Stock Watch: Tiger comebacks are depreciating assets

By Ryan LavnerOctober 17, 2017, 1:00 pm

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

RISING

Pat Perez (+8%): On a Tour rife with size-30 waists, PR-conscious handlers and TrackMan-perfected swings, Perez is unapologetically himself. Now with two wins in the past 11 months – or double his previous win total over 15 years – his is a lesson for all future pros: Do you.

Fred Ridley (+5%): Officially taking over at Augusta National, it’ll be interesting to see how Ridley, the only chairman to have played in the Masters, looks to leave his mark on the club, tournament and golf world. Given his competitive background, his perspective should be different than his predecessors.

Keegan (+4%): The former anchorer might never be a great putter again, but Bradley’s ball-striking is returning to an elite level. That could put him back in contention at events like the CIMB, but perhaps even more important to him is that he’s once again on the radar for U.S. cup teams.

Leona Maguire (+3%): Her college peers must be counting down the days until the Duke senior graduates after she topped another elite field to capture her ninth career title.

Matt Parziale (+2%): Well, that’s one way to earn invitations to the first two majors of 2018: The 30-year-old firefighter hung 10(!) birdies on his opponent in the finals of the U.S. Mid-Amateur.


FALLING

European Tour players not named Hatton or Fisher (-1%): For the second consecutive week, Tyrrell Hatton outlasted Ross Fisher to win on the European circuit. The good news for everybody else? Neither player is in the field this week in Spain.

Senior playoffs (-2%): This week starts the Charles Schwab Cup playoffs, or three events that will confirm what we already know – that Bernhard Langer is the best senior golfer on the planet. The hope here is to someday see the senior postseason turn into a match-play event with a big-money payout. Who wouldn’t want to watch 55-year-olds with frayed nerves and yippy strokes play for a few mil? Instant entertainment.

Tiger Countdown (-3%): Have we learned nothing? It’s OK to be excited, but just because Woods is hitting driver again doesn’t mean he’s on the verge of returning to competition. And even if he does, it’d take a Herculean effort to be a regular contender. Let him savor this final comeback.

Reinstated amateurs (-7%): It appears the Mid-Am now has a Omar Uresti-PGA Club Pro problem: Former pros comprised 43 percent of last week’s field. Guys like Parziale – who spent years honing his craft full-time on the mini-tours – should not be eligible to compete for the biggest titles against amateur lifers.

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

A post shared by Keegan Bradley (@keeganbradley1) on

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