The Fringe: Kaymer Needs a Charge & Manziel Backs Out

By Matthew Castonguay
Tuesday May 13th, 2014 10:36 am EDT

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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. 

Oh, You Know, Just Martin Kaymer Hanging Out At The Airport

For all the times you watch golf on TV and see a pro do something that makes you think, “They’re not human,” this photo of Martin Kaymer hanging out at the airport is a friendly reminder that all of them are:

 
This just goes to show you that even if you’ve just won the Players Championship and cashed a check for $1.8 million, that doesn’t mean you won’t find yourself at the mercy of your iPhone battery.

Sure, Kaymer will return to his luxury home and be picked up at his destination by, or drive away in, a luxury car, but for a fleeting moment, he was just like you and me, tethered to the wall by his power cord, a slave to technology like the rest of us. 

Related Link: Studs & Duds From the 2014 Players Championship


Johnny Football Backs Out Of Byron Nelson Pro-Am

Johnny Manziel‘s already-busy schedule just got a whole lot busier. So busy, in fact, that he had to pull out of the HP Byron Nelson Pro-Am this week.

Last week the Cleveland Browns selected Manziel 22nd overall at the NFL Draft, and now he needs to be in Cleveland on Wednesday, making it virtually impossible, even for someone with Manziel’s speed and agility, to be in Irving, Texas, at the same time.

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I guess getting taken in the NFL Draft is a pretty solid excuse to pull out of a pro-am. It would’ve been nice to see him play since Manziel is a known golf nut and has claimed to be a “five or 10” handicap. Who knows? Maybe he’d have been paired with Luke Donald, who flashed Manziel’s money sign over the weekend? That would’ve at least provided an excellent photo op. 


Adam Scott Will Become World’s Top Golfer

Adam Scott has had plenty of opportunities to take over the top spot in the Official World Golf Rankings but has been unsuccessful on all accounts. This week, however, Scott will move to the top of the chart without even teeing it up, thanks to a bizarre points system that no one else has seemed to figure out except the experts behind the OWGR … kind of like QBR in the NFL.

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Scott said on PGA.com, “I think it’s a nice feather in the cap, probably. I mean, if I was never world No. 1 when I’m this close, I’d be disappointed, but I’d also much rather win the U.S. Open and not be No. 1 at all this year. That’s what it comes down to.”

It’s already been a pretty good month or so for Scott, who married his longtime girlfriend Marie Kojzar in a secret ceremony at his place in the Bahamas just a few weeks ago. Now he is poised to become the first Australian since Greg Norman to become the world’s No. 1 golfer. BREAKING NEWS: It’s still good to be Adam Scott. 

Related Link: Adam Scott Secretly Marries Longtime Girlfriend


In Case You Missed It

Richard H. Lee Whiffs Twice on 17, Endures Trash Talk from Daughter

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Big numbers on the scorecard at TPC Sawgrass’ 17th hole usually come courtesy of dunking a tee shot (or two) in the water surrounding the island green. In the case of Richard H. Lee on Sunday, he made a big number without the, uh, benefit, of putting his first shot in the wet stuff. Read More

Turtle Swan Dives on 16 at TPC Sawgrass

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TPC Sawgrass: home of the wild. Well, wild animals, that is. The course has seen its fair share of animal encounters, whether it’s the seagull flying away with a golf ball on 17, or a softshell turtle taking a dip on 16.

During the final round of the Players Championship on Sunday, said turtle made a repeat appearance. Read More


Out Of Bounds

The guys at “Inside the NBA” on TNT are almost as good at making us laugh as they are at breaking down NBA highlights. This time, notorious funny guy Shaquille O’Neil was in on the joke and they got Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith good. 

I don’t know about you, but for me, the best part of the video was hearing Barkley say the word “lackadaisical” multiple times. Absolutely priceless.

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