Mickelson surges into contention with Saturday 63

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2014, 1:44 pm

Just two days ago, it appeared that Phil Mickelson might be making an early exit from Abu Dhabi.

Following a scintillating round on Saturday, the five-time major champ just might find a way to leave the desert with the trophy.

Mickelson failed to make a single birdie Thursday en route to an opening-round 73 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, but he more than made up for those early struggles during the third round when he climbed up the leaderboard after carding a 9-under 63.

Despite teeing off more than four hours before the leaders, Mickelson now finds himself tied for second and just two shots behind overnight leader Craig Lee.


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"I hit a lot of good shots, and I putted really well to make that many birdies," he explained after the round. "It was a fun day. I hit some good shots and capitalized on it."

While Mickelson's game improved somewhat from tee to green, the majority of his success came on the greens, where he needed just 22 putts to complete his round.

"I got off to a quick start," said Mickelson, who birdied four of his first six holes. "I needed to make a move, and I was able to do that on the front nine and then carry it over on the back."

Mickelson's round was capped with an unexpected birdie on the home hole, where the southpaw attempted a risky approach shot - seemingly his calling card - and saw the gamble pay off when his lengthy birdie putt found the hole.

"(Caddie) Bones (Mackay) did not like the decision to try to reach the green out of the bunker, and I don't blame him. It wasn't probably my smartest play," he admitted. "I had plenty of green to work with, I just drove a little pitching wedge, just kind of thinned it to keep it under the trees and gave myself a 45-50 footer, a putt you don't really expect to make too often. I just had a good feel on that one and rolled it right in there."

The 43-year-old was able to card the week's lowest round despite a pair of bogeys, blemishes that were neutralized with an eagle at the par-5 eighth amid his flurry of birdies. Now with just one name in front of his on the leaderboard, Mickelson is excited about what may be in store for Sunday's finale.

"What I like is that it feels better each day," Mickelson said. "The first day, I felt terrible. I felt terrible off the tee, I felt terrible with my irons and my putter was awful. The second day, half of it started to come around, and today it felt pretty good.

"I love the fact that I have a chance and I'm in contention the first tournament out this year. I love that I've played better each day," he added. "My swing is starting to feel sharper and sharper, and I'm starting to feel more and more control with each swing as the week goes on."

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