Matt Melrose's Final Words

By Big BreakOctober 6, 2011, 12:51 pm

Big Break Ireland
was a very interesting and valuable experience for me.  When I do anything in my life, I like to gain from the actual experience as well as the human and life experience.  My time on Big Break was so enriching. The show is structured in such a way that it puts every part of you to the test.  The human aspect is on display, your golf ability is on display and then you have to overcome all the pressure and the expectations.  And then there’s the weather to content with, while you try and compete and show your skill sets and who you are as an individual all at the same time. That’s what makes this a great concept and a successful program.

Let’s get into Episode Three:

That morning, getting up and sitting around the breakfast table after losing Annie left a sense of hunger and the feeling that everyone was ready to get out there and turn up the heat and tighten the screws on Team Straffan. After we decided I was going to be the captain for the day, I got that feeling of clarity and responsibility and relished the opportunity to lead Team Liffey and perform for my team when it was most needed.  Our plan was to come out the blocks fast and make our intentions known to Team Straffan, and when we found out we were playing a par 5 alternate shot right out the gate, I was frothing at the mouth to get up there and make a three. Everyone on the team was clear and we had that killer instinct.

Everyone on the team played a role and did what we needed for us to make the three, which put the very hot ball back in Team Straffan’s court. They answered with a four which gave us the early lead.  The second part was the ten locations and we had to hit shots from 70 yards to 160 yards.  Team Straffan managed seven shots, but bear in mind the wind was blowing 40-miles per hour which made this very tricky.  We had an opportunity to close them out.  We got through the first seven locations and unfortunately we narrowly missed the green on the eighth attempt to win Immunity and send them to elimination.  

We let them in the door and they obliged and tied it all up in the third part of the Elimination Challenge, which left me in a playoff for my life against Nina to see who was going to elimination.  Nina hit a great shot to six feet and I managed nine feet or thereabouts, so it was off to Elimination for me.  I felt we had let them in the door with two chances to shut it, and we let off the gas and they made us pay for it.

In the Elimination I chose Mallory.  We did battle for two holes in 50-mph winds under some pretty intense pressure. With a good friend and a great golfer, in not the best of circumstances, we put that all aside and we played for our lives.  Mal came up trumps and got the job done which marked the end of my Big Break experience.  Mal is an amazing girl and a very talented athlete and she will go to the top of the women’s ranks if her heart desires. I wish her all the best for the remainder of the show and I am a big fan of hers.

The future for me is very cloudy here in the United States; I had some confusion with my Q-School entry here this year and subsequently am not able to go, which has been very heart-wrenching.  I have been working with a new coach over the past three months; his name is Andrew Getson and he works out of Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale. I feel we are making good progress and the game is strong and I’m ready for the most rigorous of tests and the pressure which is Q-School.  I will be leaving the US at the end of November to do Q-School in Bloemfontein in South Africa and unfortunately, my return is unknown. But, I am looking forward to Q-School and the summer down in South Africa and I have a great feeling about it.

Thank you very much for all of the support and kind words; it goes a long way and is much appreciated. I hope to entertain you all in the near future going down the stretch on the PGA TOUR…



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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.

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“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.”

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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.