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Golf Channel Brings 'Big Break' to The Greenbrier

Golf Channel's next band of Big Break competitors will take their swings at  "America's Resort."
The network will present the 18th season of its competition series from The Greenbrier in West Virginia, with 12 male pro golfers competing for an exemption to play alongside the PGA Tour's best at The Greenbrier Classic in July 2013, as well as cash and other prizes.

Produced across four courses at The Greenbrier in June, this version of Big Break is scheduled to premiere on Oct. 2, and feature the golfers matching up in challenges that test their physical skills and mental toughness.
During Big Break Greenbrier, one contestant will be eliminated each week, with the last player standing awarded his "big break," a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete on the PGA Tour at The Greenbrier Classic next July.

"We are excited about hosting our newest Big Break season at The Greenbrier and offering the winner the opportunity to compete in the 2013 Greenbrier Classic," said Tom Knapp, Golf Channel senior vice president of programming in a statement. "Big Break is one of the longest-running series on television and one of our most important original series franchises, and we strive to give our competitors tough tests on the golf course while showcasing a picturesque location. We accomplished both with Big Break Greenbrier."
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, Tour and Canadian Tour. Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey, Big Break VII: Reunion champion and PGA Tour professional, caught the golf world's attention in 2011 with three top-five finishes. For his part,  Big Break Ireland champion Mark Murphy made the cut in both of his 2012 events on the European Tour he received as a result of winning the series, Trophee Hassan II and The Irish Open.