Jack Nicklaus and Kid Rock — yes, Kid Rock — win Skins Shootout tournament

Musician Kid Rock hits a tee shot on the third hole during the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at the Pebble Beach Golf Links on February 8, 2014 in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

When you hear the phrase “Kid Rock and Jack Nicklaus walk onto a golf course,” you expect a punchline to follow.

How’s this for an ending — “and win a tournament together.”

It doesn’t seem close to the funniest potential finish, until you realize this isn’t a joke.

This actually happened.

Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, and Nicklaus paired up to win the inaugural Skins Shootout at the Bass Pro Legends of Golf tournament at Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri last weekend. The two took down Gary Player and Lee Trevino.

Kid Rock, a five-time Grammy winner, was a late addition to the nine-hole shootout and admitted he had some nerves about playing alongside a trio of golf legends.

“Yeah, it was nuts man,” he told KSDK. “I don’t get nervous much but I was a little bit today and then I started swinging and I’m like, ‘Man, stuff’s working out.’”

That was a humble assessment according to the Golden Bear.

“He hit the ball great,” Nicklaus said. “He told me he’s a member down there at Bear’s Club and I’ve never played with him before and he said he started practicing last week. He said he’s got blisters all over his hands. He said, ‘I didn’t know if they were gonna hit anything,’ and he hits eight out of nine greens. That’s pretty good.”

Rory McIlroy’s extravagant wedding set for Saturday in Ireland

Erica Stoll, Rory McIlroy and John Fitzpatrick at at a gala for the American Ireland Fund on Feb. 11, 2016. (Melanie Bell / Palm Beach Daily News)

Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy’s next PGA event will reportedly be his first as a married man.

The 27-year-old is set to wed fiancee Erica Stoll on April 22 in Ireland, according to the Belfast Telegraph. Golf insiders are reportedly dubbing it the “wedding of the decade” with the sport’s biggest stars expected to attend along with McIlroy’s pop-star friend Niall Horan of One Direction.

The ceremony will be held inside an historic Irish castle and could feature a performance by Coldplay.

Sounds no different than your nuptials, right?

“I am excited,” McIlroy said at the Masters. “It’s a great time in my life, and it would have been nice to walk down the aisle in the green jacket!

“It’s a great time in our lives and it’s all about that over the next couple of weeks and I’ll come back at the Players refreshed and a married man and start a new chapter in my life.”

McIlory met Stoll in 2012, when she was working for the PGA of America and helped him get a police escort to make his tee time at the Ryder Cup after a scheduling mixup.

The two began dating after McIlroy ended his engagement with former No. 1 tennis player Caroline Wozniacki. McIlroy and Stoll were engaged in December 2015.

McIlroy finished in a tie for seventh at the Masters after shooting a three under par. He will make his next start at TPC Sawgrass in search of his first Players title.

Lexi Thompson loses lead in major after TV viewer calls in rules violation

Lexi Thompson cries in a towel as she walks to the 18th green after her second shot during the final round of the ANA Inspiration on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club on April 2, 2017 in Rancho Mirage, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Lexi Thompson was positioned for a smooth landing into the year’s first LPGA major, up three strokes on the field with six holes remaining.

Then, a television viewer intervened via email to inform officials about a day-old rules violation. The infraction occurred on the 17th green Saturday, when she replaced her coin mark with the ball but put it maybe an inch out of position.

As small as the mistake was — tournament officials hadn’t seen it — the penalty was equally severe. Thompson was assessed a four-stroke penalty; two for incorrect ball placement, two for signing an incorrect scorecard (which, at the time, everyone believed was correct).

Thompson was alerted to the violation and punishment by a rules official on her way to the 13th tee at the ANA Inspiration.

“Is this a joke?” Thompson asked. Assured it wasn’t, she said, “This is ridiculous.”

Thompson teed off at 13 in tears. She had gone from a seemingly comfortable cruise to her second career major victory to knocked out of the lead.

She persevered and forced a playoff with three birdies down the stretch. But So Yeon Ryu birdied the playoff hole to take the trophy — plus $155,000 more than Thompson collected.

“It’s unfortunate what happened,” Thompson said. “I did not mean that at all. I didn’t realize I did that. I felt strong through the finish, and it was great to see the fans behind me.”

Thompson’s support extended to the digital realm, where Tiger Woods immediately offered his thoughts on Twitter. 

Even through tears, Thompson took the heartbreak as well as anyone could.

“Every day is a learning process,” she said. “I wasn’t expecting what happened today, but … it happens, and I’ll learn from it and hopefully do better.”