DUBLIN, Ohio – Jack Nicklaus – your 18-time major champion, grandfather and, arguably, G.O.A.T of golf – can, with the posh of time, recall with wonderful particulars lots of his biggest accomplishments.
Like the 1962 U.S. Open, the place he was trailing by two pictures heading into the ultimate spherical and beat Arnold Palmer. The ’65 Masters, a nine-stroke romp over Palmer, once more, and Gary Player. And, in fact, the ’86 Masters, when he was 46 years outdated.
He can even keep in mind the not-so-good weeks. Weeks just like the ’88 PGA Championship at Oak Tree in Edmond, Oklahoma. He wasn’t a fan of the golf course and, not surprisingly, he missed the lower. While he stewed in his rental home early the subsequent day, his spouse, Barbara, went to seize some meals and returned with a message.
“She had a little sippy cup that she got from McDonald’s and with orange juice in it and said, ‘There is no excuse for not being properly prepared,’” Nicklaus recalled. “I still got that cup.”
That lesson was as legitimate in 1988 because it was two weeks in the past when the PGA Championship traveled to Kiawah Island. Although Phil Mickelson was clearly a fan of the Ocean Course that affinity wasn’t common.
“I had somewhat of a bad attitude about the golf course. I just didn’t really like it. And normally my attitude is some of the best,” Xander Schauffele admitted.
After beginning the week squarely among the many favorites on the 12 months’s second major, Schauffele posted rounds of 73-77 to overlook the lower. Good play is usually topic to the whims of the sport. Players can’t management a wind gust or the rub of the inexperienced and taking part in the end result could be harmful. But they’ll management their attitude.
“I’m not saying I had enough game to win that week, but I definitely had enough game to compete, and for me to miss the cut was a bit reckless and kind of stupid,” Schauffele mentioned. “I just didn’t really like the course and moving forward even if I don’t like a course, I got to wash that out of my mind and move along.”
It needs to be some solace to Schauffele that even Nicklaus fell sufferer to a bad attitude throughout his legendary profession.
“Oh, are you kidding? Sure. Absolutely. Not very often,” the Golden Host mentioned on Tuesday when requested if he’d discovered himself in a comparable scenario.
He gave examples. So many examples.
The ’68 PGA Championship at Pecan Valley in San Antonio.
“Never got interested,” mentioned Nicklaus, who missed the lower. “I mean, it was ridiculous. You only got four majors a year. What in the world are you doing? I mean, that’s stupid.”
The Open Championship at Royal St. George’s – any Open at Sandwich that he performed in, choose one. “Sandwich is the one that I could never get to fit my eye the way I wanted it and I never played great at Sandwich,” he mentioned.
For Nicklaus it wasn’t a lot if he appreciated the golf course a lot because it was whether or not his sport match a explicit structure. In his prime the Golden Bear had a energy sport that traveled – suppose Rory McIlroy with extra consistency – however like every golfer, magnificence could be very a lot within the eye of the beholder and generally he simply didn’t see it.
But due to his spouse’s delicate humorousness and an off-the-charts golf IQ, Nicklaus discovered that these weeks while you’re simply not feeling it are the weeks when you need to put in essentially the most work.
“You’re not supposed to fit the golf course to your eye, you’re supposed to fit your eye to the golf course. In other words, you’re supposed to fit your game to the course,” Nicklaus mentioned. “That’s why we play different courses. Otherwise, we play the same course every week.”
For Nicklaus that meant arriving a week sooner than regular to study the course and never letting a potential bad attitude flip into a missed lower.
In the case of Schauffele and Kiawah Island, which in his protection was not everybody’s model of vodka, it was a missed opportunity throughout a run that’s made him a menace to win each week he performs. It was additionally a beneficial lesson in humility that may possible repay later in his profession. It actually did for Nicklaus.