Fore Things: Leishman savors win with family

By Ryan LavnerMarch 20, 2017, 12:42 am

ORLANDO, Fla. – A late eagle propelled Marc Leishman to his second PGA Tour victory Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Here are Fore Things to know from the final round at Bay Hill:

1. This was a win for the family. Leishman and his wife, Audrey, have had a difficult few years as she recovered from toxic shock syndrome and acute respiratory distress syndrome that left her with a 5 percent chance of surviving. Prior to Sunday, Leishman’s only Tour title came in 2012. This time, his entire family was on the 18th green to celebrate.

2. A practice-round putt made all the difference. During a practice round Tuesday, Leishman stroked a 50-foot putt that didn’t break nearly as much as he expected. Fast-forward to Sunday, and he faced a nearly identical putt. The long eagle putt found the bottom of the cup, pushing him to 11 under and giving him a one-shot lead as he played the final two holes.

3. Rory McIlroy’s final approach, not his putt, was the problem. With only 153 yards to the flag, he flared his short iron 30 feet right of the flag, a poor shot by his high standards. It wasn’t until he approached the green that he saw that needed that putt for a birdie to tie Leishman. He gave the putt too much juice, racing it 7 feet past, and then missed that one, too, to finish in a tie for fourth.

4. The firm, fast conditions caught up to Kevin Kisner. With a three-shot lead as he played the back nine, Kisner hit what he thought were good shots on 15 and 16 but they didn’t hold because of the firm greens and ended up in tricky positions. He ended up with a back-nine 38 and a one-stroke loss.

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