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Martin Kaymer Reflects on Germany’s World Cup Run
This year has already been really, really good for sports in Germany. Most recently, Deutschland took home the World Cup, defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time. Before that, Martin Kaymer demolished the field at Pinehurst to win the U.S. Open by eight strokes. On Tuesday at the Open Championship, Kaymer reflected on Germany’s World Cup win and what it means to him to represent his country.
“It was probably the first moment in my career as an athlete where I was very, very proud to be a German athlete,” Kaymer said. “Not because of my own success. The win is one thing, that they won the World Cup, but I think the way they played football, the way they carried themselves, very grounded people.”
Kaymer tweeted this picture of him on Sunday while he cheered on his fellow country men from afar:
— Martin Kaymer (@MKaymer59) July 13, 2014
When Kaymer was asked what he could take away from the way the German national team played in Brazil, he found plenty to say.
“They were a good, brave, strong team and they just delivered,” Kaymer said. “And there was nothing about any secrets, just play your game, use the opportunities that you get. Don’t make any silly mistakes and wait. That’s all you can do.”
Kaymer has already collected two big wins in 2014, winning the Players Championship in May to go along with his U.S. Open triumph. He also claimed the 2010 PGA Championship. A win at the Open Championship would leave Kaymer the Masters shy of the career grand slam at just 29 years of age.
Pat Perez’s Awesome Off Week & Self Portrait
Pat Perez took some time off last month and had one heck of a vacation. It’s no secret that tour pros have a pretty good life, but it appears Perez may have had it better than most of during his week off. Whether it was cruising around in his awesome cars, making pizza at his home or having drinks and hitting balls at Topgolf, Perez and his crew were certainly living the good life:
All of that stuff was really cool, but for me, the best part of this video is his painting of his head on Napoleon’s body. I don’t think there’s anything that screams, “I’ve arrived” more than a painting of your face on the body of one of the world’s legendary military leaders:
Well … OK. Maybe it’s just narcissistic. You know, I just don’t know anymore …
Off With Its Head!
Ian Poulter is never one to shy away from a challenge. One of the best players in the world today, Poulter has one of the prettiest, most repeatable swings in the game. For this challenge, he needed every bit of that repeatability:
Taking the head off of a glass of beer with a full golf swing is absurdly difficult. Sure, the penalty of missing and blowing up the glass is nowhere near what would happen should John Daly misjudge one of his patented hit-the-ball-out-of-the-inebriated-person’s-mouth tricks, but it may just be more impressive. Especially if this was actually done in one take. The margin of error is just so small, you’ve got to be impressed.
Poulter hopes to amaze as much as he did here at the Open Championship this week. Having added “trick-shot genius” to his resume, all he needs now is a major.
In Case You Missed It
Will Ferrell Picks ‘The French’ To Win Open Championship
Connoisseur of all things major championship golf, Will Ferrell is back with his thoughts, analysis and predictions for the year’s third major. Like his orations on the Masters and U.S. Open previously released by Golf.com, Ferrell’s take on the Open Championship is nothing short of magnificent. Read More
Loudmouth Gear Plays Supporting Role in Weird Al’s ‘Tacky’
If you’re like me and feel like you’ve heard Pharrell’s “Happy” one too many times, you’re in luck. Weird Al Yankovic, the king of the parody, has breathed new life into this already tired hit. The mastermind behind “White and Nerdy,” “Amish Paradise,” “Eat It,” “Gump,” “King of Suede” and “Another One Rides the Bus” has made another splash with “Tacky,” his new parody of the Pharrell hit. The video includes appearances by Eric Stonestreet, Jack Black, Aisha Tyler and Loudmouth Golf. As you’d expect from Weird Al, it’s pretty funny. Read More
Out Of Bounds
Here in the Fringe, we’ve shown you a couple different types of slip n’ slides. There’s been homemade outdoor one that wound through the woods and one that goes straight off a cliff. Today, I have one more epic slip n’ slide for you. This one is brought to you by Bear Naked, and was made on one of the world famous hills in San Francisco. Watch as these crazy people have way more fun than you and I are having right now:
I’m really surprised there’s nothing out there of Rickie Fowler making a slip n’ slide somewhere with Cameron Tringale or one of the other young, adrenaline junkies floating around the PGA Tour.
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