Cantlay makes professional debut with 5-over 75

By Jason SobelJune 21, 2012, 7:04 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – When Tiger Woods turned professional, he declared with bravado, “Hello, world.” In his first round as a pro on Thursday, highly touted Patrick Cantlay could have uttered, “Hello, cruel world.”

The 20-year-old’s play-for-pay debut started auspiciously enough, as he ripped a drive down the 10th fairway and walked off the teebox stride for stride with fellow youngster Ryo Ishikawa, engaged in conversation the entire time.

He would par that opening hole, but followed with double-bogeys on each of the next two, the result of a poor tee shot on the par-3 11th and a drive that landed out of bounds on the par-4 12th.

By the time the smoke cleared and the dust settled, Cantlay had posted a 5-over 75, leaving him well down the leaderboard on a scorching day that featured plenty of under-par scores.

Afterward, he took it all in stride.

“There’s time. I mean, this is my first round as a pro,” he explained. “I was just trying to play each shot the best I could.”

With no status on the PGA Tour, it would make sense if Cantlay was feeling pressure to succeed early and try to gain inclusion into more events, but he maintained he wasn’t feeling any such pressure on the course.

“I don’t think so,” he said. “You know, a good one tomorrow and everything is fixed.”

If he needs a good one on Friday at TPC-River Highlands, at least he knows he can do it.

Last year, Cantlay posted a second-round 60 while playing this event as an amateur – the best PGA Tour score ever for an amateur – and later finished T-24.

“I think last year was really big for me,” he said. “It gave me a lot of confidence.”

He’ll need to bottle some of that confidence in order to turn things around in his second round in this brave, new world of professional golf on Friday.

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