Thomas tops Leishman in CJ Cup playoff

By Jason CrookOctober 22, 2017, 7:15 am

After another up-and-down day at the CJ Cup, Justin Thomas had just enough left in the tank to outlast Marc Leishman in a playoff and take home his first win of the new season. Here's how things shook out on Sunday during the thrilling conclusion of South Korea’s first PGA Tour event:

Leaderboard: Justin Thomas (-9), Marc Leishman (-9), Cameron Smith (-8), Whee Kim (-6), Anirban Lahiri (-5), Pat Perez (-5), Jaime Lovemark (-5), Brian Harman (-5), Luke List (-5), Scott Brown (-5)

What it means: After a season in which he won the FedExCup title and earned PGA Tour Player of the Year honors, Thomas hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. While his win Sunday was the just his first of the new Tour season, it was the 24-year-old’s sixth victory in his last 25 starts and he’s projected to move to a career high No. 3 in the new world rankings.

Round of the day: No one played a spectacular final round, but the nod has to go to Thomas, the first-ever CJ Cup winner, who hit the clutch shots when he needed to. Thomas got off to a rocky start with a double-bogey 7 on the third hole and made a couple more bogeys on the back nine, but he balanced those out with four birdies, including one on the final hole of regulation to shoot an even-par 72 and force a playoff. Thomas and Leishman split the first playoff hole with pars before JT closed it out with a birdie on his second try.

Best of the rest: Leishman was two shots better than Thomas on the day (2-under 70), but couldn’t capitalize when he needed it most. The three-time PGA Tour winner made a costly mistake with a bogey on 17, but got it right back at 18 to get into the playoff at 9 under. He was ultimately done in after finding the hazard with his second shot on the second playoff hole, finishing with a double-bogey 6. Other than the tournament runner-up, Pat Perez snuck inside the top 10 with a final-round 68. His bogey-free 4-under round was the best in the field on Sunday and the 41-year-old continued his career resurgence after his CIMB Classic win last week.


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Biggest disappointment: With a share of the 54-hole lead, Scott Brown was in prime position to pick up his second career PGA Tour win and first since 2013. Instead, the Augusta, Ga., native coughed up his position on top of the leaderboard after back-to-back double bogeys at Nos. 4 and 5 and never recovered. Brown went out in 40 and although he did get a couple of birdies to drop on the back nine, the 34-year-old finished T-5 after a 4-over 76.

Shot of the day: Thomas' approach on the second playoff hole after Leishman was already in the hazard:

Both Thomas and Leishman hit very similar shots into 18 during regulation, setting up the playoff.

Quote of the day:  “I just know I’m so excited to not do anything, I officially have nothing left in the tank at the moment.”  – Thomas

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