Byrd Soars in Latest World Golf Rankings
Byrd finished one shot ahead of David Toms and three shots clear of Phil Mickelson for his first career win on the PGA Tour. With the victory, Byrd became the 17th first-time winner on the PGA Tour this season.
Tiger Woods stayed put atop the rankings. The No. 1 player in the world will be seeking another record this week as he attempts to become the first player to win multiple Tour Championships. Woods was followed by Mickelson, Ernie Els and Retief Goosen.
Sergio Garcia remained in the fifth place while Toms climbed one position to sixth. Padraig Harrington, who trails Goosen in the race for the European money title, fell one spot to seventh. Vijay Singh, Davis Love III and Jim Furyk kept their positions from last week to round out the top 10.
Nick Price held on to the 11th ranking, followed by Chris DiMarco. Colin Montgomerie climbed one space to 13th while Angel Cabrera also moved up one to 14th. David Duval in turn dropped two rungs to No. 15.
Michael Campbell jumped two spots to 16th, followed by Justin Leonard, who stayed put at 17th. Bob Estes fell two places to No. 18 while Robert Allenby climbed five spots to No. 19. Eduardo Romero held his 20th ranking from last week.
Rocco Mediate, ranked 19th last week, dipped four places to No. 23.
Steen Tinning earned his second career victory on the European Tour this week at the Telefonica Open de Madrid, vaulting the Dane up 110 places to No. 132 in the world.
Bradley, wife welcome baby boy, already rocking Patriots gear
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.
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
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
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.
Relaxing Sunday morning! What happens when you live in Arizona. pic.twitter.com/RhRwWTLs8s— Jeremy Roenick (@Jeremy_Roenick) November 19, 2017
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
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