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November 16, 2015 - 10:25am
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Graeme McDowell
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Graeme McDowell picked the perfect time to hit a perfect 5-iron.

Graeme McDowell hadn't won on the PGA Tour in two seasons, but he raised the trophy in celebration Monday morning after this clutch approach shot on the first playoff hole at the OHL Classic.

This 5-iron is a beauty, particularly under the circumstances and conditions. If you're going to hit the shot of the tournament, do it when it counts.




McDowell sank the three-footer with authority and walked off the winner over Russell Knox and Jason Bohn.

November 16, 2015 - 8:39am
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Harold Varner III
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PGA Tour rookie Harold Varner III almost can't believe that birdie putt went in the hole.

Harold Varner III made birdie at the 14th hole Monday morning in the final round of the OHL Classic.

So what, right? But that really doesn't describe how great this putt was. Not only was it from 70 feet away, but he did it with the wind whipping and in a driving rainstorm, on the most difficult hole on the course.



That's an impressive putt on a normal day, let alone in the conditions the players are facing in Mayakoba right now.



November 15, 2015 - 2:51pm
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Jason Bohn reacts as his ball hits the flagstick.

Jason Bohn was cruising through the final round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

So why wouldn't he expect to hit it close when he stepped up to the tee on the 151-yeard par 3 8th hole?

Turns out it his distance was perfect. As in hit-the-flagstick perfect.



At the time Bohn had a share of the lead at 17-under, tied with Russell Knox.

His putt for birdie was delayed by four hours after rain forced players off the course, but he drained it once play resumed at 4:45 p.m. ET.

It wasn't the only replay-worthy shot from Bohn Sunday.

He hit his second shot a few yards shy of the green on the par-5 fifth hole.

Then he let his wedge play did the talking.


And those are the shots we'll never get tired of watching.


Stephen Gostkowski
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"In golf and in field-goal kicking, most of the times I screw up is when I try to hit the ball too hard," said New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski.
Last week, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady compared swinging a golf club to throwing passes. This week, his placekicker, Stephen Gostkowski, picked up the thread.
Gostkowski, the Patriots' all-time leading scorer and one of the National Football League's most productive kickers in recent years, hopped on Sirius XM's PGA Tour Radio channel and said that he too finds a lot of similarities between his chosen profession and his favorite avocation.
"A lot of it has to do with tempo and rhythm as far as the swing of the club and the swing of your leg," he told Mark Carnevale. "In golf and in field-goal kicking, most of the times I screw up is when I try to hit the ball too hard."
The secrets to success in both endeavors, he explained, are confidence and consistency.
"Once you get to where you can repeat the swing and have the confidence that you know the ball is going to go where you're aiming and where you're wanting to hit it, it gets a lot easier," said Gostkowski, an avid golfer in the offseason. "… The times where I’ve gotten on a roll in golf and done well, for my game, the more confidence I have, the better swing I put on the ball. If I can see the shot before I hit it, it does a lot of good."
If you'd like to hear Gostkowski talk golf, you can do that right here:
Kevin Streelman
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Kevin Streelman got in some two-wheeled action on Friday in Mexico.
A lot of people say life is a little slower when you're in a laid-back tropical resort. But not everybody takes to the pokier pace.
One of those people is two-time PGA Tour winner Kevin Streelman. After posted a 67 in the second round of the OHL Classic earlier today, Streelman apparently didn't want to wait around for a lift back to his hotel room, nor did he want to take the time to stroll back.
So he chose Door No. 3. He snagged a bicycle and pedaled his way through the crowds. 
If there had been a little French café music in the background, his journey might have resembled a scene out of a rom-com. But if you look a little more closely, the Man of Streel is pedaling pretty good – maybe he just decided to get in a little extra cardio on his way back to his room.
Either way, there is one thing we're sure of – the basket on the bike is sweet.
Graeme McDowell
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Graeme McDowell will open his new Nona Blue a few minutes away from the home of the PGA Tour and the Players Championship.
Graeme McDowell opened his Nona Blue Modern Tavern in Orlando back in the spring of 2013, and it's been a big hit ever since. Its popularity has prompted the 2010 U.S. Open champion to look around Florida for a spot to launch a second establishment, and he announced this week that he's found one.
The new Nona Blue will open up sometime next spring at Sawgrass Village – right outside the gates of TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The original is near the Lake Nona golf course community, where McDowell lives.
"We looked for locations all over Florida, but it came down to Graeme falling in love with Ponte Vedra," Jaime Baird, who does marketing for Nona Blue, told The Jacksonville Business Journal.
The new restaurant will feature the same upscale tavern motif and fare that make the original so successful. The food is described as "scratch American cuisine" on the Nona Blue website, which lists dishes including G-Mac & Cheese, Mama's Meatloaf, Ahi Tuna Steak, Traditional English Fish & Chips and Slow Roasted Prime Rib.
"It's the kind of place you could go to a few times a week," Baird said. "You can get a burger and craft beer one night, a filet and glass of red wine the next."
Obviously, the new place will hope to attract golfers and golf fans, but not limit its audicne to just that group. 
"We're really lucky in the way that we've developed the concept," said Baird. "It speaks to a variety of people with many interests."
If you've never been to Nona Blue, you can get a sense of what it's like in this photo gallery.