The Fringe: Kevin Na's Biggest Fans & Priceless Gifts

By Ryan Cortese, Matthew Castonguay
Monday March 24th, 2014 12:13 pm EDT

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.

Kevin Na Is Worth The Wait

After coming under fire for his pace of play problems at the Valspar Championship, Kevin Na was greeted by a couple of die-hard fans last week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Decked out in “Kevin Na Worth the Wait” T-shirts, these guys followed their embattled hero around the Bay Hill Resort and Lodge with nothing but praise. Their gesture got them up close and personal with Na, who, no doubt, appreciated their outfit choices.

Priceless Golf Rewards For MasterCard Customers 

Some credit card companies offer up airline miles to their best customers and some offer cash back. MasterCard offers crazy, once-in-a-lifetime experiences with popular golfers. Some of the the company’s sponsored players took time out from their busy weeks to give back to the fans on behalf of MasterCard.

Brandt Snedeker, a six-time winner on the PGA Tour, gave out clubs:

Three-time PGA Tour winner Boo Weekley did too:

Former U.S. Open champ Graeme McDowell was also in the giving spirit, as he doled out drivers and drinks during the week:

Not to be left out was Ian Poulter, who also handed out a driver and took the time to buy and make drinks for fans in the bar:

Two-time PGA Tour winner Harris English also got into the act, giving a lesson on the putting green to a lucky fan:

MasterCard and the PGA Tour made sure to capture these special moments for the fans:

How about getting some tips from Harris English or having Ian Poulter serve you drinks?

Maybe an autograph and a picture with The King himself, Arnold Palmer?

If you’ve stopped reading and moved on to applying for a MasterCard right now, you are forgiven. 

Photos of the Week 

From Matt Every’s win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational to Karrie Webb’s victory at the LPGA Founders Cup, here’s a look at the best photos from the week that was. 


Tweet of the Week

Following Bubba Watson’s first-round 83, which then led to his withdrawal from the Arnold Palmer Invitational, fellow PGA Tour player and good friend Rickie Fowler did something special off Watson’s dock to lighten the mood.

For more great tweets, be sure to check out the full edition of “Tweek in Review“. 

Out of Bounds

Kevin Bacon appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” this past Friday and performed what may be one of the best entrances in late night television.

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