The Greatest Story Not Yet Told

By Brendan Havens, Big Break ProducerMay 5, 2011, 9:50 pm

Everyone has a story.  To fully appreciate some, you must dig deep, while others can be understood and immediately loved on its very base layer.  Some stories are sad, some are uplifting and some just make you shake your head in disbelief.  Not everybody’s story is worth repeating, but for some…their story just needs to be told.  This is how I feel about this season’s cast of Big Break. 

Coming off the production of my last Big Break (Big Break Sandals Resorts) I felt that from top to bottom, the cast was one of my favorites.  I mean, how can you not love a cast that features Sara Brown, Carling Coffing, Lili Alvarez and Seema Sadekar (just to name a few).  However, for as much as I enjoyed working with them and putting together a TV series based on their experiences during the course of the competition, I still felt like something was missing.  What was that missing ingredient?  Story. 

That being said, the Sandals cast was not completely devoid of intriguing storylines (Ryann and Maiya’s “rivalry/renewed friendship” from their UCLA days, Lili playing to represent Mexico in Lorena Ochoa’s LPGA tournament, Sara nearly quitting golf before being chosen to compete in the series….  The only thing was, all members of the cast were basically the same age and were competing on one of the major women’s mini tours (with the exception of Chris Brady, but she had just recently retired from the “mini tour life”).  Sure, they had their individual stories, but they were all basically wrapped up with identical wrapping paper.  Always trying to continually improve the series, this got me thinking about how we should go about casting the next series,  Big Break Indian Wells

Upon completion of Big Break Sandals Resorts post production, the Big Break Dominican Republic team was just returning from the shooting of their series, with the casting focus for that season being abundantly clear.  Cram every outrageous personality/fan favorite from past seasons into two houses and watch the crate of dynamite explode.  Now, being an “outsider” of sorts during that production (I was not involved in that season), I was immensely entertained at the “guilty pleasure” aspect of that cast.  I liken it to being hungry and reaching for a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.  They are delicious, enjoyable, and satisfy an immediate craving, but when it comes down to it, they’re really just empty calories with no nutritional value…but damn are they good!  If Sandals was a collection of good storylines presented in similar packaging, Dominican Republic was a compilation of crazily entertaining soundbites that may have lacked a bit of nutrition.  So, when faced with the all important task of who the next Big Break cast would be comprised of, we took stock of our “nutritional content” over the last few years.  There was one ingredient that we had been neglecting for some time: Story. 

Our main goal for the casting of Big Break Indian Wells was to put together a collection of guys with 11 different stories to tell, all completely packaged in their own personal wrapping paper.  We still did our open casting calls at the men’s mini tours, but we put a much higher concentration on the online applications this time around in order to find those especially unique stories.  This season’s cast reflects this approach.  Sure, there are still a few out of the 11 that have significant mini tour experience, but for the first time in a number of seasons, the majority of the competitors are just regular guys with a great golf game who just need a break. 

Everyone has a story.  Eleven are about to be told. 

Don’t miss your chance to meet the players and see what is in store for this season of Big Break by watching the preview show of Big Break Indian Wells Sunday, May 8 9PM ET only on Golf Channel. 

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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 2:15 pm

Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.

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Rose's Saturday 64 matches Carnoustie Open record

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 1:03 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose needed to sink a 14-foot putt on the final hole Friday just to make the cut on the number at The Open.

Freewheeling when he came to the course Saturday, Rose tied the lowest score ever recorded in an Open at Carnoustie.

Entering the weekend nine shots off the lead, the world No. 3 carded a bogey-free, 7-under 64 to at least make things interesting. It won’t be known for several hours how many shots Rose will be behind, but his back-nine 30 gives him an opportunity, if the wind blows 25 mph Sunday as forecast, to challenge the leaders.

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After all, Paul Lawrie was 10 shots back entering the final round here in 1999.

“I think the birdie on 18 last night freed me up, and I’m just very happy to be out on this golf course and not down the road somewhere else this morning,” said Rose, who is at 4-under 209. “So that might have been part of the shift in mindset today. I had nothing to lose from that point of view.”

Rose’s 64 matched Steve Stricker and Richard Green’s record score at Carnoustie (2007).

It also was Rose’s career-low round in a major.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 12:20 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch.

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 8:30 am

You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on  

Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (

Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (

Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM ( Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM ( Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (

Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM ( Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (

Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM ( Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM ( Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (