Doing It Up Down Under
Held at the New South Wales Golf Club at La Perouse in Sydney, currently ranked amongst the top-50 golf courses in the world, the ANZ welcomes back young gun Paul Casey and the defending champion, Swedens Richard Johnson, who held on for a close victory over Scott Laycock and Craig Parry in last year's contest.
The ANZ Championship will again be using the modified Stableford scoring system in which points are given for scoring on each hole. Eight points awarded to a player for a double eagle, five for an eagle and two for a birdie. Pars are worth zero points while a bogey will cost the players a point. Double bogeys or more will see three points subtracted from a players score.
It is the same system used at the International, the PGA Tour's stop in Castle Rock, Colo.
Among those scheduled to try and deny Johnson a repeat performance are 1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie, Casey, who's coming off a tie for fourth in last week's Heineken Classic, and Thomas Bjorn.
Aussie's Stuart Appleby, Craig Parry and Peter Lonard are also showcased in their host country's field. Lonard was runner-up to Ernie Els in the Heineken Classic and Parry was the runner-up here last year.
Els, who has won three of the four events he's entered in 2003, is taking a week off and will next play the Johnnie Walker Classic located on Australia's west coast.
Surrounded by National Park, the New South Wales Golf Club is located at Cape Banks on the northern headland of Botany Bay approximately 20 miles from Sydney.
Statistical Preview of the ANZ Championship
Bradley, wife welcome baby boy, already rocking Patriots gear
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.
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
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
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.
Relaxing Sunday morning! What happens when you live in Arizona. pic.twitter.com/RhRwWTLs8s— Jeremy Roenick (@Jeremy_Roenick) November 19, 2017
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
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