Scottie Scheffler, Darren Carroll / PGA of America
Hello friends and welcome to this week’s edition of the Rogers Report! Between In Gee Chun’s win at Congressional, Xander Schauffele’s victory at the Korn Ferry Tour , it was a very solid week of golf. Let’s run through how it went down on social media.
My caddie experience
Okay, so this technically wasn’t documented on social media, but I would still like to discuss it here. After the first round of the Northeast Amateur in my hometown on Wednesday, I got a call from my friend Davis Chatfield asking if I could loop for his pal in Round 2.
I ended up caddying for Purdue golf’s Herman Sekne for two rounds. Folks, I know a lot about golf, but I haven’t spent much time on the bag. Lucky for me, Sekne made it clear that he had low expectations for me – carry the clubs and bring good vibes. Even luckier for me, Sekne went 22 holes without hitting into a bunker so my job was pretty easy. I didn’t help with reading putts, but I made sure to stay out of the way and keep my player hydrated! All in all, it was an awesome experience and definitely reminded me that caddying is not an easy gig! Carrying a regular bag is one thing, but I can’t imagine hoofing it around with a Tour bag week in and week out.
Okay folks, enough about me. Well, almost. I want to show you all the coolest new headcovers I got from my pals over at Tremont Sporting Co.
How cool are these? I told my friend (and fellow Boston College alum!) Christian Cavaliere that I love all things Rhode Island, ice cream, Boston College and Tiger Woods and he made my headcover dreams come true. My golf bag just got 30 times cooler.
The greatest height difference in golf?
While we’re on the topic of the Northeast Amateur, let’s take a moment to appreciate this photo.
Tommy Morrison is a rising senior in high school (!) And is almost seven feet tall. Davis Chatfield just finished his fifth year at Notre Dame and is five-foot-five. The height difference here is striking, to say the least. It reminds me of the time I got a picture with a 6’11 ”Villanova basketball player. But while Daniel Ochefu hasn’t had much of a chance in a game of one-on-one, it’s super cool that these guys have such different builds and can compete in our sport at a high level. Chatfield finished the tied event for 15th and Morrison was T-40.
The World No. 1’s birthday celebration
World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler turned 26 at the Travelers Championship last week, and the fine folks at TPC River Highlands made sure to celebrate the Masters champion in style.
Scottie and Meredith Scheffler then went to Sally’s Apizza in New Haven to celebrate the big 2-6.
I looked up this pizzeria online, where it’s described as the “Iconic pizzeria known for its coal-fired, thin-crust pies, long lines & basic, no-frills digs.” I hope the birthday boy and World No. 1 got to skip the long lines. (Also: I’m very aware that these images are a tad blurry.
In Gee Chun being extremely relatable
Things that aren’t relatable: In Gee Chun firing a first-round 64 at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and leading by seven on Thursday and the fact that she won three different majors. Imagine being 27 with three majors to your name? I am 27 with three pairs of sneakers to mine.
What is relatable, however, is the conversations To have with her caddie on Thursday.
Pimples and kiwis! A gal after my own heart.
Some Korda content
It’s always a treat to learn more about the coolest sisters in golf, and I thoroughly enjoyed this game of “would you rather?” that Jess and Nelly played during a rain delay at Congressional.
The banter between the two is so great. It reminds me of the relationship I have with my sister, except for any of us at golf.
Tiger Woods out and about
First up, we have Tiger at a junior event in Florida.
Tiger’s bare leg since the accident? I believe this! I’ll let you have the honor of zooming in on it, but after seeing this.
Tiger at a soccer tournament (probably Sam’s) in San Diego. Men have been practicing their golf swings in the Ice Age, but seeing Tiger do this is wild. No big deal, just a five-time Masters champion in a sleeveless shirt taking some swings on the sidelines! I would have 100% pay more attention to this than the soccer game, but it’s the honest truth.
Travelers Championship drama!
Jason Kokrak hit a walk-off shot on Friday at the Travelers and I’m not quite sure what to make of it.
I’m not the walk-off police. I also don’t usually condone walking off the course mid-round. But this was like, 99% of the way into the round, and it sounds like he was trying to get out of the way, so I kind of respect it – especially since he was going to miss the cut anyway. I’d like to think that Kokrak left his ball where it was and headed straight to the clubhouse for a beer.
Next up we have this putt from Sahith Theegala’s 72nd hole. If you have a weak stomach, please proceed with caution.
Is this the most vicious lip out of all time? At first, I thought it was definitely going in. Then I thought it definitely didn’t. Then I was like, “wait, that’s in!” but it wasn’t! I’ll need several days of recovery, so I can only imagine how Sahith himself feels.
I’d have to dive into the Nickelodeon Slime Cup quickly. I’ll be honest, I didn’t watch it, but it did provide some great social media content.
The photos we didn’t know we needed. I would’ve paid the big bucks (read: maybe $ 20) to be a fly on the wall for this event.