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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By Grill Room TeamJuly 16, 2018, 10:36 pm
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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.


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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.


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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”