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Get caught up on the week in golf
David Cannon, Erica Denhoff, Jason Kennedy
Hello from snowy Boston, my friends, and welcome to another edition of the Rogers Report.
It’s been too long since my last write-up so I’ve put together some golf housekeeping notes before we dive into the last week in golf. Here’s what you need (or what I think you need) to know: Matthew Wolff got engaged, the Gretzky-Johnson clan joined a softball league (imagine rolling up to a casual game after work, only to realize you’re facing off against…Wayne Gretzky and Dustin Johnson?), our Max Homa cover story dropped and Jon Rahm is unstoppable.
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We begin with Wolff’s fiancee, Kim Lloyd. She got her bachelor’s degree in economics from Oklahoma State, was the VP of membership for the Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity and is famous on TikTok for her skincare and makeup videos.
On to the Gretzky-Johnson softball team. It looks like a lot of fun, but according to the comments section, things haven’t been going so well for Wayne.
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Loving the comment section here. Imagine showing up to a recreational softball game and facing off against Wayne Gretzky and DJ pic.twitter.com/WQJXewdR0F
Here’s to hoping things improve for them. And check out this video of Jon Rahm’s kids taking a peek at the American Express trophy.
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Kyle Jusczyk’s swing
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I am not a football girl. But any golf content that features football players always piques my interest. So around this time last year, I made it my life’s mission to dedicate 0.002 percent of my time trying to find a video of Joe Burrow’s swing. And unfortunately for me, such a thing did not exist.
I’ve searched high and low, paid a visit to every corner of the internet and have concluded that Joe Burrow has never played golf
We got a little closer to some Burrow golf content last year when he teed it up with his teammate Sam Hubbard, 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa and Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns. But all we got was this one picture.
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Fast-forward to last April, where Burrow was seen on the putting green behind a wedding ceremony. So we inched closer to seeing him play actual golf, but never got the real thing. And, folks, this kept me up at night. Tom Brady plays. Josh Allen plays. Patrick Mahomes plays. Aaron Rodgers plays. What about Burrow?
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It was with mixed emotions that I found my answer on Sunday evening.
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As a fellow elite athlete, I respect Burrow’s take. He doesn’t play golf because he’d get too obsessed with it. It’s the same reason I don’t keep chocolate chip cookies in my apartment. I do selfishly wish he’d give it a chance in the offseason, but I’m willing to wait for Burrow’s retirement for him to discover how great our favorite sport really is.
And while we’re on the topic of NFL players, San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk was spotted working on his swing while his teammate Christian McCaffrey caught some rays last week. Sometimes professional golfers are just like us (read: will get some swings in anywhere they can).
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This concludes my knowledge of (and interest in) all-things football this week.
Last week, I put together a video showcasing the PGA Tour travel schedule.
2023 PGA Tour stops, made by a gal who has too much time on her hands pic.twitter.com/4eOatLKqh5
I know that the pros don’t play in every single event, but between this general travel schedule and players getting home, I couldn’t get over just how much travel the pros do week in and week out. That was, until someone suggested I make an LPGA version.
Trying to wrap my head around the @LPGA travel schedule 🤯 pic.twitter.com/gfTYuwoENA
My goodness. The LPGA has 33 events across 12 countries and regions. What I thought was a light-hearted video turned into a much bigger conversation about just how much the female pros are expected to travel from coast to coast and country to country.
Whoa! Traveling is by far the worst part of the profession. Im not sure I could it. https://t.co/yiM66ivfik
Omg. When you break it down like this 😳😳😳 https://t.co/Ov8Qcyvwke
Honesty hour: It takes me days to recover from a work trip. We work long hours, often times out on the course, and I absolutely love it. But that doesn’t mean I don’t need a solid 48 hours to bounce back once I return home. I can’t imagine doing this much travel as a pro and being expected to fully recover and perform my best week in and week out.
The DP World Tour has done it again. And by “it,” I mean create create a short video that deserves an Oscar. The tour (and Tyrrell Hatton) have fully leaned into Hatton’s temper as a bit, which makes the video so good.
The cast 🎬 @TyrrellHatton @TommyFleetwood1 @Thomas_Pieters @ShaneLowryGolf @robert1lefty @ryanfoxgolfer #GolfPsycho pic.twitter.com/6Tx0nq0Iqk
Imagine if we could get PGA Tour players to do this? Videos featuring Spieth as the golden child, Zalatoris as the caddie from Happy Gilmore and J.T. Poston as “the other JT” would be hilarious to watch. Side note: If you are a PGA Tour employee and reading this column, please run with these ideas. Free of charge.
Justin Thomas married Jillian Wisniewski in November, but we weren’t graced with any photos from the day until JT’s pal and wedding officiant, Jason Kennedy, shared some images over the weekend.
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Jason, thank you so much for these. I will never be able to repay you. What beautiful scenery! And I’d be remiss not to mention that Jordan Spieth did serve as JT’s best man. Bud Cauley was also in the line up of groomsmen. The others I can’t say I recognize.
It was a big week for the future of the game. First, Francie and Smylie Kaufman welcomed their daughter, Anna Carter.
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And just three days later, Lona and Joel Dahmen had Riggs William Dahmen.
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Don’t worry, Cam Homa, we haven’t forgotten about you. There is a serious baby boom happening in golf right now. The PGA Tour day care center will be busy for years to come.
As a parting thought, I’ll share my favorite thing I saw this week. Emily Casey is the Assistant Superintendent at Seven Canyons Golf Club in Sedona, Ariz. She has a unique journey to work each morning.
A day in the life of a greenskeeper living at 7,000 feet and working at a golf course at 4,600 feet…in January😅 pic.twitter.com/EwpceF5567
Talk soon, everyone.
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