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The ultimate “Steve Stricker is a nice guy” story

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Among the most common Steve Sticker-related platitudes: He’s a great putter, he experienced a late-career resurgence, and he’s a really nice guy.

Addressing the latter, John Feinstein penned a piece for Golf World on occasion of Stricker qualifying for the U.S. Open in his home state of Wisconsin.

Feinstein, author of the golf classic A Good Walk Spoiled, discussed his first interview with Steve Stricker for his 1999 work, The Majors. He recounted this incident from his talk with Stricker at the then-Buick Invitational.

Stricker, talking about his parents, said,

“They’re just sort of the classic Midwesterners. They’re quiet and polite, really nice to everyone. Kind of the anti-New Yorkers if you know what I mean.”

Anti-New Yorkers! Loud, impolite, rude to everyone…not exactly the way any group of people would like to be characterized. Unfortunately for Stricker, Feinstein is a native New Yorker. He didn’t take offense, however, actually agreeing with Stricker instead.

Regardless, the Wisconsin native apologized, and apologized again.

“Oh jeez,” he said. “I didn’t mean to insult you. I didn’t mean it as a putdown, I was just …”

Feinstein protested. Saying it wasn’t a big deal, but Stricker wouldn’t stop apologizing.

Now, you can argue setting up the opposition between “good Midwestern folk” and “bad New Yorkers” is an oversimplification that doesn’t do much good. However, in the pantheon of offense, Stricker’s remarks don’t sit in a lofty position.

Still, it’s surprising to see a professional athlete so upset about potentially offending a professional sportswriter. And what happened next is even more out of the ordinary.

We’ll let Feinstein tell the story, because, you know, he’s better at such things.

“At the par-3 third hole on the South Course at Torrey Pines, there was a group on the green, so Steve and his fellow competitors had to wait. I was standing on the tee, next to the ropes. Steve walked over.

“I gotta tell you, I had trouble sleeping last night, thinking about what I said to you yesterday,” he said. “I know you said it was OK, but it was still wrong …”

“One last time, I cut him off. “Steve, as a New Yorker, let me say this to you: Shut the f— up!”

“Finally—I broke through. “Well,” he said, laughing, “if you’re going to be rude about it, the heck with you!”’

Again, the particular minor offense isn’t really what’s important in this Strickerian anecdote, but rather the way the guy was so broken up about possibly hurting a sportswriters feelings that he went to such great lengths to apologize…and apologize again.

We look forward to seeing him at Erin Hills.

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  1. izzlist of izzles

    Jun 13, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    How does he sleep after whooping the the competition at tourney?

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WATCH: PGA Tour players play hole blindfolded and it’s hilarious/amazing

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As part of a Srixon campaign, four PGA Tour players recently participated in a three-hole challenge, with each hole being a different game; hole No. 1 was blindfolded, hole No. 2 was costumes and distractions, and hole No. 3 was alternate shot with a baseball bat. The teams were Smylie Kaufman and Sam Ryder against Shane Lowry and Grayson Murray.

Watch the full video below, since it is quite entertaining (albeit not the type of golf that Old Tom Morris surely had in mind), but in particular, make sure to check out the first hole where Lowry and Ryder play a full hole completely blind folded. It’s amazing to watch how badly Ryder struggles, and how Lowry nearly makes par.

Cleveland-Srixon’s marketing department has been hard at work crafting these viral-esque ad campaigns; if you remember, former long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski recently dressed as 80-year-old Grandpa Jamie to fool range-goers. That video has since gathered over 1.2 million views on YouTube.

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Think you had a bad weekend on the course? At least you didn’t do this

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We hope this golfer didn’t take the ultra-premium golf equipment plunge before sending his clubs to a watery grave. Either way, this was an expensive (and strangely calm) reaction to a bad round.

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Tiger Woods battles terrifying deep-sea creature, wins

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With four tweets since July 21st, Tiger Woods is exposing himself on social media in a way we haven’t seen.

And with his latest tweet, he’s…exposing himself in a way we haven’t seen.

A shirtless-and-swimsuited Woods appears holding what he purports to be a lobster (but what looks more like a monster of the deep sea).

Nothing like it, indeed.

He’s lucky to have escaped with his life after battling that horrifying crustacean. Spiny lobsters, apparently, don’t have claws, but somehow that doesn’t make them any less terrifying, as they look poised to impale you and carry you off to their reefy lairs.

Not sure how big the beast in Woods grasp actually is, but it pales in comparison to this 14-pound creature from your nightmares.

14_pound_lobster_caught_near_Bermuda_0_48217534_ver1.0_640_480Anyway, Woods has been on something of a grand tour of late it seems, taking in a friendly version of El Clasico in Miami and posing with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

All of this is good to see. It was two months ago that Woods entered rehab following his now-infamous Memorial Day arrest for impaired driving.

What this portends for his future on the golf course is unclear, but you’d assume the 14-time major champion is feeling pretty good if he’s free diving after monsters of the deep.

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