The Fringe: Poulter's 'Moment of Truth' & Players Prepare for Hoylake

By Matthew Castonguay 07/09/2014

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    Ian Poulter Discusses His "Moment of Truth"

    Ian Poulter is one of the greatest golfers in the world. He's a Ryder Cup hero, he's finished inside the top 12 at least once in every major, and he was runner-up at the 2008 Open Championship. His success on the course has paved the way for a life of luxury. It has afforded him the opportunity to develop his own clothing line and to add any car his heart desires to his already epic car collection.

    But it wasn't always that way. Recently, Poulter sat down with Ballantine's to discuss his "moment of truth":

    I can't be the only one who got chills watching this, right? I mean, the guy goes from being a pro-shop pro to being one of the top players in the world. That's a Cinderella story that anyone can appreciate. Poulter can be flashy and brash, but you've got to respect a guy who knew what he wanted, believed in himself and conquered. Kudos, Poults. Good for you. 

    Photo Gallery: The Many Faces of Ian Poulter

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    World's Best Players Prepare for The Open

    With the Open Championship just days away, the best players in the world are already getting their games into shape. Some pros, like Justin Rose, chose to sharpen their game at Royal Liverpool ...

    … while others, like Rickie Fowler, preferred the links of the Royal Aberdeen - the site of this week's Scottish Open: 

    As these guys work on their games, Rory McIlroy just laughs... He's been in the U.K., playing links golf since early last week:

    Hmmm … maybe that's why Golfstradamaus took Rors this week? Either way, all these guys are looking for an edge in Hoylake and you've got to pay attention to the players putting the work in early. Look at what crossing the pond a week early and playing the Scottish Open did for Lefty last year? The rest of the PGA Tour obviously took notice, with guys like Jimmy Walker, Ryan Palmer and Kevin Stadler joining Fowler in following Mickelson's lead from last year. 

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    Brandt Snedeker Teams With Butch Harmon

    Brandt Snedeker has been one of the best players on the PGA Tour since the early part of this decade, winning the FedExCup in 2012. Since then, however, Snedeker says his game has "plateaued," leading the six-time winner to make a change. 

    Snedeker announced on Tuesday that he is teaming with legendary instructor Butch Harmon. 

    Brandt Snedeker said in an interview with Golf Channel, “I feel like I’ve been with one of the top two or three teachers in the world [Todd Anderson] the last eight years and now I feel I am transitioning to one of the top teachers of all time."

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    Snedker joins a stable that already includes Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Jimmy Walker and Dustin Johnson, and says he's doing it in an attempt to win majors. 

    “Now my main goal is to win major championships," Snedeker said. "I want to make sure I give myself the best chance to win a major going forward."

    Snedeker's next chance to get that major will come next week in Hoylake. In five career appearances in The Open, Snedeker has missed three cuts, a T-11 last year and career-high T-3 in 2012. 

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    15 Years Later: Jean Van de Velde's Collapse at Carnoustie

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    Walter Hagen once said, "No one remembers who came in second." In most cases, that might be true, but the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie was not like most cases.

    Paul Lawrie won that year's Open in record fashion, coming from 10 strokes back on Sunday to claim his first and only major title. However, if you ask about the 1999 Open at Carnoustie, Lawrie's is not the name that comes up. Instead, people talk about the man who finished second: Jean Van de Velde. Read More

    NHL Players Beat Golfers In Round 2 Of Ball Hockey

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    The PGA Tour Canada's Players Cup may have one of the best pre-tournament events in golf (aside from the Masters Par-3 Contest, of course). It's a game of ball hockey featuring two teams of professional athletes ... but one team is a squad of golfers, and the other hockey players.

    At the 2013 Players Cup, the PGA Tour Canada team pulled off the "miracle on grass," upsetting the team of NHL players featuring Jonathan Toews and Zach Bogosian. And so the rivalry began. Read More


    Out Of Bounds

    There's pushing the limits and then there's pushing the limits. In today's video selection, someone more brave and much better at driving than you or I takes a spin in a BMW M4 … on an aircraft carrier. I don't want to spoil too much for you, just watch it and know it's as awesome as it sounds. 

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