Golf News for Wednesday, July 31, 2013 | Media

Ft. Lauderdale's Taylor Collins wins Golf Channel's 'Big Break Mexico,' earns largest grand prize in Big Break series history

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Taylor Collins (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) defeated Matthew Galloway (Tampa, Fla.) 2-up in a pressure-packed season finale of BIG BREAK MEXICO, Golf Channel’s 19th season of its reality competition franchise.

As champion of BIG BREAK MEXICO, Collins receives the largest grand prize in Big Break series history, highlighted by an invitation to compete in the 2013 Lorena Ochoa Invitational presented by Banamex and Jalisco (Nov. 14-17) and $50,000 in cash. In addition, Collins receives an Adams Golf endorsement contract, which includes $10,000 in cash; $5,000 in cash from Dick’s Sporting Goods; $10,000 in Avis Car Rental credit, $15,000 in travel credit from Travelocity; $15,000 courtesy of Macanudo and an all-expense paid return trip for two to the all-inclusive, adults-only IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Paraiso in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Collins’ teammates – Chad Schulze, Jay Woodson and Liebelei Lawrence – also earned $5,000 each courtesy of Macanudo as the winning team on BIG BREAK MEXICO.

“I’m a girl and I won the BIG BREAK,” said Collins after the exhausting match. “I beat some boys. Amazing. It is an incredible feeling and such an accomplishment.”

Contested at IBEROSTAR Playa Paraiso Golf and Spa Resort’s P.B. Dye-designed, 18-hole championship course – IBEROSTAR Playa Paraiso Golf Club, the intense match did not include a lead larger than 2 holes throughout the match. On the 17th hole, Galloway missed a crucial five-foot putt for par that would have evened up the match heading into the 18th. Collins closed out the match with a five-foot putt for par on the 18th hole to go 2-up.

“I was close to doing something good today, and it just wasn’t good enough,” said Galloway after the match. “It was great, I learned a ton. You became a better player because of it. I didn’t get my Big Break today, but it is going to come.”

The Big Break show concept pits highly skilled golfers against each other in a variety of challenges that test their physical skills and mental toughness. Past Big Break champions have won tournament exemptions to compete on some of the world’s top professional circuits, including the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, European Tour, LPGA Tour, Web.com Tour and Canadian Tour.

Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey, BIG BREAK VII: REUNION champion and PGA TOUR professional, captured his first PGA TOUR victory in 2012 at The McGladrey Classic and is playing full-time on the PGA TOUR. 2011 Solheim Cup team member Ryann O’Toole (BIG BREAK SANDALS RESORTS competitor) and 2009 U.S. Solheim Cup Team member Kristy McPherson (BIG BREAK VI: TRUMP NATIONAL competitor) are currently playing full-time on the LPGA Tour. Several other past BIG BREAK competitors are currently competing on the world’s top tours, including Matt Every (PGA TOUR), James Nitties and Mark Silvers (Web.com Tour) and Kim Welch, Nicole Smith, Gerina Piller and Kelly Jacques (LPGA Tour).

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