WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. – Steve Stricker ran into a little problem recently.
When he committed late to this week’s Greenbrier Classic, he found that his usual caddie, Jimmy Johnson, had already committed to Chris Kirk for this event.
No problem, Stricker thought. He’d just call his former caddie – his wife, Nicki.
“She [caddied] two years ago here,” he said Wednesday. “We try to get one in a year.”
Nicki Stricker caddied full-time for Steve from 1994-97, then quit the job for good in 2001 when the couple’s kids started getting older.
“I don’t ask her to read any putts,” Steve explained. “But it’s just fun having her out there. She’s my best friend, really. We’ve always gotten along really well on the golf course, so it’s nice to do it once in a while. She said to me this week it’s like she’s never left. So she feels comfortable doing it.
“It’s a fun week for us. It’s pretty casual. We don’t get uptight with one another too much and she goes with the flow. She knows what to say and how to help. She’s in the right spot at the right time and that’s all you can ask for.”