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Niall Horan with Rory McIlroy
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Niall Horan caddied for Rory McIlroy during the Par 3 Contest at the Masters last spring.
The superstar boy band One Direction is scheduled to take a year off after its current tour ends, and the group's resident golf fanatic is planning to use some of that downtime to recharge his game.
In fact, Niall Horan got a little jump on his vacation by hitting the driving range to whack a few golf balls. Horan – who famously served as Rory McIlroy's caddie during the Par 3 Contest at the Masters last spring – shared a moody shot of his session at a practice range on Instagram. Sorry to say, we're not exactly sure where that facility is.
In any case, Horan will really get serious about his golf game when the band's break officially begins.
"By the end of next year … I'd like to be a low single figure in golf and in better shape, working out," he told RTE Ten in Ireland the other day.
Horan's game – or at least his putting stroke – is also featured in the band's new video for its song, "Perfect."
Here's his Instagram shot, with the "Perfect" video right below it.
Brad Wing
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New York Giants punter Brad Wing demonstrated his sort-game prowess after his punt pinned the New Orleans Saints down by the goal line on Sunday.
There weren't many punts in the New York Giants' 52-49 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, but one of them was a beauty. Giants punter Brad Wing blasted a beauty – a 61-yarder that hit on the Saints' 2-yard line and bounced almost straight up, allowing his gunners to down the ball just outside the Saints' goal line.
Did that punt remind you of anything? Maybe a perfect wedge shot that lands soft and stops right by the pin? That's clearly what it looked like to Wing, who celebrated by showing off his swing:
November 1, 2015 - 8:16am
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Stephen Curry
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Steph Curry loves golf almost as much as basketball.

It's no secret that NBA Most Valuable Player Steph Curry loves golf. He recently sat down with Steve Smith on NBA Inside Stuff to chat about his golf game, his new daughter and the chances of his Golden State Warriors repeating as NBA champs.

Curry even got Smith to take a few swings, and he's not bad. Not as good as Curry, who plays to a single-digit handicap, but still ...

You can watch the full interview here.




November 1, 2015 - 4:13am
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John Peterson
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John Peterson makes Happy Gilmore proud with this opening tee shot Sunday at the CIMB Classic.

After rounds of 80, 74 and 78 at the CIMB Classic, John Peterson was 77th out of the 77 players who played their final rounds Sunday, so why not do something unique for the fans?

So with that in mind, Peterson stepped up to the first tee -- and after being introduced, did his best Happy Gilmore impersonation:



It must have helped. He shot 66. However, he still finished last in the tournament. But the reaction from his fellow PGA Tour pros was immediate and hilarious.
















November 1, 2015 - 4:00am
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Claret Jug
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Zach Johnson and the Claret Jug pose with some of Iowa's football team for a photo.

Whatever Zach Johnson had to say during his pre-game pep talk before Iowa's game with Maryland on Saturday in Iowa City worked. That, or a chance for the Hawkeyes to touch the Claret Jug that Johnson brought with him to the stadium as honorary captain.

In either case -- or not at all -- Iowa rolled Maryland, 31-15 to improve to 8-0 this season and remain in the thick of the NCAA national championship race.

Iowa assistant coach Chris White posted this to his Twitter page after the game:



For the record, Johnson is a proud Drake University alum, but remains an Iowa football fan at heart.

Scott Piercy's second shot found the hole on the par 4 14th hole.

Scott Piercy was already having a pretty good week in Malaysia at the CIMB Classic.

Rounds of 62, 69 and 69 have him at 16-under and four shots off the lead.

Helping him to that 69 Saturday was this gem of shot on the 358-yard par-4 14th.



Justin Thomas and Brendan Steele share the lead going into Sunday's final round at 20-under.

Follow the leaderboard here.