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Stricker to hit halftime wedge at the Wisconsin, Illinois football game

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On Saturday, The Savage is going to be hitting more golf balls — he’s only hitting one — than he did in the 2014 FedEx Cup Playoffs.

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Steve Stricker will hit a shot from the video board platform to the midfield “W” logo during the “halftime show” at the Wisconsin college football game on Sat. Oct. 11, where the Badgers will host the University of Illinois Fighting Illini — Stricker’s alma mater — at Noon ET.

If he pulls it off, one lucky fan will win two VIP passes to the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. The shot will reportedly measure 135 yards from the golf mat to midfield — right in Stricker’s wheelhouse.

Note: If you don’t get “The Savage” reference, check out the video below. 

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This video is proof that everything Stricker touches turns to gold. I’d normally say the acting, editing and video production is brutal all-around — cringeworthy really — but it’s tough to say a bad word when Stricker just continues to light up the camera. A+ video!

I know he hooked it into the volleyball court, but Gary Anderson’s move doesn’t look too bad. Well, it looks better than the team’s 3-2 record, am I right?

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Ben

    Oct 14, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Gotta love “know it alls” that hide behind a keyboard….

  2. Joe

    Oct 11, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Wow this is such a flop on here … Need to close all these golf forums . More trolls on these forums than all Internet chat forums combined . Funny really , golf Internet trolls

    • Bill

      Oct 11, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      “acting, editing and video production is brutal all-around — cringeworthy really”

      you probably don’t want to hear what people have to say about your article just like I don’t really want to hear what you have to say about a commercial. We know your struggling to find things to write about but slamming other people seems unecessary

  3. Jeremy

    Oct 10, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    “…the acting, editing and video production is brutal all-around — cringeworthy really…”

    Cringeworthy??? Who on earth are you to critique the technical aspects of a commercial? Me, I’m a professional television and commercial editor, and I think it’s fine. The fact that they managed to make the most boring man in a sport consisting almost entirely of boring men seem affable and funny is a testament to the talents that created the commercial, not the man who swings clubs for a living.

    • Derek

      Oct 10, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      You see, “Jeremy the television professional,” it really doesn’t matter what your opinion is as a producer. Your product is aimed at the general public and the author of the article happens to fall into the “general public.”

      If his opinion is that it is cringeworthy, then it is indeed cringeworthy to him; the target of the commercial.

      If you base all of your production on what you think is appropriate I daresay you havet yet to succeed in your field.

      My .02$.

      • Jeremy

        Oct 10, 2014 at 11:07 pm

        Dare away Derek. Among other things, I edit segments for Golf Channel’s Morning Drive, which combines my profession with my passion. In any walk of life, I’d call that successful.

        Let me explain where I’m coming from. I didn’t make the commercial or know who did. But I assure you, the team that made it did a good job. It is, on a technical level, without fault. But Andrew felt like gratuitously insulting those creative professionals by calling their good work brutal and cringeworthy. And that’s offensive.

        And you, “Derek the commenter,” would do well to actually take into account the credentials of the opinions you listen to and not make assumptions about strangers on the internet.

      • Jeff

        Oct 10, 2014 at 11:57 pm

        ^Boom.

    • Philip

      Oct 12, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      Either the video was intentionally produced to feel like a local cable spot from the 80’s or it just feels like that because they were just regular people without any experience in front of a camera. It takes talent and lots of experience to to appear naturally in front of a camera.

      Personally, I like the human element to it – a lot more refreshing from the perfect fake smiles of today’s TV productions.

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GolfWRX is live from Congaree Golf Club for the Palmetto Championship. This one-time replacement for the RBC Canadian Open is the third PGA Tour event contested in South Carolina this season.

Palmetto State native Dustin Johnson headlines the field (and has been doing plenty of putter testing). Brooks Koepka and Jason Dufner will be teeing it up as well. John Pak and Davis Thompson will both be making their professional debuts.

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John Pak, college golf’s top player, signs with TaylorMade

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Editor’s note: We filed this piece for PGATour.com’s Equipment Report.

With a buddy on the bag and fresh off receiving the Jack Nicklaus Award in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, celebrated amateur and Florida State standout John Pak is making his professional debut at this week’s Palmetto Championship at Congaree — and he’ll do so as a TaylorMade staffer, the company announced today.

College golf’s top player, Pak has played TaylorMade gear and a Titleist ball since his amateur days. And as we found out from Ryan Ressa, TaylorMade’s player development manager, who has worked with Pak since he was in his early teens, it’s not surprising Pak will continue with the same bag setup and ball combination as he joins the professional ranks.

The Scotch Plains, New Jersey, native is an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” kind of guy when it comes to his equipment, which is a trait Ressa sees among many of the game’s best. (Another TaylorMade staffer Tiger Woods, for one, comes to mind).

Ressa and TaylorMade have had a relationship with Pak for nearly a decade, and it’s Ressa’s job to not only make sure Pak is in the right equipment for his game but is also navigating the matrix of amateur competitions, college, and the decision to turn pro successfully.

According to Ressa, Pak, and other junior standouts, need new equipment, or at least a fitting, roughly every six months as their bodies and swings change.

Even so, while he’s transitioned into new fairway wood models as they’ve become available, the DNA of Pak’s bag has stayed largely the same.

“Jon is a very simple guy when it comes to equipment, and he doesn’t do a lot of tinkering outside of driver shafts,” Ressa said. “Deep down, he’s a great competitor. He just loves to compete and is focused on getting the ball in the hole. He’s stayed really, really consistent with the look of his irons, the loft of his wedges, and his bag setup. He’s been easy to work with and only needs one or two visits per year to get squared away.”

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GolfWRX is live at Jack’s place for the 2021 Memorial Tournament. As always, a strong field has turned up to take on the Golden Bear’s track.

Past winner Bryson DeChambeau as well as Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Patrick Cantlay, Jon Rahm, and Jason Dufner will all tee it up this week.

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