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PHOTOS: Keegan Bradley, wife welcome newborn son

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Keegan Bradley is now a father.

The 31-year-old Bradley and his wife, Jillian, welcomed their first child, son Logan James, last week. And to no one’s surprise, Bradley posted to Instagram a photo of baby Logan in Patriots gear.

Also, it appears Bradley is a fan of Wolverine, the superhero from the Marvel comics with the nickname Logan and birth name of James.

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Oct. 16, 2017

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Hideki Matsuyama rattled after finishing well behind Brooks Koepka in Japan

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The week certainly wasn’t what Hideki Matsuyama was hoping for, but the Japanese star offered a surprisingly gloomy take on his performance.

Matsuyama finished the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in Miyazaki, Japan in solo fifth at 10 under, a distant 10 shots behind winner Brooks Koepka.

Of course Matsuyama is looking for wins, and aside from those two names (and Xander Schauffele, who finished T-2 at 11 under) this isn’t exactly a major championship-level field, and it was a tournament in Matsuyama’s home country.

So some disappointment makes sense, but Matsuyama was jarringly critical of his play after this performance.

“That hurt,” Matsuyama told the Japan Times. “I don’t know whether it’s a lack of practice or whether I lack the strength to keep playing well. It seems there are many issues to address.”

Clearly, Matsuyama is not pleased.

And if you’re wondering whether he gave himself a break about finishing 10 back of Koepka (a major winner who could’ve had an especially hot week) Matsuyama offered himself no reprieve.

“I feel there’s a huge gap between us,” Matsuyama said.

It was about this time last year when Matsuyama was seemingly winning everything, and he ran away with the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational with a final-round 61 just three months ago.

His game has hit a rough patch since, though, as he’s finished outside the top 20 in five of his last seven starts, but it is a bit alarming to hear Matsuyama so downtrodden when his previous high levels aren’t far in the rearview mirror.

It’s certainly interesting commentary from a guy who hasn’t even been playing poorly long enough to be considered in a slump. Then again, Matsuyama has always been a man of high expectations (See: His one-handed reactions to really good shots).

Whatever the case, Matsuyama is clearly flustered at the moment.

He’ll have some time to turn it around before 2018 starts, but currently Matsuyama appears more lost with his game than we had thought.

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Signing Day 2018 recap: Top signings, classes and more

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Another year, another batch of junior golfers finalizing where they will play college golf.

Top-ranked Noah Goodwin of Corinth, Texas, highlighted the Class of 2018 in boys golf. Goodwin signed with SMU, will enroll this spring and be eligible to compete for the Mustangs right away.

Nos. 2-4 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Boys Rankings also signed letters of intent: Aden Ye with Florida, Sean Maruyama with UCLA and Trent Phillips with Georgia.

Gina Kim of Chapel Hill, N.C., was the top-ranked girl to sign. Ranked sixth overall by Golfweek, Kim solidified her commitment to Duke during the early signing period, which ran Nov. 8-15. However, the highest-ranked girl overall to sign was Sweden’s Frida Kinhult, the 14th-ranked women’s amateur golfer in the world who signed with Florida State.

Jennifer Chang of Cary, N.C., ranked ninth overall by Golfweek, signed with USC along with New Zealand’s Amelia Garvey and Australia’s Gabriela Ruffels; all three will enroll this spring for the Trojans.

Here is a deeper look at the Class of 2018 signings:

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Noah Goodwin signs with SMU.

Boys

Top 25 signings

Listed in order by class rank, according to Golfweek/Sagarin rankings (overall rank in parentheses):

