Snedeker co-leads at Pebble, eyes OWGR top 50

By Will GrayFebruary 13, 2015, 11:15 pm

Brandt Snedeker shares the lead at the halfway point of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, but the veteran has his eyes on more than just this week's trophy.

A staple in recent years at golf's top-tier events, Snedeker began 2015 outside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking. As a result, he still does not have an invite to the year's first WGC event, the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral next month. He has also yet to secure a spot in the field for the Masters, where he has twice played in the final pairing on Sunday.

"I've gotten used to a certain schedule, and I'm not in any of the tournaments I'm used to this year," Snedeker said after a second-round 67 at Spyglass Hill. "It's no fun not being eligible for the Masters, not playing World Golf Championships, and stuff like that."

While he has been trending in the right direction, with a T-10 finish at TPC Scottsdale followed by a T-19 result last week at Torrey Pines, Snedeker still teed off this week No. 63 in the world. He'll need to crack the top 50 by March 2 to earn a spot at Doral, and he'll need to be inside the top 50 on March 30 to make the Masters.

"Huge motivating factor, not that I need any more to be motivated for," he said. "But I definitely want to make sure that I qualify for the Masters, (WGC-Cadillac) Match Play, WGCs, that kind of stuff. To do that, I need to play good. Nobody to blame but myself, and I need to get out there and get it done.

Snedeker is projected to move inside the top 50 with a solo third-place finish or better this week at Pebble Beach, and he is in position through two rounds. At 12 under, he shares the lead with Matt Jones and his iron game appears to be on point. Snedeker is one of two players in the field still without a bogey this week, and he found all 18 greens in regulation Friday.

He will play his final 36 holes this weekend on the host course, having won this event just two years ago.

"I know what it takes to get it done around here," he said. "It's obviously a little different conditions because the weather is so good this year, the scores are a lot lower than they were when I won, but the next two days, you want to be coming over here to Pebble for two days in a row. Get a good rhythm going, momentum going, get used to the greens and I feel like I’ve got a little bit of an advantage there."

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Bubba gets inked by Brooks, meets Tebow

By Grill Room TeamJune 18, 2018, 5:40 pm

Bubba Watson missed the cut at Shinnecock Hills following rounds of 77-74, but that didn't stop him from enjoying his weekend.

Watson played alongside Jason Day and eventual champion Brooks Koepka in Rounds 1 and 2, and somehow this body ink slipped by us on Thursday.

Got autographed by defending @usopengolf Champ @bkoepka!! #NeverShoweringAgain

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And while we're sure Bubba would have rather been in contention over the weekend, we're also sure that taking your son to meet the second most famous minor-league baseball player who ever lived was a lot more fun than getting your teeth kicked in by Shinnecock Hills over the weekend, as just about everyone not named Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood did.

Already in Hartford, Watson will be going for his third Travelers Championship trophy this week, following wins in 2010 and 2015.

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Phil rubs fan's Donald Duck hat seven times, signs it

By Nick MentaJune 18, 2018, 3:09 pm

There is a case to be made that what Phil Mickelson did on Saturday made a mockery of a major championship and was worthy of derision.

There is also a case to be made that the USGA's setup of Shinnecock Hills made a mockery of a major championship and was worthy of derision.

Whatever you think about what Mickelson did on Saturday - and how he attempted to justify it after the fact without even a hint of remorse - watch this video.

The next time you hear someone say, "If anybody else had putted a moving ball on purpose and not apologized for it, it would get a different reaction," you can point to this video and say, "Yeah, here's why."

Here's what happened once a still-strident Mickelson was done rubbing Donald Duck hats on Sunday, per Ryan Lavner:

If you’re wondering whether Mickelson would be defiant or contrite on Sunday, we don’t know the answer. He declined to stop and speak with the media, deciding instead to sign autographs for more than a half hour and then offering a few short answers before ducking into player hospitality.

“The real question is, ‘What am I going to do next?’” he said. “I don’t know.”

The 2024 Ryder Cup at Bethpage is going to be a three-ring circus, and Mickelson, a likely choice to captain the U.S. team, will be the ringmaster.

Separately, shoutout to 2017 Latin Am champ Toto Gana, who does a terrific Donald Duck (skip to end).

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Ryder Cup race: Mickelson out, Simpson in

By Will GrayJune 18, 2018, 2:34 pm

There's a new man at the top of the U.S. Ryder Cup race following the U.S. Open, and there's also a familiar name now on the outside looking in.

Brooks Koepka's successful title defense vaulted him to the top of the American points race, up four spots and ensuring he'll be on the team Jim Furyk takes to Paris in September. Dustin Johnson's third-place finish moved him past Patrick Reed at No. 2, while Webb Simpson entered the top eight after a a tie for 10th.

While Bryson DeChambeau remained at No. 9, Phil Mickelson dropped two spots to No. 10. Tony Finau, who finished alone in fifth, went from 16th to 13th, while Tiger Woods fell two spots to No. 37.

Here's a look at the latest U.S. standings, with the top eight after the PGA Championship qualifying automatically:

1. Brooks Koepka

2. Dustin Johnson

3. Patrick Reed

4. Justin Thomas

5. Jordan Spieth

6. Rickie Fowler

7. Bubba Watson

8. Webb Simpson

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9. Bryson DeChambeau

10. Phil Mickelson

11. Matt Kuchar

12. Brian Harman

On the European side, England's Tommy Fleetwood took a big stride toward securing his first Ryder Cup appearance with a runner-up finish that included a Sunday 63 while countryman Matthew Fitzpatrick snuck into a qualifying spot after tying for 12th.

Here's a look at the updated Euro standings, with the top four from both points lists joining four picks from captain Thomas Bjorn at Le Golf National:

European Points

1. Tyrrell Hatton

2. Justin Rose

3. Tommy Fleetwood

4. Francesco Molinari

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5. Thorbjorn Olesen

6. Ross Fisher

World Points

1. Jon Rahm

2. Rory McIlroy

3. Alex Noren

4. Matthew Fitzpatrick

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5. Ian Poulter

6. Rafael Cabrera-Bello

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Koepka autographs local kids' 'Go Brooks' sign after win

By Grill Room TeamJune 18, 2018, 2:30 pm

Brooks Koepka is a two-time U.S. Open winner, but that doesn't mean he's now too big to go sign a couple pieces of cardboard in somebody's front yard in the middle of the night.

Koepka's girlfriend, Jena Sims, posted two pictures to her Instagram story on Sunday of "Go Brooks" signs she says were put up by some local kids in the area where Koepka was staying for the week.

The first is dated prior to Koepka's final-round tee time.



The second is from Sunday night.



And here, separately, for no reason in particular (other than the fact that she posted it) is a video of Sims running over a parking cone at last year's U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

Speaking of kids, just feels those two are gonna make it.