A road trip was taken, a clear favorite emerged, and the cruelty of the game of golf was reaffirmed on the seventh episode of Big Break Myrtle Beach.
First the road trip: after playing at our Fazio, Dye and Love courses at Barefoot Resort & Golf the first 6 episodes, Big Break moved to our friends down at Pawley’s Plantation, which is one of the most picturesque and challenging courses amongst the Grand Strand. Players arrived on-site and were immediately taken back by the beauty of the Lowcountry.
The contestants were surprised during breakfast with a stack of cash, each receiving $500. Not knowing what to expect, players were given the opportunity to win some cash during the first immunity challenge.
The challenge was a closest to the pin contest on the 17th hole, a shorter par 3 which requires a carry over a saltwater marsh to a demanding green. Players were determined by random and had to choose who they would play against. With each player having $500 in hand, they went head-to-head, taking the money and advancing until one person emerges with all the cash. By the end of the matchups, Christian and Charlie were left standing. Charlie having a $500 advantage watched Christian hit an amazing shot, finishing 9’11” from the hole. Charlie followed and “stiffed” his shot to 6’11”. Each of his challenges this morning, were the three best shots hit during each challenge.Time and time again Charlie has proven why he is being touted as a heavy favorite to winning the show.
The second stage of the immunity challenge moved to the tight 11th hole at Pawley’s Plantation for a closest to the line contest. Females had to hit the ball at least 200 yards and men 230 of the same tee. Each player got two shots and the two players closest to the line earned immunity. Anthony and Tessa, who were both within six of the line, led by Anthony, who shot was 5’8” was closely followed by Tessa, who initially appeared to have edged out Anthony. Both players hit there tee shots within 6’ of the line, earning them immunity. Christian, who impressed us earlier seemed certain to win immunity, hooked both of his shots, failing to get his ball in play. He chose to play Jimmy in the elimination challenge. Jimmy, who is no stranger to elimination challenges. For the fifth consecutive episode he failed to earn immunity.
Christian and Jimmy squared off against one another on No. 12 and 18, with the highest accumulative total going home. Christian who had the advantage after hitting a marvelous approach shot from a fairway bunker, left his10-foot birdie putt short. Both players moved to the 18th all square. Jimmy led off and hit a perfect drive down the middle of the fairway. Christian on the other hand, pulled hook his tee shot. He was forced to take an unplayable after his drive ended up in the lateral hazard that encompasses the left hand side of the hole. His third shot narrowly missed finding the hazard a second time. His ball came to rest so close to the water’s edge prohibiting him from taking a normal stance. Needing to hole out to have any kind of chance, he attempted to hit the ball between his legs. His effort although admirable did nothing to help his cause. He did make contact with the ball but advanced it minimally. Jimmy left himself with a 5-foot par, with only a two putt needed for the win. Jimmy claimed he felt nervous, even though he only needed two putts to win. He struck his par putt, falling into the ‘pro’ side of the cup and sealing Christian’s fate.
Christian, who had positioned himself as one of the favorites was doomed by his erratic driving, that deserted him when he needed it the most.
Six people remain…
Be on the watch for a sneak peak of Episode 8.
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