The drinks are on G-Mac!

Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy at the Ryder Cup
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The next time Graeme McDowell is pouring drinks, it might be at his new tavern in Orlando.
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Well, maybe they will be next time.

Every time he wins a tournament, Graeme McDowell has a tradition. "I always call Rathmore, my home golf course" in Northern Ireland, and tell them that the drinks are on him, McDowell said Sunday afternoon after he won Tiger Woods' World Challenge for the second time in three seasons.

"It's a bit late there now. What is it, 11:35? I was going to say it's not too early for those boys, believe me," he noted. "Hopefully my dad will make a phone call and we'll shed the boys a few drinks and shed the boys a few drinks at Lake Nona."

However, we learned this week, McDowell is opening his own tavern at Lake Nona in Orlando.

"Thankfully it's not open yet, so I'll save a few dollars this time around," joked McDowell, who is also in the final stages of building what he calls his dream house at Lake Nona.

The combination bar and restaurant will be called Nona Blue, and McDowell is partnering with a company called Bistro Concepts LLC to bring it to fruition. It will be in the Lake Nona Village shopping center, between the entrances to Lake Nona Golf & Country Club and NorthLake Park, and McDowell said he hopes it'll open sometime in January.

"Traditionally, it may be drinks on the house at Nona Blue when I win a tournament," he said. And we can only hope he doesn't go another two years before his next victory.

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