Ryder Cup: Woods not only U.S. Ryder player without a wife in Wales

Family dilemma forces Stricker to leave wife behind

September 30, 2010

Though freshly divorced Tiger Woods generated the big headlines when he arrived in Wales without a wife or girlfriend, he isn't the only U.S. Ryder Cup player going solo.

Steve Stricker, favored to be Woods' partner in the two-man segments, had to travel without wife Nicki after her grandmother broke a hip. Nicki's mother had agreed to watch their kids but now has to attend to an ailing parent.

Stricker received the news Saturday night, when Nicki called him in tears. "We tried, but it just didn't work out," he told Golf Channel.

Meanwhile, Amy Mickelson didn't fly on the team charter but is scheduled for a late-week appearance. Because she still is recovering from breast cancer, it was determined she'd be better missing some of the early activities.

School days: With more than one-fourth of the LPGA season still to be played, Michelle Wie will have to be a part-time player. School has begun at Stanford, where the senior is facing a full 20-hour classload.

"Psychology problem set = not fun," Wie Tweeted while presumably doing Sunday homework.

She did follow up a few minutes later with: "Although I do have to admit that this class on perception is really neat. We study how we look at the world and how/why we perceive things."

Wie, a communications major, will get grounded in the classroom before venturing out on tour again. Current plans call for her not to play until the stop in Malaysia, starting Oct. 22.

Last year, she played only three events after fall classes began.

Tap-ins: Jeff Klauk, who worked on his dad's TPC Sawgrass maintenance staff as a teen, will return to competition at the Nationwide Tour's Jacksonville Open at the resort's Dye Valley course. Klauk stepped away from the PGA Tour in May to undergo back surgery. … Doug Barron, whose use of a prescription beta blocker led to a one-year PGA Tour ban, says he has been granted a therapeutic-use exemption as he goes through qualifying.

— Jeff Shain

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