The Fringe: Bubba Mimics Rickie and Lexi Pitches

By Matthew Castonguay
Thursday April 17th, 2014 10:09 am EDT

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Welcome to The Fringe, Back9Network’s daily feature created to keep you up-to-date on the best stories happening in golf, social media and pop culture.

Watson Does First “BubbaTalk Live” Since Claiming Second Masters

Even after winning his second Masters just days before, Bubba Watson proved he truly is a man of the people, returning to do his weekly “BubbaTalk Live” segment on his website. Among the topics of conversation this week were how proud he was of his good friends Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth, and about just how good he thinks Matt Kuchar is. 

Watson said of Fowler, “When he came down and saw me after [I signed] my final scorecard, I told him I saw him birdie the first hole and I knew that he was challenging [me] and I told him I couldn’t let him win. So, I wore the orange for Rickie Fowler tonight [on BubbaTalk] just to support him. But that was cool to see a young guy like that, a fan favorite, play good golf.”


Of Spieth, Watson said he’s “obviously [a] great talent, young kid, 20 years old, very mature for his age. There was a lot [of talk] about him showing emotion and all that stuff. He’s going to have lots of chances to win golf tournaments, lots of chances to win majors, so it’s pretty cool to see.”

I have a feeling Watson will have a lot of chances to win majors, too, but I think green is more his color. 

Photos: Bubba Watson

Lexi Thompson Throws Out Marlin’s First Pitch

Lexi Thompson collected her first career major at the Kraft Nabisco Championship on April 6, and Wednesday night she made her Major League debut… sorta. As often happens, golfers get to throw out ceremonial first pitches after they win majors. This time, it was Thompson’s turn. 

Like a true MLB superstar, she even took the time to autograph some baseballs afterwards:

Photos: Golfer First Pitches

Gary Player Posts Classic Big 3 Pic On Twitter

As the saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” and this one posted by Gary Player on Twitter is probably worth many more than that. He posted this throwback photo of himself, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer at the Masters from a time long since past. It’s one of those pics that makes you lust for the greatness of a bygone era, even if you weren’t alive to experience it. It’s history, a moment in time, and it’s perfect.

Ahh, nostalgia at it’s finest. 

In Case You Missed It

Hack Golf Uses Pros To Help Test-Drive New 15-Inch Cups


Golf is hard… really hard. There’s no doubt about it, but that’s what makes it fun right? There’s nothing like going out and trying to break 80, or setting a new personal best. But some think the sport is too challenging for the average golfer, which is why so many have focused on making the game more enjoyable for everyone.

Hack Golf, with the support of TaylorMade Golf and PGA of America, has accepted that challenge, pushing a new idea that’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Read More

Jordan Spieth Gets Pelted By Errant Shot From Amateur


Fueled by the notion that he had the Masters title within his grasp on Sunday, Jordan Spieth is taking no time off this week. He’s in Hilton Head Island, S.C., for the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links.

The 20-year-old took part in the event’s pro-am Wednesday, which means he played with people much older than him and much worse than him at golf. To wit, one of his amateur partners shanked a wedge shot on the 18th fairway and caught Spieth in the back of his left calf. Read More

Out Of Bounds

I’m pretty sure that Ted Scott doesn’t need any advice on how to hit the ball a long way. If he does, he’d probably just ask the guy he caddies for: two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson. Just in case, however, this gentleman offered up some advice on how to take it “Bubba long.”

While “loading that shaft” is a power move for the golf swing since it creates a ton of lag, I’m not sure about the warm-up routine. But hey, whatever works, right? 

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