Steve Stricker will be making his Greenbrier debut this week in West Virginia. So, too, will his wife, Nicki.
Stricker did not intend originally to play this week. He had given his regular caddie, Jimmy Johnson, the week off. After the U.S. Open and a pair of charity tournaments, however, Stricker skipped last week's AT&T National for a break.
Enter Nicki Stricker. She caddied for her husband from when he turned pro in 1994 until their first child was born in 1998. She has occassionally been on the bag since, including when Stricker played in the now-defunct Greater Milwakee Open and during the Par-3 Contest at the Masters.
Why not just take two weeks off?
"I added Greenbrier because I'm trying to make that Ryder Cup team," Stricker said to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Stricker is 14th in Ryder Cup points. The top eight after the PGA Championship automatically make the team.
The Wisconsin-native will have a chance to pad his points next week at the John Deere Classic, where Stricker will vie for a fourth consecutive win.