The Fringe: Tiger Woods' Masters Update & New Sponsor

By Ryan Cortese, Matthew Castonguay
Tuesday March 25th, 2014 1:39 pm EDT

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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.

Tiger’s Tourney Gets a New Sponsor 

Tiger Woods’ annual tournament is getting a bit of a makeover. The AT&T National, which is being played this year at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., has a new tournament sponsor: Quicken Loans. Starting June 26-29, the event will now be called The Quicken Loans National. Here’s a look at the new logo:

 
Woods took the day to announce the new partnership in Washington D.C. and appeared to also take a "selfie" with Comcast SportsNet's Chick Hernandez. 

 
In non-related "selfie" news, here's a look at some other photos from Monday:


Tiger’s Masters Update

In addition to Tiger Woods' announcement about his tournament Monday, the four-time Masters champion was asked whether or not he'd be competing at Augusta National in a couple weeks. “For Augusta, it’s actually still a little too soon, to be honest with you,” Woods said. “That’s kind of the frustrating thing about this. I had a couple weeks off and getting treatment and trying to get ready for Augusta. As of right now, it’s still too soon, which is, as I said, pretty frustrating.”

Woods pulled out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week citing back spasms and pain that weren't subsiding. If he misses this year's Masters, it'd be the first time in his career that he wouldn't compete at Augusta National. 


Dash Day Is Ready To Caddie For His Daddy

Every year the par-3 contest on Wednesday of Masters week brings in some unique celebrity caddies. In the past, there have been NBA superstars, top NASCAR drivers, and wives and girlfriends of PGA Tour players, just to name a few. This year, the cutest and smallest caddie will be on the bag for his dad, Jason Day. Day’s son, Dash, appears to be ready to go, all decked out in his Augusta whites in this photo Ellie Day tweeted on Monday. 

 
Jason Day has finished T-2 and solo third in three Masters starts. Maybe this year, having Dash on the bag (at least for the par-3 contest) will be his lucky charm. 


In Case You Missed It

Johnny Football Shows Off Custom Scotty Cameron 

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Johnny Manziel is expected to be taken in the first round of the NFL Draft in May, potentially within the first 10 picks. He’s one of the most polarizing athletes in the world, and he continues to make headlines week in and week out. Whether he’s signing endorsement deals with Nike or joining LeBron in a McDonald’s commercial, he’s impossible to ignore.

This time, Johnny Football is making headlines with a new putter, more specifically a custom Circle T Scotty Cameron putter. Manziel posted a photo on Instagram of his new putter, stamped with his jersey No. 2, which he wore at Texas A&M, on the toe. Read More

John Daly Helps Launch New Loudmouth Grill

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Loudmouth is now trying to fill your big mouth.
 
The popular golf lifestyle and apparel brand opened its first Loudmouth Grill restaurant over the weekend in Orlando. According to owner Tommy Naddeo, the new dining facility will offer a fun atmosphere where guests can enjoy the colorful, carefree lifestyle with both a fashion and dining experience. Read More


Out of Bounds

Drew Brees and his wife apparently got to see a special pre-screening of the movie "Noah" which opens in theaters this Friday, March 28th. They apparently also mixed up the new season of spring and Halloween.

 
Hey Drew, got any Reynolds Wrap left? I want to make one of those sweet swords myself.  

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