Sudden Death Sudden Elimination

By September 28, 2005, 4:00 pm
Editor's Note: The Big Break IV ' USA vs. Europe, is The Golf Channels fourth installment of its hit television series. As the title suggests however, this seasons format has been tweaked to include a team dynamic. But that in no way means the stakes arent high for each individual, as the 12 contestants will be vying for entry into select European Tour tournaments in 2006.
 
At the start of Episode 3 The Big Break IV, co-host Vince Cellini and Stephanie Sparks informed the contestants that they would be bypassing the Mulligan Challenge this week and dive head first into Ryder Cup-style singles matches to see which team would win immunity until the next show.
 
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Marty Wilde Jr. reacts after hitting a stone-cold shank during the Immunity Challenge.
Since the American team had only five players at this point due to Bart Lowers exit last week, the U.S. squad had the option of choosing which player from the European side would have to sit out. They picked former British Amateur champion Warren Bladon to sit out to even the sides at five apiece.
 
Each match would be just one hole and the team with the least points after the five matches would be forced into the Elimination Challenge.
 
We were fired up! That was exciting, said T.J Valentine on the prospects of matching up in singles. Ryder Cup format, one against one, match play!
 
Starting it out for the U.S. was Tommy Gainey, who proceeded to push his tee shot way right into trouble. He wisely took his medicine by punching out into the fairway and then hit a solid approach into the green for a possible par save. He then indeed drained his 15 footer to make par to edge out his opponent, Edoardo Gardino, who couldnt get up and down from the greenside bunker.
 
Huge boost! We have a lead for the first time in the entire competition. Lets feed off that, recalled Valentine on the USAs good fortune.
 
In the second match, Frances Richard Gillot made a great par-saving 18 footer to tie David Carnell to claim a half a point and keep Europe from falling 2-down early.
 
That brought back life in the Europeans, observed Randall Hunt of the USA. Definitely a big momentum swing in the match.
 
Hunt then went out and halved his match with Guy Woodman to keep the Americans ahead by a point with two matches remaining.
 
Disaster then struck the Europeans when Marty Wilde Jr. hit a stone-cold shank off the tee that ultimately resulted in an unplayable lie and eventually the hole and the entire match. The Americans had finally won their first challenge against their European counterparts. Not that it made Wilde Jr. feel any better.
 
They (teammates) were all so nice and that made me feel even worse, confided Wilde Jr. on how he was received by his teammates after his poor performance. Because I would have rathered they just come up to me and say, 'You are rubbish!'
 
The Europeans now had the unfortunate task of facing the Elimination Challenge for the first time, something that they all had mixed feelings about.
 
Nobody wants to beat a teammate, but at the same time nobody wants to be the one who has to leave, said Gardino.
 
In the Elimination Challenge, the European team was going to have their wedge games tested as each contestant was going to be given two attempts from three different distances. Three circles were painted around the hole with the smallest circle worth five points, the intermediate circle worth three points and getting inside the biggest circle being worth just one point.
 
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Unable to find the target with any regularity during the Elimination Challenge, Richard Gillot was given his walking papers.
After each had hit from the 120-yard distance, Thomas Blankvoort led with two points while Woodman, Gillot, Gardino and Warren Bladon all came out with zero points.
 
They then moved to the 100-yard range and Blankvoort kept up the pressure on the others with six strong points to almost ensure his spot on the next show.
 
It was now down to the 80-yard spot and a battle was taking shape as to who would be sent packing. Woodman, Gillot, Gardino and Bladon all were still on the hot seat.
 
Its (80-yard wedge) not that simple when youre feeling it, said Woodman on trying to stay alive in the competition. But I just thought, Hey look, if you cant get two in that area you dont deserve to go through.
 
When the dust settled, Woodman and Bladon were safe from elimination but Gillot and Gardino remained tied for last. A sudden death chip off was now in order.
 
Gardino fired first and came up big, posting a pair of threes to put the pressure squarely on Gillots shoulders.
 
Gillot, however, could not match or beat Gardino as he totaled just four points, thus taking himself off the show.
 
Somebodys gotta go, said the USAs Gainey on Gillot's departure. And better him than me, or any of my teammates,
 
It was big emotion, big emotion, said the departing Gillot. It was really sad to leave my friends.
 
The Big Break IV: USA vs. Europe airs each Tuesday at 9 p.m. (ET), while Big Break IV: All Access airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. (ET), as part of the networks Top Shelf Wednesday lineup of premium programming.
 
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    More sun, dry conditions expected early at Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 18, 2018, 9:14 am

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – An atypically dry Scottish summer is expected to continue this week at The Open.

    There’s a possibility of a few showers Thursday and Friday, but otherwise conditions are expected to remain dry with temperatures around 70 degrees and winds in the 15-20 mph range.

    The forecast for the opening round at Carnoustie is sunshine with clouds developing later in the day. The high is expected to be around 70 degrees, with winds increasing throughout the day, maxing out at 18 mph.

    There’s a chance of rain overnight Thursday and into Friday morning, but it’s not expected to slow down the fiery conditions.

    It’s been one of the driest summers in recent memory, leading to fairways that are baked out and fescue rough that is lighter and thinner than in previous years.

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    Lincicome grouped with two rookies in Barbasol

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 17, 2018, 9:54 pm

    Brittany Lincicome will tee it up with a pair of rookies when she makes her first start in a PGA Tour event Thursday at the Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky.

    Lincicome, an eight-time LPGA winner, is scheduled to go off the 10th tee at 9:59 a.m. ET in the first round with Sam Ryder, 28, and Conrad Shindler, 29. They’re off the first tee Friday at 2:59 p.m. ET

    Lincicome will become just the sixth woman to play in a PGA Tour event, joining Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Michelle Wie.

