OK, I’ve let my first post (and my second and third and fourth) sit in draft mode in my head for far too long. I’m going to put it out there, finally: If you’re not watching Big Break on the Golf Channel, you should be. [I’m not linking to the show’s website because it reveals the winner of Big Break Prince Edward Island, and if you plan to watch the show in re-runs or on OnDemand, I don’t want to ruin it for you.]
Big Break is a Survivor-like skills competition, except that the skills are ones you might actually use in real life (if you golf), and those skills speak for themselves when it comes to getting eliminated. You’re not voted off because people don’t like you (because if you were, Brian would have been gone after a couple episodes), but because your golf just didn’t make the cut.
Up until this season I would have said that the commentary provided by the contestants wasn’t particularly interesting, and that the show is almost entirely about the skills. That was until I discovered Brenda. Brenda, who each week I hoped and prayed would make it through to the next round just so I could hear her commentary. I was worried there for a while because her golf didn’t seem super strong, but as she squeaked through show after show, the analysis just kept getting better. There were many times when we had to pause the DVR because we were laughing so hard.
I’ll spoil things a bit by telling you that Brenda does not, after all, win the competition-which would have meant $100,000. (There’s a lot of talk during the show about a chance to play on the PGA or LPGA Tour, but I think the winner doesn’t get a pass so much as the money to finance a year’s worth of touring.) That doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a future in golf, however. If the Golf Channel-or ESPN or CBS Sports, for that matter-is smart, they’ll pick her up as a commentator.