The Fringe: Major Test at Congressional & Dufner Close-Up

By Matthew Castonguay
Monday June 30th, 2014 9:57 am EDT

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Three Years After Rory, Congressional Gets its Teeth Back

In 2011, Rory McIlroy took everyone to the woodshed during the U.S. Open at Congressional, finishing at 16-under and winning by eight shots. After the Open, many wondered what happened to the course that once had such sharp teeth? Well, on Sunday at the Quicken Loans National, players were reminded just how tough this track can be. 

Self-proclaimed top-5 player Patrick Reed came into Sunday at 6-under, leading by two. He finished the day T-11 after stumbling to a final round 77. But Reed wasn’t the only one who struggled. On Sunday, only six players registered rounds under par and even then, just four were in the 60s. 

Justin Rose ended up besting Shawn Stefani in a playoff and said after the win, “Congressional got its reputation back after the [2011] U.S. Open.”

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Indeed it did. If you don’t believe me, just look at the final-round scoring average from Sunday compared to the final round at Pinehurst this year: 

U.S. Open final round: 2.40 strokes over par
Quicken Loans final round: 2.72 strokes over par

After such a tough week in the nation’s capital, players will get a bit of break this week at the Greenbrier Classic, where the past four winners have finished at 22-under (Stuart Appleby, 2010), 10-under (Scott Stallings, 2011), 16-under (Ted Potter, Jr., 2012) and 13-under (Jonas Blixt, 2014). 

Related Link: Weekend Recap: Rose, Zanotti, Langer Win Playoffs


Photo Of The Week

This week, the BMW International Open in Cologne, Germany yielded one of the best golf photos we’ve ever seen. I mean, how can it be bad when it’s got both Miguel Angel Jimenez and John Daly in it? Oh, that’s right, it can’t be. 

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Jimenez, Daly and company posed for a photo in front of the BMW M4 during a promotional photo shoot early in the week. The opening festivities for the tournament also included a game of FootGolf, which Jimenez and Daly also played in. Needless to say, the folks at the BMW International Open got it right this week. 

For more of the best photos from the week that was, click here.

Related Link: Picture Perfect: Jimenez & Co. Are The Ultimate Driving Machines


Tweet Of The Week

Last week, I had the chance to get up close with Jason Dufner during a charity outing in Bernardston, Ma., but I didn’t get this close:

 
Apparently, Duffdaddy hasn’t figured out how to switch the camera phone back from selfie mode to normal photo taking mode. The result is a whole lot of Dufner. Lucky for Keegan Bradley, he was able to get 54-year-old Fred Couples to figure out what 37-year-old Jason Dufner couldn’t and got himself a pic with the president. 

For more of the week’s best tweets from the world of golf, click here

Photo Gallery: The Many Faces of Jason Dufner

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Related Link: Jason Dufner: I Got Maybe Another Five Years Left


In Case You Missed It

Were Those NBA Draft Hats Inspired by Jesper Parnevik?

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Didn’t those hats the NBA gave its draftees Thursday night look familiar? They looked like they were straight out of the 90s, right? We know retro is all the rage with the kids these days, so where have we seen those hats before?

Yep. Jesper Parnevik. The Swedish pro who starred in the 1990s and never stopped sporting the flipped-up brim. He’s now 49. Read More

‘Netflix of Golf’ Will Solve All Your Problems

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Golfers tend to change their clubs like Kim Kardashian changes outfits, but that’s because there are just so many cool sticks to choose from. Finding the right driver to fit your game is especially difficult, and they don’t come cheap, either. There’s nothing worse than buying a new $400 driver, and proceeding to miss every fairway as if you were using a foreign object.

Well, now there’s a solution to the constant “I need a new club” problem. If you like Netflix then you’ll love Golf RedefinedRead More


Out Of Bounds

Last week in this section I showed you all sorts of daredevils. From full-contact skydiving, to slip-n-sliding off a cliff, to world-record jump attempts, I showed you an awful lot of thing you shouldn’t try at home (and at least one you probably should.) Today, I give you “pogo parkour” … because, you know, parkour on its own is far too easy, so these guys need to do it on pogo sticks. Check it out: 

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