Bombers Thompson, Finau teaming at QBE Shootout

By Will GrayNovember 9, 2017, 3:34 pm

LPGA star Lexi Thompson will crash the party for the second straight year at the QBE Shootout, teaming with Tony Finau to form a pairing that won't lack any firepower off the tee.

Currently No. 4 in the Rolex Rankings, Thompson made her debut in the team event last year when she paired with Bryson DeChambeau while becoming the first female participant since Annika Sorenstam in 2006. This time she'll play alongside Finau, one of the Tour's longest drivers who advanced to the Tour Championship for the first time in September.

Other teams in the 24-person field include defending champs Matt Kuchar and Harris English, as well as two other repeat pairings: Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele, winners in 2011, and Presidents Cup teammates Kevin Chappell and Kevin Kisner.

Invitation criteria for the unofficial PGA Tour event changed this year. In addition to the defending team, tournament officials invited the top 12 committed pros from last season's FedExCup standings in addition to 10 exemptions, at least four of which went to players inside the top 40 on the Tour's career money list.

Rounding out the field will be the following eight teams: Bubba Watson with Brandt Snedeker, Zach Johnson with Charley Hoffman, Daniel Berger with Gary Woodland, Jason Dufner with Billy Horschel, Pat Perez with Brian Harman, Russell Henley with Kyle Stanley, Steve Stricker with Sean OHair and Graeme McDowell with Shane Lowry.

The 54-hole event features a scramble format during the first round, with modified alternate shot in Round 2 and better ball during the third and final round. The tournament will be held Dec. 8-10 at Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Fla., which is hosting the event for the 17th time.

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