Birds of a Feather Flock Together

By Constantin Preda, Big Break ProducerNovember 16, 2010, 1:15 am

On show eight of Big Break Dominican Republic titled “Birds of a Feather Flock Together,” we really see the players going through strange and unexpected emotional changes. Our show may be weekly, but what audiences don’t realize is our show was shot over a 12 day period. That means that these Big Breakers are competing nearly every day, sometimes back to back with crack of dawn starts, continuous play throughout the humid days, and interviews that go late into the night. It should be no surprise that politeness falls by the wayside while real cut-throat emotion spills out everywhere.

Desperate and permanently benched along with Brenda, Elena thinks the best plan of attack is to get inside the guys heads with sarcastic comments and smirks. Lori agrees and joins in by trying to first make fun of Andrew’s wardrobe. The thing you have to know about Andrew is he has a dry sense of humor that the girls get annoyed by. But you have to agree, his striped shirt and plaid pants were straight up funny. He may have gotten some wardrobe advice from Ian Poulter—who knows.

It really didn’t matter what the women said to the guys, because in the end, it didn’t work. Even though the girls took a one point lead in stage one of the Team Challenge, the guys swept them through stages two, three and four. And it irritated them—especially Sara, who clearly let Anthony know that she and the rest of the ladies were tired of what they saw as his constant need for attention. Sara is a sweet, charming, quiet girl, and when she yelled at Anthony and said he was going to get “mean Sara,” I knew right away that the gloves were off.

However, through all of the stress and tension, Cupid came fluttering to Casa De Campo, because a little romance blossomed between Elena and Brian. Her attention and care seemed to really help Brian calm down, and it really showed during stage four of the Team Challenge, when Brian stuck it to four feet and two inches out of the bunker on the fifth hole—sealing the win for the men.

Brian felt he had been struggling so much until that point, and when the men chose Football to go into the Benching Challenge over Brian, Brian was pissed. However, those decisions are tough. These athletes have to make decisions quickly based on previous performances, and sometimes they make fantastic choices, and sometimes they make mistakes. They are only human.

I think on this show, no one realized that more than Football. He went head to head against Lori with a one shot advantage in the Benching Challenge and still got it handed to him by Lori. She just had too much to lose. With one strike already against her, she was going to fight for those three holes, and she did, beating Football by one stroke (technically two strokes if you don’t count his advantage).

Football said it best: “It’s golf. Sometimes you’re the bug, and sometimes, you’re the windshield.” At least he’ll only be sitting out in the next show, and he’ll be back in the grand finale in two weeks. Keep watching.

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OB tee shot, bunker trouble dooms Rahm to MC

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:24 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The key to surviving Carnoustie is avoiding the bunkers.

Jon Rahm found three bunkers to close out the front nine Friday, the start of a triple bogey-double-bogey run that led to a second-round 78 and missed cut at The Open.

“All of them were as bad a lie as they could have been,” he said. “Besides that, things didn’t happen. I can’t give an explanation, really. I don’t know.”

Rahm’s troubles started on the seventh hole, a par 4 with a steady left-to-right wind. Out of bounds loomed left, and Rahm, who primarily plays a cut shot, hadn’t missed left all week. This time, his ball didn’t curve, and the OB tee shot led to a triple.

“Whenever I start missing shots to the left,” he said, “it’s really hard for me to play.”  

After a career-best fourth-place finish at the Masters, Rahm has now missed the cut in consecutive majors.

“Right now I’m not in any mental state to think about what happened, to be honest,” he said.

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Three of world's top 5 MC; not 60-year-old Langer

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 7:04 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Three of the top five players in the world missed the cut at The Open.

Bernhard Langer did not.

The 60-year-old, who is in the field via his victory in last year’s Senior Open Championship, shot even-par 71 on Friday. At 2 over through 36 holes, he safely made it under the plus-3 cut line.

"You know, I've played the Masters [this year], made the cut. I'm here and made the cut. I think it is an accomplishment," he said. "There's a lot of great players in the field, and I've beaten a lot of very good players that are a lot younger than me."

Langer had three birdies and three bogeys in the second round and said afterwards that he was “fighting myself” with his swing. He’s spent the last few days on the phone with his swing coach, Willy Hoffman, trying to find some comfort.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

Despite his score, and his made cut, Langer the perfectionist wasn’t satisfied with the way he went about achieving his results.

"I wasn't happy with my ball-striking. My putting was good, but I was unlucky. I had like four lip-outs, no lip-ins. That part was good. But the ball-striking, I wasn't really comfortable with my swing," he said. "Just, it's always tough trying stuff in the middle of a round."

Langer, a two-time Masters champion, has never won The Open. He does, however, have six top-3 finishes in 30 prior starts.

As for finishing higher than some of the top-ranked players in the world, the World Golf Hall of Famer is taking it in stride.

"I'm not going to look and say, 'Oh, I beat Justin Rose or beat whatever.' But it just shows it's not easy. When some of the top 10 or top 20 in the world don't make the cut, it just shows that the setup is not easy," Langer said. "So I got the better half of the draw maybe, too, right? It wasn't much fun playing in the rain, I guess, this morning for five hours. I had to practice in the rain, but I think once I teed off, we never used umbrellas. So that was a blessing."

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Kisner doubles 18, defends not laying up

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 6:42 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It was only fitting that Jean Van de Velde was there working as an on-course reporter on Friday as Kevin Kisner struggled his way up Carnoustie’s 18th fairway.

Rolling along with a two-stroke lead, Kisner’s 8-iron approach shot from an awkward lie in the rough from 160 yards squirted right and bounced into Barry Burn, the winding creek where Van de Velde’s title chances at the 1999 Open Championship began to erode.

Unlike Van de Velde, who made a triple bogey-7 and lost The Open in a playoff, Kisner’s double bogey only cost him the solo lead and he still has 36 holes to make his closing miscue a distant memory. That’s probably why the 34-year-old seemed at ease with his plight.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

“It just came out like a high flop shot to the right. It was weird. I don't know if it caught something or what happened,” said Kisner, who was tied with Zach Johnson and Zander Lombard at 6 under par. “You never know out of that grass. It was in a different grass than usual. It was wet, green grass instead of the brown grass. So I hadn't really played from that too much.”

Like most in this week’s field Kisner also understands that rounds on what is widely considered the most difficult major championship venue can quickly unravel even with the most innocent of mistakes.

“To play 35 holes without a double I thought was pretty good,” he said. “I've kept the ball in play, done everything I wanted to do all the way up into that hole. Just one of those things that came out completely different than we expected. I'll live with that more than chipping out and laying up from 20 feet.”

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Wind, not rain more a weekend factor at Open

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:39 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – After a half-day of rain in Round 2 of the 147th Open Championship, the weekend offers a much drier forecast.

Saturday at Carnoustie is projected to be mostly cloudy with a high of 62 degrees and only a 20 percent chance of rain.

Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship

Sunday calls for much warmer conditions, with temperatures rising upwards of 73 degrees under mostly cloudy skies.

Wind might be the only element the players have to factor in over the final 36 holes. While the winds will be relatively calm on Saturday, expected around 10-15 mph, they could increase to 25 mph in the final round.