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Charity event promises Stricker's presence without his knowledge

theScore logo theScore 5/2/2019 Eric Patterson
Steve Stricker holding a baseball bat © David Cannon / David Cannon Collection / Getty

Steve Stricker found himself in a bizarre situation when he began receiving angry messages on social media for skipping an appearance at a charity golf event in North Carolina on Wednesday.

Stricker had no such event on his schedule and was at his home in Wisconsin, according to Golf Digest's Brian Wacker.

The Ryder Cup captain continued to respond to messages and even had his parents call him wondering what was happening online.

According to a flier tweeted out by Sean Branagan, the head professional of Maple Chase Golf and Country in Winston-Salem, N.C., Stricker was supposed to be hosting a charity event for a "once in a lifetime experience" that cost $7,500 to attend.

On the flier, Rob Hillmer was listed as the person to contact regarding the event. Stricker said he does not know who Hillmer is and that he appears to be posing as a family member.

“Some guy was saying he was my cousin,” Stricker said, according to Wacker. “There were a whole bunch of lies along the way.”

It's not the first time Hillmer has attempted using his fake Stricker relationship to set up an event, according to Wacker. He also tried to organize a dinner through Wyndham Championship tournament director Mark Brazil at Sedgefield Country Club. Hillmer said his cousin, Stricker, would be the guest of honor.

Once the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission found out they had been duped, they tried to contact Hillmer, but to no avail.

A sympathetic Stricker released a statement on Twitter.

"One of the greatest things about being a PGA Tour player is the ability to use my platform to help others," he said. "I am sorry for the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission that was misled and for anyone who had their expectations unfulfilled. I hope it does not temper your love of the game of golf or your willingness to participate in charitable endeavors in the future."

Winston-Salem Rescue Mission still has a post regarding the event on their Twitter feed:

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