Breaking down the LPGA trophy races

By Randall MellNovember 12, 2013, 6:14 pm

There’s a lot at stake going into the final two events of the LPGA season.

With the top three players in the Rolex Women’s World Rankings in this week’s field at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, season-ending trophies and honors hang in the balance.

An overview:

Rolex Player of the Year: Inbee Park has a comfortable lead, with Suzann Pettersen the only player who can catch her. Unlike the PGA Tour, this isn’t decided by a vote. Park leads the POY points race with 290. Pettersen is second at 252. A victory is worth 30 points in both the Lorena Ochoa Invitational and the season-ending CME Group Titleholders with second place worth 12 points, third worth nine and points awarded down to 10th place.

Pettersen must win one of the final two events and finish at least tied for third in the other to have a chance to pass Park, but that’s if Park doesn’t score a single point.

Rolex world No. 1 ranking: Pettersen has a chance to overtake Park this week as the new No. 1. It’s remarkable given the record-setting season Park has enjoyed.

While projections can’t be determined definitively until this week’s strength of field is finalized with the start of play, Pettersen has a chance to take the No. 1 ranking with a victory and possibly even a second-place finish this week, depending on what Park does and how the strength of field ends up.

Money title – Park, who won the money title a year ago, leads in earnings again this season with Pettersen close behind her. Stacy Lewis is a long-shot but still mathematically within reach of winning the money title.

There is a $150,000 first-place check up for grabs at the Lorena Invitational and a $500,000 winner’s check at stake at the Titleholders next week.

Here are the current money leaders:

1. Inbee Park – $2,335,460

2. Suzann Pettersen – $2,241,847

3. Stacy Lewis – $1,791,181

Vare Trophy – Lewis leads the tour with the lowest scoring average, but Pettersen and Park are both within striking distance to take the trophy:

1. Stacy Lewis – 69.54

2. Suzann Pettersen – 69.59

3. Inbee Park – 69.93

Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year – Germany’s Caroline Masson leads a very tight competition. It’s a three-woman race with none of the top contenders in this week’s field at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational but all three scheduled to play the season finale. With 150 points up for grabs to the winner at the Titleholders, the top three all have a chance to take the honor.

The ROY points leaders:

1. Caroline Masson – 474

2. Moriya Jutanugarn – 463

3. Ayako Uehara – 384.

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