Thomas, Brown co-lead CJ Cup after 54 holes

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 21, 2017, 6:54 am

Justin Thomas righted the ship on Moving Day and is tied at the top of the CJ Cup leaderboard with Scott Brown after 54 holes. Here's how things stand heading into Sunday at the first PGA Tour event in South Korea:

Leaderboard: Justin Thomas (-9), Scott Brown (-9), Anirban Lahiri (-7), Marc Leishman (-7), Cameron Smith (-6), Whee Kim (-6), Lucas Glover (-6), Byeong-Hun An (-5), Luke List (-5)

What it means: Thomas, the reigning FedExCup champion and PGA Tour Player of the Year, is the odds-on favorite going into Sunday, but with 15 players within five shots of the lead, anything is possible. Among those pushing Thomas and Brown for the title in South Korea will be proven winners Marc Leishman, Lucas Glover and Paul Casey.

Round of the day: This honor has to go to Thomas after a second-round 74 left everyone who has watched him over the last year scratching their heads. Instead of letting the bad round get to him, the 24-year-old rebounded with a 2-under 70 that included five birdies - his final one coming on 18 and giving him the co-lead through 54 holes.

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Best of the rest: While JT’s round was the best considering the circumstances, Byeong-Hun An’s card featured the lowest number, a 5-under 67. On a day when much of the field struggled to get under par, An was 1 under on the front before closing with a ridiculous rally - birdieing five of his final seven holes, including three in a row on Nos. 14 through 16. The red-hot round has the 2009 U.S. Am champ sitting four shots of the lead and within striking distance of his first worldwide win since 2015.

Biggest disappointment: In search of his first PGA Tour win and sitting on the solo 36-hole lead, Luke List stumbled on Moving Day with a 4-over 76. The 32-year-old got off to a rough start bogeying three of his first six holes and never recovered. Although he added back-to-back birdies on Nos. 8 and 9 to go out in 37, he faltered coming home with two double bogeys to fall back into a tie for eighth with just 18 holes to play.

Shot of the day: Thomas has been known to hit some monster drives, but he took it to another level on the par-5 12th hole Saturday, cutting the corner and getting a lucky bounce off the cart path with this 461-yard bomb off the tee:

Storyline going into the final round: All eyes are on Thomas. The 24-year-old hasn’t exactly had his best form the last two days after an opening 63, but he’s been good enough to keep his name on top of the leaderboard with three rounds in the books. If Thomas brings his A-game Sunday he’ll be tough to beat, but there’s a host of challengers ready to pounce if he stumbles.

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 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 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 ( 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'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