First off I want to thank everyone from the Golf Channel, The K Club, all the producers, casts, cameramen, hosts, marketing team, etc...for allowing me to experience something I will never forget and being able to share it with the world! I'm friends with at least 30 prior Big Break players and when they said 'Andy this is something you've gotta do if you ever get a chance', I had no idea why they said it - well now I do! This was the most incredible production I've ever seen - hats off to Golf Channel!
Big Break Ireland allowed me to experience something I've missed this year, that competitive fire. All I've ever done since I was 5 years old was play competitive golf (and hoop, baseball, football), but always golf. For the 9 months prior to Big Break Ireland I knew something was missing. As soon as show one started and the “Glass Break Challenge” was in my hands, I felt whole again. A club in my hand, something on the line, people rooting for and against you...this is what I love. Throughout the whole show I got to witness some very special and talented players mature into what I hope are budding superstars. This show has made me a better golfer, coach, and instructor to my players that put their livelihood and futures in my hands. It was nice to show the world that I can still play.
After the finals of PGA Tour Q-school, there's an orientation where you learn how to handle the media and how you want to be portrayed by the public. I was a little nervous watching episode one hoping that I didn't say or do anything that would embarrass me, my family, friends, my team, students, etc. I can honestly say that I have absolutely zero regrets on how I conducted myself on the show. Since the elimination on Tuesday, I've heard from many how much they enjoyed watching me play and how they enjoyed the class that I showed on the show. I've also heard from a few saying that I was cocky. To the many - Thank You...to the few, I'm very confident in my abilities as a professional golfer, coach, and instructor. I've worked extremely hard on my game for over 30 years and have enjoyed a great professional career playing. The sacrifices I've made and successes that I've had playing golf isn't something that I consider “Luck”. I'm confident because I've worked hard to earn my place in golf. It's a game that I deeply respect and really it's all I know.
For now, I'm teaching full time at The Legacy Golf Resort in Phoenix, AZ and love seeing the progress of my students at every level from juniors and amateurs to collegiate All-Americans and Tour Players. Golf is a game that I love, it owes us nothing. Golf Channel owes us nothing. Both have given me everything.
I dedicate Big Break Ireland to my wonderful family (Mom, Pop, Leonard and his family, Jeff Dunovant, and my son AJ who's my heart and soul).
Peace....Andy Walker 'Adub'
Big Break Ireland: Andy Walker's Final Words
Lewis wins Portugal Masters for second time
VILAMOURA, Portugal – Tom Lewis won the Portugal Masters for a second time after shooting a 5-under 66 in Sunday's final round.
Lewis finished three strokes ahead of fellow Englishman Eddie Pepperell (67) and Australia's Lucas Herbert (71).
Sergio Garcia prepared for the Ryder Cup next weekend with a 65 to finish seven strokes behind Lewis.
Lewis made six birdies along with a single bogey on No. 10 to finish the tournament at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course on 22-under 262.
Herbert led through the first three rounds only to struggle on the final day. He hit a double bogey on the final hole to finish the round on par.
Lewis had trailed Herbert by nine shots after the first round.
''It's been a rough ride but this week I played hard,'' Lewis said. ''I obviously got off to a bad start, to finish the way I've been finishing has been brilliant.''
Lewis first won the tournament in 2011.
''I think this one means more,'' Lewis said, ''it means a lot to come and win this again.''
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Rose tries to ignore scenarios, focus on winning
ATLANTA – No one has more to play for than Justin Rose on Sunday at the Tour Championship.
The Englishman will begin the day three strokes behind front-runner Tiger Woods after a third-round 68 that could have been much worse after he began his day with back-to-back bogeys.
Winning the tournament will be Rose’s top priority, but there’s also the lingering question of the FedExCup and the $10 million bonus, which he is currently projected to claim.
“The way I look at tomorrow is that I have many scenarios in play. I have the FedExCup in play. I have all of that to distract me,” Rose said. “But yet, I'm three back. I think that's my objective tomorrow is to come out and play good, positive golf and try and chase down the leader and win this golf tournament. I think in some ways that'll help my other task of trying to win the FedExCup. It'll keep me on the front foot and playing positive golf.”
Although there are many scenarios for Rose to win the season-long title, if Woods wins the Tour Championship, Rose would need to finish fifth or better to claim the cup.
There’s also the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking to consider. Rose overtook Dustin Johnson for No. 1 in the world with his runner-up finish at the BMW Championship two weeks ago. He will retain the top spot unless Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka or Johnson win the finale and he falls down the leaderboard on Sunday.
McIlroy needs putter to heat up to catch Woods
ATLANTA – Although Rory McIlroy is three strokes behind Tiger Woods at the Tour Championship and tied for second place he had the look of a man with a secret when he left East Lake on Saturday.
Trying to play catch up against Woods is never ideal, but McIlroy’s confidence stemmed from a tee-to-green game that has been unrivaled for three days.
“I definitely think today and the first day were similar,” said McIlroy, whose 66 included birdies at two of his final three holes. “I gave myself plenty of chances, and I think the biggest thing today was only just that one bogey. Got to put your ball in the fairway, put yourself in position, and for the most part, I did that today.”
For the week McIlroy ranks first in strokes gained: off the tee, third in strokes gained: approach to the green and second in greens in regulation. But to catch Woods, who he will be paired with, he’ll need a much better day on the greens.
The Northern Irishman needed 30 putts on Day 2 and ranks 23rd, out of 30 players, in strokes gained: putting.
McIlroy skipped the first playoff event, opting instead for an extra week at home to work on his swing and the move has paid off.
“I hit the ball well. My wedge play has been really good,” he said. “I've done a lot of work on it the last few weeks, and it seems to have paid off.”