All-Star Cast Returns To Team Up With NFL Legends on Golf Channel's Big Break NFL From Puerto Rico

By Golf Channel Public RelationsAugust 6, 2013, 1:40 pm

BIG BREAK NFL from Puerto Rico will be all about reunion, redemption and teamwork this fall when 12 previous BIG BREAK competitors return to team up with six of the NFL’s all-time greats, premiering Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 9 p.m. ET and airing weekly on Tuesday nights.

BIG BREAK NFL from Puerto Rico will feature an all-star cast comprised of several of the series’ most captivating and polarizing personalities returning for a second chance at kick starting their professional golf careers.  Two past BIG BREAK competitors – one male and one female, will join one NFL legend to form three-person teams.  The series will feature a new format twist to BIG BREAK – teams will win or lose as teams.  On the line will be $50,000 to the winning NFL legend’s designated charity, along with 2014 PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour tournament exemptions, cash and other prizes for the BIG BREAK competitors.

The teams competing on BIG BREAK NFL from Puerto Rico are:

Team Brown
Tim Brown
(46, Dallas, Texas, 3 handicap, 17-year NFL wide receiver, 1987 Heisman Trophy winner)
Mallory Blackwelder (26, Versailles, Ky. / Scottsdale, Ariz. – Big Break Ireland)
Will Lowery (28, Charlotte, N.C. – BIG BREAK INDIAN WELLS)

Team Bulger
Marc Bulger
(36, Sarasota, Fla., 4 handicap, 10-year NFL quarterback and two-time Pro Bowler)
Zakiya Randall (21, Washington, D.C. – Big Break Atlantis)
Chad Schulze (25, Cockeysville, Md. – BIG BREAK MEXICO)

Team Del Greco
Al Del Greco
(51, Birmingham, Ala., +1 handicap, 17-year NFL placekicker)
Stefanie Kenoyer (24, Lighthouse Point, Fla. – BIG BREAK MEXICO)
Oren Geri (39, Altamonte Springs, Fla. – BIG BREAK INDIAN WELLS)

Team Doleman
Chris Doleman
(51, Atlanta, Ga., 3 handicap, 2012 Pro Football Hall-of-Fame Inductee and 15-year NFL defensive lineman)
Shannon Fish (24, Spring, Texas – BIG BREAK ATLANTIS)
Brian Cooper (46, Phoenix, Ariz. – Big Break Greenbrier)

Team Rice
Jerry Rice
(50, Atherton, Calif., 1 handicap, Pro Football Hall-of-Fame wide receiver and three-time Super Bowl champion)
Emily Talley (23, Napa, Calif. – BIG BREAK MEXICO)
Isaac Sanchez (34, Folsom, Calif. – BIG BREAK GREENBRIER)

Team Rypien
Mark Rypien
(50, Spokane, Wash., 1 handicap, 12-year NFL quarterback and two-time Super Bowl champion)
Meghan Hardin (21, La Quinta, Calif. – BIG BREAK ATLANTIS)
James Lepp (28, Abbotsford, British Columbia – BIG BREAK GREENBRIER)

“Not many people in our sport get this kind of opportunity to be on Big Break in the first place, let alone two Big Breaks in one year.  I’m blessed to have another opportunity to give it another go.” – BIG BREAK MEXICO competitor Stefanie Kenoyer

“Big Break Greenbrier started a great year for me, and now I have another pinch me moment by coming back for another Big Break.  I can only think of one way to cap this off.”- BIG BREAK GREENBRIER competitor Brian Cooper

“I was driving and all of a sudden the thought crossed my mind that it would be really cool to be on Big Break again.  Ten minutes later I got the phone call out of the blue.  I committed to it right on the phone, saying ‘Wherever you need me to be, I’ll be there with a smile on my face.’” – BIG BREAK ATLANTIS competitor Shannon Fish

“Big Break Ireland was one of the greatest experiences in my life.  We joke all of the time how I have unfinished business on Big Break.  And then I got the call for the reunion show.  Everything happens for a reason.” – BIG BREAK IRELAND competitor Mallory Blackwelder

“People look at me and think, ‘I know that guy from somewhere,’ and then they take a look at my cross-handed grip and golf swing and say, ‘Oh yeah, that’s Will from Big Break.’ I’m excited to put the golf swing on display once again.” – BIG BREAK INDIAN WELLS competitor Will Lowery

Golf Channel’s BIG BREAK show concept pits highly skilled golfers against each other in a variety of challenges that test their physical skills and mental toughness.  During BIG BREAK NFL from Puerto Rico, teams will be subject to skills challenges from tee-to-green, including two of the series’ signature challenges, the popular “Glass Break” and “Flop Wall” challenges.  The series also will feature special guest appearances from World Golf Hall-of-Fame member and Puerto Rico’s own Chi Chi Rodriguez and two-time Super Bowl winner and NBC’s Football Night in America analyst Rodney Harrison.

NBC Sports’ Sunday Night Football sideline reporter and Emmy Award-winner Michele Tafoya also joins Golf Channel’s Tom Abbott to co-host BIG BREAK NFL from Puerto Rico.  Tafoya, who has covered the NFL for more than 10 years, is entering her third season as a sideline reporter for NBC after seven years with ABC and ESPN as a sideline reporter for Monday Night Football.

Serving as the backdrop for BIG BREAK NFL from Puerto Rico will be the luxurious Dorado Beach Resort in Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico.  Produced in partnership with the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, the series will unfold on the resort’s historic East Course, a par-72 layout that features panoramic sight lines of the Atlantic Ocean on 15 of 18 holes.  Originally designed by Robert Trent Jones, the course was recently redesigned by Robert Trent Jones II, bringing the classic seaside course into the 21st century.

Past BIG BREAK champions have won tournament exemptions to compete on some of the world’s top professional circuits, including the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, European Tour, LPGA Tour, Web.com Tour and Canadian Tour.

Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey, BIG BREAK VII: REUNION champion and PGA TOUR professional, captured his first PGA TOUR victory in 2012 at The McGladrey Classic and is playing full-time on the PGA TOUR.  Gerina Piller (BIG BREAK PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND competitor) will compete next week in the 2013 Solheim Cup, representing Team U.S.A. as a Captain’s Pick.  2011 Solheim Cup team member Ryann O’Toole (BIG BREAK SANDALS RESORTS competitor) and 2009 U.S. Solheim Cup Team member Kristy McPherson (BIG BREAK VI: TRUMP NATIONAL competitor) also are currently playing full-time on the LPGA Tour.  Several other past BIG BREAK competitors are currently competing on the world’s top tours, including Matt Every (PGA TOUR), James Nitties and Mark Silvers (Web.com Tour) and Kim Welch, Nicole Smith, Kelly Jacques (LPGA Tour).

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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

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

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

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.


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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.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

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.


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“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.”