Lights Out for Another Big Break Contestant

By November 9, 2004, 5:00 pm
Big Break II LogoEditors Note: The Golf Channel aired the sixth episode of The Big Break II Tuesday night, where 10 highly skilled golfers compete to win an opportunity to play in four Nationwide Tour events televised on The Golf Channel in 2005.

Episode sixs skills challenge had the players split into two groups of three with a three-hole, scramble-style format deciding which team would be exempt from the elimination challenge.

And as is becoming customary in each show, a little twist was thrown into the format. This time it was a blast from the past.

From out of the blue, three golf carts were spotted rolling up towards the players. Once they arrived, out stepped Garrett Garland, Randy Block and Jeff Brown ' three alumni from the original Big Break series. If they could manage to beat both teams, all six current contestants would have to go to the elimination portion of the show.

The Big Break IINever thought about Big Break 1 coming back. Big Randy, Jeff and Garrett. It was like, oohh here we go, this is going to be pretty cool, recalled David Gunas Jr. on the surprise visit.

We heard some rumors that they were talking some smack about how Big Break 1 guys couldnt play, said Block about the showdown. It was nice to come back here and defend our honor against the Big Break 2 guys.

And defend their honor they did, as the alumni forced a three-way playoff after three holes and then won the skills challenge outright on the first extra hole, sending every one of the slightly humbled Big Break II boys to the elimination challenge.

A little redemption. Big Break 1 beat the Big Break 2, boasted Garrett on the victory.

Next up, however, was the Top-Flite Mulligan Challenge where the contestants had to perform the highly unusual task of hitting tee shots to a green in the dead of night, aided only by moonlight.

By way of giant spotlights, the players were given a quick look at the green to try and get a bead on the target before co-host Rick Smith gave the signal to flip the light switch off. Each player got two attempts and the one who hit it closest to the pin would win the mulligan to be used in the upcoming elimination challenge.

The results were somewhat surprising as each player hit a shot that they would have been proud of even in normal daylight hours. Kip Henley topped them all, knocking his shot to an impressive 4 feet 5 inches.

The consistency was really good and that goes to show you the level of the players out here, said Mike Foster, Jr. It shows that the guys out here can really hit it.

In the elimination round the group was asked to hit shots from two separate greenside trouble spots ' one from behind a tree and the other from a waste area with a bunker in between them and the pin. The players had to hole out after each shot and the man with the highest total score from both attempts would be sent home.

Two tremendous shots. The one was pretty straightforward, except that you had to choose to either go left or right around the tree. If you play enough golf, you are going to find yourself in that situation, recalled elder statesman John Turk. My strategy was to make sure I didnt do anything dumb enough like hitting it long into the water or chunk it short. I basically was playing it very conservatively.

After doing their best scrambling to card a low score, both Foster and Henley finished a stroke back of the rest of the group, forcing a playoff to see who would be sent packing.

The Big Break IIThe selfish part of you that wants to win the Big Break 2, bottom line, is saying Oh my god, how lucky are we. We are getting rid of one phenomenal player right now, guaranteed, said Gunas Jr. on the playoff.

Foster quickly found a bunker, and although his shot out of the sand nestled some 5 feet from the pin, he was unable sink his putt to stave off elimination.

The group that started with 10 was now down to just five players and the departing Foster was philosophical about his exit.

Whats more important than anything is to be a good person, and I appreciate everybody having that feeling (about me), said Foster. But we all came here to compete and somebody had to lose, and we all knew that. I was just hoping it wouldnt be me until the very end.

Be sure to watch The Golf Channel every Tuesday at 9:00PM (ET), as the battle for survival intensifies on The Big Break 2.
Related Links:
  • Big Break II Home
  • Airtimes for The Big Break
  • Discussion Boards - Talk about the show
    The Big Break II
  • Getty Images

    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.”

    Getty Images

    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.

    Getty Images

    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

    Travelers Championship: Articles, photos and videos

    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.’” 

    Getty Images

    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.