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 Woods Commits to Notah Begay's Tournament
Tiger Woods has added another event to his normally super-secret playing schedule. This one, however, won't show up on the PGA Tour calendar and will be more fun than work.
Woods has committed to play in Notah Begay's NB3 Challenge, scheduled for Aug. 27 at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, N.Y. The former Stanford roommates will be joined by Jonas Blixt, Angel Cabrera, Louis Oosthuizen, Jimmy Walker, Jason Dufner and one as-of-yet unnamed international player.
Woods will be making his fifth appearance in the event, which benefits the Native American community. In seven years, Begay, the only full-blooded American Indian to play on the PGA Tour, has raised $4 million for the cause.
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Marcus Mariota Has the Greatest Schedule in College History
University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is going to be a star. He's thrown for more than 6,300 yards and has 63 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions over the course of his college career. With Johnny Manziel gone to the NFL, the NCAA is looking for a star quarterback to step up this fall and many believe Mariota will be the one. Heck, he's even getting Heisman buzz already.
Something that's also already happened? Mariota completing his degree. Because of this, he was free to take any classes he chose for his redshirt junior season -- so Mariota took yoga and golf:
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) July 28, 2014
This certainly isn't the first time a standout college athlete has had a less-than-taxing schedule. Back in 2005, USC star Matt Leinart took a dance class to fill out his final two credits of his college career.
This yoga and golf schedule for Mariota sounds like quite the life. Sure, he'll still be busier than most college students with all his practices and travel, but at least he doesn't need to be worried about cramming for tests, homework or finals. And honestly, who would even expect a guy with the NFL written all over him to worry about those kind of things?
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Ben Crane Can't Believe His Parking Spot
Have you ever cruised around the grocery store parking lot on a Saturday morning, trying like hell to find a parking spot? You drive around for a couple minutes, not finding anything and then -- all of a sudden -- someone is backing out of the first spot in the row you're in. You swoop in and take the spot, leaving just a 10-yard walk into the store. You're ecstatic, right? You start thinking, "How did this happen?"
Well, Ben Crane knows how you feel. He's so in awe of his parking spot this week in Akron at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational that he believes there's been a mistake:
— Ben Crane (@bencranegolf) July 28, 2014
I think Crane is selling himself short. I mean, sure he hasn't won eight times at Firestone like Woods has, but unlike Tiger, he has won this year. He's played some good golf and deserves to be rewarded for it.
Or, you know … they could be in alphabetical order. That is feasible.
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Take a Look Inside Rory McIlroy's Plush Pad
Not surprisingly, Rory McIlroy owns an extremely nice home. A few of them, probably, but one he's shown off a bit is his mansion in Jupiter, Fla. – a town also known as "Golfer's Paradise."
As part of its #DontSleepOnSummer campaign, Nike Golf sent out a few shots on Instagram over the weekend of Rory at said pad, doing work in the home gym and barefoot on the backyard putting green. Read More
Top 9 Golf Video Games of All Time
EA Sports will release its brand-new PGA Tour-themed video game in 2015, and early indications suggest it will be incredible. Golf gamers everywhere have been drooling in anticipation for another title to get their golf-gloved hands on, which should make this new installment instantly successful.
But where will this next-gen game fit with some of our favorite golf video games from yesteryear? Here are my top 9 golf video games of all time. You be the judge. Read More
Out Of Bounds
Meet Shelby McEwan. He's a high school senior, just like many of us have been, except for one, really big difference: He can dunk like Jordan.
During Jordan Brand's First To Fly Dunk Contest in Las Vegas, McEwan dropped a jaw-dropping foul line dunk that you just have to see for yourself:
For all the athletic ability, you'd imagine the dance might be better. Not so much here, though. Not so much.
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