The Fringe: Wie Plays Ping-Pong & Brendan Steele Takes Aim

By Matthew Castonguay
Monday April 21st, 2014 11:21 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. 

Brendan Steele Takes Aim At Rickie Fowler’s House

It’s always good to practice with a purpose. Without a direction to your practice you’ll never get better. Tour star Brendan Steele was working on his game by doing a little target practice over the weekend. The target? Rickie Fowler’s house. 

Keegan Bradley posted the video to his Instagram account showing Steele taking some swings off a dock. No word on whether they actually hit Fowler’s abode, but I guess you’ve got to have something to shoot for. Even if it’s your buddy’s house.

Jimmy Walker Gets A New Putter (Sorta…)

Just because you’re a three-time winner on the PGA Tour and the leader in the FedExCup points standings that doesn’t mean you’re immune from having bad hole every once in a while. Or that you’re exempt from some good-natured ribbing from your friends. Jimmy Walker was reminded of this following his four-putt at the Valero Texas Open last month when he found a special putter by his locker at his home club this week. 

Apparently, Walker and Co. don’t pal around with Matt Kuchar, or he’d have earned the putter for his four-putt on Sunday at the Masters. I’m sure Walker won’t hold onto that putter for too long. 

Michelle Wie Hosts Charity Ping-Pong Tournament

Ping-pong seems to have taken the golf tours by storm, becoming the go-to downtime activity for players like Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose. Now, Michelle Wie is getting into the act. Following her win at the LPGA LOTTE Championship, Wie held a ping-pong tournament to benefit the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association. 

Wie claimed her third LPGA title earlier in the day, her first on American soil, and looks to be quite the force at the ping-pong table. 

Photo Of The Week


Pablo Larrazabal is my new hero and he probably should yours, too. What Larrazabal went through last week during the Malaysian Open puts me into a cold sweat and makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up, perhaps because of my irrational fear of bees that once caused me to jump out of a moving vehicle because a bee was inside.

After hitting a bunker shot, Larrazabal was attacked by a swarm of hornets. He was stung 20-30 times before escaping the swarm by jumping into a water hazard. He was treated on the scene and went on to birdie the hole and finish the round at 2-under par. John McClane (NSFW) has nothing on Larrazabal in the tough guy department. 

Related Link: Pablo Larrazabal Jumps in Lake to Avoid Hornet Attack

In Case You Missed It

Bubba Watson Drives Biscuits in Bojangles Ad


Let’s just say Bubba’s better at driving golf balls than biscuits. Read More

Raising a PGA Tour Baby On the Road Isn’t Easy


More and more these days we’re getting a glimpse into the lives of professional athletes. It’s not typically through traditional media – TV cameras or photographers – but rather through whichever media athletes feel comfortable using – Twitter, Facebook, blogs.

For PGA Tour rookie Chesson Hadley, it’s the latter. He regularly chronicles his adventures in his blog,, and on Wednesdays, he hands the reigns over to his wife, Amanda. Read More

Tweet Of The Week

Graeme McDowell’s dogs got in the RBC Heritage spirit, sporting pooch-sized replicas of the tartan jacket awarded to the event’s champion each year. No doubt McDowell’s dogs wanted to match their owner who added the colorful garment to his closet in 2013.

Out Of Bounds

As we’re all aware of the golf trick shot craze sweeping the Internet right now, we’re also aware that Johnny Manziel might be the coolest person on the planet right now. His Instagram account could make Donald Trump jealous. His latest post shows a “football trick shot” involving a jet ski. Apparently, Johnny Football can catch the pigskin, too. 

Really, is there anyone on the planet you’d want to trade places with more than Johnny Manziel?

Related Link: Johnny Football Joins Team Nike, Golf Course Next?

Other Hot Links:
Weekend Recap: Big Names Enjoy Big Weekend
Bubba Watson Drives Biscuits in Bojangles Ad
Pablo Larrazabal Jumps in Lake to Avoid Hornet Attack
Hack Golf Uses Pros To Help Test-Drive New 15-Inch Cups
Raising a PGA Tour Baby On the Road Isn’t Easy

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