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, 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 ( Tour) and Kim Welch, Nicole Smith, Kelly Jacques (LPGA Tour).

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Down seven pounds, Thomas can gain No. 1

By Rex HoggardMarch 24, 2018, 11:29 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – On March 7, Justin Thomas had his wisdom teeth removed, and just when he was recovering from that, he was slowed by a bout with the flu.

In total, he estimates he lost about seven pounds, and he admitted on Saturday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play that he wasn’t sure he’d be able to play the event.

“I had a pretty serious conversation with my dad on Monday if I was going to play,” Thomas said. “I never want to play in a tournament, first off, if it's going to hurt my health. If I was sick or really sick, me trying to play this week wasn't going to do me any good.”

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Thomas went on to explain he was “50/50” whether he’d play the World Golf Championship, but decided to make the start and it’s turned out well for the world’s second-ranked player.

After going undefeated in pool play, Thomas cruised past Si Woo Kim, 6 and 5, in the round of 16 and secured himself a spot in the semifinals with a 2-and-1 victory over Kyle Stanley in the quarterfinals. If Thomas wins his semifinal match against Bubba Watson on Sunday, he’s assured enough points to overtake Dustin Johnson atop the Official World Golf Ranking.

“I don't care when it happens; I just hope it happens and it happens for a while,” Thomas said when asked about the possibility of becoming world No. 1. “I don't know what to say because I've never experienced it. I don't know what's going to come with it. But I just hope it happens tomorrow.”

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Garnett's six-shot lead dwindles to two in Punta Cana

By Associated PressMarch 24, 2018, 10:57 pm

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic - Brice Garnett took a six-stroke lead into the wind Saturday in the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship. He came out with a two-stroke advantage.

Garnett bogeyed three of the final six holes in the wind and rain for a 3-under 69 and a 16-under 200 total.

''Once we made the turn coming back, all those holes coming in toward the north, it was all we wanted and then some,'' Garnett said. ''I kind of took advantage of some holes going out, some holes downwind, some par 5s, and then we were just trying to leave it in the right spot those last four or five holes. Pars are pretty good scores on those holes.''

Canadian Corey Conners was second after a 67, and Tyler McCumber also had a 67 to get to 12 under. Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo dropped out Friday, finishing last in the 132-man field in his PGA Tour debut. He shot 77-82 playing as an amateur on a sponsor exemption.

A stroke ahead after each of the first two rounds, Garnett opened with a bogey, birdied Nos. 2, 4 and 6, eagled the par-5 seventh, and made two more birdies on the par-3 ninth and par-5 12th. He bogeyed the par-4 13th, par-5 15th and par-3 17th.

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''I looked once and the lead was a little bigger than what it is now,'' Garnett said. ''The eagle was huge, kind of gave me that confidence that I can push it on out and stretch it a little bit more. That wind was tough and I'll take a two-shot lead into tomorrow.''

The 34-year-old Garnett is winless on the PGA Tour. He won twice last year on the Tour.

''You've got another 18 holes. So much can happen,'' Garnett said. ''Just going to try to keep the golf ball in front of me. I have that self-belief this week and that's what I had last year when I won, so I'll just keep my head down and just keep going.''

Conners had five birdies and a bogey on the front nine and added a birdie on No. 12.

''Really happy with the round,'' Conners said. ''I got off to a nice start, made a bunch of birdies on the front nine and kind of held it together on the back nine. It was playing really difficult. The wind was really blowing out there, made things challenging.''

McCumber, the son of 10-time PGA Tour winner Mark McCumber, has played his last 39 holes with a bogey.

''Second shots have been pretty solid,'' McCumber said. ''Putting pretty well, short game is pretty good. Just really being in the right areas and staying below the hole.''

Tom Lovelady was fourth at 11 under after a 68. Seamus Power (71), Denny McCarthy (71) and Seungsu Han (72) were 10 under.

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Poulter incorrectly told he's in Masters before loss to Kisner

By Rex HoggardMarch 24, 2018, 10:33 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – Ian Poulter was not happy, and it was only partially because of his blowout loss to Kevin Kisner in Saturday’s quarterfinals at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Following his morning victory in the round of 16 over Louis Oosthuizen, the Englishman was incorrectly informed that by making it to the Elite 8 at Austin Country Club he was assured enough Official World Golf Raking points to move into the top 50 and qualify for the Masters in two weeks.

“I should never listen to other people,” Poulter said following his 8-and-6 loss to Kevin Kisner in the quarterfinals. “When you finish a round of golf and the press and everybody is telling you you're in the Masters, and then you get a text message 10 minutes before you tee off to correct everybody, to say, ‘Oh, we've made a mistake, actually, no, that was wrong, you're not in. You need to go and win.’

“Not that that's an excuse in any form or factor, it's a little disappointing.”

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Poulter actually needed to advance to the semifinal round to move into the top 50. Instead, his last chance to qualify for the Masters is to win next week’s Houston Open, although he was unsure if he’d play the event.

“I don't know yet, I haven't decided,” said Poulter when asked if he’d play next week. “I'm tired. It's been a long week. It's been a draining week. I'll wait until Monday night and if I have the energy then I will.”

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Not DJ, not Poulter: Kisner most proud to take down Kuchar

By Rex HoggardMarch 24, 2018, 9:34 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – On his way to this week’s Final Four at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Kevin Kisner has beaten world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and the European match play ninja Ian Poulter. But neither match could compare to his duel with Matt Kuchar early Saturday.

“I was more jacked to beat [Kuchar], really. Kuch is such a good player and our games are so similar,” said Kisner, who defeated Kuchar in the round of 16, 1 up. “We both made eight birdies this morning and I barely snuck out of there. I thought it was a lot of fun.”

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By comparison, his quarterfinal bout against Poulter wasn’t nearly as electric. Kisner won two of the first four holes when the Englishman made bogey (No. 3) and when he was conceded the fourth hole, hecruised to an 8-and-6 victory for the week’s most lopsided win.

“I don't know Ian that well, so I don't really have a history with him, other than watching him kill us in the Ryder Cup,” Kisner laughed.

Things won’t get any easier for Kisner on Sunday when he’ll play Alex Noren in the semifinals. The Swede has been dominant this week and is considered one of Europe’s top players heading into this year’s Ryder Cup.