Mahan vying for Ryder Cup captain's pick ... again

By Jason SobelAugust 21, 2014, 7:41 pm

PARAMUS, N.J. – Hunter Mahan understands there’s a stigma about him being named to United States teams.

On three separate occasions – once for the Ryder Cup, twice for the Presidents Cup – Mahan finished just outside the final automatic qualifying position on the points list, but was named to the roster as a captain’s pick.

He also understands that being named to a team is much better than not making it at all.

With nine players having already qualified for this year’s U.S. team, Mahan’s only option now is to impress Tom Watson over the next two weeks in hopes of receiving one of the captain’s three wildcard selections on Sept. 2.

An opening-round 5-under 66 at The Barclays on Thursday is certainly a step in the right direction.

“It will be a bonus right now to make the Ryder Cup team,” Mahan said after a six-birdie, one-bogey performance. “So I have nothing to be nervous about or get out there and doubt myself. I have to trust myself, because everything I'm doing is good and everything else will kind of take care of itself.”

Mahan has seen his share of the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to the Ryder Cup in recent years.


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Back in 2008, he was part of the last winning U.S. team, posting an undefeated record. In 2010, his duffed chip in the decisive singles match against Graeme McDowell led to tears in the aftermath. And two years ago, he was on the short list of potential captain’s picks, only to be left off the roster.

“There's nothing like playing a Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, a team event like that,” he explained. “I mean, it really has taken a life of its own since [Paul] Azinger became captain [in 2008] and made the crowd a part of the event. I think he was the first one to really do that and since then everyone uses the crowd to their advantage because it is an advantage, 100 percent.

“It's such a unique, special event to be a part of and every player wants to be a part of one. But once you have been, you want to get there almost even more than guys who haven't just because you know what you're experiencing and you know what you're missing.”

If he’s going to remain in consideration, this is a perfect week to state his case.

Mahan owns the course record at Ridgewood Country Club – a 62 that came six years ago. He also tends to heat up this time of year. He is the only player to have competed in all 29 events in the FedEx Cup playoffs and one of just three to play in the Tour Championship each year since its inception.

He’ll also offer some intangibles as his rationale for why he thinks he’d be a valuable member of this year’s team.

“I’ve got a pretty good record – pretty good singles, teams and stuff,” he said. “I think I'm pretty easy to get along with and get along with a lot of different guys.”

It’s out of his hands now. All Mahan can do is play as well as he can over these next two weeks, and hope Watson is keeping a close eye on him.

As for whether he might add to that stigma of always being a captain’s pick soon, he just smiled and said, “You never know…”

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