Steve Stricker's spouse, Nicki, returns to competitive golf after 20 years at the 61st U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur

Steve Stricker, his wife and two daughters pose with the U.S. Senior Open in 2019 (Image via Facebook.com/PGATourChampions)
Steve Stricker, his wife and two daughters pose with the U.S. Senior Open in 2019 (Image via Facebook.com/PGATourChampions)

Steve Stricker's wife, Nicki, returned to golf after nearly 20 years, as she signed up for US Senior Women’s Amateur qualifying. This is her second appearance at the event after last competing in 1992, when she progressed to match play.

Stricker carded 13 over 85 in her first round at Troon Country Club. She made her lone bogey on the par 3, fifth hole. Her first round comprised nine bogeys, one double bogey and one triple bogey.

She was quoted as saying via Wisconsin Golf:

"The wind was tricky, and I know it was for everyone. I don't know how that score stands, but I know I can improve on that."

Nicki has decent golf experience, as she's a former collegiate player at the University of Wisconsin.

She has been a three-time Madison City women’s champion. She also caddied for Steve Stricker in his win at the 2021 US Senior Open and carried her husband's bag to SentryWorld, where he lost to Bernhard Langer.

Steve, who's now in Rome as the US Ryder Cup Vice Captain, was in touch with his wife. He said as per Golf Digest:

"It’s pretty cool that she made it and is out there trying. I hope she can make it to match play and then see how far she can go. Really proud of her."

Stricker will be looking for a better day on Sunday, as she trails by 13 strokes to Tara Joy-Connelly and Gigi Higgins, who shot 72. While Connelly shot four birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey in her second round, Higgins shot two birdies and two bogeys.


How many titles has Steve Stricker won? Golfer's career wins explored

Here are all the wins registered by Steve Stricker:

PGA Tour:

  • 1996 - Kemper Open
  • 1996 - Motorola Western Open
  • 2001 - WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
  • 2007 - The Barclays
  • 2009 - Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
  • 2009 - John Deere Classic
  • 2009 - Deutsche Bank Championship
  • 2010 - Northern Trust Open
  • 2010 - John Deere Classic (2)
  • 2011 - Memorial Tournament
  • 2011 - John Deere Classic (3)
  • 2012 - Hyundai Tournament of Champions

Canadian Tour

  • 1990 - Payless-Pepsi Victoria Open
  • 1993 - CPGA Championship

Other wins

  • 1987 Wisconsin State Open (as an amateur)
  • 1990 Wisconsin State Open
  • 1991 Wisconsin State Open
  • 1998 Wisconsin State Open
  • 2000 Wisconsin State Open
  • 2009 The Shark Shootout (with Jerry Kelly)
  • 2013 CVS Caremark Charity Classic (with Bo Van Pelt)
  • 2014 CVS Caremark Charity Classic (with Bo Van Pelt)
  • 2017 QBE Shootout (with Sean O'Hair)

PGA Tour Champions

  • 2018 - Cologuard Classic
  • 2018 - Rapiscan Systems Classic
  • 2018 - Sanford International
  • 2019 - Regions Tradition
  • 2019 - U.S. Senior Open
  • 2021 - Chubb Classic
  • 2021 - Bridgestone Senior Players Championship
  • 2022 - Regions Tradition (2)
  • 2022 - The Ally Challenge
  • 2022 - Sanford International (2)
  • 2022 - Constellation Furyk and Friends
  • 2023 - Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai
  • 2023 - Regions Tradition (3)
  • 2023 - KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship
  • 2023 - American Family Insurance Championship
  • 2023 - Kaulig Companies Championship (2)
  • 2023 - Sanford International (3)
Edited by Shobhit Kukreti