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.
Rory McIlroy Takes Incredibly Brief Social Media Hiatus
Rory McIlroy said during his Wednesday afternoon press conference at Pinehurst that he’s “stayed off social media for the most part the last few weeks, and I’m going to continue to do that for the foreseeable future.”
Considering McIlroy had his press conference at 12:30 p.m., the “foreseeable future” was about three hours.
McIlroy looks like he’s got himself all he needs to get through the week for sure, though I’m not sure he’ll be listening to much music over the next four days. As long as Caroline Wozniacki doesn’t put another curse on him, I like his chances.
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Chelsea Stewart Mimics Her Late Father
If you’re in Pinehurst this week, the first thing on your mind is the U.S. Open. The second thing is probably Payne Stewart.
Following his epic, career-definining victory here in June of 1999, and after the tragic plane crash that took his life four months later, Stewart became synonymous with Pinehurst No. 2. In fact, one of the resort’s most visited attractions is the statue of Stewart in victory pose that watches over the 18th green.
While players and fans will spend the week posing for photos with Payne, none will be as special or as moving as the one posted by Stewart’s daughter, Chelsea:
The family is in Pinehurst this week, helping celebrate the memory of their father and husband’s greatest moment on the golf course. Chelsea and Payne’s widow, Tracey, were also there to accept the USGA’s Bobby Jones Award in recognition of sportsmanship in golf.
And with that, before the first ball of the 2014 U.S. Open is struck, we have a candidate for moment of the week.
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Pine cone Gobbles Up Golf Ball at Pinehurst
This wasn’t the first time golfers have commented about the obnoxiously large pine cones that litter the sandy areas at the newly renovated Pinehurst No. 2, but the first player to have a real run-in with one was Jimmy Walker during his Wednesday practice round:
— Erin Walker (@tourwifetravels) June 11, 2014
As her tweet said, luckily this happened in a practice round. I mean, has anyone ever seen a ball get stuck in a pine cone? I’ve seen balls obstructed by them, but seriously, what’s the rule when your ball lands inside one?
Hopefully no one has to find out the hard way this week.
In Case You Missed It
Fashion Icon: Payne Stewart & T. Barry Knickers
Payne Stewart is known for a lot of things. Just say the name and people will probably mention his epic win in the 1999 U.S. Open or the tragic plane crash that ended his life prematurely four months later. Heck, they might even have some really cool personal story about the man.
But the one thing you can absolutely guarantee folks will mention about Payne Stewart is his style and, more importantly, his T. Barry Knickers. Read More
Rickie Fowler Works a Desk Job in New USGA Commercial
Rickie Fowler teased fans last week when he posted a photo of himself wearing a suit and motocross helmet while sitting at a desk. No, he wasn’t hinting that he’d gotten a new job sitting behind a desk (thankfully). He simply gave his 244,000 followers on Instagram a sneak-peek into a commercial shoot for the USGA and American Express. Read More
Out Of Bounds
I’ve never experienced it myself but I have to imagine that few things are as mind-numbingly boring as being trapped in an airport overnight … alone. Unless you’re Kevin McCallister or John McClane, there isn’t much fun to be had hanging out alone or at an airport. This guy, however, found a pretty awesome way to stay entertained during one painfully long layover in Las Vegas.
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