Head-to-head competitions sent two packing and the others to the season finale!
This semifinal installment provided us with the expected drama as Anthony, Emily, Jimmy and Toph battled for a coveted spot in the series finale.
Sitting around the breakfast table, Anthony quipped that he had nothing nice to say to anybody, so he kept quiet. Emily opened a letter that informed players that their first swing of the day may well be there most important, as it will determine the pairings for head-to-head matchups. Ultimately two people would advance to the finale of Big Break Myrtle Beach.
They arrived at hole 18 of The Dye Course with everyone hitting one shot from 100 yards. Closest to the pin was going to win something, they just didn’t know what. Emily inaugurated the challenge by hitting the ball to 9 feet. Jimmy swiftly stuffed his ball to 6’7.” Jimmy’s shot held up against Anthony and Toph. The shows co-host, Tom Abbott and Paige Mackenzie, informed Jimmy that he got to choose his opponent for the first three-hole match. Each match would determine who advanced to the finale.
Anthony immediately spoke up saying “Pick me. Pick me Jimmy.” Having wanting to duel Anthony for some time now, he accepted the challenged and squared off in the first match.
It was simple…Winners advance, losers go home.
Referring to himself in the third person, Anthony says that when Anthony says he is going to do something, he does it. He boldly predicts he is going to win the match. The match opened on the par 4, fifth hole at the Dye Course. Anthony recovered from a poor tee shot, which sailed way left (almost landing on No. 5’s green). He recovered nicely and made a three-foot par putt, giving him a one shot lead through one. They moved to the par 3 15th hole. Both players hit nice tee shots, with both of them having legitimate birdie putts. Both of them failed to convert and moved to the par 5 eight hole.
With Anthony still having honors, hit another drive way left, and hooking the ball back into the middle of No. 5 fairway (Were talking 90-100 yards offline!). Jimmy followed up with a poor drive of his own, leaving him with a horrible lie. It limited him to punching out to leave himself with a simple approach shot. Anthony’s Bushnell range finder indicated he was 287 yards from the hole. While not being able to go for the green, Anthony tried to play safe and layup. He would hit a shot that changed the match. He hit his ball into the middle of a pond separating the fifth and eighth holes. The shot was not even close to dry land, as it ended in the middle of the pond, some 40 yards short or even clearing the water. Anthony mentioned he took a “Bad line.” Jimmy smartly advanced his second shot toward the hole and hit his third to roughly 12 feet. Anthony took a drop and hit his fourth shot 20 feet past the hole. He nearly made the par putt, tapping in for bogey. Jimmy faced a birdie putt to close the match outright, with a par to force a playoff. He drained the putt and was the first player to be rewarded the final match.
The second semifinal match adhered to the same hole rotation. Toph immediately seized control of the match. He made an unlikely birdie from some 30 feet, while Emily made bogey after thinning a shot out of the fairway bunker which guards the entire right hand side. Both made par on the 15th, leaving Toph two up with one to play.
The match seemed to be over when Emily narrowly missed hitting it in the water off the tee. She was left with no chance to advance the ball towards the green. She smartly punched out and moved on. Toph, who hit a near perfect drive, pulled out a hybrid for his second shot, aiming for the green. It was a puzzling decision, needing only a par to advance. He inexplicably pulled his shot into the water (Same hazard Anthony hit into, just moments earlier.) Emily hit her third shot superbly to four feet, setting herself up with a very make-able birdie putt. After taking his drop, Toph hit his approach approximately 15 feet from the cup, but couldn’t convert and tapped in for bogey. In a shocking turn of events, Emily somehow had a chance to square the match. From 4-feet away she pulled her putt left, not even grazing the hole. It was a tough finish for Emily, who played well throughout the entire season.
An episode which brought us not one but two dramatic matches, provided a Big Break Myrtle Beach championship showdown between friends Jimmy and Toph.
Episode 10 Recap
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Down to the final two…
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