Want to Break Torrey? Now’s Your Chance!
The RGC team has been blown away by the love from the community around our Breaking Sawgrass series, and now we want to run it back! We want YOU to show up at this year’s U.S. Open venue and play it just like the pros — every shot on camera, from the tips. All you have to do to put your name in the hat is fill out this survey:
DATES: June 6-8 (all-day)
LOCATION: San Diego, CA
Our first experiment with three players couldn’t have been more dramatic. So let’s see what you, the RGC community out there, can do at the king of the munis: Torrey Pines.
Can’t wait to see what you’ve got!
NOW LIVE: The Finale of Breaking Sawgrass
The greens are still fast and firm. The rough has grown even longer than it was on Sunday. And you can almost still hear the last few fans leaving the grandstands at the Stadium Course.
It’s the day after THE PLAYERS Championship. The pros are gone, but the conditions are the same (if not harder 😏). And three different golfers from the RGC community are here to try their hand at conquering TPC Sawgrass — from the tips.
Joe Hooks (@joe.hooks) is a professional golfer on the APGA Tour, with a +4 handicap. In this round, he’ll be aiming to break 75, which is the score Jordan Spieth mustered on a tough Sunday at this year’s PLAYERS. Tom Coyne (@coynewriter), Senior Editor at The Golfer’s Journal and 3.2 handicapper, is planning on breaking 90 (if the security guard will let him in). And Ben Goodly (@mrgoodlycooks), a New Orleans-based food blogger and casual golf addict, is gunning to break triple digits so he can reward himself with some brews and some BBQ.
Tune in to experience: the triumph, the heartbreak, and the nausea (yes, a round at Sawgrass isn’t complete without nausea). And stay tuned in to see who hits the green on No. 17 — and who can break Sawgrass.
- Joe Hooks – Break 75
- Tom Coyne – Break 90
- Ben Goodly – Break 100
The “Breaking Sawgrass” Series
They’re off! And the walk from the first tee is a little longer than usual, because these guys are playing from ALL the way back. The course measures over 7,200 yards from the tips, and Joe, Ben, and Tom learn right away just how long that really is.
The first few holes get the drama started after tons of anticipation and an anxious range session. In this episode, the guys are immediately greeted with their first ACE CAM opportunity on the 3rd hole, and a Tour-favorite in the challenging par-4 4th hole that calls for some creativity.
You’ll see how Tom’s “water ball budget” looks after a few holes, how Joe’s morning meal gets him ready for the round, and how Ben is handling the bunkers (so far). Check out the first episode to see how they fare through four.
The guys are four holes in, and after a few roundabout scores to begin the day, the squad settles in for the first real test of stamina. The bunkers look a little bigger and the hazards start to feel a little more magnetic in the second installment of Break 90. But through it all, Joe, Tom, and Ben still have a shot to hit their numbers — even if for some it feels unlikely. In particular, Joe came out of the gates hot, carding a very respectable 37 despite fighting his stomach in addition to Sawgrass.
Brian Baumgartner is back to get revenge on Erik Anders Lang. They’ve waited two years for this battle at The Bridges, and the guys do not disappoint.
“JT shot even on the front yesterday. Just sayin’.”
Sit back and enjoy the back nine!
The back nine is here! And for one or two of our players, it feels like there are 100 holes left. Joe is still hugging par for dear life, Tom is just off-pace for his goal of breaking 90, and Ben…Ben may have to readjust his goal.
But consider the pressure: this dude is playing a MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP course from THE TIPS. And every shot is ON CAMERA. With a shot tracer to show where every shot goes.
Stick with these guys through the first half of the back nine — the hero hole is coming soon!