After Further Review: 'Hogan's Alley' deserves better

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 13, 2017, 12:25 am

Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the possibility of no PGA Tour event at 'Hogan's Alley' ...

Since 1946 there’s been PGA Tour golf in Fort Worth, Texas. That was the year Ben Hogan won the first Big League event at Colonial Country Club, one of five victories for The Hawk at the layout that would be nicknamed “Hogan’s Alley.”

Now, some 70 years later, that legacy may be nearing an end. According to various reports, Dean & DeLuca is poised to duck out of its sponsorship of the annual Tour stop and the outlook doesn’t appear great for a replacement.

Tour events come and go and with the dramatic schedule makeover on tap for 2019 and beyond, perhaps Colonial seems expendable; but history deserves better. Colonial deserves better. - Rex Hoggard


On the parity at the top of the LPGA ...

Shanshan Feng’s victory at the Blue Bay LPGA Saturday gave women’s golf its fifth different No. 1 in 2017, the most in a single season in the 12-year history of the Rolex Women’s World Rankings. A year ago, the season ended looking as if Ariya Jutanugarn and Lydia Ko might take turns dominating as No. 1s for the foreseeable future. This year ends looking as if the top spot may be up for grabs among a half dozen or more players for the foreseeable future.  - Randall Mell


On the Ryder Cup heading to The Olympic Club in 2032 ...

The Olympic Club should be a great Ryder Cup venue, and the thought of matches airing in primetime on the east coast is certainly tantalizing – at least for those on this side of the Atlantic Ocean. But the golf landscape will certainly look quite different by the time the 2032 matches roll around.

Phil Mickelson’s run of making consecutive Ryder Cup teams will be long gone by 2032, when Lefty will be 62 years young. “El Nino” Sergio Garcia will be 52, while the next generation of Spanish talent, Jon Rahm, will be 38 and likely one of the key veterans on a team captained by a player currently in his prime.

Even the American young guns of today, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, will both be 39 years old and decades removed from their time together at AJGA events.

A 15-year advance creates plenty of question marks about what California’s first Ryder Cup since 1959 will look like. Although admittedly, the thought of captain Patrick Reed qualifying for his own team at age 42 is tempting enough to reach for the fast-forward button. Will Gray

Bradley, wife welcome baby boy, already rocking Patriots gear

By Grill Room TeamNovember 20, 2017, 6:40 pm

Keegan Bradley and his wife Jillian announced on social media that they welcomed a baby boy, Logan James Bradley, to the world last week.

The Bradleys both posted photos on Instagram over the weekend, introducing their healthy newborn baby, who was (not-surprisingly) already decked out in head-to-toe New England Patriots gear.

Bradley, 31, grew up in New England and is not shy about showing his support for the area's sports teams.

Logan James Bradley 11/13/17 He’s changed @jillian_bradley and my life forever. We couldn’t be happier #gopats #dab

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A big congratulations is in order for the new parents.

And all you other adorable kids of PGA Tour golfers, you've officially been put on notice. You've got some new competition.

Country music star Owen to play in Web.com event

By Will GrayNovember 20, 2017, 6:19 pm

Country music star and avid amateur golfer Jake Owen has accepted a sponsor invitation to play in the 2018 Nashville Golf Open on the Web.com Tour.

Owen, 36, has sold millions of albums while becoming one of the top male singers in the country genre. He has also been frequently spotted on the links, teeing it up last week alongside host Davis Love III in the RSM Classic pro-am and participating each of the last three years as the celebrity partner for Jordan Spieth at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Owen will now try his hand in competition against some of the game's rising stars at the May 24-27 event, held in his hometown and benefitting the charitable foundation of PGA Tour pro Brandt Snedeker.

"I am truly honored to have this opportunity to play golf with guys whose work ethic I admire so much, like my buddy Brandt Snedeker," Owen said in a release. "I know how hard everyone works to get to play in these (Web.com Tour) tournaments. I'm really grateful, and I can't wait for this week in May 2018 to get here."

Owen will be following in the footsteps of NBA superstar Steph Curry, who played on a sponsor invite earlier this year at the Web.com's Ellie Mae Classic and, while missing the cut, largely exceeded expectations. Curry is currently listed as a 0.8 handicap, while Owen played at Pebble Beach in February as a 3 handicap.

Like Curry, Owen will play via an "unrestricted" sponsor invite and will retain his amateur status.

Jeremy Roenick uses golf clubs to catch rattlesnake

By Jason CrookNovember 20, 2017, 6:00 pm

Jeremy Roenick has never seemed to be afraid of much, whether it was another guy breaking his jaw on the hockey rink or an alligator interrupting his golf game.

The retired American hockey legend who currently works as an NBC Sports analyst was at it again over the weekend, coming across a rattlesnake in Arizona and just casually using a couple of golf clubs to catch it before grabbing it with his bare hands and showing it off for the camera.

The person recording can be heard calling Roenick "psycho" and "nuts" several times before the snake is thrown off the property.

That person is not wrong.

What's in the bag: RSM Classic winner Cook

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 20, 2017, 3:52 pm

PGA Tour rookie Austin Cook earned his first Tour title at the RSM Classic. Take a look inside his bag.

Driver: Ping G400 (8.5 degrees adjusted to 9.2), with Fujikura Speeder Evolution 661X shaft

Fairway wood: Ping G400 (13 degrees), with Fujikura Motore VC 7.0 shaft

Hybrids: Ping G400 (19, 22 degrees), with Matrix Altus Red X shafts

Irons: Ping S55 (5-PW), with KBS Tour S shafts

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (50, 56, 60) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 shafts

Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne

Ball: Titleist Pro V1