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.
Bubba Watson's New Sportscenter Commercials Are Lights Out
Bubba Watson recently returned to the state where he scored his first win on the PGA Tour (Connecticut) to shoot a couple new "This is SportsCenter" commercials. The goods are in and as usual, the spots are hilarious.
Watson obviously has a great sense of humor and these spots only serve to further highlight the comedic chops of the 2012 Masters champ. And now I'm wondering, when does the next Golf Boys video drop? Speaking of Bubba…
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Caleb Watson Practices For Augusta
Caleb Watson, Bubba's little pride and joy, has been practicing. While he won't be playing in this year's par-3 contest before the Masters, he is getting ready for his chance. Caleb's dad tweeted this little video of his son taking a hack with a pink-shafted driver of his own.
Not too shabby for the little guy. He's got a pretty good teacher, too. And while we're talking about guys with nice golf swings...
Johnny Manziel's name has been swirling around the media as NFL Draft Day approaches. Everyone knows what "Johnny Football" did during his time at Texas A&M and now the debate is on as to what kind of professional quarterback he'll be. In typical Manziel fashion, though, he seems completely cool with it all, just hanging out at the driving range, working on that swing 'til draft day.
Judging by the swing, if Manziel doesn't pan out in the NFL, he might have a shot to play on the NGA Tour (formerly the Hooters Tour) or something.
This Is What You Can Do When You're Michael Jordan
When you're the greatest basketball player who ever lived, you get some perks. Along with being able to hold your own annual celebrity golf tournament for charity...
...you get to cruise around in a custom, Carolina blue, Jumpman golf cart.
Jordan held his annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at ARIA Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada this week and Back9Network was there. Stay tuned for more.
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In Case You Missed It
The Last Time Tiger Woods Wasn't In the Masters...
In April 1995, Tiger Woods was just a fresh-faced, 18-year-old kid coming off a dramatic win in the U.S. Amateur. He received his first invite to the Masters Tournament, where in typical Tiger fashion, he turned heads, placed T-41 and was the low amateur.
On Tuesday, after much speculation following his withdrawal from the Arnold Palmer Invitational two weeks ago, we learned that Tiger Woods will not compete in the Masters, marking the first time he won't appear in the storied event since 1994. The winner that year was Jose Maria Olazabal.
Further Reading: The Last Time Tiger Woods Wasn't In the Masters...
Nike Golf Releases New TW' 14 Mesh Golf Shoe
Tiger Woods may not be playing in this year's Masters, but that's not stopping the good folks at Nike Golf from releasing some new footwear under his TW'14 brand.
According to a statement from the company, the new TW' 14 Mesh golf shoe is breathable, flexible, perfect for the summer and a versatile option on and off the course.
Further Reading: Nike Golf Releases New TW' 14 Mesh Golf Shoe
Out Of Bounds
Charles Barkley was one of the greatest basketball players of his generation and is currently a favorite among NBA fans for his work as an analyst. But Sir Charles is looking for a new gig. In an interview with Conan O'Brien, Barkley hinted at his next gig and living life way out west.
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