Big Break Indian Wells Premieres May 16, 2011

…and I’ll have interviews posted here by the 17th!

In case you hadn’t heard…the next Big Break will be held in the Southern California Desert at Indian Wells.

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The all male cast will be Big Break “virgins”, so to speak, all new to the series and all vying for the coveted sponsor’s exemption to a 2012 PGA TOUR event (plus other goodies, yet to be disclosed”.

The 10-episode series will unfold on the resort’s two championship golf courses – Celebrity Course and Players Course.

The Celebrity Course is a two-time host to the PGA TOUR’s Skins Game, and both courses are ranked as one of California’s top-20 courses by GOLF Magazine and Golfweek Magazine – the only 36-hole facility in the state to boast that honor.

During Big Break Indian Wells, one contestant will be eliminated each week, with the last player standing awarded his Big Break.  Sounds like no surprises with format. Hmmm…not sure I like that.  I liked the changes they started to introduce last summer, and in fact, I’d like to see more.

Actually,  I would love to see Golf Channel take the Big Break over to Europe again and have half USA, half European players.  They should create a “Ryder Cup” atmosphere with challenges that pit continents against each other.

I am a huge fan of match play. Watching the Accenture this week and seeing Miguel-Angel Jimenez playing so well at 47 years of age, taking down Ben ‘excuse me while I take a nap‘ Crane, 7-6 made me want to jump on a plane to greet The Mechanic when he lands back in Costa del Sol.

Imagine calling that part of the world home! The choices of golf courses and resorts in that part of Spain seem endless. How I would love to golf Marbella or Malaga or Estepona.   No wonder the area is so popular on the European Tour.  There on no less than 5 professional events being held there this year between the Challenge, European and Seniors tours.

Yes, I think any golf course Spain has to offer would be a great venue for the next Big Break.  And I’m sure more than one resort along the Mediterranean would pay big bucks to host the series.   The Big Break sponsorship certainly helped raise the profile of  PEI as a major golf destination in Canada.  It was worth every penny of the $800K the government of PEI allegedly spent on that.

And imagine if the Golf Channel could get a guest appearance from Jimenez or Quiros or El Nino.  I’d pay to watch that.  You never know… that could be Sergio’s big break! 😉

Anyway, back to Indian Wells. I am pretty curious about the contestants this time around. Rumour has it that Raymond Floyd’s son is one of them.  If that’s true, and he’s anything like his dad, I’ll do my best to get him on the phone.

David Byrne of Big Break Indian Wells

I was delighted to see a fellow Canuck, David Byrne, is in the mix too (see newspaper article below).  He’ll be one of my first interviews after the premier on May 16th. 

I guess I really shouldn’t  worry much about the contestants; I am pretty confident Golf Channel will have picked some real “winners” for us to love/hate/roast.  



The Windsor Star
20 Jan 2011

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