Player Hometown College
1. (1) Noah Goodwin Corinth, Texas SMU
2. (2) Aden Ye Lake Mary, Fla. Florida
3. (3) Sean Maruyama Encino, Calif. UCLA
4. (4) Trent Phillips Inman, S.C. Georgia
5. (7) Joe Highsmith Lakewood, Wash. Pepperdine
6. (8) Garrett Barber Stuart, Fla. LSU
7. (9) Ben Wong The Woodlands, Texas SMU
8. (12) Logan McAllister Oklahoma City Oklahoma
9. (13) Eugene Hong Sanford, Fla. Florida
10. (15) Ryan Burnett Lafayette, Calif. North Carolina
11. (16) Cole Hammer Houston, Texas Texas
12. (19) Michael Sanders Davidson, N.C. LSU
13. (20) Reid Davenport Austin, Texas Vanderbilt
14. (24) Parker Coody Plano, Texas Texas
15. (25) Ryan Hall Knoxville, Tenn. South Carolina
16. (27) Prescott Butler Old Westbury, N.Y. Alabama
17. (28) Jacob Bridgeman Inman, S.C. Clemson
18. (29) Jansen Smith San Angelo, Texas Texas Tech
19. (31) Charlie Reiter Palm Desert, Calif. USC
20. (32) Cameron Sisk El Cajon, Calif. Arizona State
21. (33) Julian Perico Lima, Peru Arkansas
22. (36) Sam Choi Anaheim, Calif. New Mexico
23. (41) Derek Hitchner Minneapolis Pepperdine
24. (44) Noah Gillard Greenwood, Ind. Illinois
25. (46) Cullan Brown Eddyville, Ky. Kentucky

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Five other notable signings

Players who are unranked by Golfweek but who are ranked highly in the World Amateur Golf Ranking:

  • Fred Lee, Churchlands, Australia (Stanford)
  • Markus Braadlie, Bekkestua, Norway (Texas Tech)
  • Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen, Nivaa, Denmark (Oklahoma State)
  • Frankie Capan, North Oaks, Minn. (Alabama)
  • Tom Parker, Christchurch, New Zealand (Oregon)

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Top classes

  1. SMU
  2. Florida
  3. Stanford
  4. Texas
  5. LSU
  6. UCLA
  7. Alabama
  8. Texas Tech
  9. Pepperdine
  10. Vanderbilt

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Jennifer Chang signs with USC.

Girls

Top 25 signings

Listed in order by class rank, according to Golfweek/Sagarin rankings (overall rank in parentheses):

Player Hometown College
1. (6) Gina Kim Chapel Hill, N.C. Duke
2. (9) Jennifer Chang Cary, N.C. USC
3. (12) Haylin Harris Carmel, Ind. Michigan State
4. (13) Calista Reyes San Diego Stanford
5. (21) Hailee Cooper Montgomery, Texas Texas
6. (22) Gurleen Kaur Houston Baylor
7. (30) Ivy Shepherd Peachtree City, Ga. Clemson
8. (41) Kelly Sim Edgewater, N.J. Northwestern
9. (45) Jennifer Zhou Longwood, Fla. North Carolina
10. (49) Brooke Sansom Pike Road, Ala. Auburn
11. (54) Jenny Kim Heathrow, Fla. Florida
12. (55) Libby Winans Richardson, Texas Oklahoma
13. (60) Crystal Wang Diamond Bar, Calif. Illinois
14. (70) Haeley Wotnosky  Wake Forest, N.C. Virginia
15. (72) Trussy Li Diamond Bar, Calif. Denver
16. (74) Emily Hawkins Lexington, N.C. Campbell
17. (76) Anna Dong Bellflower, Calif. Texas Tech
18. (79) Annie Kim Seoul, South Korea Vanderbilt
19. (84) Kathrine Chan Richmond, B.C. Pepperdine
20. (85) Isabella Cardenas Aventura, Fla. Tulane
21. (90) Amelia McKee Spring, Texas Baylor
22. (92) Auston Kim St. Augustine, Fla. Vanderbilt
23. (98) Hannah Levi D’Iberville, Miss. Mississippi State
24. (101) Ami Gianchandani Watchung, N.J. Yale
25. (105) Kaitlyn Lees Bryn Mawr, Pa. Dartmouth

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Five other notable signings

Players who are unranked by Golfweek but who are ranked highly in the World Amateur Golf Ranking:

