Why Kate Upton and Justin Verlander’s daughter thinks dad is a pro golfer

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Justin Verlander and Kate Upton’s 2-year-old daughter is well aware of her dad’s athletic prowess — just not the sport he plays for a living.

Since the Houston Astros pitcher has been sidelined since undergoing surgery on his elbow last year, little Genevieve has barely gotten to see her pops play, Upton says.

“He has been showing her lots of highlight films, and I’m not sure if he’s showing her highlight films because he’s not playing right now, or if it’s because, I think she thinks he’s actually a golfer,” Upton said on “The Tonight Show” Tuesday. “She’s seen him golf more than she’s seen him play baseball.”

Verlander, who played for the Detroit Lions from 2005 to 2017 before being traded to the Astros, was also mistaken for a PGA pro by Genevieve as the family watched The Masters this month.

“When we were watching The Masters the other day, she was like, ‘Daddy!’” Upton recalled. “And I was like, ‘No, that’s not what he does. He’s not that good.’”

A Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model, Upton, 28, was first linked to Verlander, 38, in 2014 before they got engaged two years later. Following Houston’s World Series win in 2017, the couple tied the knot in Tuscany.

Genevieve Upton Verlander arrived in November 2018.

Recently, the Upton-Verlander family has expanded, with the addition of a puppy named Norman. The pro athlete, who reportedly boasts an estimated $95 million net worth, introduced his Instagram followers to Norman this month.

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