“They’re loving it,” Stricker said. “The girls are up to 11:30 every night. No curfew here. And frozen yogurt at night. They’re loving life.”
Stricker, one of the most mild-mannered players in professional golf, was asked about his role in a current TV commercial for a rental car company that refers to him as “a savage.”
“I hear that quite a bit out in the gallery now,” he said. “And I’m not a savage by any means. I guess that’s the funny part of the commercial. I felt like a dork making it, but it was all good, all in good fun.”
One to remember
Shawn Stefani’s second U.S. Open appearance wasn’t a total loss for the 31-year-old Texan and PGA Tour rookie.
He made the cut Saturday with opening rounds of 72 and 73 until disaster struck Saturday when he posted an ugly 85. Still, he will always look back at his tee shot at the 229-yard 17th hole on Sunday as one of the highlights of his career.
Using a 4-iron, Stefani pulled his ball slightly to the left, where it hit a grassy hillside, then bounced on the green and just kept rolling, rolling, rolling, about 50 feet before dying in the cup for a hole-in-one. After retrieving his ball out of the cup, Stefani walked over to the spot where his ball had first come down and kissed the grass.
“I didn’t know what to do but jump up and down for joy,” he said. “There’s some great fans up here and I k now they can be tough on you and they can love you forever. So I’m sure they appreciated me going to the ground and kissing it, because obviously the ground is where the kick started…Once it did kick, it kept rolling and I was like ‘well, this could be good.’ I was just super excited because it’s the first hole-in-one I’ve ever had in a tournament.”