Jimmy Brandt survives a back and forth battle in the final match to earn the title “BIG BREAK” MYRTLE BEACH CHAMPION!
A season that started with 12 aspiring professional golfers, culminated with two players vying for the coveted Big Break crown. It is a life-changing opportunity with more than $100,000 in cash and prizes that went to the winner. Jimmy and Toph who throughout the show developed a friendship were left to battle it out.
Co-host Tom Abbot and Paige Mackenzie greeted everyone and defined the day’s format- 18 holes of match play. The entire cast was reunited as they watched the two friends tackle the Fazio Course. It didn’t take long to see drama unfold on the very first hole. Jimmy’s first tee shot of the day was left plugged in a fairway bunker. He simply pitched back out into the fairway, leaving him with an approach shot in the fairway for his third. He third shot hit the flag stick, careening off of it, leaving himself with a short four footer for a remarkable par save. Unfortunately he couldn’t convert and was one down. Jimmy’s putting woes would only continue throughout the match. Through the first nine holes of the match, the only hole he won was the par 5 fifth. From tee-to-green he was by far outplaying his competitor Toph, but missed three make-able putts including two from inside eight feet.
They made the turn at all-square. It didn’t take long for that to change. After both drove the ball into a bunker, Toph skulled the ball into the water, which sent him to the 11th one-down. Toph’s struggles continued on the 11th only this time with his putter. After both hit decent tee shots, Toph three-putted for bogey and gave Jimmy another easy win. Both rebounded nicely by halving 12 with birdies. Jimmy wasted another respectable opportunity for birdie on No. 13. It was evident he was frustrated with his flat stick, only clinging to the fact he was up in the match.
Toph “gift wrapped” another hole for Jimmy as he was forced to punch out after another poor drive. On the next hole roles reversed with this time Jimmy finding a water hazard of the tee. Jimmy went on to hit a great approach and for what felt like the first time in the entire match, made a putt from approximately 10 feet. This completely deflated Toph, who was poised to cut into his deficit.
They walked off the 16th green with the match dormie, meaning all Jimmy needed to do was tie any of the next three holes and he would be crowned champion. Toph made a routine par, which left Jimmy with an easy two-putt to win. However, Jimmy couldn’t overcome his putting mistakes. He ran his first putt by, just outside of “gimme” range. Toph could be seen in the background with his hat already off as if he was already conceding and waiting to shake his opponents hand. Jimmy stunningly missed the comebacker, giving Toph a renewed hope. Remarkably it was only Toph’s second hole he won in the entire match!
2 DOWN-2 TO PLAY!
Toph hit his drive down the right hand side, a drive that for the first time today didn’t draw. Jimmy hit an exceptional drive on the 17th hole, claiming it was his best drive of the match! With Jimmy comfortably in the fairway, Toph’s approach found the greenside bunker. Jimmy hit his approach to 4 feet, stating it was the best shot he hit all series. With one of the worst lies ever seen, Toph was left to chop it out of the bunker and couldn’t get up and down for par. He went onto concede Jimmy’s par putt, losing the match 3&1. Toph simply put, had a bad day. He was never able to find his swing, hitting a number of errant shots, paying the ultimate price; defeat. Up until today he had put forth a valiant effort.
Throughout the entire series Jimmy was repeatedly up for elimination. Each and every time he rose to the occasion. His resiliency all season long propelled him to victory, outlasting 11 other players along the way.
Big Break Myrtle Beach is a wrap. We here at Barefoot thoroughly enjoyed the ride and look forward to what the show’s exposure will bring to our resort and the golfing destination known as Myrtle Beach.
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