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Huge twist in ‘Big Break Indian Wells’ episode: A fan’s recap
"A surprise that is so unwelcomed it turns the entire competition upside down. See the shocking twist that rattles the remaining contestants to the core."
That was the teaser for this week's episode of the Golf Channel's exclusive reality show, "Big Break Indian Wells," that aired in June 13.
This episode is actually the fifth day of competition and four eliminated players were given an opportunity to play their way back into the competition. Of course, this set some of the players remaining in the competition on edge. One person coming back meant one more person who could potentially steal their win away.
The players who remained in the show were given a fun day off and a $500 bonus for their day of leisure, while the four eliminated players would fight one another for a chance back onto the show. A cryptic note informed them that only they would stand in the way of the eliminated player returning to the show.
So while they went off to have their fun, the other four competed to get back on the show. Russell Normandin, the Marine Master Sergeant, was determined to win this battle and get back. Russell's a solid player. I want to root for him when I see him play but then he opens his mouth and reminds me of why he's annoying. He has the "Marine-mentality" going full and strong, and while I fully respect the men and women who serve our country (my husband was a Marine Corpsman), I find him irritating at times. Blame it on comments like "He needs a check up from the neck up!" Really? I've come to call them Russellisms, and if he returns to the show, I think it might grow on me.
Speaking of big mouths, next is Justin Payne, the golfer from Texas who I wanted to root for, being a Texan and all that. One episode into the show I could already tell he was not doing us any favors representing the Lone Star State. He's loud and cocky and doesn't have the skill to back it up. He's always going on and on about what he can do or has done before, but when it comes to the show's challenges he just doesn't perform. It seems to me that he's just not as good of a golfer as he thinks he is. He's the one I least want to see back on the show. He brings disgrace to the game of golf with his nasty attitude. Unless he can come back with some respect for the game and even for himself, I don't wish to see any more of him.
Next is Robert Floyd, the contestant with the most experience on the professional golf scene. He's the son of Raymond Floyd. Robert has competed in more than 30 PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour events in the past the past 15 years but has yet to crack into the big scene. If given another chance on the show, will he step up and prove his worth?
Then there's "Petey", the contestant who has no qualms with standing up to prove his worth. Hernan "Piri" Borja is the player the remaining contestants least want to return to the show. He has a chance to take it all and it has to make each player a little nervous to think of his return.
So who do you think earns their chance back on the show?
*SPOILER ALERT* "Petey" wins it to get his second chance on "Big Break Indian Wells" and this time he is ready to take full advantage of his second change. There's only one thing standing in his way— the remaining seven contestants.
Next week "Petey" will have to play against each of them to earn his place back on the show. No details yet on exactly what the competition will be but that's my favorite part of the show. I love seeing the games and match-play. I look forward to the creative competitions, the courses and the chosen holes they play and how each golfer will handle the pressure. I'm looking forward to next week already!
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Lisa is a recreational golfer, wife of an amateur golfer and mother to two young golfers.
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