WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. – A longtime PGA Tour veteran was back in action at The Greenbrier Classic on Thursday, but it wasn’t a name that will show up on the leaderboard.
Nicki Stricker, wife of Steve Stricker, caddied in a competitive round for the first time in five years, helping her husband to a 1-under 69 in the opening round.
It was only a week ago that the pro decided he would compete in this event and with regular caddie Jimmy Johnson already on vacation, he enlisted his wife for the role.
“We talk about it usually once a year,” Steve said. “I always ask her, ‘Do you want to caddie again?’ And she said yes. We thought this would be a good place. We’ve got the family here and have somebody helping us with our kids, so it worked out well.”
Nicki caddied for her husband during the early years of their marriage, serving on the bag on developmental tours and the first four years of Steve’s PGA Tour career.
“It was fun,” Nicki said after the round. “[Simpson’s caddie] Paul [Tesori] and [Woods’ caddie] Joey [LaCava] – I couldn’t have asked for anything better the first time coming back. I’ve obviously known them for a while and they’re both great guys, so it was good.”
“She hasn’t missed a beat,” Steve added about his wife of nearly 19 years. “She did a good job out there. It was fun to have her out there again.”
Asked whether she prefers being inside the ropes or watching from the outside, Nicki maintained that she likes her vantage point so far.
“With the group he’s playing with this week, I have a better seat inside the ropes,” she said with a laugh. “He and Jimmy do great out there. It’s fun for me, but either way. Whatever he wants me to do, I feel it’s in the right spot.”