  • Frida Kinhult, Fiskebackskil, Sweden (Florida State)
  • Sara Kouskova, Prague, Czech Republic (Texas)
  • Isobel Wardle, Alderley Edge, England (UCLA)
  • Alessandra Fanali, Fiuggi, Italy (Arizona State)
  • Harmie Constantino, Taguig, Phillipines (Georgia)

• • •

Top classes

  1. USC
  2. Arizona State
  3. Texas
  4. Stanford
  5. South Carolina
  6. Florida State
  7. Duke
  8. Alabama
  9. UCLA
  10. Baylor

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With no holes in his game, Austin Cook may just be getting started after RSM win

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – If a golf career doesn’t work out, Andrew Landry might consider going into fortune telling. He had a hunch about his old Arkansas teammate/housemate, Austin Cook, and he even went so far as to let Cook’s veteran caddie, Kip Henley, know his thoughts a week ago in Mexico.

“I told Kip, I don’t think that kid knows how good he is, but he’s about to find out,” Landry said Sunday at the RSM Classic. “I feel a win coming pretty soon.”

Seven days soon? Fourteen PGA Tour starts soon? His fourth start as a PGA Tour member soon? Cook checked all those boxes in a magical week on tranquil Sea Island, playing like he was a seasoned veteran and sprinting across the finish line on Sunday with three birdies in his last four holes to shoot 67 and win by four. His total of 21-under 261 was one shot off Kevin Kisner’s tournament record.

Cook, 26, is one of those players who doesn’t really do anything great, but does a lot of things very well. On a chilly, windy and blustery day at Seaside, Cook stayed as cool as an ice cube. The last time he won as a pro, placing first in a two-day event on the Adams Tour Winter Series, Cook collected $4,000. This victory paid a little better: Cook was headed home to Jonesboro, Ark., a cool $1,116,000 richer.

Already there was a party planned for Cook at Jonesboro CC, his home track, on Tuesday. Adam Carney, the pro there, and the man who suggested that Henley, his old boss at a club in Tennessee, give Cook a call in late summer, said the membership planned to gather to celebrate Cook’s ascension to the PGA Tour from the Web.com Tour. Something suggests that the party may have just grown a little larger.

Carney was there on Sunday at Sea Island, joining a large contingent from Jonesboro. Austin’s wife, Crys, was there, his parents were there, Lee Brun, Jonesboro’s director of golf and the man who has helped Cook with his game, was watching, and all were celebrating wildly when Cook’s last birdie putt fell. Also, there were three top juniors from the club who have benefited from Cook’s tutelage and generosity, including Wil Gibson, who will play at Arkansas next fall.

When a young player steps up and wins so early on, it usually marks a pretty alarming development on the PGA Tour. Think John Daly, PGA Championship, 1991.

Cook never won in college, and he didn’t win in his two seasons on the Web.com Tour. Yet nobody who knows anything about the young man and his positive, fearless attitude was surprised in the least at what he accomplished on Sunday.

“As long as he wants to play, he’s always had the game for the PGA Tour,” said Landry, the Arkansas teammate who made such a great run at the 2016 U.S. Open. “It’s not set up for the Web.com Tour, it’s not set up for mini-tours. It’s set up for this tour only.

“He does everything good. He doesn’t have to do it great, he just does it really, really good, and it’s every week, and it’s consistent. He’s going to have a long, long career out here.”

Landry said he considers Cook’s greatest attribute as a player his driving. He drives the ball exceptionally, hits it straight, and isn’t overly long, but long enough to compete on this Tour. David Lingmerth, fellow PGA Tour winner and another former Arkansas teammate/housemate, says Cook’s best strength is his attitude.

“He’s just out here to try to beat everybody,” he said. “He’s not afraid of anyone. He’s got a great attitude for it, and it’s shown so far.”

Henley says Cook’s best asset is his “golf brain.” He likes to tell other players that he has “a 5-foot-7 Matt Kuchar” on his hands.

“This kid is going to be pounding around that lead all the time,” Henley said. “I’m just going to try to hang on. I think he’ll be around the lead a bunch. I mean, where’s the hole? Where’s the hole in that game?”

