Big Break X Michigan features team format
GOLF CHANNELs 11-week series promises new excitement as eight two-person teams comprised of a male and female will face some of the most grueling competition in series history, in which they could win a lifelong dream at the risk of losing a lifelong friendship.
Scheduled to premiere Oct. 7, 'Big Break X: Michigan' will feature new skills challenges to test every phase of the competitors game. Teams will be comprised of individuals boasting amateur and professional tour accolades, and whose connections range from married or dating to friends or ex-significant others. The winning pair will earn a PGA TOUR tournament exemption for the male and an LPGA tournament exemption for the female.
The eight teams competing in 'Big Break X: Michigan' are:
Haymes Snedeker (Fairhope, Ala.) and Bernadette Bernie Luse (Naples, Fla.): Snedeker, whose brother Brandt was the 2007 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year, and Luse, a former LPGA player, met at the University of Mississippi when he was an assistant coach and she was a player on the womens team. Snedeker is a judge in Alabama and competes in amateur events while Luse looks to 'Big Break X: Michigan' as a return to competitive golf.
James Vargas (Miami) and Andrea VanderLende (Longwood, Fla.): 'Big Break X: Michigan' is going to put relationships to the test and one that could produce fireworks is Hooters Tour member Vargas and Duramed FUTURES Tour player VanderLende. The two former University of Florida golfers dated as teens and have since developed a brother/sister relationship that, like siblings, is sometimes volatile but always caring.
Sally Dee (Tampa, Fla.) and David Mobley (Huntersville, N.C..): Its bombs away when Dee and Mobley get to the tee box. The two met on the Long Drive circuit in 2003 when she was just starting out and he had already established himself on the circuit. Mobley saw that Dee, a former LPGA player, had an actual golf swing and liked that he had that in common with her. A year later, each won their respective divisions in the Re/Max Long Drive Championship.
Amber Prange (Noblesville, Ind.) and Robby Shaw (Louisville, Ky.): Prange, a current Duramed FUTURES Tour player, and Shaw look more like models on the cover of a golf fashion magazine than serious and talented golfers. Their smiles, though, hide past hardships of death and misconceptions that made each question if they wanted to play golf anymore. Now, with the passion refueled, together 'Big Break X: Michigan' gives them the opportunity to grow both their relationship and careers.
Hugo Leon (Jupiter, Fla.) and Camila Mori (Miami): Leon and Mori have come a long way to find their Big Break. Both were born and raised in Santiago, Chile, where they started playing golf at the age of 10. At 12, they joined the national junior golf team and began competing all over the world. Throughout their amateur careers they became best friends, and planned to attend the same college in America. While the plan didnt work out that way, still they both went to school and graduated ' Leon in 2007 from Southwestern Louisiana University and Mori earlier this year from the University of South Carolina ' and are starting their journey in professional golf together.
Casey and Rachel Lubahn (Lansing Mich.): 'Big Break X: Michigan' is a home game of sorts for Casey and Rachel Lubahn. The only married couple on the series, they each played golf at Michigan State University, where he is currently the assistant golf coach. She also has pursued a career in golf and is now a teaching professional at Forrest Akers Golf Club, as well as the Program Director for First Tee of Mid-Michigan.
Sherri McDonald (Lambertville, N.J.) and Michael Michaelides (East Elmhurst, N.Y.): McDonald and Michaelides relationship can best be described as one part allies, one part rivals, but always great friends. Coaching at competing schools, the two have very strong personalities and feed off of each others enthusiasm and love for the game. Each played on professional tours until losing their sponsorship due to economic downturn following the terrorist attacks on 9/11.
Rachel Melendez (Atlanta) and Otis Smith (Stone Mountain, Ga.): Rachel Melendez and Otis Smith are co-workers at the Charlie Yates Golf Course, located at the legendary East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, where Melendez is an instructor for the First Tee program and Smith serves as a PGA Professional. Both love teaching and call the students our kids, but are looking to 'Big Break X: Michigan' as a springboard to playing professionally.
For its 10th season anniversary, 'Big Break X: Michigan' returns to the destination where it all began ' northern Michigan. Known as Americas Summer Golf Capital, some of the nations most distinguished golf courses exist in this region and incorporate unique features like dense forests, shifting sand dunes and the longest fresh-water coastline in North America.
'Big Break X: Michigan' was shot at Boyne Highlands Resort, a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions, located in Harbor Springs. The resort lures golfers with 72 holes of championship golf led by the classic Heather golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and rivaled by the modern classic Arthur Hills, as well as The Moor, and Donald Ross Memorial.
Watch: Moore does impressions of Tiger, Poults, Bubba
Conor Moore is known for his impressions of golfers, and he is back with a new video just in time for The Open.
Moore even got the thumbs up from Ian Poulter.
This is hilarious..— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) July 16, 2018
Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite
Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.
Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.
Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.
Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:
12/1: Dustin Johnson
16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose
20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm
25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods
30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed
40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton
50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick
60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson
80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele
100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen
Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC
If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.
Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.
Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.
There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.
There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.
Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.
John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.
Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.
Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.
Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.
“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”
Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.
“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”
But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.
“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”