'Burnt out' Day didn't know 'how to handle' No. 1

By Will GrayOctober 19, 2017, 1:14 pm

As he nears the end of one of the more difficult years of his career, Jason Day has taken time to look back on where things went wrong in 2017.

Day began the year ranked No. 1 in the world, and he stated a goal at the SBS Tournament of Champions in January to retain the top spot for the entire calendar year. But things have not gone as planned for the Aussie, who has not won a tournament since The Players Championship 17 months ago.

Day lost the top spot to Dustin Johnson in February, and he entered this week's CJ Cup at Nine Bridges ranked No. 9 in the world, his lowest standing since June 2015. A significant portion of Day's struggles related to his mother's health battle and lung cancer surgery in the spring, but he also told reporters in South Korea that part of the equation was his inability to shoulder the burden of No. 1 after taking over the top spot in March 2016.


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"I think I was a little burnt out from 2015 and 2016," Day said. "I did not know how to handle being No. 1 at that time. The next time I get there, I will handle it a little bit differently."

Day lost a playoff to Billy Horschel at the AT&T Byron Nelson in May, but his year has featured few other memorable results. A chance for redemption at the PGA Championship quickly vanished with a quadruple bogey on the last hole of his third round, and Day surprised many with a caddie switch the following month.

Day challenged at last month's BMW Championship in his first event with Luke Reardon on the bag, and an opening-round 68 left him five shots behind Justin Thomas in South Korea in his first stroke-play start of the new season. With his mother's health stabilized and his game improving, he remains optimistic that he'll get another crack at the top spot sooner rather than later.

"Now, I'm able to focus back on golf," Day said. "Hopefully the distractions that I've had on the golf course and off the golf course can go away, and I can start focusing on getting back to climbing back to No. 1."

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