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Cheyenne Woods and Drake
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Cheyenne Woods spent some time with Drake after his concert in Toronto earlier this week.
Drake is one of Cheyenne Woods' favorite performers, and he just happened to be playing a concert in his hometown of Toronto earlier this week. So Woods – an LPGA Tour rookie and the niece of Tiger Woods – asked her manager to track down a few tickets.
Done, and done. Woods, accompanied by fellow players Sadena Parks and Jaye Marie Green, attended the show, and met Drake afterward. Drake even posted a photo of himself with her on his Instagram account – thrilling her, and getting her 500 new followers to boot!
Clearly the good feelings she got from the show carried over to today's first round of the Manlife LPGA Classic in nearby Cambridge, Ontario. She went out and shot a course-record 63 to grab the first-round lead. Later in the day, Cristie Kerr and P.K. Kongkraphan tied her.
"I have always been a huge Drake fan," Woods said afterward. "I listen to him when I warm up, off the course, everything. When I saw that he released his tour schedule, I looked at it to see if any of the cities matched up with our Tour stops."
If you're curious, her favorite song from the concert was "Know Yourself," from his latest album, "If You're Reading This It's Too Late."
"How can you not get hyped about that song?," she said.
We can say the same thing about her first-round score. Here's how good it was:
--It's the first time she has led after any round on the LPGA Tour
--It easily surpassed her previous best score, which was a 65 at the 2014 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open
--It tied the Whistle Bear Golf Club course record, set by Matt Bettencourt and Jon Mills at the 2005 Canadian PGA Championship


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Georgia Tech golf course manhole rescue
Atlanta fire rescue crews used a pulley system to lift two men out of a manhole on the Georgia Tech golf course on Thursday.
Mark this down as the craziest golf-related story of the day: Rescue workers in Atlanta had to pull two men out of a 14-foot-deep manhole on the driving range of the golf course at Georgia Tech in Atlanta Thursday afternoon.
The names of the men were not released, but they were believed to be construction workers. It's not yet clear what they were doing in the manhole, how long they had been down there, or even exactly how they got trapped. Some initial reports indicated they were unconscious, but The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that they were seen moving around after they had been rescued.
Atlanta fire rescue crews pulled the men out of the manhole, one after the other about 15 minutes apart, around 4:30 p.m., the newspaper said. The rescuers used a pulley system to lift the men out, and both men were put on stretchers and transported to a hospital to be checked out.
June 4, 2015 - 10:46am
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Gwladys Nocera
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Gwladys Nocera, the top player on the Ladies European Tour, has accepted a special exemption to compete in the 2015 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

NEW YORK (June 3, 2015) -- Gwladys Nocera, the top player on the Ladies European Tour and France’s Solheim Cup points list leader, has accepted a special exemption to compete in the historic 2015 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, to be conducted June 9-14, at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, New York.

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship features a $3.5 million purse, among the highest in women’s golf. For the first time, the Championship will be operated by the PGA of America in partnership with the LPGA.

Nocera, 40, has won 14 times on the LET, including a victory this spring in Morocco. Ranked No. 1 on the LET Order of Merit, she joins a superstar field of women’s golf champions that includes defending champion Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie. The exemption was extended to Nocera by the PGA of America.

Carrying on the 60-year legacy of the LPGA Championship, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship is a unique collaboration of KPMG, the PGA of America, and the LPGA Tour, and golf’s only major championship in the New York Metro area this year.

Golf Channel will televise the first two rounds of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Thursday, June 11 and Friday, June 12, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET. NBC coverage of the final two rounds is Saturday, June 13, and Sunday, June 14, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET. 

June 3, 2015 - 1:54pm
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As if hitting a flop shot over your own head wasn't impressive enough, how about landing it in your friends hands?

It's been a couple of weeks since I checked out the Instagram account of Mathias Schjoelberg from Arizona State. According to his Instagram profile, Schjoelberg has turned professional.

But that doesn't mean he isn't still making fun videos.

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Check out this effort after a workout, where Schjoelberg pulls off his famous "over-the-head" flop shot, but ups the ante by having a friend catch the ball out of the air:


Schjoelberg also had this new video where he takes to the beach. Keep an eye on that second shot, where he flops the ball out of the sand and makes a mad dash and a dive to attempt to catch it:


June 3, 2015 - 11:55am
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Kristen Stewart
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Kristen Stewart, known best for her role as Bella in the "Twilight Saga" took a break from filming a movie to crush a drive. She's got a decent swing, too.

Actress Kristen Stewart is most well known for her role as Bella Swan in the "Twilight Saga."

