Steve Stricker isn’t the only member of his family coming out of semi-retirement next week at The Greenbrier.
His wife, Nicki, is, too.
In an interview following his victory at the two-day CVS Charity Classic, Stricker said that he plans on playing back-to-back weeks on the PGA Tour – The Greenbrier and the John Deere Classic, where he is a three-time champion – and will have his wife on the bag in West Virginia.
It’s only the second time this season that he’s played in consecutive events. In April, he played the Houston Open before heading to the Masters.
Nicki caddied for her husband during the early years of their marriage, carrying the bag during his time on the mini circuits and also in his first four years on the PGA Tour. She looped for Stricker at The Greenbrier in 2012, where he tied for 22nd, and was on the bag again last year at Doral.
After one of his best seasons as a pro in 2013 – eight top-10s in 13 starts, including four runners-up – Stricker has failed to replicate that performance in limited action this season. Though he has made all seven cuts, he has only one top-10, a T-6 at the Memorial, and sits 124th in FedEx Cup points. Stricker said that he plans to play “four to five” more events this season, though he has not yet decided whether he will travel across the pond for the Open Championship.