Blues forward T.J. Oshie, a shootout hero for the USA hockey team during the Sochi Olympics, is attending the PGA Championship as a guest of PGA of America president Ted Bishop.
Oshie received the invite in a letter that arrived shortly after the Olympics. He went to the Champions Dinner on Tuesday night, attended by PGA Championship winners and hosted by 2013 champion Jason Dufner.
Oshie sat at a table with Bishop, Dufner and five-time major winner Phil Mickelson. There was some golf talk, some hockey talk and one or two lies swapped.
“Phil Mickelson pretty much controlled the talk at the table,” Oshie said. “He had everyone go around the table and tell their favorite golf story. It was a pretty good way to get to know everyone at the table.”
As he demonstrated with four shootout goals against Russian netminder Sergei Bobrovsky, Oshie knows how to put the biscuit in the basket.
He also knows how to put the ball in the hole. He played varsity golf at Warroad (Minn.) High School.
His best round is a 2-under-par 71 at Cragun’s Legacy Course in Brainerd, Minn.
Oshie had his USGA handicap down to 2 last summer. But that number has risen to 5 more recently, or since the birth of his daughter, Lyla, last spring. Oshie’s fiancee and Lyla’s mother, Lauren Cosgrove, also is on the trip to Louisville.
It is only the second time the couple has been away from the baby for any length of time.
“It’s been a really cool experience so far,” said Oshie. “It’s a little tough being away from Lyla, but other than that … We’re enjoying our sleep, that’s for sure.”
They will hang with Bishop through the weekend.
On Friday, the group plans to follow Sergio Garcia, Tom Watson and Steve Stricker. Meeting the players has been a treat for Oshie, who said he watches a lot of golf during the summer. Some of the players have been equally excited to meet the Olympics hero.
“When I met Keegan Bradley, it seemed like he knew who I was right away,” Oshie said. “I don’t know if he’s a big hockey fan or not, but he said he and a few of the other guys were watching the Olympics from the tournament they were at at the time.
“He wasn’t at our table for the dinner, but as everyone was leaving, he came over and said, ‘It was really nice to meet you,’ again. So it was pretty cool to have that support from some of those guys.”