Originally posted on Back9Network  |  Last updated 6/5/14

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 24: Ian Poulter of England hits his tee-shot on the third hole during the final round of The Abu Dhabi Golf Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club on January 24, 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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.Ian Poulter Takes Time Out to Test Some PillowsIt seems like every day Ian Poulter posts something on Twitter that makes us laugh or question his sanity. Today’s dose of Poulter comes following some impromptu pillow testing the Englishman decided to do during a trip to Target.Testing the firmness of a new couple of pillows in @Target. I think I’ve found something that works just nicely. pic.twitter.com/pLPof4NUuz— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) June 4, 2014 Talk about asleep on your feet, Poulter is all but drooling into that thing in the middle of the aisle. Can’t blame the guy though, can you? With as busy as Poulter is giving away his Ford GT and hooking up random Twitter followers with tickets to the FedEx St. Jude Classic, you get tired. Sometimes you just need to put your head down and rest. I feel you, Poults. I feel you. Related: Poulter Gives Twitter Follower Golf Tickets, Because He AskedMatt Kuchar Signs Signature Shoe Deal with SketchersMatt Kuchar isn’t a major champion yet, but he has officially reached super-stardom with his new shoe deal with Skechers footwear.  Excited to announce that @PGATOUR champion #MattKuchar will be the 1st brand ambassador of our Skechers #GOgolf line. pic.twitter.com/Y7X7mAnWV2— Skechers Performance (@skechersGO) June 4, 2014 OK sure, it’s not the shoe deal that makes the star, but it certainly is a feather in Kuchar’s cap. According to Golf Threads, Kuchar won’t only be a brand ambassador for Skechers, but will also have his own signature line of golf shoes. JUST IN: Matt Kuchar signs multi-year #golf shoe deal with @SKECHERSUSA. Will have signature shoe line. pic.twitter.com/S5CZ7jbcQN— GolfThreads Blog (@GolfThreadsBlog) June 4, 2014 Not a bad move for the seven-time PGA Tour winner. Now all that’s left is that major.Related Link: 9 Best Golfers Yet to Win a MajorTom Watson, Jack Nicklaus to Tackle Champions Tour Par-3 CourseThis week, the Champions Tour is doing something very cool and unprecedented. For the first time ever, a professional golf event will be held on a par-3 course and will bring legends of the game like Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson out to try their hand at it. The Top of the Rock par-3 course in Ridgedale, Mo., will be used as part of the Champions Tour’s Big Cedar Legends of Golf tournament. The format will see players play one round at Top of the Rock and one at the Buffalo Ridge course, with the event culminating in a showdown on the par-3 track on Sunday. When asked about the idea, 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus said, “We’re at an important juncture in the evolution of our game. We need to embrace innovation, new ideas and out-of-the-box thinking that inspires people to get off the couch and play this great game. We need to come up with new golf experiences. We need to think in terms of shorter, faster, and more fun.” And for the first time in a long time, I’m really excited to watch a Champions Tour event. Related Link: Jay Haas, Nick Price Chosen as Presidents Cup CaptainsIn Case You Missed ItKate Upton is Not Happy with Los Angeles Country Club The Los Angeles Country Club sits right in Beverly Hills. It didn’t get the 90210 zip code, but it’s close, so you know it’s posh. It also has a lot of rules, and model Kate Upton heard a rumor about women not getting equal treatment. Read MoreGolfstradamaus: FedEx St. Jude ClassicI may not have called it last week, but I did predict that Hideki Matsuyama would win a tournament this year. It didn’t take too long from the time of my declaration for the Japanese prodigy to find his way to the winner’s circle, which obviously doesn’t come as a surprise to me and it shouldn’t to you either.This week, the PGA Tour is in Memphis for the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Here are the picks. Read MoreOut Of BoundsWell, you know what they say: Give a man a jet ski and he will find something awesome to do with it. Actually, I don’t know if anyone really says that, but it seems to be true. These guys used a jet ski to take skateboarding onto the water. Check out the video and then go buy a jet ski so you can do this with your friends:Related Link: Fowler’s Sneak Peek & Win a Day with DufnerOther Hot Links:- Missing Major: 9 Players Who Just Missed Career Grand Slam- Golfstradamaus: FedEx St. Jude Classic- Ian Poulter is Giving Away His Ford GT… Seriously- Kate Upton is Not Happy with Los Angeles Country Club- Heartbreaker: Amateur’s U.S. Open Dream Ends with Self-DQ- 1999 U.S. Open Still Fresh For Payne Stewart Caddie Mike Hicks
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