You Oughta Know: 2014 PGA Championship

By Jay CoffinAugust 10, 2014, 1:40 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Rory McIlroy is in search of his second consecutive major here at the 96th PGA Championship and holds a one-shot lead over the unheralded Bernd Wiesberger. Here are some things You Oughta Know as we head into the final round at Valhalla Golf Club.

• Tiger Woods led the 2000 PGA Championship at 13 under and held a one-shot lead after three rounds. McIlroy’s numbers mirror that exactly.

• McIlroy will be 25 years, three months and six days old on Sunday. That would make him the fourth youngest man to win a fourth career major championship. Tom Morris Jr., Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus were younger.

• McIlroy has now opened a major with three rounds in the 60s (66-67-67) three times. On both other occasions, the 2011 U.S. Open and the 2014 British Open, he went on to win.

• If McIlroy wins Sunday, he would win his third consecutive PGA Tour start. Only four different players have won three or more consecutive starts since 1980. Tiger Woods has done so five times. Tom Watson (1980), David Duval (1997) and Vijay Singh (2004) are the others.

• Forty-six percent of PGA Championship winners in the stroke-play era (since 1958) trailed entering the final round. Sixteen champions were at least three shots back entering the final round.

• Phil Mickelson opened with three straight rounds in the 60s (69-67-67) in a major for the third time in his career. The other two times came in 2001 (Masters, PGA Championship) and he didn’t win either time.

• If Mickelson wins, he will become just the third player to win multiple majors after turning 43.

• Rickie Fowler is in third place and is looking to become the only player to finish inside the top five in all four majors this year. He’s the first to post top-10 finishes in the season’s first three majors since Robert Karlsson in 2008. The last two to post top-10 finishes in all four majors during the same year: Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh, both in 2005. Woods was inside the top five in all four that year and won the Masters and the British Open.

Note: Information from Golf Channel’s editorial research unit was used in this report.

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