The Fringe: Heir Jordan Makes An Ace Thanks To Bradley, Donald

By Matthew Castonguay
Friday May 16th, 2014 10:39 am EDT


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

Donald, Bradley Won’t Take Credit For Marcus Jordan’s Swing

It’s been a busy week in the world of Twitter for Luke Donald and Keegan Bradley. Donald, a man who would best be described as “reserved” in person, has not been shy this week on social media, taking time to twist a thorn in Bradley’s side following the Boston Bruins’ Game 7 loss, and to poke fun at his good buddy, “Larry Oosthuizen.” Bradley, on the other hand, is nearly as much of a “Twitter smack” professional as he is a golf professional.


Anyway, here’s the most recent exchange they found themselves in … this time, they also got Michael Jordan‘s son Marcus and golf-nut/NBA superstar J.R. Smith involved: 

No offense to Marcus, who I’m sure is a pretty solid player, but I think neither Bradley nor Donald could possibly be responsible for the swing. I also think that 8-iron looked like it was headed straight for the drink. Am I the only one who saw that? 

 Related Link: J.R. Smith Goes Inside Ropes at the Players Championship

McDowell To Miss BMW PGA To Be With His Wife

Graeme McDowell has announced that he won’t be playing next week in the BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour’s marquee event, opting instead to stay in Florida with his pregnant wife.

When the Euro Tour tees it up at Wentworth, it won’t be the first time a player has withdrawn from an event to be there for the birth of their child. Heck, Patrick Reed did it this week at the HP Byron Nelson Championship and Hunter Mahan left a tournament he was leading to be with his wife. 


Chief executive of the European Tour George O’Grady said in an interview, “I very much appreciated Graeme taking the time to phone me personally to tell me he wouldn’t be at Wentworth, but the fact that he wants to spend time with Kristin, who will not be able to travel for the next three months, is entirely understandable.”

Congratulations are definitely in order for Mr. McDowell and his decision is a commendable one. What will be interesting going forward is this: If the three-month travel embargo holds true, will the Northern Irishman tee it up at the Open Championship this July at Royal Liverpool? Only time will tell. 

Related Link: McIlroy, Wozniacki Say Irish Newspaper Wrong Again

TaylorMade Announces SLDR S Distance For All Sweepstakes

Want to go to the U.S. Open at Pinehurst this year? How about owning a set of personally fitted Taylormade SLDR S fairway metals? If you answered yes to these questions then you need to enter the SLDR S Distance For All sweepstakes. All you’ve got to do is enter. Sound too easy? Don’t trust me? Here’s defending U.S. Open champion Justin Rose imploring you to register:

Okay, he’s not quite imploring you. But hey, it seems like you should want to do this without being told to. The chance to own the hottest clubs and the hottest tickets in town, and all you have to do is enter? Seems like a no-brainer to me. With the U.S. Open just a few weeks away, you’d better get moving. Registration ends June 1. For more information, visit

In Case You Missed It

Alex Morgan Unleashes Swing & Dance at Topgolf


When in Texas, Topgolf is the place to be. Even U.S. women’s soccer star Alex Morgan knows that.

The 24-year-old was in the Houston area this week, taking swings at the popular entertainment driving range franchise. Using a trusty iron, Morgan makes great contact on this shot, which she didn’t know was being recorded. That’s probably a good thing because otherwise she might have been reluctant to unleash the phenomenal happy dance after seeing the ball take flight. Read More

I’ve Got Your Back: Tiger, Vonn Help Each Other Through Rehab


The couple that limps together stays together, right?

That’s the mantra Tiger Woods and girlfriend Lindsey Vonn have been preaching during their respective rehabilitation programs during injury, according to a report from the Associated Press. Vonn is recouping from a second right knee operation that prevented her from competing at the 2014 Olympic Games, while Tiger is recovering from surgery on his lower back to repair a pinched nerve. Read More

Out Of Bounds

Ho, hum … here’s yet another stroke of comedic genius from Jimmy Fallon and the guys at “The Tonight Show.” This time, they’ve employed former N’SYNC star Lance Bass to help out in the hijinks.  

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