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Surprise Twist Awards Randy One Exemption

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Justin Peters was the big winner Tuesday night in the tension-filled season finale of The Golf Channels breakout hit, The Big Break. The Plantation, Fla., resident will realize a dream to play big-time professional golf by receiving four exemptions on the 2004 Canadian Tour and use of a Ford Explorer for two years.

Randy and Justin from The Big BreakThe final elimination challenge featured Peters winning an 18-hole match ' 3 and 1 ' against runner-up Anthony Sorentino of Rochester Hills, Mich. The winning moment was viewed by a live audience and gathering of shows contestants during a three-hour reunion at The Golf Channel studios. Also on hand for the big moment was Peters mother, sister and four-year-old daughter.

What a relief to be able to finally celebrate the victory, said Peters, who had to keep his fate a secret from family and friends for nearly five months. My hat goes off to Anthony for a great match, but now its time for me to take my game to the next level.

During a surprise, on-the-spot vote by his fellow contestants, Randy Block was awarded one Canadian Tour exemption. The San Antonio resident showed obvious emotion when he accepted the certificate from series hosts Rick Smith and Katherine Roberts. Through his exemption, Block will reunite with Peters during a selected event on the 2004 tour calendar.

It was a tough evening for Sorentino. In addition to finishing just behind Peters for The Big Break prize, he narrowly missed getting the extra exemption, finishing one vote behind Block. Im really happy for Justin, he grinded it out and won it fair-and-square, said Sorentino.

Im mentally drained, said Block after the show. It was a hard situation voting for someone that way because I thought we all deserved an exemption. But, believe me, I plan on giving it my all and making their choice worthwhile.

The two-hour finale show was followed by The Big Break Backstage, a one-hour call-in show, which was highlighted by a call from Garrett Garland, the only contestant unable to attend the reunion in person.
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