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Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky’s second son born

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ESPN Senior Writer Ian O’Connor nabbed himself a smartphone-era exclusive on the birth of Dustin Johnson’s second son.

Reports indicated Paulina Gretzky was scheduled for a Monday C-section. And while Team Johnson hasn’t made an official announcement, O’Connor received (and was surely authorized to share) this photo of the newborn baby boy.

Meet the beautiful baby boy of Paulina Gretzky & Dustin Johnson. Name to come. pic.twitter.com/O8nnGl9TAD

How’d he get it? According to O’Connor, a long-serving sportswriter with a thick rolodex, Art Whisnant, a former L.A. Laker/Dustin Johnson’s grandfather, sent it his way.

The child is Johnson and Gretzky’s second. Their first-born, Tatum, is two.

Johnson is expected to arrive at Erin Hills some time today, and he’s slated for a Wednesday press conference. Last year’s U.S. Open winner, DJ has already practiced at Erin Hills, making a stop after his missed cut at the Memorial.

And, of course, we’d be treated to a most poetic narrative for the new father to win the tournament that ends on Father’s Day (a fact you’ll hear no less than 1,000 times during telecast).

Johnson is scheduled to tee off Erin Hills’ 10th hole Thursday at 9:35 a.m. with Jordan Spieth and Martin Kaymer.

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  1. JD

    Jun 21, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    That woman is so beautiful it should be a crime. Jeezus.

  2. Dave R

    Jun 16, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Really.

  3. rebfan73

    Jun 13, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    He’s not a doctor, but he stayed at at Holiday In Express….

  4. Shambles

    Jun 13, 2017 at 11:20 am

    He is now for sure going to win it this week

  5. Phil

    Jun 13, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Hopefully it’s his….

    • ROY

      Jun 13, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      From what I hear its only a 50/50 shot its actually hers….

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Keegan Bradley Puts Srixon Z-Forged Blades in the bag

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This week at the BMW Championship, Srixon staff member Keegan Bradley switched irons from the cult classic Z745 to the company’s current Z-Forged blade irons.

For most players, an iron change is not something you would do during the playoffs, but when talking to the team at Srixon, Keegan had been trying to replace his set for a little while. The Z745s were getting on in years and with recent swing changes, he was also looking for more consistent numbers and distance control. That’s an impressive request from one of the top-50 ballstrikers on tour

Let’s take a quick look at his stats

  • 12th in Proximity to Hole with an average distance of 34.2″
  • 16th in Strokes Gained Approach with .642
  • 38th in Greens in Regulation at 68.45%

His new Z-Forged Iron setup is 4-PW with Nippon Tour 120 X shafts.

Although Keegan started the BMW Championship in 66th place in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, he still has a chance of making it to the Tour Championship with a solid weekend in Chicago.

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10 interesting photos from the 2019 BMW Championship

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GolfWRX has an assortment of photos from the 2019 BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois, including in-hand photos of equipment, shots from the range, and WITB looks at the likes of Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, and more.

Here are a few of the most interesting shots from Medinah.

Not familiar with “The Johnny Appleseed of American Golf?” Acquaint yourself!

On the first tee at the BMW Championship…a BMW

The Phil Mickelson calf game is strong, per usual

An in-hand look at the new Scotty Cameron Teryllium TNP 2 (more here)

A Bettinardi tour putter cover

It takes a village…

The flatstick that rolled in the winning put at the first FEC playoff event…

Fairway Jesus with the Nike high socks and Roshe combo 

Rory McIlroy’s TaylorMade Spider putter cover feature a spider holding a championship belt, of course…

Phil Mickelson’s 64-degree PM Grind 2.0 wedge 

All our photos from the 2019 BMW Championship

General galleries 

WITBs

 

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Tiger Woods opts for lead tape on his Newport 2 rather than a heavier putter: Here’s why it makes sense

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After days of speculation about which putter Tiger Woods might end up with an attempt to tame the greens at Royal Portrush, we now officially know he settled on his old faithful GSS Scotty Cameron but with a twist—some added lead tape.

The whole reason the speculation was in high gear early in the week was because of Tiger was spotted with a new custom Scotty that had the Studio Select weights in the sole to increase head weight to help with slow greens, something Tiger has talked about in the past—especially when it comes to the greens at The Open Championship.

We can even look back a few years ago when Tiger finally put a Nike putter in play, the original Method (those were nice putters) and talked about both the increased head weight and the grooves on the face to help get the ball rolling on slower greens.

The decision to stick with the old faithful with added lead tape goes beyond just a comfort level, even if the two putters look the same at address, it’s about feel and MOI around the axis.

Let me explain. Sure the putter heads weight the same, but depending on where the mass is located it will change the MOI. The putter with the Select weights vs. lead tape in the middle will have a higher MOI because there is more weight on the perimeter of the head—it’s like a blade vs. cavity back iron. Sure, two 7-irons can weigh the same but the performance will vary significantly.

For a player with such deft feel like Tiger Woods, any change like that can could cause doubt. Tweaking an already great putting stroke and on the eve of the last major of the year is not really something you want to do, which is why it isn’t surprising he stuck with his legendary Newport 2.

Lead tape in the middle allows Tiger to increase the head weight with very little change to the natural rate of rotation for hit putter and hopefully manage the slower Portrush greens better.

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