Florida – That state of semi-retirement can make it difficult for Stricker to stay confident in his game. Luckily, he had a familiar caddie Thursday. That caddie was Stricker’s wife, Nicki. And while she didn’t take credit for her husband’s 5-under-par performance Thursday, she did note that she did nothing to hold him back. “It was a stress-free round,” Nicki Stricker said. “Three more of those and we’ll be all right.”
Look, here are the reasons why you play golf: 1) get drunk 2) get outside 3) and forget everything else going on in your life. For 5+ hours you can just forget about your girlfriend, your shitty job, bills, and anything else that might suck in your life. Obviously, if you’re an 18 to 22 year-old you might not have it that tough. But for the dudes who have a significant other and who have ever referred to their current job as their “career”, well they need golf. It’s essentially a pass to an outdoor bar, to get blasted with your friends, to smoke, chew, spit… pretty much whatever you want. Plus, you’re sweating the whole time, so it has the illusion of working out. So, is Steve Stricker using his wife as his caddy the most un-golf move in the history of golf?
I mean could you imagine what the arguments would be like on the course?
“Hey hun, can you hand me my 9”
“Well Steve, it’s uphill, I would say you use your 8…”
“Just give me the 9!”
Then he hits it over the green and it’s just nag city for the rest of the round. “Are you sure you want that club?” “Take your time Steve, there’s no rush” “That’s okay hunny, a double bogey isn’t that bad.” Sounds like the hell. Forget that you are playing for millions and have thousands of spectators looking at your every move, snapping pictures in your backswing, and yelling “GET IN THE HOLE” on every par-5 tee shot. Now you have to worry about “wanting to want” your wife to be there. Worst decision ever.
P.S. Five iron, huh? Well, you’re fired.
Double P.S. Did I say Tiger was back, or did I say he was back?