Guthrie takes Honda lead with bogey-free 63

By Will GrayMarch 1, 2013, 11:04 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Luke Guthrie surged to the top of the leaderboard at the Honda Classic with a 7-under 63 Friday, giving him a one-shot lead heading into the weekend. His story is largely overshadowed, though, by another player who failed to even finish his second round – world No. 1 Rory McIlroy. Here's the low-down heading into Saturday's third round at PGA National:

The leaderboard: Luke Guthrie (-9), Michael Thompson (-8), Graham DeLaet (-7), Boo Weekley (-7), Lee Westwood (-6), Justin Rose (-6), Geoff Ogilvy (-6), Charles Howell III (-6)

What it means: With the cut falling at even-par 140, everyone still in the field will begin the third round within nine shots of the lead. Considering the crowded leaderboard and difficult golf course facing players, the tournament remains very much up for grabs with several big names just a few shots behind the overnight leader.

Round of the day: A recent graduate of the Web.com Tour, Guthrie played like a savvy veteran Friday, carding seven birdies without dropping a shot. Beginning on the 10th hole, the Illinois grad notched birdies on holes 12, 13 and 15 before adding four more on the second nine, needing only 26 putts to complete his second round.

Best of the rest: Playing in the first group off Friday morning, Michael Thompson fired a 5-under 65 that will earn him a spot in the last group off Saturday afternoon. Thompson carded six birdies against just one bogey, including a stretch of five straight 3s from holes 13-17, and is only one shot off the pace after 36 holes.

Biggest disappointment: McIlroy, by a country mile. The decision by the reigning PGA champion to withdraw in the middle of his round because of wisdom tooth pain – after playing his first eight holes in 7 over – sent shockwaves through the event Friday morning. The defending Honda champion will not be around this weekend, and questions now will only increase as the world No. 1 continues to struggle in 2013.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: Who will emerge from a crowded leaderboard? With several top-ranked players in the mix – and even those who barely made the cut, like Tiger Woods at even par, still within striking distance – making a move in the right direction Saturday will be important for anyone looking to contend.

Shot of the day: Heading to the par-3 seventh hole, Robert Allenby was 3 over and in need of a spark. The Aussie got it when he struck a 5-iron from 193 yards that found the hole for an ace, the only one of the week thus far at PGA National. Allenby made only one birdie the rest of the way, though, and at 2-over 142 will not play the weekend despite the hole-in-one.

Quote of the day: “I'm a great fan of Rory's, but I don't think that was the right thing to do.' – Ernie Els, who played with McIlroy during the first two rounds, on the Ulsterman's decision to withdraw after eight holes 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 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