The Fringe: Mickelson Gives Up Jug & Crane's Long Journey

By Matthew Castonguay
Friday July 18th, 2014 9:49 am EDT

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.

Phil Mickelson on his Career’s ‘Greatest Accomplishment’

Phil Mickelson has won almost everything there is to win in professional golf. The most notable of those wins, perhaps, was last year’s Open Championship. 

Sure, Mickelson has never won the U.S. Open, but for most of his career, the tournament people thought he’d miss out on was the Open Championship. Lefty himself had his doubts. Now, a year removed from hoisting the claret jug at Muirfield, Mickelson reflects on the “greatest accomplishment” of his career: 

Mickelson’s performance at Muirfield was definitely one for the ages and almost as popular as his 2004 triumph at the Masters. Now all that’s left for Mickelson to do is win the U.S. Open to complete the career grand slam. Something tells me when that happens, Phil will have himself a new “greatest accomplishment.” 

Until then, life isn’t too bad for the five-time major winner and the reigning Open champion. 

Photo Gallery: Phil Mickelson at the Majors

Phil_Mickelson_Gallery1


Ben Crane Makes the Most of his Trip to England

When you’re on the alternate list for a major championship, you have to be ready at a moment’s notice. For Ben Crane and his caddie, being ready this week was not the easiest thing in the world. Considering the Open Championship is played an ocean away from the Crane residence, getting there wasn’t exactly a slice of pie. 

 
Being the kind of upbeat individual that Crane is, he wasn’t going to let a 5,000 mile trip be all for naught. He made sure that he played some links golf even if it wasn’t at Royal Liverpool:

 
It’s good to see Crane taking this seemingly unfortunate situation so well. The way he sees it, however, he and the universe are actually even:

 
Though he hasn’t played in a major since missing the cut at the 2012 U.S. Open, Crane won’t need to worry about qualifying for the next one. He’s already guaranteed a spot at this year’s PGA Championship at Valhalla and next year’s Masters thanks to his win at the 2014 FedEx St. Jude Classic in June.

Photos: Instagram: The Best of Ben Crane


Two-Year-Old Can Really Hit It

Look out, Rors, you could have some company on tour pretty soo … well, never mind. This kid still has a long time to go before he’s on tour, but hey, that doesn’t mean we should ignore a great swing just because he’s only 2 years old. 

That’s right, 2 years old. Jaxson Kelly loves himself some time at the range. His father has been bringing him there as often as he can since he got his first clubs at just a year old. Now, he spends hours hitting buckets of balls, honing his game. He’s not too shabby, either, ripping shots 50 yards down range. Check him out: 

Did you hear that sound? That was everyone who isn’t as good as this kid dropping their clubs and quitting the game. 

Jaxson hasn’t been on the course yet, but his dad, Jim, is looking forward to getting him out there when he’s ready. 

“I’ve never seen a kid hit a ball like that,” Kelly said “It’s pretty cool.”


In Case You Missed It

Forklift Driver John Singleton Hangs with Pros at Open Championship

John_Singleton_TheOpen_Feature1

HOYLAKE, England — On Monday morning, John Singleton will report back to work as a forklift driver. Before then, he will have lived the dream that so many amateurs cherish but never come close to.

Singleton works at a resin factory a few minutes from Hoylake and was persuaded by friends to enter qualifying. With just three spots up for grabs at Hillside, he borrowed a couple of wedges from a friend and, sure enough, qualified. Read More

Golfers Do Impressions of Famed Announcer Ivor Robson

ivor-robson-anchor

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, they say. But in the case of Ivor Robson, the voice of the Open Championship, many can imitate yet none can duplicate the distinctive voice and style of one of golf’s most underrated personalities. 

Many players took the chance to imitate the legend before this year’s Open Championship in a report for ESPN. Some guys have it down pat. Others? Ehhh, not so much. Read More


Out Of Bounds

Stuart Scott is one of the most iconic names in sports broadcasting history. His time at ESPN began in 1993 and since then, he’s helped change the voice and style of the industry. He’s encouraged many to get into the field and to follow their dreams. This year, he won the Jimmy V Award. Like the man the award is named for on the night he made his iconic speech, Scott is fighting cancer and has been for some time. 

Scott has been battling the disease since 2007. He’s also continued to live the life he’s wanted to live, spending time with his family, working out intensely and continuing to host SportsCenter often. Most of all, like Jimmy V, Scott hasn’t given up. 

