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 victory in Congress, Xander Schauffele’s victory in the Travelers, Pierceson Coody saying no to LIV’s big money and immediately recording his first victory on the Korn Ferry Tour and, this is for the real fans, Dylan Menante defending his Northeast Amateur title. , He was a very solid week of golf. Let’s see how it happened on social media.
My experience as a caddy
Okay, this wasn’t technically documented on social media, but I’d 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 he could pass his friend in Round 2.
I ended up caddying for Herman Sekne of Purdue golf for two rounds. Folks, I know a lot about golf, but I haven’t spent much time on the bag. Luckily for me, Sekne made it clear that he had low expectations for me: carrying the clubs and bringing good vibes. Even luckier for me, Sekne went 22 holes without hitting a bunker, so my job was pretty easy. Didn’t help with reading putts, but made sure to stay out of the way and keep my player hydrated! Seriously, I had a lot of fun, but I also remembered that doing all the work all the time would be a real challenge. Carrying a normal bag is one thing, but I can’t imagine riding around with a Tour bag week after week.
Alright folks, enough about me. Well almost. I want to show you all the cool new head coverings I got from my friends at Tremont Sporting Co.
How cool are these? I told my friend (and Boston College alum!) Christian Cavaliere that I love all things Rhode Island, ice cream, Boston College and Tiger Woods, and he made my head covering dreams come true. My golf bag has gotten 30 times cooler.
The biggest height difference in golf?
While we’re on the subject of the Northeast fan, let’s take a moment to appreciate this photo.
Tommy Morrison is a senior in high school (!) and is almost seven feet tall. Davis Chatfield just finished his fifth year at Notre Dame and is 5-foot-5. The height difference here is amazing, to say the least. It reminds me of the time I took a picture with a 6’11” Villanova basketball player. But while he wouldn’t stand much of a chance in a one-on-one game against Daniel Ochefu, it’s great that these guys have such different builds and both can compete in our sport at a high level. Chatfield finished the event tied for 15th place and Morrison was T-40.
The World No. 1 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 this pizzeria up online, where it’s described as an “iconic pizzeria known for its charbroiled thin-crust pies, long lines, and no-frills, basic digs.” I hope the birthday boy and world number 1 skip the long lines. (Also: I’m well aware that these images are a bit blurry. I captured them directly from the source: Scottie Scheffler’s Instagram Stories. If you’re disappointed in their quality, please take your complaints to Mr. Scheffler himself.)
On Gee Chun being extremely relatable
Things that are not identifiable: In Gee Chun shot a 64 in the first round at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and led by seven on Thursday and the fact that she has won three different majors. Can you imagine being 27 years old with three races to your name? I am 27 years old with three pairs of sneakers on my own.
What is identifiable, however, are the conversations Chun had with his caddy on Thursday.
Pimples and kiwis! A girl after my own heart.
Some Korda content
It’s always a pleasure to learn more about the coolest sisters in golf, and I thoroughly enjoyed this game of “would you rather?” that Jess and Nelly Korda played during a rain delay at Congress.
The joke between the two is so great. It reminds me of the relationship I have with my sister, except neither of us is good at golf.
Tiger Woods away from home
First, we have Tiger at a junior event in Florida.
Is this the first time we’ve seen Tiger’s bare leg since the accident? I think! I’ll let you do the honor of expanding on it if you feel inclined, but I’m still in awe of this man’s comeback, especially after seeing this.
Next we have Tiger at a soccer tournament (probably Sam’s) in San Diego. Men have been practicing their golf shots in public since the Ice Age, but watching Tiger do this is insane. No big deal, just a five-time Masters champion in a tank top making some shots on the sidelines! I feel bad saying that he would have paid more attention to this than to the football game, but it’s the truth.
Travelers Championship Drama!
Jason Kokrak hit a tee shot Friday at the Travelers and I’m not quite sure what to make of it.
I’m not the exit police. I usually don’t approve of walking off the field mid-round either. But this was like, 99% of the way into the round, and it looks like he was trying to get out of the way, so I respect that, especially since he was going to miss the cut anyway. I’d like to think that Kokrak left his ball where he was and headed straight to the clubhouse for a beer.
Up next we have this putt from the 72nd hole by Sahith Theegala. If you have a weak stomach, proceed with caution.
Is this the most vicious lip of all time? At first, I thought I would definitely go in. Then I thought definitely not. So I was like, “wait, that’s in!” but it was not like that! I’ll need several days to recover, so I can only imagine how Sahith himself feels.
I’d hate to end this column discussing a missed putt, so let’s dive into the Nickelodeon Slime Cup quickly. I’ll be honest, I didn’t watch it, but it provided some great content on social media.
The photos we didn’t know we needed. I would have paid a lot of money (read: maybe $20) to be a fly on the wall for this event.