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 post, so I’ve put together some golf housekeeping notes before we dive into the final week of 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 up against… Wayne Gretzky and Dustin Johnson?), our Max Homa cover story dropped and Jon Rahm is unstoppable.
We start with Wolff’s fiancee, Kim Lloyd. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Oklahoma State, was the VP of membership for Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity, and is famous on TikTok for her skin care 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 gone so well for Wayne.
Here’s to hoping things get better for them. And check out this video of Jon Rahm’s kids taking a look at the American Express trophy.
NFL golf crossovers
Kyle Jusczyk’s swing
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m not a soccer girl. So what golf content with soccer players always piques my interest. So around this time last year, I made it my life’s mission to dedicate .002 percent of my time to trying to find a video of Joe Burrow’s swing. And unfortunately, such a thing did not exist for me.
We got a little closer to some Burrow golf content last year when he played with teammate Sam Hubbard, 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa and Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns. But all we got was this one picture.
Fast forward to last April when Burrow was spotted on the putting green behind a wedding ceremony. So we got closer to seeing him play real golf, but never got the real thing. And guys, it keeps me up at night. Tom Brady is playing. Josh Allen is playing. Patrick Mahomes plays. Aaron Rodgers plays. What about Burrow?
It was with mixed feelings that I found my answer on Sunday night.
As a fellow elite athlete, I respect Burrow’s work. He doesn’t play golf because he would become too obsessed with it. It’s the same reason I don’t have chocolate chip cookies in my apartment. I selfishly wish he’d give it a shot in the offseason, but I’m willing to wait for Burrow to retire so he discovers just how great our favorite sport really is.
And while we’re on the subject of NFL players, San Francisco 49ers running back Kyle Juszczyk was spotted working on his swing while teammate Christian McCaffrey caught some rays last week. Sometimes professional golfers are just like us (read: want to get some swings in anywhere they can).
This concludes my knowledge of (and interest in) all things football this week.
The LPGA’s crazy itinerary
Last week I put together a video showing the PGA Tour itinerary.
I know the pros don’t play in every single event, but between this general travel schedule and the players coming home, I couldn’t get over how much the pros travel week in and week out. That was until someone suggested I do an LPGA version.
My Goodness. The LPGA has 33 events in 12 countries and regions. What I thought was a lighthearted video turned into one very larger conversation about how much the female pros are expected to travel from coast to coast and country to country.
Honesty hour: It takes me days to recover from a work trip. We work long hours, often time out on the course, and I absolutely love it. But that doesn’t mean I don’t need 48 hours to come back when I get home. I can’t imagine traveling as much as a pro and am expected to fully recover and perform at my best week in and week out.
DP World Tour has done it again. And by “it” I mean creating a short video worthy of an Oscar. The tour (and Tyrrell Hatton) have leaned right into Hatton’s temperament as a bit, which is what makes the video so good.
Imagine if we could get PGA Tour players to do this? Videos with Spieth as the golden child, Zalatoris as the caddy from Happy Gilmore and JT Poston as “the other JT” would be fun to watch. Side note: If you are a PGA Tour employee reading this column, please try these ideas. Free of charge.
Justin Thomas’ wedding photos
Justin Thomas married Jillian Wisniewski in November, but we weren’t graced with any photos from the day until JT’s friend and wedding officiant, Jason Kennedy, shared some photos over the weekend.
Jason, thank you so much for these. I will never be able to pay you back. What beautiful scenery! And I would be remiss not to mention that Jordan Spieth served as JT’s best man. Bud Cauley was also in the line of groomsmen. I can’t say I recognize the others.
PGA Tour newborns
It was a big week for the future of the game. First, Francie and Smylie Kaufman welcomed their daughter, Anna Carter.
And just three days later, Lona and Joel Dahmen Riggs had William Dahmen.
Don’t worry Cam Homa, we haven’t forgotten you. There is a serious baby boom going on in golf right now. PGA Tour day care will be busy in the coming years.
A very cool video I saw this week
As a parting thought, I want to 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 every morning.
Talk soon, everyone.