Those who know Cook said there really isn’t one. Time will tell. On Saturday, asked about Cook being in the lead, Davis Love III smiled and said, “Well, when you lead in every category, usually you’re doing good.” For a young man just trying to get to the PGA Tour a few months ago, Cook now has all kinds of opportunities on his plate. He has his Tour card through 2019-20, he’s in at Kapalua for January’s Sentry Tournament of Champions, he’s in The Players, will get into the invitationals, and oh, yes, come holiday time, he should be getting a little card in the mail inviting him to play in the Masters.

Cook went there to watch a practice round in 2008, and he told himself he’d never go back until he was playing in the actual tournament. Well, guess what, Austin Cook? You’re in.

After he signed his scorecard to make his victory official, and as he raced back to the 18th green with his wife and parents and friends for his first PGA Tour trophy presentation, a well-wishing standard bearer shouted out a passage that placed a nice bow around Cook’s week. The words were brief but quite fitting: “Enjoy your new life!”

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Brian Gay makes walk-off hole-out eagle to earn self nearly $150K extra

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Brian Gay didn’t come away with the victory at the RSM Classic, but he couldn’t have posted a better finish at the 72nd hole.

The four-time PGA Tour winner sat at 14 under as he looked over his approach Sunday at No. 18 at Sea Island Resort’s Seaside Course. He was hoping for a flourish to close out a strong week.

How does a walk-off eagle sound? Yep, he did just that.

🚨 Walk-off eagle! 🚨

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— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) November 19, 2017

The 45-year-old has earned plenty of dough on the PGA Tour, but you can never have enough. In that regard as well, this walk-off was quite kind.

Being 14 under at the time, Gay was in position to finish in a five-way tie for third. But after holing out to move to 16 under, he captured solo third. What’s the difference?

Gay earned $421,600 for placing solo third. A five-way tie for third would’ve gotten him $279,620 – as in $141,980 less.

So that finishing eagle wasn’t only epic, it was also a serious money-maker.

Earning an extra $140K for finishing your Sunday strong? Must be nice…

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Michelle Wie thanks caddy for putting up with 'hormonal mood swings'

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Michelle Wie ended 2017 with blonde locks, a T6 finish in the CME Group Tour Championship, and a long list of “thank yous” on her Instagram page Sunday.

She began with a “huge thank you” to caddy Matthew Galloway.

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He earned kudos for for putting up with “me and all my hormonal mood swings every day on the course,” Wie wrote.

Above and beyond the call, for sure.

Wie then thanked her “amazing swing coach” David Leadbetter, her various sponsors and “last but not least, THANK YOU to all my fans and supporters out there. You guys make me feel so loved ❤ Looking forward to this offseason and already super excited for the 2018 season!!”

We’ll have to wait and see whether or not the blonde hair style survives into the new year.

It was inspired during her time of bed rest following an emergency appendectomy in August.

“Around day three of cabin fever. I was just really bored,” she said. “I just told would my mom to grab the kitchen scissors and just to cut all my hair off. I kind of went crazy after being in bed for that long.”

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Michelle Wie thanks caddie for putting up with 'hormonal mood swings'

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Michelle Wie ended 2017 with blonde locks, a T6 finish in the CME Group Tour Championship, and a long list of “thank yous” on her Instagram page Sunday.

She began with a “huge thank you” to caddie Matthew Galloway.

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He earned kudos for for putting up with “me and all my hormonal mood swings every day on the course,” Wie wrote.

Above and beyond the call, for sure.

Wie then thanked her “amazing swing coach” David Leadbetter, her various sponsors and “last but not least, THANK YOU to all my fans and supporters out there. You guys make me feel so loved ❤ Looking forward to this offseason and already super excited for the 2018 season!!”

We’ll have to wait and see whether or not the blonde hair style survives into the new year.

It was inspired during her time of bed rest following an emergency appendectomy in August.

“Around day three of cabin fever. I was just really bored,” she said. “I just told would my mom to grab the kitchen scissors and just to cut all my hair off. I kind of went crazy after being in bed for that long.”

