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Shootout in The Desert - COPIED

Editor's note: The best field in series history battles for a shot at the PGA TOUR. All new series premieres Tues, Oct. 2 at 10 p.m. ET.
With careers hanging in the balance, The Big Break: Mesquite will face-off 12 golfers at the corner of fame and failure. And the right turn just may put one competitor on the road to the PGA TOUR. Seasoned but hungry, each thinks he has what it takes to call himself champion and earn the right to play in the 2008 Mayakoba Golf Classic on the PGA TOUR. They all have the resume, but only one will be worthy of the reward that could put his career on the fast track.
When the 12-week series premieres on Oct. 2nd at 10 p.m. ET, more is at stake than merely an exemption. Fueled by both competitive energy and pride, each of these men will attempt to prove that they are the best player in what may be the most difficult competition in the series history.
These professionals are up to the challenge and worthy of the reward. While looking for the final piece of the puzzle in their already seasoned careers, combined they have:
  • Competed on various tours worldwide, including those in Europe, South America, Australia and Asia
  • Won more than 10 NCAA tournaments
  • Earned four NCAA All-America Awards
  • Won two RE/MAX Long Drive World Championships
  • Competed on two Palmer Cup teams
  • Competed on one Walker Cup team
  • Played in three majors
  • Earned one Canadian Tour Order of Merit
  • Crowned Canadian Tour Rookie of theYear
  • Won one Ben Hogan Award for the top collegiate player in the United States
    The Big Break: Mesquite marks the first time a Big Break winner will earn an exemption to play in a PGA TOUR event. Past champions have competed on some of the worlds top professional tours, such as the Champions Tour, European Tour, LPGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and Canadian Tour.
    This time around GOLF CHANNEL producers have added an all-new element to the competition ' for the first time ever the series will feature more of a tournament feel, complete with a new Big Break: Mesquite scoring system. Each of the 12 shows will consist of challenges that allow the players to earn points. These points will then be used to determine which players make or fail to make the cut. The cut line varies from episode to episode and is based on a players cumulative points for the series. The cut will be announced at the start of each show and will be applied directly after that episodes final Points Challenge. Players who make the cut advance directly to the next episode. Players who fail to make the cut will go to the elimination challenge. The competitor with the worst performance in a shows Elimination Challenge will be eliminated from The Big Break: Mesquite.
    In addition to the PGA TOUR exemption, the series winner will receive an Adams Golf endorsement contract -which includes $10,000 cash - to keep the champion on top of his game. Also, Dicks Sporting Goods will provide both $5,000 in cash and a $5,000 shopping spree. Finally, the ultimate winner will drive away in a new 2008 Chrysler Sebring convertible.
    Shot in Mesquite, Nev., Golf Mesquite offers seven challenging golf courses ranked as some of the very best in Nevada and Utah. The Big Break: Mesquite is contested on two of the courses ' the Palmer Course at the Oasis Golf Club and the Palms Golf Club ' and shows why the desert oasis is unlike very few golf destinations. Also available at Golf Mesquite is a vacationers dream of exclusive world-class spas, award-winning cuisine, superb accommodations in your choice of six hotels and dazzling casinos. Golf Mesquite has quickly become the golf destination of choice, offering stay and play packages that include a variety of accommodations and golf courses, all of which can be quickly reserved online at