Robbie Biershenk's Final Words

By July 13, 2011, 1:55 pm

I would like to take this opportunity to express my deep appreciation to Golf Channel and all the Big Break production associates for their consideration and extreme hospitality. It has been both an honor and a privilege to have been chosen as a participant on Big Break Indian Wells.

Words cannot express the value of this experience in my life. I can truly say that I did receive a 'Big Break' in my quest to play on the PGA Tour.

It all began when I arrived in Palm Springs and was welcomed by Golf Channel with unimaginable hospitality, and made to feel like an accomplished celebrity.

As the hours moved forward, my dream of playing in a PGA TOUR event became more real.  I could not wait to begin the competition and hopefully move myself closer to my quest.

Each day was challenging and full of excitement; certainly it was the beginning of the end for all but one.  I was still in the game after week six, and could easily see the finish line, however something wasn’t right.  My shot quality was dropping and my confidence was dwindling more and more each day.  In my own mind, I could sense the inevitable.  Before I knew it, I was eliminated.  It was only then that I realized that I was not ready. The game is too hard, and the competition is too fierce for those that won’t fight.  But that’s not me.  I’m a fighter and I’m not giving up.

My wake-up call came at the hands of Carl, of all people. Not only did he eliminate me, but he inspired me in the process. He is the example of determination, and grit in the face of adversity. Who could have imagined the shots he hit at the last minute, with all odds stacked against him. 'I tip my hat to you Carl'; you got it done.

Borrowing a line from Arnold not Palmer, 'I’ll be back'. I am determined to be better. My motivation has been rekindled, and as a result, I have lost 30 pounds and I am no longer smoking. My conditioning has improved and my confidence has been renewed. I am a lean ,mean, fighting, golf-your-ball machine.

My focus and strategy have changed. I have begun a new practice regiment, which includes an emphasis on the short game. As my Pop used to say, 'Drive for the show and putt for the dough'.

My Big Break is not over but only beginning. When you turn on golf, look for me cause I'll be there, too. To all my fans who have honored me with their support, I say thank you. Each fan is special; more than I deserve or could ever hope for. I can’t wait to bring you inside the ropes.

Humbled but determined, I remain everybody’s friend. God’s Blessings to each of you.

SHANK

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Watch: Hahn slam-dunks ace on 11th hole

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:20 pm

There are aces, and there are slam-dunk aces. No question which one this one by James Hahn on the 154-yard 11th hole was.

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Els' nephew Rebula wins Amateur Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:05 pm

Ernie Els is one proud uncle.

His nephew, Jovan Rebula, won the Amateur Championship on Saturday at Royal Aberdeen to become the first South African to capture the title since Bobby Cole in 1966.

Rebula, a junior at Auburn, will join his famous uncle in Carnoustie next month for The Open. He also will get invites to the 2019 Masters and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Rebula defeated Ireland's Robin Dawson, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final.

"It’s unreal," Rebula said. "It’s really something that is hard to describe. I feel like many have been in this position before but it’s an unreal feeling. It hasn’t sunk in quite yet but hopefully tomorrow morning I can wake up and I will feel a little different."

Rebula received plenty of texts from Els throughout the week, and the encouragement paid off. Rebula opened a 1-up lead after 18 holes, and he extended his advantage by winning the 26th and 27th holes. He was 5 up with six to play before finally closing out Dawson on the 16th hole with an up-and-down from the bunker.

"It’s been a long week and especially today," Rebula said. "I should have finished maybe a couple of holes earlier, but it’s been awesome. A very tiring week. I’m standing here right now and there’s so much adrenaline pumping through me."

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Squirrel gets Rory's round off to a rocky start

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 6:42 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy’s third round at the Travelers Championship got off to a peculiar start before he even hit a shot.

McIlroy had just been introduced on the first tee at TPC River Highlands and was ready to unload on his opening drive of the day when a squirrel ran across the tee box a few feet in front of him.

McIlroy stopped his swing and laughed it off, but the squirrel continued to linger for several seconds, criss-crossing from one side of the packed tee box to the other. And while this was no black cat, the pump-fake to start his round didn’t exactly help the Ulsterman.

McIlroy ultimately blocked his drive into the right rough after enduring his brief rodent delay en route to an opening bogey, and amid soft conditions at TPC River Highlands he played his first five holes in 2 over. McIlroy started the day at 7 under, three shots behind leader Brian Harman.

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Kaymer in six-way tie for BMW International lead

By Associated PressJune 23, 2018, 5:29 pm

PULHEIM, Germany - Danish golfer Lucas Bjerregaard shot a 5-under 67 to equal the week's lowest round for a six-way share of the lead after the third round of the BMW International Open on Saturday.

Bjerregaard had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey to finish on 5-under 211 - jumping 23 places and joining local favorites Martin Kaymer and Maximilian Kieffer, England's Chris Paisley and Aaron Rai, and Australia's Scott Hend at the top of the leaderboard.

Bjerregaard was fortunate to play before the wind picked up again later in the afternoon.


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Kaymer, the 2008 champion, delighted the home supporters with two birdies in his last three holes for a 71.

Finland's Mikko Korhonen and Chile's Nico Geyger were one shot off the lead after rounds of 69 and 73, respectively.

Defending champion Andres Romero equaled the week's best round (67) to be among a large group two shots off the lead going into Sunday, including three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.

Romero is bidding to be the first player to retain the title.