Stock Watch: Henderson quietly on the rise

By Ryan LavnerOctober 3, 2017, 1:41 pm

Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.

RISING

Team USA (+10%): With so many foundational players (DJ, Spieth, JT, Rickie, Koepka, P-Reed) and an all-in attitude, the Americans finally have a system that works and a résumé to prove it. This group is built to last.

Phil (+8%): He’s still four years removed from his last W, but one of Mickelson’s most important accomplishments was stepping up to the podium in Gleneagles and initiating change in the U.S. team competitions. A de facto playing captain, he hasn’t just talked a big game, either – he is 8-1-3 in the past three cups.

Brooke Henderson (+5%): Quick: Who is the only LPGA player with multiple victories each of the past two years? It’s the 20-year-old Canadian, who survived treacherous conditions in New Zealand to bag her fifth career title.

Paul Dunne (+4%): Maybe the 2015 Open was too much, too soon, but the Irishman showed his mettle with a spectacular 61 to hold off Rory McIlroy and claim his first European Tour title at the British Masters.

J-Byrd (+2%): With a new perspective after two years in the minors, Jonathan Byrd played his way back to the big tour with a near-flawless performance against all of the kids at the Web.com Tour Championship.


FALLING

Ben Crane (-1%): Back issues were the reason for his no-show at the Web.com finale, but the optics were terrible, after he was seen at a corporate outing in New York City. Of course, he then dropped out of the top 25 on the Finals money list, giving him an uncertain schedule this season through the 126-150 category.

Matt Harmon (-2%): It happens every year, but Harmon epitomized the stressed-out Tour hopeful, decapitating his putter on the final green after short misses on the last two holes cost him his card. Maybe next year.

J-Day (-3%): A frustrating year became even more so at the Presidents Cup, where he threw up another stinker, going 1-3-1 in a blowout loss. If the Internationals’ top players don’t perform, they’ll never stand a chance.

Internationals (-5%): A significant underdog every two years against the stronger, deeper and more talented Americans, the Internationals aren’t exactly brimming with potential spark plugs. Ryan Ruffels? Haotong Li? Brandon Stone? Someone needs to step up, soon.

Presidents Cup (-8%): How much more do we need to watch before the PGA Tour fixes this broken event? It’s no longer a small sample size – the U.S. is 10-1-1 and has led after the past 31 sessions – so it’s time to try something drastically different. The players on both sides deserve better.

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