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DeMarcus Ware
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DeMarcus Ware teed it up on a gorgeous course called Jack's Point on his vacation to New Zealand.
 
After winning the Super Bowl a couple months ago, the Denver Broncos are enjoying a little R&R this offseason. Quarterback Peyton Manning famously went to DisneyLand right after the Big Game, and this week star defensive lineman DeMarcus Ware is on vacation down in New Zealand.
 
Ware has been working out a little bit, doing a little fine dining and wine-tasting, and enjoying the jaw-dropping scenery for which New Zealand is so famous. He's also spending part of his time on the golf course. 
 
 
He's shared a few quick Instagram photos and videos of his swing and of the course he played – Jack's Point in Queenstown. I'm not as familiar with Jack's Point as I am with New Zealand courses like Cape Kidnappers or Kauri Cliffs, but it looks spectacular – that body of water you see in Ware's video is Lake Wakatipu and those mountains in the background are called the Remarkables. 
 
Ware's swing looks pretty nice, too – I'm always impressed with the flexibility that these muscular athletes have. Take a look at his swing, and at the video of the course he played:
 
 

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Close but no cigar

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Bubba Watson
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Bubba Watson's half-court shot at the Orlando Magic game Tuesday night was even cooler than it if had gone in.
 
On this week before he returns to Augusta National to try to win his third Masters, Bubba Watson is enjoying a little down time. He spent Tuesday night at watching his beloved Orlando Magic trample the Brooklyn Nets – and he got to try a half-court shot.
 
 
Bubba's heft from half-court didn't quite go in, but what happened might actually be more memorable. His aim was just a teench off, and the ball wedged between the rim and the backboard. Wow! From half-court, is that called an atomic wedgie? 
 
Oh well, no doubt Bubba would prefer his aim to be perfect next week when he's got a wedge in his hand and he's homing in on those slicky, tricky greens at Augusta National.
 
Here's his shot:
 
 
 
 
ACSL Mini-Surveyor drone
Courtesy of ACSL
The Mini Surveyor drone that'll test on-course deliveries can carry loads of 10 to 12 pounds per trip, according to drone maker Autonomous Control Systems Laboratory.
 
Over in Japan, Rakuten is sort of the equivalent of ecommerce giants like Amazon or China's Alibaba. And like those companies, Rakuten is interested in the prospects of delivering packages via autonomous drones.
 
As part of its research, the company has bought into Japanese drone maker Autonomous Control Systems Laboratory – and one if its first tests will be to see how an ACSL drone can handle delivering goodies to golfers during their rounds. 
 
 
Starting in May, the Tech Crunch technology blog reports, Rakuten and ACSL will conduct field tests at a golf course in Chiba. Using a smartphone app, golfers will be able to order food, beverages and perhaps even other small items like golf balls, and a drone will be dispatched from the clubhouse to deliver the order.
 
The companies have given no indication of what specifically they're looking to prove in the test, but the potential for snack-and-supply-delivering drones seems great. Here's a quick video of the ACSL Mini Surveyor drone that'll be the subject of the test – it doesn’t do much in the video, but you can see what it looks like:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Who wouldn't want a selfie with Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler on a boat?

So you've been eliminated from the Dell Match Play? What do you do with the rest of your weekend?

If you're Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, you climb on board a boat in the middle of Austin's Colorado River and watch the rest of the tournament from there with a few friends, courtesy of Ben Crenshaw and his wife.

Spieth posted a picture Saturday on social media of himself, Fowler and a group of folks having what appears to be a great time.

 

 

The hashtag #thanksmrandmrscrenshaw -- which we can only assume is a hat tip to Austin native and two-time Masters winner Ben Crenshaw -- was trending in Austin for much of the day.

If you can't win, a day on the river is a pretty nice consolation prize.

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Patrick Reed channel his 2014 Ryder Cup "shush" moment this week at the Dell Match Play.

It's hard to forget Patrick Reed's brash response to the pro-European crowd at the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, when he shushed the crowd after sinking a putt at the seventh hole during his singles match with Henrik Stenson.

In case you have, this will jog your memory.

 

 

Certainly, Reed hasn't forgotten. This week, Reed was spotted sporting a unique belt buckle at the Dell Match Play in Austin. Yes, it's a silhouette of him giving the "shush" sign.

If it was a good luck charm, it worked perfectly through the round-robin portion, as Reed went a perfect 3-0, defeating Daniel Berger, Matthew Fitzpatrick and fellow Ryder Cup teammate Phil Mickelson.

However, Dustin Johnson -- who missed the 2014 Ryder Cup after taking a leave of absence from the sport one month before the U.S. team left for Scotland -- appeared unaffected by Reed's talisman. He knocked Reed out in the round of 16 by a score of 3&2.

 

Niall Horan
Niall Horan via Instagram
Even some recent cool weather couldn't keep Niall Horan of One Direction off the golf course.
 
Last fall, we brought you the news that Niall Horan of One Direction was planning to spend the band's one-year hiatus honing his golf game. Now, we can confirm to you that Horan is in fact playing some golf and, as you can see in the Instagram post below, his golf swing is looking pretty good.
 
The 22-year-old Irish heartthrob famously caddied for Rory McIlroy during the Par 3 Contest at the Masters last year, but he is also good buddies with Justin Rose. In fact, Horan and Rose have teamed up to create a special charity tournament – known as the Horan & Rose Gala Dinner and Golf Day – preceding the European Tour's prestigious BMW PGA Championship in London in late May (the event doesn't seem to have a web presence as of yet). Horan will play in the BMW PGA's celebrity pro-am as well.
 
 
"By the end of next year … I'd like to be a low single figure in golf and in better shape, working out," Horan told RTE Ten in Ireland last fall. From the looks of things, he's certainly putting in the time it takes to improve.
 
Here's what his swing looks like now. Not bad!:
 
 

Haven't been in cold like this in a while but good to be back Hitting balls

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