Skratch TV uncovered this short video clip of Stewart on the set of a movie called, "Camp X-Ray," where she took a break from shooting to nail a drive.

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Check it out:


Decent swing. 

Not surprising, I guess, since we learned over a year ago that Stewart is fond of golf.

June 3, 2015 - 10:58am
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Tiger Woods
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Is it crazy to think Tiger Woods can win right now? Maybe not when you consider this week's venue.

If there is such a thing as a "mini-major" on the PGA Tour, this week's Memorial Tournament is it.

The Memorial is played at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, home to none other than the Golden Bear, Mr. Jack Nicklaus.

If you've ever been to the Memorial, you know it has a Masters-like feel -- everything from the white jumpsuits for the caddies, to the stunningly manicured grounds with not a blade of grass out of place.

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Muirfield Village is the only course to have hosted a Ryder Cup (1987), a Solheim Cup (1998) and a Presidents Cup (2013). It's a big-time venue.

Not surprisingly, this big-time venue also has a list of big-name champions: Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Raymond Floyd, Hale Irwin, Greg Norman, Fred Couples, Jim Furyk, Ernie Els, Tiger Woods and Justin Rose, just to name a few.

Here are the five players I'll be keeping a close eye on this week at Jack's place.

5. Tiger Woods
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
T17 at the Masters
Reason to watch: I'll be the first to admit that Tiger hasn't shown me anything lately that would suggest he's ready to contend again. That said, no one has been more dominant at the Memorial than Woods, who has a tournament-best five victories, the latest coming in 2012. I don't think Tiger will ever again be the insanely dominant Tiger we once knew. That said, I do think he's got some great golf left in him. Given his track record at Muirfield Village, this seems as good a place as any for Tiger to get the train back on the track. Surely Tiger would love nothing more than to gain some much needed confidence in his final event before the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in two weeks, which he was scouting out early this week.

4. Matt Kuchar
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
T2 at Humana Challenge
Reason to watch: Over the past several years, Kuchar has been a top-10 machine. For most players, the three top-10 finishes in 15 starts this season -- including a T2 and a third -- would be pretty good. Not for Kuchar though. Outside of a fifth-place showing at the RBC Heritage, Kuchar has been in a funk since the beginning of April. His last three starts look like this: T34 at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship; Missed cut at the Players Championship; T39 at the AT&T Byron Nelson. That's not what I expect from Kuchar. He's going to break out of his slump and I have a good feeling it could happen this week at Memorial, where he won in 2013 and was a runner-up in 2011. Dating back to 2007, Kuchar has played in every Memorial expect for 2012. His worst finish? A T15.

3. Justin Rose
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans
Reason to watch: This will be Rose's first PGA Tour start since a missed cut at the Players Championship (though he did play in the BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour, where he finished T38 a couple of weeks ago). Rose rolled to a three-stroke victory at the 2010 Memorial. He's had two missed cuts and two top-8 finishes at Memorial since then. He's either really good, or not so hot at Muirfield Village. Coming off a missed cut a year ago, I think Rose will be trending toward one of those "really good" weeks.

2. Bill Haas
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Won the Humana Challenge
Reason to watch: In his last two starts at Muirfield Village, Haas has finished T8 (2014) and T4 (2013). He also compiled a 2-2-1 record during the 2013 Presidents Cup. It should be noted as well that Haas will be more motivated than usual to rack up top finishes. He really wants to be a member of this year's U.S. Presidents Cup team, which will be captained by his father, Jay. He doesn't want to put dad in a position to have to use a captain's pick on his son... he wants to make the team outright. Haas is a consistent player and, as you can see by his on-course demeanor, he never gets too high or too low. That's important around a course like this.

1. Dustin Johnson
Best finish in 2014-15 season:
Won the WGC-Cadillac Championship
Reason to watch: It's been a very good season thus far for Johnson with six top-10s in 11 starts, highlighted by the win at Doral and the playoff loss at Riviera. His latest top-10 came just last week at the Byron Nelson, where he finished T8. Johnson has a few top-20 finishes at Memorial, the best of which was a T4 in 2011. Muirfield is a big park. Since Johnson is such a big hitter, you'd think it would be perfect for his game. He'll be in the mix come Sunday evening, grinding to snag his second victory of the season.

Here's how my five to watch fared last week at the Byron Nelson:

5. Ryan Palmer -- T10
4. Brandt Snedeker -- T6
3. Dustin Johnson -- T8
2. Jimmy Walker -- T2
1. Jordan Spieth -- T30