The Fringe: Gator Removal & the Excavator Challenge

By Matthew Castonguay
Monday April 28th, 2014 11:22 am EDT

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

Volvo's Excavator Challenge

Since putting isn't hard enough and the folks at the Volvo China Open were looking to do something fun during their tournament, they came up with the "Excavator Challenge." This put a player in the cab of a Volvo excavator with a putter attached to the end of the bucket arm. Players then tried to make putts by moving the excavator arm. Check is out:

 
If there's one guy out there who'd excel at this, it'd probably be Louis Oosthuizen. We already know he owns an excavator, which he won at the Volvo Golf Champions, so it stands to reason that he'd be the ringer. He's got to have the most practice, right? No word on who won the competition. 

Ho, Hum… Just A Golfer Moving An Alligator With A Rake

You may have heard that the PGA Tour was in Louisiana this week for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. You may have also heard that there are ton of alligators that hang out in the water around there. So what happens when the most hazardous hazard stands in the way of you and your golf shot? You move chase it away with a rake, obviously. 

When James Driscoll found himself face-to-tail with a gator, he called in John Peterson deal with it. Maybe it's just me, but this move seemed ultra brave. Like Adam Carolla once said, reptiles seem to have two speeds: not moving and killing you. I think I'd have left well enough alone and hit my shot but hey, that's me. 

U.S. Open Sees A Record Number Of Qualifying Entries

Roy McAvoy said it best in the movie "Tin Cup" when he described the U.S. Open as the "most democratic" tournament. You may never have a shot to qualify for the Masters or the PGA Championship, but if you hold a 1.4 handicap or better, you can make a run at one of the 60 open spots in the U.S. Open field. 

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This year, a whopping 10,127 decided they'd try their hand at getting into the year's second major. According to the USGA, of those 10,127 entries, 580 of them came in just under the wire on the final day, including one with just 26 seconds to spare. 

Tweet Of The Week

 
Ben Crane has been rocking one of the best golf mustaches in recent memory and he took those whiskers out on the town before the Zurich Classic last week. While he was out, he ran into Zac Efron…er, Rickie Folwer and took the time for a selfie. No word yet as to whether or not the mustache lives following Crane's missed cut in New Orleans. 

Photo Of The Week

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This may not have been the moment of the week, what with all the first-time winners breaking through around the world, but it certainly made the most noise in social media. It's long been said that Ian Poulter is winning Twitter and what he did following his botched drop at the Volvo China Open further proved that. The momentary lapse led to Poulter beating himself up and asking the Twitterverse for submissions of the funniest memes and cartoons making fun of him with the funniest entries winning prizes. 

In Case You Missed It

Keegan Bradley Rocks Bruins-Inspired Jordan Golf Shoes

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With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing, Boston sports fan Keegan Bradley will be sporting some new shoes in support of his hometown Bruins. Bradley posted a photo on Instagram of a pair of newly customized Jordan golf shoes with a splash of Bruins yellow.

He's expected to wear them this weekend at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Read More

San Francisco Giants Host LPGA Stars for 'Golf Night'

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With the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic playing nearby at Lake Merced Golf Club, the San Francisco Giants hosted Golf Night at the Park on Friday night. Baseball fans who purchased the special event ticket package received a limited-edition headcover featuring Lou Seal, the Giants mascot.

"Golf-themed entertainment" was also on the agenda for Golf Night at AT&T Park. As part of that action, Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie performed the "first chip" in lieu of a ceremonial first pitch. Fellow LPGA stars Brittany Lincicome, Christina Kim and Juli Inkster were also on hand to participate in a fan Q&A prior to the game and got to go out on the field and meet some players: Read More

Out Of Bounds

Do you ever just cruise YouTube and find yourself watching videos you never thought you would and laughing hysterically? This video was discovered during a trip down an hour long YouTube black hole that began with me looking for instructional golf videos. I hope it makes you laugh as much as it made me laugh. 

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