finish off the last sip of my adult beverage before changing into my suit for the premiere party, this weird feeling I’ve been trying to comprehend starts to make sense. I’m back to a place in which I left months ago, yet thru the process of editing the series, I’m at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation every day. Even though I’ve physically left the island, I haven’t actually left.

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Fleetwood, with his fancy umbrella, fires 65 on Day 2

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 12:34 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tommy Fleetwood looked like an Open rookie when he set out on Friday under gray skies and a cold, steady rain.

Because the Englishman doesn’t have an equipment sponsor he made a quick turn through the merchandise tent for an umbrella – but at least he didn’t have to pay for it.

“We stole it,” he laughed when asked about his Open-brand umbrella. “We got one given for free, actually. We didn't steal it. We don't always carry an umbrella. So it just so happens this week that we've got a nice Open Championship [umbrella]. It looked quite nice, the yellow and the course.”


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


It was Fleetwood’s only rookie move on Day 2 at Carnoustie, posting a flawless 65 to move into an early tie for second place at 5 under par.

Fleetwood holds the competitive course record at Carnoustie, a 9-under 63 he shot last fall during the European Tour’s Dunhill Links Championship, but given Friday’s conditions and the difficulty of this course during The Open, his 65 on Friday might have been better.

“It's not a course record, but it's pretty good,” said Fleetwood, who was stroke behind leader Zach Johnson. “If you went out, you wouldn't really fancy being 6 under out there. So I think that's a good indication of how good it was.”

It was a dramatic turnaround for Fleetwood on Friday. He said he struggled with his ball-striking, specifically his tee shots, on Day 1, but he was able to turn things around with an hour-long session on the range following his opening round.

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 10:15 am

Following an even-par 71 in the first round of the 147th Open Championship, Tiger Woods looks to make a move on Day 2 at Carnoustie.


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McIlroy responds to Harmon's 'robot' criticism

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:53 am

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy said during his pre-championship news conference that he wanted to play more "carefree" – citing Jon Rahm’s approach now and the way McIlroy played in his younger days.

McIlroy got off to a good start Thursday at Carnoustie, shooting 2-under 69, good for a share of eighth place.

But while McIlroy admits to wanting to be a little less structured on the course, he took offense to comments made by swing coach Butch Harmon during a Sky Sports telecast.

Said Harmon:

“Rory had this spell when he wasn’t putting good and hitting the ball good, and he got so wrapped up in how he was going to do it he forgot how to do it.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


“He is one of the best players the game has ever seen. If he would just go back to being a kid and playing the way he won these championships and play your game, don’t have any fear or robotic thoughts. Just play golf. Just go do it.

“This is a young kid who’s still one of the best players in the world. He needs to understand that. Forget about your brand and your endorsement contracts. Forget about all that. Just go back to having fun playing golf. I still think he is one of the best in the world and can be No.1 again if he just lets himself do it.”

McIlroy, who has never worked with Harmon, responded to the comments when asked about them following his opening round.

“Look, I like Butch. Definitely, I would say I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum than someone that's mechanical and someone that's – you know, it's easy to make comments when you don't know what's happening,” McIlroy said. “I haven't spoken to Butch in a long time. He doesn't know what I'm working on in my swing. He doesn't know what's in my head. So it's easy to make comments and easy to speculate. But unless you actually know what's happening, I just really don't take any notice of it.”

McIlroy second round at The Open began at 2:52 a.m. ET.

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How The Open cut line is determined

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 5:57 am

Scores on Day 1 of the 147th Open Championship ranged from 5-under 66 to 11-over 82.

The field of 156 players will be cut nearly in half for weekend play at Carnoustie. Here’s how the cut line works in the season’s third major championship:


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


• After 36 holes, the low 70 players and ties will advance to compete in the final two rounds. Anyone finishing worse than that will get the boot. Only those making the cut earn official money from the $10.5 million purse.

• There is no 10-shot rule. That rule means anyone within 10 shots of the lead after two rounds, regardless of where they stand in the championship, make the cut. It’s just a flat top 70 finishers and ties.

• There is only a single cut at The Open. PGA Tour events employ an MDF (Made cut Did not Finish) rule, which narrows the field after the third round if more than 78 players make the cut. That is not used at this major.

The projected cut line after the first round this week was 1 over par, which included 71 players tied for 50th or better.