Wil Bateman
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Wil Bateman took the long route on this short putt, but it paid off.
 
You might not be familiar with Wil Bateman yet, but you need to start paying more attention. First off, the 22-year-old Canadian captured the Hyundai-BBVA 89 Chile Open last month and is now 10th on the PGATour Latinoamerica money list.
 
 
And then there's this: While practicing for this week's Argentine Open, the San Diego State product sank what has to be one of the greatest gimme putts ever. To me, it ranks right up there with this insane three-footer that we showed you last year.
 
 
As you can see in the Instagram video posted below, Bateman is mere inches from the cup. But the green has a huge mound in it, so instead of taking the easy tap-in he racks his ball 20 or 30 feet up the slope, then stands by coolly as it rolls up, pauses and then motors right back down into the cup.
 
We can't guarantee that Bateman will win this week in Argentina. But we're pretty sure of one thing – he won't have much trouble reading the greens.
 
Check it out:
 
 

Never thought a one footer would be this tough.

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Wil Bateman makes one of the coolest gimme putts ever
Rory McIlroy
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A club sandwich laid Rory McIlroy low, but he kept his spirits up on Twitter.
 
Did you take a close look T.J. Auclair's report about the Drum Ceremony preceding this week's HSBC Champions in Shanghai? Defending champion Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson donned some traditional Chinese garb, hopped up on a large stage and whaled away on some pretty huge drums in what has become this tournament's annual tradition.
 
 
Missing from the fun, however, was Rory McIlroy. 
 
McIlroy made the trip to Shanghai in good shape, but then got what appears to be a case of food poisoning from a club sandwich. Even in distress, however, he kept his sense of humor, as you can see in the tweet posted below:
 
 
McIlroy is paired with Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson in the first two rounds. Hopefully, he'll be feeling well enough to play his best.
 
Rory McIlroy deals with stomach illness with good humor
November 3, 2015 - 2:46pm
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GolfBoard
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Just like the skateboard, surfboard, golf cart and Segway before it, if you use a GolfBoard other than the way it's meant to be used, there are painful consequences.

Perhaps you've seen the new rage on golf courses lately, the alternative to golf carts -- GolfBoards.

Shaped like a skateboard/surfboard/Segway hybrid, the GolfBoard is motorized and it turns depending on which way the person "riding" it leans.

Well, just like the skateboard, surfboard, golf cart and Segway before it, if you use a GolfBoard other than the way it's meant to be used, there are painful consequences...

Like this guy for instance, on a video that was posted to YouTube by user Calvin Lennberg on Monday:

 

Luckily, it looks like the man made it away relatively unscathed.

That wasn't the case for PGA Tour winner Jesper Parnevik on a Segway a while back if you remember:

 

Haha, of all injuries I'v had, this is the most ridiculous!! Broke a rib and had to withdraw from all events this month.

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Here's more on the GolfBoard:

 

Man wipes out messing around on GolfBoard
November 3, 2015 - 9:41am
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WGC-HSBC Champions
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This video coming in from Shanghai before the start of the WGC-HSBC Champions features Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler dressed in traditional Chinese garb while hammering away at the drums.

Sometimes you've got to do weird things to make the sponsors happy.

Case in point: This video coming in from Shanghai before the start of the WGC-HSBC Champions that features Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler dressed in traditional Chinese garb while hammering away at the drums:

 

Stick to the day job, boys.

More fun photos here:

 

 

Check this out from Spieth, Fowler, Watson and Stenson
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.
 
 
 
One Direction singer Niall Horan hits golf balls on break from band
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:
 
 
N.Y. Giants punter Brad Wing shows off golf swing after perfect punt