I saw Rypien win the ACC in a modified Stableford against other non-golf celebrities. His closest NFL competitor was Chris Chandler and John Elway, none of the other guys on Big Break NFL were involved or close to the lead so this should be a hot mess.
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I don't doubt they're good players, they aren't professionals though and that's why I'm not interested in watching. At least the players on Big Break Mexico were all trying to go pro, these guys aren't pursueing a career in golf.
Rats - I was hoping it would be ex-NBA and Charles Barkley would be the come from behind favorite.
But I agree with Motown88 - let's show golfers who are truly looking for a "Big Break" - their shot at the pro tours. Celebrity golfers, even when they are scratch, are just that - celebrity golfers. Nobody makes the PGA or LPGA by being scratch.
Actually, Jerry Rice did try to become a pro golfer. It didn't go so well:
Historic note: The only NFL veteran to ever win a pro golf event is John Brodie, 49ers QB from 1958-1973. Brodie won the 1991 Security Pacific Senior Classic.
He worked with golf pro Jimmy Ballard, a groundbreaking instructor who launched "The Connection" system in the 1970s. Ballard was big on proper hand-loading, and studied how athletes from other sports hit balls. He had some pro baseball players who were his students, and also taught tennis ace Arthur Ashe to play golf.
Ballard was one of the first golf instructors to use videotape swing analysis, and credits Brodie with giving him the idea: Brodie told him about how football teams watched tapes on Monday of the prior weekend's games to pick up ways to improve their play.
Brodie was quite a golfer before meeting Ballard. Brodie played on both the football and golf team at Stanford U., and qualified for both the 1959 and 1981 U.S. Open.
I love Big Break. Indian Wells was my first season and I've been glued to it since. This NFL thing is awkward at best. I'm sure they thought that celebrities would help with ratings, but it doesn't work.
Also not sure I need to see former contestants - notably the ones they picked. Although I do like that Canadian who has the shoe company.
Tafoya was terrible. Looked like she didn't want to be there. Offered nothing. Made Sparks look like she was born for broadcasting.
However, there was some exceptional golf. The NFLers are evidently great drivers of the ball. Tim Brown hits it 295 and 1 foot from the geographical center of the fairway and he is LAST? Dead last? Was there a downhill or downwind element that was not obvious on TV? Could you get a similar grouping of shots from the pros? And the girls with the shots into the green? What a grouping! Once again, could you take the #75-80 golfer in the world and get that grouping the first try?
I'll keep watching for a bit, but I'm not sure I'm in for the season. Whole thing just seemed seemed awkward.