The Fringe: Fowler Lends a Hand & McIlroy Gets His Swell On in NYC

By Matthew Castonguay
Thursday August 21st, 2014 11:00 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. 

Rickie Fowler Lends a Helping Hand with Farmers

Giving back is part of what makes the PGA Tour so great. Players are constantly donating their time and money to charity and making a difference in their communities and those that hold tour events. This week, Rickie Fowler joined his sponsor, Farmers Insurance, in helping out in New Jersey.

Fowler and the Farmers crew rebuilt the home of Erik Lovgren, whose house was severely damaged during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Fowler posted these pics of his day to his Instagram account: 

“I’ve done plenty of cutting and I’ve built stuff. I’m not worried about a hammer and a nail. I have some coordination,” Fowler said. “(Lovgren) was excited about getting back into the house for football season and having everyone over for a cookout. It’s fun being able to help out and make someone’s life better. It may be only an hour, but to have a chance to talk and help someone out, who knows how much that affects someone? I hope it helps.”

This wasn’t first time Fowler has lent a hand rebuilding, either. After tornadoes tore through Moore, Okla., in 2013, Fowler, an Oklahoma State alum, was there to help out. He even let Jake Reddington, one of the survivors from the Moore twister, walk inside the ropes with him at the Farmers Insurance Open in January: 

“Rickie’s character and desire to give back to communities aligns directly with our values and priorities,” said Jeff Dailey, Farmers Insurance CEO. “On and off the golf course, he is a great ambassador for the Farmers brand.”

Related Link: The Breakdown: Rickie Fowler’s Majorly Impressive Year

Rory McIlroy Works Out in NYC

Rory McIlroy has spent the last couple days hanging out in the Big Apple doing a little bit of everything. The man on a three-tournament win streak — including two majors — went on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”, debuted some new Nike irons at Liberty National, did the “Ice Bucket Challenge” and helped out one of his ice bucket call-outs, Meghan Markle, with hers.

The current world No. 1 also took his act to the streets and parks of New York City, spending his Tuesday morning running through Central Park …

… and getting his swell on with the help of a cross walk sign: 

Yeah, it’s Rory’s world for sure — we’re all just living in it. The four-time major champion will try to collect FedExCup playoff win No. 3 and consecutive win No. 4 at Ridgewood Country Club starting Thursday. 

Related: Woods, McIlroy Battle Jimmy Fallon on ‘Tonight Show’

Ian Poulter Tries and Tries and Tries and Tries Trick Shot 

Ian Poulter is no stranger to pulling off some crazy shots. He’s taught us how to get out of some deep trouble and demonstrated the proper way to trim the head on a Stella Artois, and now, Poults has one more trick shot to teach us. 

This one, however, does not look very easy and I’m not sure I want to try it after seeing how long it took one of the world’s best players to accomplish it: 

I’m not sure I’ll ever end up plugged on a tee box, but it’s good to know there’s an easy shot I can hit. Thanks, Ian. Much obliged. 

Related Link: Armchair Sessions With Ian Poulter

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Unlike most arcade golf games, “The Golf Club” is tailored more towards “hardcore golfers,” if you will. It features traditional game modes such as stroke and match play, four-ball, as well as Tours & Tournaments. Read More

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Here’s a look at our 9 favorite moments in FedExCup history. Read More

Out Of Bounds

Jimmy Fallon’s name has been a very popular one on this site in the last couple days, what with Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy visiting the set and the social media hit that was the PGA edition of Tonight Show “Superlatives,” and now, I give you more of the comedian at his best. 

Just one night after Woods and McIlroy played “Facebreakers,” Fallon took on Pierce Brosnan in “Golden Eye,” the uber-popular Nintendo 64 game from back in the day. Surprisingly, neither of these two stars were as good (or good at all) at the game as I expected them to be — which only makes it funnier: 

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