Big Break Florida Show 3 Producer Blog

By Big Break ProducerMarch 11, 2014, 2:00 am

So far, this season has shown a very interesting evolution in the world of being a Big Break contestant. Now, more than I have ever seen before, the players have placed a much higher level of importance on their social game. Sure, in seasons past there have been personality conflicts and a few strategic moves made based on social aspects. But you will see as this season moves on, a lot of choices and decisions are coming out with the fore thought of “what will the others think of me if I do this?”

We saw this with Lindsay in last week’s show. She made what I thought was an incredibly bold and ultimately smart move. She saw a weakness in her opponent and used it fully to her advantage. A move that in any other sport, would be seen as a very strategic play. Now, some might say, golf is not like any other sport. Golf is a “gentleman’s game” where we call penalties on ourselves and treat our opponents with nothing but the upmost respect. I not only respect, but agree with that point of view. However, it is still a game. What Lindsay did had zero impact on Courtney’s ability to perform the shots. She broke no rules in convincing her to pick Mary. Plus, she treated her with the upmost respect while they were playing the challenge. To which, I say, fair play.

I bring all this up because of what you saw in this week’s show and what you will see in the weeks ahead. While Lindsay did nothing “wrong”, she came into this week with a fear of how the others are going to perceive her now. She has shown her hand in a sense and felt like she needed to do some damage control. Courtney’s departure from the show not only woke up the players to the reality of what going to the Elimination Challenge can bring, but Lindsay’s tactics also raised a number of guards from the ladies. I talked to a number of players heading into this week’s show about what they thought of how the show was going so far and there was a definite shift in mentality. This was made quite evident in the 2nd challenge this week where both Mary and Kristi only needed one point to be not assured to go into the Elimination. Instead they chose the 3 point shot, much to the surprise of our intrepid hosts. Their reason for doing this was based solely on social game. Will the others see me as a stronger player if I am able to pull off a more difficult shot?

Lauren’s emotions getting the best of her, without question, led to a spot in the Elimination Challenge. The big question moving forward is, will strong play trump social games? People are now second guessing their original impressions of Lauren and could that prove a shift in thinking? All good questions...

Until next time...
Chris Graham

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Ryu thriving again after simple advice from Inbee Park

By Randall MellJune 21, 2018, 7:07 pm

So Yeon Ryu shared Rolex Player of the Year honors last year.

She reigned as world No. 1 for almost five months.

So when she couldn’t keep her momentum going at year’s start, she got frustrated. She wasn’t happy with two top 10s in her first 11 starts.

“I lost a lot of confidence at the beginning of the year,” Ryu said Thursday as she prepared to lead a strong field as the defending champion in Friday’s start of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. “My expectation level was way too high.”

So she sought the counsel of her pal, world No. 1 Inbee Park, who gave her some plain-spoken advice.

Full-field scores from the Walmart Arkansas Championship

“Get over it,” Park told her. “You know what to do. You’ve done it, so it’s not really a big deal. Don’t worry about it. You were No. 1. You’ve achieved a lot of things as a professional golfer. Just don’t be too hard on yourself.”

Ryu got over it winning the Meijer LPGA Classic last week, the sixth LPGA title of her career, her third in 15 months. She’s feeling good again leading a stellar field this week at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark., a strong tune up before next week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the year’s third major championship.

World No. 1 Park, No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn and No. 3 Lexi Thompson are among the top nine players in the world scheduled to compete this week. Twenty-four of the top 30 are in the field.

“When you come to defend your title, you obviously have a lot of pressure, but after I won last week, now I sort of think, maybe I have a chance to defend my title,” Ryu said. “So I've got total confidence, by last week.”

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Watch: Spieth, JT hole bunker shots in back-to-back groups

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 21, 2018, 6:57 pm

Jordan Spieth has a thing for holing bunker shots at the Travelers Championship, where he made one in a playoff to win last year.

He did it again in Round 1 at TPC River Highlands, knocking in this shot for eagle at the par-5 sixth to reach 4 under par for the tournament

In the next group, Justin Thomas did the same thing to reach 1 under. Keep an eye out for the best part of this highlight, when Thomas' caddie Jimmy Johnson tries to hand him his putter.

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River Highlands a 'breather' for Zach Johnson (63)

By Will GrayJune 21, 2018, 6:43 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – After enduring the pressure-cooker of the U.S. Open, Zach Johnson was more than happy to drift north to the friendly confines of TPC River Highlands.

Birdies were rare last week at Shinnecock Hills, but they’ll be plentiful all week long at the Travelers Championship. Browned-out and crispy conditions transitioned to lush and verdant, and players can attack flags without fear of turning a possible par into a struggle to avoid triple.

Johnson did just that in the opening round, carding eight birdies against a single bogey to take the early lead with a 7-under 63.

“It’s a different kind of breathing. It’s a different kind of exhaling, if you will, but they’re both good,” Johnson said. “You can put some red on the board here. We know that. We’ve seen it. You can go the other way in a hurry if you press it; it can keep going in the other way. So you kind of have to let it happen. This is one of those courses where you have to let it happen.”

Full-field scores from the Travelers Championship

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Like many in this week’s field, Johnson took it easy after a grueling major championship, staying away from the course Monday and easing into his prep over the next two days. Those decisions paid off quickly as he rattled off six straight birdies on Nos. 11-16 to take sole possession of the lead.

While Johnson tied for 12th last week at Shinnecock Hills, that was just his second top-15 finish since the Sony Open in January. But the veteran is no stranger to fast starts at TPC River Highlands, having now opened with 65 or better four times in his last eight appearances dating back to 2011.

It’s a course where he continues to have success, even if his past consistency hasn’t lived up to expectations.

“I feel like every time I get here it feels like I should shoot nothing, and it bites me,” Johnson said. “The last couple years I’m like, ‘All right, you can’t have any expectations in that regard. You’ve just got to go out and execute, you know, put the ball in the fairway and you will have opportunities.’” 

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First photos from Norman's 'Body' shoot

By Grill Room TeamJune 21, 2018, 6:35 pm

It was revealed earlier this week that Greg Norman would be one of the athletes showcased in ESPN's "Body Issue," which features the models stategically posed in the nude.

Well, the first photos are out from Norman's shoot and ... here they are, if you want them.