No 'I' â€' or Allenby â€' in team

By Randall MellNovember 29, 2011, 7:03 pm

It’s becoming difficult to tell who irritates Robert Allenby more: His opponents? Or his teammates?

News of Allenby’s confrontation with fellow Australian Geoff Ogilvy in the wake of the Internationals’ Presidents Cup loss immediately brought back memories of the controversy that Allenby touched off after the Internationals lost at Harding Park two years ago.

In case you forgot, in the wake of the ‘09 loss, Allenby went off on American Anthony Kim after losing to him in singles. Allenby said back then that he was frustrated getting beat by a guy who on the eve of their match returned to the team hotel “sideways” at 4 a.m. after a night of drinking.

Though Allenby said his friends saw Kim return in this condition, just five hours before their match, Kim routed Allenby, 5 and 3.

“Maybe we should all take the theory of Anthony Kim,” Allenby said back then. “Get home at 4 o’clock and then go shoot 6 under.”

Allenby called Kim “the current John Daly” and “the loosest cannon on that team.”

So who’s really the loose cannon in these international team events? I was there when Allenby went off on Kim and had the unpleasant task of running down Kim in the parking lot to get a response to the accusations.

A couple days later, Allenby issued an apology, then basically blamed the media for coaxing the controversy out of him and taking his quotes out of context. I was there. Nothing could have been further from the truth. Allenby went off without any prompting even after he was given the benefit of the doubt in being asked if he meant his comments for the record.

Basically, Allenby threw the four reporters who were there under the bus. Now, we’ve got some charming company. Allenby’s thrown Ogilvy under the bus with us.

In the genteel world of golf, Allenby blamed Ogilvy and other teammates for putting him in bad spots. He specifically cited three errant shots Ogilvy hit in the woods when paired with Allenby in the Day 3 foursomes. Pointing that out is worse form than Ogilvy might have shown over those shots.

Within the delicate sensibilities of golf, Allenby's comments are figuratively akin to Ndamukong Suh stomping on another NFL player after play has ended, except it’s a teammate Allenby's stomping.

Allenby was 0-4-0 at this last Presidents Cup. He was obviously frustrated.

That brings us to the Blame Game, which is practically an art form in golf. It’s also a defense mechanism. A bad shot, or a loss, is almost never a player’s fault. There was an unexpected puff of wind, a caddie giving bad yardage, somebody moving in the gallery. The rationalizing is understood in the game because a player must zealously guard against allowing doubt to enter his head. Doubt comes before the fall in golf.

So, while there may be no doubts in Allenby’s head after his winless performance at the Presidents Cup, with blame attached elsewhere, there has to be some serious doubts in the heads of future International captains who might want to pick Allenby again. He’s proving he’s not a very gracious adversary. He’s not even a very gracious teammate.

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