Stadler wins first career Tour title in Phoenix

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 2, 2014, 11:06 pm

Bubba Watson missed a 5-foot par putt on the 72nd hole Sunday to hand Kevin Stadler his first career PGA Tour title at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Here’s the skinny on the final round at TPC Scottsdale:

The leaderboard: Kevin Stadler (-16); Bubba Watson and Graham DeLaet at -15; Hunter Mahan and Hideki Matsuyama at -14.

What it means: It took Stadler 239 starts before he notched his first PGA Tour win, but he did so in impressive fashion, knocking it to 10 feet on the last hole to set up the winning two-putt par. This victory should move Stadler, 33, inside the top 70 in the world but, more importantly, it gives him a spot in the Masters, where he’ll be joined by his father, Craig. 

Round of the day: Stadler closed with 68 to finish one shot ahead of Watson, who was vying for his first victory since the 2012 Masters. Watson bogeyed the par-3 16th, two-putted for birdie from 90 feet on 17 and then airmailed his wedge shot on 18 into the gallery behind the green. He gave himself a chance, bump-and-running his third shot to about 5 feet, but he missed the comebacker. With the second-place finish, Watson fell to 1-for-8 in converting a 54-hole lead into victory.

Best of the rest: Graham DeLaet shot 65 in the final round and finished one shot out of a playoff. His first four starts in the wraparound season: T7-T6-T2-T2. Honorable mention goes to Charles Howell III, who closed with 65 to finish T-6 – his Tour-leading fifth top 10 of the wraparound season. Webb Simpson also put together a Sunday charge, shooting 66-67 on the weekend to finish solo 10th. He hasn’t yet finished outside the top 25 this season.

Biggest disappointment: Phil Mickelson shot another mediocre round Sunday (even-par 71) to finish at 3-under 281, in a tie for 42nd. The good news for Lefty was that he was able to make it through four rounds without re-injuring his back. He’s expected to play next week’s event at Pebble Beach, his fourth in a row to start 2014. He will skip Riviera and the Match Play before returning at the Honda Classic.

Shot of the day: All square with Watson on 18, Stadler stuffed his weak sand-wedge shot inside 10 feet.

Quote of the day: “It’s been a long time coming, so I’ll take it any way I can get.” – Stadler 

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