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Newest medical venture for Davis Love III: A new left hip

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – At 53, Davis Love III says he wants to be the oldest player to ever win on the PGA Tour. Sam Snead won in Greensboro in 1965 at 52, and Love, who won in Greensboro at age 51 (third oldest), would love to own that mark.

Unfortunately, that quest will have to be put on hold – again. Love, who has battled a variety of injuries over the last decade, confirmed Sunday evening that he is headed to surgery once more. He is scheduled to get a left hip replacement on Tuesday.

He’d declined to say anything about it during the RSM Classic, which he hosts, so that he didn’t steal any attention from the tournament. Love was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in September; if there is such thing as a Medical Patient Hall of Fame, he soon may get that call, too.

“After the Sanderson,” Love said, referring to last month’s PGA Tour stop in Jackson, Miss., “I told someone I thought I’d torn my left labrum. I’m good at diagnosing myself. So I had it looked it, and was told, ‘You don’t have any choice.’”

The diagnosis: Left hip replacement.

Love has come back from neck fusion surgery (the type from which quarterback Peyton Manning returned to play), a foot injury, a broken collarbone (incurred while snowboarding), and most recently, a displaced thumb (from paddle boarding).

Love’s longtime manager and friend, Mac Barnhart, likes to joke that Love has perfected the art of rehab, getting started right away and spending minimal time on the sideline. Love said he has bounced back from injuries and played well, and remains encouraged by that.

Love said the normal time for recovery for a golfer who has his hip replaced would be three or four months. He already has targeted late February, and the PGA Tour’s Florida Swing, for his return. But don’t be surprised if he’s back a little earlier.

“It’s bone-healing,” Love said. “You have to let those bones heal up. Though I’d really hate to miss Pebble Beach (in early February) …”

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Austin Cook delivers first PGA Tour title with consistent play at RSM

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Sooner or later, Austin Cook may begin to realize how good he is. Perhaps that was the sentiment starting to settle in as Cook, 26, held a shiny silver trophy after closing strongly to capture his first PGA Tour title, winning the RSM Classic at Sea Island by four shots.

On a windy and blustery final day when he expected some trouble in controlling his nerves, the PGA Tour rookie never wavered, and he capped a sensational week with yet another stirring performance. He made birdies on three of his final four holes to shoot 3-under 67 and beat J.J. Spaun by four shots. Cook finished at 21-under 261, just one shot off of Kevin Kisner’s 2015 tournament record.

A Monday qualifying sensation two years ago, when he parlayed Monday success into a handful of PGA Tour starts, Cook, who stands 5-foot-7, won in only his 14th PGA Tour start, his fourth as a full-time member.

“The only professional event I’ve won was an Adams Tour Winter Series event,” said Cook, who made only two bogeys on the week. “I’ve been close on the Web a couple of times but haven’t been able to get the job done, and to be able to do it on the biggest stage in the world, it definitely boosts my confidence. It lets me know I can play with these guys.”

Of that, there is little doubt. Cook tied for fourth in fairways hit (48 of 58), was second in greens in regulation (60 of 72) and ranked 13th in putting. Of the 12 greens he missed, he saved par 11 times. It was simply one of those weeks when everything fell his way.

Cook’s caddie, veteran Kip Henley, who had been on the bag for five previous PGA Tour/PGA Tour Champions victories, thinks there are going to be lots more to come for Cook. He is that steady and cool. 

“He’s impervious to pressure,” Henley said. “It’s only good if you like top 5s every week. … It’s crazy how good he is.”

Spaun, a second-year player who gave himself a chance by shooting a bogey-free 62 on Saturday, was the hot man for much of Sunday, too, getting to 4 under through 10 holes, closing the lead to one. Despite a 5-foot birdie miss at 15 and a bogey at the par-3 17th, Spaun would shoot 66 to finish off a solid fall, following up on T-10 and T-14 finishes in Las Vegas and Mexico.

Brian Gay, a four-time winner on Tour, struggled much of Sunday, but made eagles on two of his last four holes to shoot 68 and finish solo third. At the par-4 18th, Gay holed a 9-iron from 163 yards for 2. He then handed the show back to Cook, who’d earned every bit of it.

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