Def. champ Stenson grouped with Spieth at Open

By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2017, 12:15 pm

SOUTHPORT, England – The R&A announced Monday the first- and second-round groupings for the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

Here are some of the featured groups (all times Eastern):

4:47 a.m. Thursday, 9:48 a.m. Friday: Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Si Woo Kim

Stenson hasn’t won since his record-breaking performance last year at Royal Troon, though he does have 11 top-10s worldwide. Spieth, who hasn’t played since his thrilling victory at the Travelers, has just one top-30 in four Open appearances. Kim, The Players champion, is making his Open debut.

4:58 a.m. Thursday, 9:59 a.m. Friday: Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Louis Oosthuizen

Thomas started strong at last year’s Open, but he faded the rest of the week and tied for 53rd. Rose tied for fourth at Birkdale as an amateur in 1998, but he tied for 70th when The Open was last held here, in 2008. Oosthuizen, the 2010 champion, missed the cut last year after his playoff loss in 2015.

5:09 a.m. Thursday, 10:10 a.m. Friday: Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood, Hideki Matsuyama

Koepka hasn’t played since his major breakthrough at the U.S. Open. He will be paired, once again, with Fleetwood, the local product with whom he spent the weekend rounds at Erin Hills. Matsuyama followed his tie for second at the U.S. Open with a tie for 14th at the Irish Open.  

8:04 a.m. Thursday, 3:03 a.m. Friday: Sergio Garcia, Jason Day, Zach Johnson

Garcia, the Masters champion, has finished in the top 30 in all five starts since Augusta, including a tie for second in his most recent start, at the BMW International Open. Day was the runner-up at the Byron Nelson in May, but he enters this week off consecutive missed cuts. Johnson, the 2015 champion, tied for fifth last week at the John Deere.

8:26 a.m. Thursday, 3:25 a.m. Friday: Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, Paul Casey

Fowler has played in a late-Sunday pairing each of the past two majors, and he arrives at Birkdale with four top-10s in his last five starts. Scott has made all but one cut at The Open since 2003, including top-5s from 2012-14. Casey tied for seventh here in 2008.  

9:48 a.m. Thursday, 4:47 a.m. Friday: Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Charl Schwartzel

DJ hopes to correct a recent trend, as he hasn’t played the weekend at a major since last year’s Open. He missed the cut at the PGA, didn’t play the Masters and missed the cut at the U.S. Open. McIlroy also enters The Open in a bit of a lull, after missing his second consecutive cut last week at the Scottish Open. Schwartzel has finished in the top 20 in five of his last seven Open appearances.

9:59 a.m. Thursday, 4:58 a.m. Friday: Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed, Lee Westwood

Rahm rolls into Birkdale after his dominant victory at the Irish Open. He tied for 59th in his debut last year. Westwood is seemingly always in the hunt at the year’s third major, with four top-5 finishes, but he hasn’t been better than 64th in two starts here. Reed, meanwhile, missed the cut last week at the Scottish Open to end his run of four consecutive top-20s. 

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 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 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 ( 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'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