    “The first three or four holes, I’ll be a nervous wreck, for sure,” Linicome said.

     

     

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    Lincicome thrilled by reception from male pros

    By Randall MellJuly 17, 2018, 8:31 pm

    Brittany Lincicome wondered how PGA Tour pros would greet her when she arrived to play the Barbasol Championship this week.

    She wondered if there would be resentment.

    She also wondered how fans at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Ky., would receive her, and if a social media mob would take up pitchforks.

    “I can’t stop smiling,” Lincicome said Tuesday after her first practice round upon arriving. “Everyone has been coming up to me and wishing me luck. That means a lot.”

    PGA Tour pro Martin Piller, husband of LPGA pro Gerina Piller, welcomed her immediately.

    Other pros sought her out on the practice putting green.

    She said she was also welcomed joining pros at a table in player dining.

    Fans have been stopping her for autographs.

    “It has been an awesome reception,” said Dewald Gouws, her husband, a former long-drive competitor. “I think it’s put her much more at ease, seeing the reception she is getting. There’s a lot of mutual respect.”

    Lincicome, 32, wasn’t sure if she would be playing a practice round alone Tuesday morning, but when she made her way to the first tee, Domenico Geminiani was there, just about to go off.

    He waved Lincicome over.

    “He said, `Hey, Brittany, do you want to join me?’” Gouws said. “Come to find out, Dom’s a pretty cool guy.”

    Geminiani made it into the field as a Monday qualifier.

    “The two of us were both trying to figure things out together,” Lincicome said.

    Keene Trace will play to 7,328 yards on the scorecard. That’s more than 800 yards longer than Highland Meadows, where Lincicome finished second at the LPGA’s Marathon Classic last weekend. Keene Trace was playing even longer than its listed yardage Tuesday, with recent rains softening it.

    Nicknamed “Bam Bam,” Lincicome is one of the longest hitters in the women’s game. Her 269.5 yard average drive is 10th in the LPGA ranks. It would likely be dead last on the PGA Tour, where Brian Stuard (278.2) is the last player on the stats list at No. 201.

    “I think if I keep it in the fairway, I’ll be all right,” Lincicome said.

    Lincicome is an eight-time LPGA winner, with two major championships among those titles. She is just the sixth woman to compete in a PGA Tour event, the first in a decade, since Michelle Wie played the Reno-Tahoe Open, the last of her eight starts against the men.

    Lincicome will join Babe Zaharias, Shirley Spork, Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley and Wie in the elite ranks.

    Zaharias, by the way, is the only woman to make a 36-hole cut in PGA Tour history, making it at the 1945 L.A. Open before missing a 54-hole cut on the weekend.

    What are Lincicome’s expectations?

    She would love to make the cut, but . . .

    “Just going to roll with it and see what happens,” she said. “This is once in a lifetime, probably a one-and-done opportunity. I’m just going to enjoy it.”

    Lincicome grew up playing for the boys’ golf team at Seminole High on the west coast of Florida. She won a couple city championships.

    “I always thought it would be cool to compete against the guys on the PGA Tour,” Lincicome said. “I tend to play more with the guys than women at home. I never would have gone out and told my agent, `Let’s go try to play in a PGA Tour event,’ but when Tom Murray called with this opportunity, I was really blown away and excited by it. I never in a million years thought I would have this opportunity.”

    Tom Murray, the president of Perio, the parent company of Barbasol and Pure Silk, invited Lincicome to accept one of the tournament’s sponsor exemptions. Lincicome represents Pure Silk.

    Lincicome said her desire to play a PGA Tour event is all about satisfying her curiosity, wanting to know how she would stack up at this level. She also wants to see if the experience can help take her to the next level in the women’s game.

    As a girl growing up, she played Little League with the boys, instead of softball with the girls. She said playing the boys in golf at Seminole High helped her get where she is today.

    “The guys were better, and it pushed me to want to be better,” Lincicome said. “I think playing with the guys [on the PGA Tour], I will learn something to take to LPGA events, and it will help my game, for sure.”

    Lincicome has been pleased that her fellow LPGA pros are so supportive. LPGA winner Kris Tamulis is flying into Kentucky as moral support. Other LPGA pros may also be coming in to support her.

    The warm fan reception Lincicome is already getting at Keene Trace matters, too.

    “She’s already picked up some new fans this week, and hopefully she will pick up some more,” Gouws said. “I don’t think she’s putting too much expectation on herself. I think she really does just want to have fun.”

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    Stunner: Inbee Park steps aside for Int. Crown

    By Randall MellJuly 17, 2018, 4:00 pm

    There was a big surprise this week when the LPGA announced the finalized lineups for the UL International Crown.

    Rolex world No. 1 Inbee Park won’t be teeing it up for the host South Koreans Oct. 4-7 in Incheon.

    She has withdrawn, saying she wanted another Korean to be able to experience the thrill of representing her country.

    It’s a stunner given the importance the LPGA has placed on taking the UL International Crown to South Korea and its golf-crazy allegiance to the women’s game in the Crown’s first staging outside the United States.

    Two-time major champion In Gee Chun will replace Park.

    "It was my pleasure and honor to participate in the first UL International Crown in 2014 and at the 2016 Olympics, and I cannot describe in one word how amazing the atmosphere was to compete as a representative of my country,” Park said. “There are so many gifted and talented players in Korea, and I thought it would be great if one of the other players was given the chance to experience the 2018 UL International Crown.”

    Chun, another immensely popular player in South Korea, was the third alternate, so to speak, with the world rankings used to field teams. Hye Jin Choi and Jin Young Ko were higher ranked than Chun but passed because of commitments made to competing in a Korean LPGA major that week. The other South Koreans who previously qualified are So Yeon Ryu, Sung Hyun Park and I.K. Kim.