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Hello, family and friends! I hope this week’s Rogers report finds you in good spirits. Rickie Fowler’s game is on the rise, PGA TOUR 2K23 is out now, and leaf fall season has officially arrived here in New England. There is also a lot to look forward to this week. We have the CJ Cup, the BMW Ladies Championship and, most importantly, Taylor Swift’s new album, which I’ll provide a full summary of here next week. Let’s go.
The (very talented) Stricker family
Don’t get me wrong, I love my family. But I often think about how I would like to be a Korda brother. Three professional athletes in one family? I would be more than happy to serve as their underachieving sister. What I hadn’t considered until last week was the fact that it would be pretty cool to be in the Stricker family as well. Less than 48 hours after Steve Stricker won the Constellation Furyk & Friends at the PGA Tour Champions, his youngest daughter Izzi won the Wisconsin State High School golf title.
Let’s also not forget that Stricker’s other daughter, Bobbi, played golf at the University of Wisconsin and won the 2021 Wisconsin Women’s Amateur. Or that Nicki Stricker caddies for her husband. I don’t know what’s in the water at the Strickers, but I’d really like a few pints.
Pickleball > golf?
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know much (read: nothing) about pickleball, but I immediately took an interest in it when I heard that Scottie Scheffler and Jordan Spieth were teaming up for a televised match.
Through each edition of The Match, we’re constantly reminded that professional golfers aren’t the best talkers. At least not when they’re on the mic. Even my absolute favorite players seem to be slightly grumpy, and this interaction between John Isner and Scottie Scheffler was no different.
I think what I live here is what the Germans like to call fremdschämen. But enough about that. I’m all for watching golfers compete in other sports. In fact, I think Justin Thomas said he wanted to run a timed mile at some point, which is what I’m all here for.
Hideki the host
We are again in that special part of the week where I just have to point out how great the International Presidents Cup team is. Last week, I dove into Tom Kim and Sungjae Im’s friendship, and now we’re going to discuss Hideki Matsuyama hosting his teammates for a Japanese barbecue before the Zozo Championship.
Even though they lost at Quail Hollow, part of me feels like this Presidents Cup team is going to come together as a group for years to come, the same way basketball teams do. scholars who won a national championship in the 1980s still do.
Caddies are often the unsung heroes of professional golf. That literally wasn’t the case on Sunday night in Japan when a handful of pros and their loopers hit town for some good old-fashioned karaoke.
Watch closely and you’ll see Collin Morikawa enjoying the show.
An audible Tiger Woods
Football season is underway, which means my Twitter feed is now full of stuff I don’t really care about. But there were two football-golf crossovers that caught my eye this weekend, and it’s my responsibility to share them here with you.
In the spirit of transparency, I confess that I did not watch this match. So I have no idea what running a “Tiger Woods” looks like. However, I have an idea of what was going on here.
And I’m sure you do too. I’ve seen guys practice their swings in restaurants, in the stands at Little League baseball games, and even in midtown Manhattan. But it was definitely a first for me. I respect him though. Everything you need to improve.
Vijay late intervention
Last month, Bryson DeChambeau made headlines when he lost a fight to a gallery rope at LIV Chicago. You have seen the video. You’ve seen the memes. The moment itself transcended golf, and even Josh Allen had fun re-enacting the scene.
On Monday, a full moon phase after the incident, Vijay Singh got his joke. Either he lives under a rock or he finally got a shot that gave him a break from DeChambeau. It kinda sounds like when you think of the perfect back for an argument that took place four weeks ago. I would probably accept that the moment to pounce had passed and this one would come out. Not Singh, though. Again, his patience and determination is what helped him win 34 times on the PGA Tour. So to each his own.