The Fringe: Wie an Art Prodigy & Wozniacki on the Mend

By Matthew Castonguay
Wednesday August 27th, 2014 10:54 am EDT

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Can’t Play Golf? Michelle Wie Turns to the Canvas

Apparently Michelle Wie has gotten bored of hanging out with celebrities while the ailing finger that has kept her off the golf course since early August heals. Now, the former teen golfing prodigy has taken her talents to the canvas to kill time before returning to the links. 

Like her golf, Wie seems to be a natural, creating some really cool paintings in her down time: 

“Decided to film myself painting today using my brand new @GOPRO. Super stoked to show you guys this timelapse vid #GoPro #dope #paintingrehab #paintinlessthan15sec”

Surely, Wie has a long and prosperous career left on the LPGA Tour, but should that finger become a long-term issue, Wiezy could probably pay her bills selling paintings. These things are awesome. 

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Caroline Wozniacki on Rory McIlroy: “I Could Never Hate Him”

In the wake of the Rory McIlroy-Caroline Wozniacki breakup — arguably the most shocking split of any sports power couple ever — McIlroy has thrived. Whether or not the breakup is the direct cause for McIlroy’s rampant success we can’t know for sure, but people have their opinions and will continue to speculate. What many haven’t payed attention to is how well Wozniacki has been doing despite the difficulty of the separation.

“When it comes out of the blue, that’s like a shock.” Wozniacki said of her feelings immediately following the breakup. “It’s like someone dies right in front of you. You start thinking what was wrong? What went wrong?”

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Since then, she’s been playing good tennis, moving up from 14th to 11th in the world rankings and picking up a win in Istanbul the same week McIlroy won the Open Championship. She’s been working hard, enjoying being single, and working on her game as she refocuses on her career between the lines.

“I’ve been in the gym all the time, running all the time,” Wozniacki said. “It got me in a better mood.” She continued, “I don’t believe in holding onto someone who doesn’t want to be with you.”

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Even though she and McIlroy don’t actively keep in touch, she did tell her friend and fellow tennis star Serena Williams that, despite what transpired, she could “never hate” McIlroy.

“I could never hate him,” Wozniacki said. “He’s been a big part of my life and even if I wanted to, I couldn’t hate him.”

Related Link: Major Mulligan: What If Rory & Caroline Didn’t Break Up?


Presidents Cup Set For NYC, Liberty National in 2017

The PGA Tour announced a 25-year-partnership on Tuesday with Liberty National Golf Club that will include hosting the Presidents Cup in 2017. Already a host of The Barclays in 2009 and 2013, the course’s hope is that the partnership will make one of the tour’s most scenic stops a fixture for years to come. 

“Liberty National has been a great venue for two previous playings of The Barclays, and we are all thrilled that this club will be a regular fixture on the PGA Tour schedule for many years to come,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said of the partnership. “This is a golf course that our players, fans and millions of television viewers love.”

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The course — which sits in New Jersey — is just a 1,000 yards away from the Statue of Liberty and offers views of the world famous landmark on nearly every hole. When the Presidents Cup comes to Liberty National in 2017, fans can expect an epic experience, potentially including concerts and live entertainment, as well as the inclusion of other area landmarks — like Ellis Island — in the celebration. 

“Ten percent of the entire U.S. population lives within 30 miles of us,” said Dan Fireman, co-founder of Liberty National. “We have a very diverse population and I think it will make it quite interesting when we have this event.”

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Hearing a golf spectator shout, “No 2:30 feeling there!” this past weekend after a Jim Furyk shot at The Barclays reminds us of our favorite game within the game of golf: things golf fans say.

From the old-school “get in the hole!” to “Baba Booey” and everything in between, we simply love hearing spectators offering snappy one-liners after a popular player’s shot. Read More

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As the PGA Tour and FedExCup playoffs move from the Big Apple to Boston, it’s time to take a look at some of the greatest sports moments in Beantown history. Except for maybe New York, there are few other cities where the sports history is as rich as it is in Boston. With names like Orr, Williams, Yastrzemski, Bird, Russell, Brady and Belichick, you might not think golf would crack this list, but that wouldn’t be true. Read More


Out of Bounds

With salvation less than two weeks away, the world is waiting with bated breath for the beginning of the NFL season.

That being said, Fox Sports dared to imagine a world without football. More specifically, what certain people would be doing in a world where it didn’t exist. Apparently, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman would be … well, just watch. I promise you, it’ll be the most awkward-yet-enjoyable 30 seconds of your day: 

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