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September 9, 2015 - 9:00am
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Graeme McDowell
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Graeme McDowell has some serious hand-to-eye coordination.

Graeme McDowell showed off his golf club juggling skills on social media Wednesday, and challenged several of his professional golf peers to do the same.

Here's the video McDowell posted on Twitter. Pay particular attention to the 360-degree spin he does without losing control of the ball:




Graeme specifically calls out Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose and Victor Dubuisson in the video.

It's obviously a plug for the upcoming Hong Kong Open, where McDowell and the players he named will all be in attendance. Still, it should be fun to see which golfers accept Graeme's challenge and come up with their own trick-shot highlights.

September 8, 2015 - 8:00am
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PGA of America Archive
On Wednesday at 9 a.m. ET, watch live on for a PGA of America announcement.

Tune into for a major announcement from the PGA of America at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

You can watch our live stream beginning at 9 o'clock Wednesday morning here:

Rhona Aime, Chief Financial Officer and Angela Schmelzer, Program Operations Coordinator at the PGA of America will serve as mentors to Yasmian Al-Sharshani from Qatar for the U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program. Now in its fourth year, this program supports the United States global commitment toward advancing the rights and participation of women and girls around the world, using sports as a vehicle towards greater opportunity and inclusion.

The PGA of America is proud to play an important role in engaging, inspiring, and empowering a new generation of female leaders around the world. For three weeks, Aime and Schmelzer will mentor Al-Sharshani, providing her with valuable skills, experience, and access to networks that can lead to future opportunities back in her home community. Aime and Schmelzer will also help to construct a strategic action plan with Yasmian, in an effort to create additional sports opportunities for underserved women and girls in Qatar.

The mentoring program is a central component of the Department’s broader Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative, which aims to increase the number of women and girls worldwide who are involved in sports. Through sports, women and girls learn about peaceful competition, hard work, leadership, and teamwork -- all attributes that equip them to help create stronger, more productive, and stable communities.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs builds relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, professional and private exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships and mentoring programs. These international exchanges engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes and emerging leaders from the United States and nearly 170 countries. Alumni of these exchanges comprise over 1 million people around the world, including more than 50 Nobel Laureates and more than 350 current or former heads of state and government.

Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #EmpowerWomen. 

Patrick Reed
Patrick Reed threw one in the cup at the fifth after hitting his tee shot in the rough.

Patrick Reed went from the rough to the cup - the bottom of the cup - on hole No. 5 during final round play of the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship.

Reed drove the ball into the rough off the tee and was left with 168 yards to the pin.

He was in the plush stuff, too.

A swing, solid contact, and that signature sound of ball meeting flagstick.

Here's how it happened:



The eagle followed a birdie and put Reed at 9-under for the tournament and 2-under on the day.


September 7, 2015 - 12:34pm
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Dizzy Golf Challenge
There's a new game that's fun for everyone not partaking -- the Dizzy Golf Challenge. Check out this guy who drives a golf ball into his own face.

Anything that involves getting dizzy before swinging a stationary object, usually isn't a great idea -- OK, maybe with the exception of a piñata. At least if one of those things gets busted open there's candy everywhere.

In the video you're about to see, the only thing that gets busted for this dizzy golfer is... his own face.

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This video, entitled, "The Dizzy Golf Challenge" has taken the internet by storm over the last several days.

According to the description on the video, here's how the challenge works: "The challenge is simple. Spin around your driver five or six times and try whacking the golf ball. The end results in good times."

And here's the accompanying video, providing an ideal example of why you probably want no part of this challenge:



Unfortunate and painful outcome. 

Chris Kirk eagles No. 17 at TPC Boston.
Chris Kirk served up an eagle from the fairway during the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Sunday afternoon, Chris Kirk's ball was positioned nicely in the fairway of No. 17 at TPC Boston.

Anywhere close to the hole would have been nice.

Instead, with 137 yards left, he launched this highlight-reel shot:





Now that's how you use backspin.

We're giving bonus points for the casual club-toss-to-caddy move, too.

Kirk won last year's Deutsche Bank Championship.

The eagle helped him to a 4-under 67 on the round. He is 3-under for the tournament.

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