Thomas races to three-stroke lead in South Korea

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 19, 2017, 6:57 am

Justin Thomas shot a 9-under-par 63 to take a three-shot lead after the first round of the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges.  Here's how things stand after 18 holes in the first PGA Tour event in South Korea:

Leaderboard: Justin Thomas (-9), Chez Reavie (-6), Gavin Green (-6), Scott Brown (-6), Marc Leishman (-6), Patrick Reed (-6)

What it means: After finishing T-17 while trying for a three-peat in last week's CIMB Classic, Thomas is back to the form that made him last season's FedExCup champion and PGA Tour Player of the Year.


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Round of the day: Starting on the back nine, Thomas bogeyed his first hole and parred his second. From Nos. 12-18, however, he went eagle, par, birdie, birdie, birdie, birdie, eagle. That run, which produced a first nine of 29, included a holed-out bunker shot on No. 15.

Best of the rest: Five players shot 6-under 66. Leishman was treading water at even par after making three birdies and three bogeys on the front nine, but exploded on the back with four birdies and an eagle for 30.

Biggest disappointment: Pat Perez shot 69, which seems like a perfectly serviceable score, but after making the turn in 31, he failed to birdie any holes on his second nine, instead making two late bogeys for 38.

Shot of the day: Thomas holed this bunker shot for birdie at No. 15:


Storyline going into Round 2: There'll be more jockeying for position in the 78-player, no-cut field. Former world No. 1 Jason Day will be looking to build on his first-round 68. And there is plenty of motivation for the 16 South Korean players in the field.

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