Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Anthony Rodriguez Booted from "Big Break: Mesquite"

Watching San Antonio native and resident Anthony Rodriguez on The Golf Channel's "Big Break: Mesquite" was like watching a train wreck. You know you shouldn't stare, but you just have to look.

The whole time I was thinking, "Why does the jerk of the show have to be a Texan?" Anthony certainly didn't represent his state - much less himself - very well, with his petulance, whining, club-throwing, arrogance and all-around jerkiness.

And that's a shame, because A-Rod (or "A-God," as some of his fellow contestants derisively called him) is one heck of a golfer - much better than he showed in his elimination episode. On a show that required its golfers to actually play golf - as in, playing match play over more than one hole, or playing stroke play over a nine - rather that just requiring them to play one hole, or even just one stroke, at a time, Anthony's golf probably would have shined. On pure talent, he was probably the best golfer on the show.

I know a few people who know Anthony pretty well, and all universally respect his golf, and all like him personally, although some with reservations. But none were surprised that A-Rod's worst personality traits are what showed up on camera.

In the end, it turned out that Anthony's best club - in this competition, anyway - was the mouth wedge.


  1. Anonymous6:04 AM

    Actually watching him self destruct was the reason me and my buddies were watching all along. Some of us were happy to seem him melt down early in the process while others wanted to see him be a jerk for at least a few more shows.

    P.S. I am still mystified by his comments about the thing not being fair - good gosh, when was golf ever deemed 'fair'!

  2. Anonymous5:30 PM

    he looked like a lousy golfer and a big ass.

    I got tired of how "great" his shots were, except they went in the rough, rolled too far, etc. if they were great shots, they wouldn't have ended up in lousy spots.

  3. Anonymous3:07 PM

    What a complete jackass. It will be so nice to watch the show and not have to hear him say that the shot was in the hole but hit a car and went into the hazard.

    Every shot he hit was in the hole but I never saw him have a legitimate birdie putt. He sucks!

  4. Anonymous3:09 PM

    Poor Anthony-JackAss. Why don't you go back to Texas and never show your face again.

    You are the most arrogant ass I have ever seen with no gamee to back it up.


  5. Anonymous9:54 PM

    He didn't think it was fair because to be high in points and still be in an elimination match. The bottom line is he choked. If you can't step up for these challenges then how can you handle the PGA. There are a lot of good golfers. What makes you a great golfer is being consistent and hitting good shots under pressure. He ckokes like Sergio Garcia.

  6. Anonymous3:12 PM

    Howdy y'all
    I am south African and was quite shocked when i heard about Anthony on the Big Break. Anthony and I were team mates on the golf team at Texas A&M from 1992 to 1995. So its safe to say that i know him pretty well. I too tried my hand at pro golf, played mainly on the Sunshine Tour in South Africa for 11 years where i made well over 100 cuts and had best finish of 2nd. I decided to pack it in last year and now I am involved in the commentary and production of poker tournaments in Africa. I am a keen poker player too. Funnily enough i have made more money in 1 year playing poker than in my best 5 years on tour. Back to Anthony. He is not a bad guy. Sure he has issues, he is brash, arrogant at times and cocky, this was no different back at A&M and it didn't buy him too many friends. But, Anthony is not a bad guy, he has a good heart and does all these things to protect himself from the pressures he faces. Remember, everyones pressures are there own and no better or worse than any other's. Anthony has incredible determination if you can get past his outer persona you will find a pretty cool guy. He and I had plenty of disputes in College, we never Quite saw eye to eye on a lot of things but we always did our best for our team and we had some laughs along the way and more than a few games of gin. Anthony, if you ever read this look for me on facebook would be good to catch up!
    So guys, dont be so judgmental, you don't know how you would react in the same situation!
    Rhino out

  7. Anonymous12:31 PM

    after reading many of the comments everyone seems to be in agreement. yeah he was like that in high school too. they have a condo on South Padre and when his father would lend it out anthony would call and ask when you were leaving because he wanted to go to the beach. his parents lived in the affluent neighborhood of Lake James in Edinburg, texas. i know he calls san antonio home. oh well. my question is what does he do to support himself and his family. i'm guessing daddy continues to bank roll him. that would get old after a while. he dated a friend named Lori Jackson, not very long as you can imagine. she was top five in the Miss Texas pageant a few years ago. just thought about sharing useless information.

  8. Anonymous11:36 PM

    I think pressure leads to someone acting out of character. Sound bites don't help since it just magnifies the Jackass nature in us all. He was the villain of the show.

    I liked the "FORE" comment. That was hillarious.

    He claims he hit shot X, Y, Z well but he is a choke king.

  9. Anonymous3:06 AM

    Dude was a douche, glad he's gone. He's got NO CLASS, a sore loser and did not deserve to advance. Pressuring yourself is one thing, being a dick and not taking responsibility for your own actions on the golf course blaming every thing else is completely different.

    Just listening to his comments make ya wanna puke. "I hit the perfect shot" ya well if it was perfect it wouldn't have landed 20 yards past the green now would it?

  10. Anonymous1:31 AM

    this guy is a moron..some great players are cocky...this guy is going bass ackwards being a cock to try and act like a better golfer then he is...u had one good year..give it up..the guy prob cheats on his wife with fat ugly meskin women who think hes cool..u look like a brown smurf..and u talk like u just took a big one! ya best of luck douche..u still cant beat me

  11. Anonymous8:26 PM

    I feel bad that he accted like that on the show cuz I played in a junior tournament and he was caddying for a kid I was playing with and he brought up the big break witch I didn't recognize him from and he said that he was the ass hole from the show and ya he understood that he did stupid stuff and now weather he changed or not is a really nice and friendly guy that I really can't see acting like that anny more.....

  12. Anonymous5:26 PM


    Congrats on seeing the real yopu on the last Big Break. You actually looked like you were having fun, mature and learned about your past failings. Love to golf with you sometime!

    Mike Lagace
    Winnipeg, Canada

  13. Anonymous9:41 PM are still loved in Aggieland! I have known you as a fellow student, dated you later in life, and now keep you in my prayers as a true friend. I hope you and your family are fabulous! Love to you! Laurie


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