Spieth doesn't help fatigue with Singapore jaunt

By Will GrayFebruary 1, 2016, 1:04 am

After waiting an extra day, Jordan Spieth returned to the 18th green at the Singapore Open and calmly rolled in a 5-foot birdie putt.

He offered a halfhearted fist pump. He waved politely to the crowd. He even shared a fist bump with agent-turned-caddie Jay Danzi.

But in the end, it still wasn't enough to beat the world's 204th-ranked player, Younghan Song.

The Asian leg of the Spieth Worldwide Tour has come to a close, as the 22-year-old wunderkind will now head home for a brief respite. He gave the crowds plenty of reason to cheer over the prior fortnight, and his game has shown no signs of slipping since he lapped the field in Hawaii.

The show, indeed, goes on. But at what cost?

Spieth clearly feels a sense of duty to the global game as the world's top-ranked player, and he built his early-season schedule accordingly. Of course, with that honorable obligation reportedly came a couple of seven-figure appearance fees.

Regardless of motivation, Spieth has taken an aggressive approach to the beginning of what will be a busy year. He logged January starts in Maui, Abu Dhabi and Singapore - all while peers like Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Justin Rose barely got their campaigns off the ground.

"He's 22," you might think. "He'll be fine." That may be the case, and Spieth appears no worse for wear. But he has already begun to talk about the toll these pay-for-play jaunts have taken.

"We are kind of beat up mentally. Physically, we're not 100 percent right now," Spieth said a week ago in Abu Dhabi. "It shows in certain places."

We've seen this level of commitment from Spieth before. He surprised many when he returned last summer to the John Deere Classic, eschewing Open Championship prep in advance of his quest for a third straight major. Earlier this month, he told media members to expect him at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions every year he is eligible.

He was lauded for the latter statement, and he quieted any criticism of the former decision with his performance at St. Andrews. But this time, with so much important golf still ahead, Spieth has opened himself up to second-guessing.

After all, his next break will be measured in days, not weeks. He'll be back in action at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, with the Northern Trust Open looming the following week. Given his relative fatigue, he alluded last week to possibly tweaking his fall schedule, but there will be no reprieve in the coming months.

Spieth has already said he will return to the Shell Houston Open, where he lost last year in a playoff, and he'll be back at Innisbrook in March to defend his Valspar title. That means that the Masters will cap a run of nine worldwide events in 12 weeks, at which point no one will be asking him how his trip to Singapore helped prepare him for his green jacket defense.

"I was unlucky in the spacing of tournaments," he said. "That's what kind of led to this crazy four-month adventure that we've had."

It's a busy run, but it's also before he even reaches the summer blitz of two majors in three weeks - or a quick August detour to the Olympics before returning to chase the FedEx and Ryder Cups.

After an all-everything season, Spieth is entitled to craft whatever schedule he wants. And, as he did in Scotland last summer, he could halt any criticism if he remains in contention.

But these tournament dates did not just materialize out of thin air. Spieth and his team have known for weeks the gauntlet for which their man had signed up and now must complete.

While there are alterations that could be made, it's difficult to pass up free OWGR points at WGC events. Spieth also feels a strong tie to the Tour's events in Texas, which now number five with the shift of the Match Play to Austin.

Spieth has seemingly done no wrong over the past three-plus years, and he has more than enough talent to continue that trend. But should he begin to falter as the summer months heat up, the source of his frustrations might be traced back to this hectic stretch of global golf - when he tapped into his finite energy reserves before the season's first meaningful shot was struck.

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