 “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.”

Related Link: Watson Wants Jack & LeBron Not Alone in Akron Return

More Open Championship Coverage:
- 2014 Open Championship: Best Day 1 Style
- Round 1 Recap: McIlroy Leads Open Championship, Tiger Lurking
- Photos: Open Championship – Round 1
Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy Can’t Name The Beatles
2014 Open Championship’s Hole of the Day: Royal Liverpool’s 1st
Rickie Fowler, Charl Schwartzel Pelt Exact Same Marshal on 16
2014 Open Championship Round 2 Tee Times and Pairings
Golfers Do Impressions of Famed Announcer Ivor Robson
9 Best Golfers Yet to Win a Major
Throwback Thursday: Royal Liverpool Champions
Live from Liverpool: Open Championship Notebook Round 1
Forklift Driver John Singleton Hangs with Pros at Open Championship
Tiger Woods Shoots 3-Under, Getting ‘Sharper and Stronger’
Ernie Els Has A Brain Cramp On First Hole
Tiger Woods Hits Guy In The Face With Drive
Henrik Stenson Breaks (Another) Club at Open Championship
Inside The Ropes: Player Photos & Reactions From Royal Liverpool
Golfstradamaus: 2014 Open Championship
Erik Compton Living in the Now in 1st Trip to Open Championship
Top 9 Moments in Open Championship History
R&A Tries to Curb Betting, Has Players Sign Waivers
Aye Aye Captain: SpongeBob GolfPants Return!
9 Best Groups To Watch at 2014 Open Championship
Ian Poulter Has Arsenal Backing Him at Open Championship
Despite Ranking, No One Better Than Martin Kaymer Right Now
Best Fans at the Open Championship
Pics: 2014 Open Championship Preview
Top 9 Moments at Royal Liverpool
Tiger Woods Believes He Can Win 2014 Open Championship
9 Craziest Open Championship Fan Outfits
Will Ferrell Picks ‘The French’ To Win Open Championship
Open Championship 2014: PUMA Golf Players Scripting
Open Championship 2014: Nike Golf Players Scripting
Open Championship 2014: Under Armour Scripting
Open Championship 2014: adidas Golf Player Scripting
Open Championship 2014: Oakley Scripting
By the Numbers: Open Championship History
The Odds: Adam Scott, Justin Rose Co-Favorites at The Open
9 Weird & Wild Open Championship Moments
A Look at Open Championship Fashion Through the Years
The Open Championship: Royal Liverpool Hole-By-Hole
2014 Open Championship Round 1 Tee Times and Pairings
Many Things, Like Ladybugs, Have Filled Claret Jug
Oh, the Places Golf’s Majors Trophies Have Been
The Magnificent Seven: Who To Follow at Open Championship
9 Best Players Never to Win the Open Championship
15 Years Later: Jean Van de Velde’s Collapse at Carnoustie
Open Championship Flashback: Tiger Woods Storms Hoylake in ’06 
Drone Captures Incredible Footage of Royal Liverpool 
Factory Worker Qualifies For The Open With Borrowed Clubs 
Daly Can’t Wait to See Tiger at Royal Liverpool

Bleacher Report

More in The Open Championship

Oh, the Places Golf's Majors Trophies Have Been

Oh, the Places Golf's Majors Trophies Have Been

Open Championship Reflections: The State of Golf Is Strong

Open Championship Reflections: The State of Golf Is Strong

Top 5 Things Ever Put Into the Claret Jug

Top 5 Things Ever Put Into the Claret Jug

2014 Open Championship's Hole of the Day: Royal Liverpool's 18th

2014 Open Championship's Hole of the Day: Royal Liverpool's 18th

Rory McIlroy Takes Selfie with the Claret Jug, A Few Friends

Rory McIlroy Takes Selfie with the Claret Jug, A Few Friends

By the Numbers: 2014 Open Championship

By the Numbers: 2014 Open Championship

Rory McIlroy Joins 9 Others With 3 Legs of Career Grand Slam

Rory McIlroy Joins 9 Others With 3 Legs of Career Grand Slam

Rory McIlroy's Dad Cashes in Big on 10-Year-Old Bet

Rory McIlroy's Dad Cashes in Big on 10-Year-Old Bet

A Wounded Tiger at The Open

A Wounded Tiger at The Open

2014 Open Championship: Best Day 4 Style

2014 Open Championship: Best Day 4 Style