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Golf Channel's 'Big Break' marathons continue Monday with 'Big Break Prince Edward Island'

Series’ 11th season features 3-time U.S. Solheim Cup participant/Olympian Gerina Piller and Golf Channel host Blair O’Neal; marathon airs 6-9 a.m. / 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ET

ORLANDO, Fla. (May 7, 2020) – GOLF Channel continues its “Big Break Monday” marathons with an encore presentation of Big Break Prince Edward Island, the series’ 11th season, that helped kickstart the careers of LPGA Tour star Gerina Piller, current GOLF Channel host Blair O’Neal and PGA TOUR Latinoamerica professional Derek Gillespie.

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Airing Monday from 6-9 a.m. ET and continuing from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ET, the 11-episode season featured a cast of 12 aspiring professional golfers – six females and six males – in a competition that tested every phase of their games, course management and mental toughness. Each of the 12 contestants competed on equal ground with no consideration for gender when it came to elimination. The contestants competed for an overall grand prize of $100,000 cash.

The final four competitors in the series – Piller, O’Neal, Gillespie and current LPGA teaching professional Brenda (McLarnon) Barb – competed in a series of matches to ultimately decide the Big Break champion. The final-four matches will air Monday from 3-6 pm ET, with the two-part finale airing from 4-6 p.m. ET.

Piller is scheduled to join Morning Drive on Monday at 9 a.m. ET to recount her experience on Big Break as well as her preparations on the restart of the LPGA Tour season in July. Additionally, members of the cast are scheduled to engage on Twitter throughout the day on Monday using #BigBreak.

The cast of Big Break Prince Edward Island:
Derek Gillespie (winner)
Blair O’Neal (runner-up)
Brenda (McLarnon) Barb (2nd runner-up)
Gerina (Mendoza) Piller (3rd runner-up)
Kim Kouwabunpat
Caroline Larsson
Robert Read
Nicole Sikora
Brian Skatell
Eugene Smith
William Thompson
Aaron Wright

BIG BREAK MARATHONS CONTINUE THROUGH JUNE 1: Big Break marathons will continue to air through June 1 as a result of the viewership and social media engagement successes of the series’ return to television. Future Big Break marathons include:

Monday, May 18 Big Break Atlantis (17th season)
Monday, May 25 Big Break Ireland (16th season)
Monday, June 1 Big Break The Palm Beaches (23rd season)

BIG BREAK INDIAN WELLS & BIG BREAK IRELAND LAUNCH FRIDAY ON GOLFPASS Big Break Indian Wells and Big Break Ireland launch on GOLFPASS on Friday, golf’s only comprehensive digital membership that offers everything golfers love about the game, to bring the total number of series on GOLFPASS to 15. Each week, full Big Break seasons are launching on GOLFPASS, with seasons currently available including Big Break I; Big Break II: Las Vegas; Big Break III: Ladies Only; Big Break IV: USA vs. Europe; Big Break V: Hawaii; Big Break VI: Trump NationaL; Big Break VII: Reunion; Big Break Mesquite, Big Break Sandals Resorts, Big Break Ka’anapali, Big Break Prince Edward Island, Big Break X: Michigan, Big Break Dominican Republic, Big Break Indian Wells and Big Break Ireland.

The Big Break series concept, which was at the forefront of the reality competition craze started by Survivor in the late 1990’s, features professional golfers competing in skills challenges that test their physical abilities and mental toughness, finding themselves in situations when these words from legendary golfer Ben Hogan were never proven more true: “The most important shot in golf is the next one.” On Big Break, the competitors must perform or be eliminated.

Champions from each season of Big Break received his or her “Big Break,” exemption(s) to compete on the world’s top professional tours. Big Break provided break-out opportunities for current tour professionals, including Wesley Bryan, Matt Every, Tony Finau, Tommy Gainey, Kristy McPherson, Ryann O’Toole, Piller, Jackie Stoelting and Richy Werenski.

The series also featured other memorable characters like Sara Brown (Big Break Sandals Resorts), Mark Farnham (Big Break I), Eddie Gardino (Big Break IV: USA vs Europe), Andrew Giuliani (Big Break Dominican Republic), Mark Murphy (Big Break Ireland), Chad Pfeifer (Big Break The Palm Beaches), Anthony Rodriguez (Big Break VIII: Mesquite) and Bri Vega (Big Break VI: Trump National), among many others.

GOLF Channel Upcoming “Big Break Mondays” Programming Schedule
Monday, May 18 Big Break Atlantis
Monday, May 25 Big Break Ireland
Monday, June 1 Big Break The Palm Beaches

GOLFPASS Big Break Programming:
Available to Stream Now:
Big Break I
Big Break II: Las Vegas
Big Break III: Ladies Only
Big Break IV: USA vs Europe
Big Break V: Hawaii
Big Break VI: Trump National
Big Break VII: Reunion
Big Break Mesquite
Big Break Prince Edward Island
Big Break X: Michigan
Big Break Ka’anapali
Big Break Sandals Resorts
Big Break Dominican Republic
Big Break Indian Wells
Big Break Ireland

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Media contacts:
Jeremy Friedman
GOLF Channel Communications
407-721-9752
Jeremy.Friedman@GolfChannel.com

Dan Higgins
GOLF Channel / GOLFPASS Communications
407-496-8107
Dan.Higgins@GolfChannel.com

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