America’s most popular golf show is coming to the game’s most popular destination.
Golf Channel’s Big Break franchise has selected Myrtle Beach to host the 22nd edition of the series, which will begin airing on Tuesday, October 7 at 9 p.m.
Twelve aspiring young professionals – six men, six women – will compete on four Myrtle Beach golf courses in hopes of winning Big Break, and, along with it, an opportunity that could launch them onto the game’s biggest stages.
Four of the best courses in Myrtle Beach and America, for that matter, will host the event. The Dye, Fazio and Love courses at Barefoot Resort and Pawleys Plantation will challenge participants to calm their nerves and deliver quality golf.
“Our goal is to place our competitors in pressure situations while at the same time showcasing an elite golf destination. We accomplished both with Big Break Myrtle Beach and are excited to bring the series to the Grand Strand,” said Jay Kossoff, Golf Channel vice president of original productions and Big Break executive producer.
Joining long-time host Tom Abbott as co-host for Big Break Myrtle Beach will be Golf Channel analyst and LPGA Tour professional Paige Mackenzie. A seven-year veteran of the LPGA Tour who also currently serves as co-host for Morning Drive, Mackenzie will provide analysis from a player’s perspective throughout the series, detailing the pressure the competitors will face with each challenge.
Big Break has produced several players that have gone on to success at the game’s highest levels. Among the show’s alumni are PGA Tour winners Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey and Matt Every, and U.S. Solheim Cup participants Kristy McPherson, Gerina Piller and Ryann O’Toole.
In addition to earning cash, prizes and an exemption into a PGA or LPGA Tour event, the player who emerges from Big Break Myrtle Beach will have earned the right to believe they are capable of following in the footsteps of Gainey, Every, O’Toole and McPherson.
The Dye, Love and Fazio courses have all been ranked among America’s Top 100 public courses, while Pawleys Plantation, a Jack Nicklaus design, is as challenging and scenic as any course along the Grand Strand. Conquer the pressure of Big Break and those four courses and a successful pro career may await.
Golf Channel’s decision to bring Big Break to Myrtle Beach continues what has been a year of great national exposure for the Grand Strand. ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike show broadcast from the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am, USA Today readers voted Myrtle Beach the world’s “Best Golf Destination,” and the PGA Professional National Championship, which was televised live on Golf Channel, was played here last month.
Golf Channel’s Big Break show concept pits highly skilled golfers against each other in a variety of challenges that test their physical skills and mental toughness. During Big Break Myrtle Beach, the competitors – who will be announced in August – will be subject to skills challenges from tee-to-green, including two of the series’ signature challenges, the popular “Glass Break” and “Flop Wall.” One contestant will be eliminated each episode during the show’s 12-week run.
The Marina Inn and Resort at Grande Dunes served as the official host resort for the event’s competitor and production crew.
Our hosts for Season 22 are Tom Abbott & Paige Mackenzie.