DUBLIN, Ohio – Happened to the better of them.
On Wednesday forward of the Memorial Tournament, Xander Schauffele admitted the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island obtained into his head main into final month’s PGA Championship and he by no means recovered, thus lacking the minimize.
“I had somewhat of a bad attitude about the golf course. I just didn’t really like it,” Schauffele mentioned. “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. 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.”
Just a few hours later, in his annual assembly with the media at the occasion he hosts performed on a course he constructed, Jack Nicklaus, the best main champion in the recreation, admitted to the occasional psychological lapse Schauffele talked about.
And one time it earned him a sippy glass.
“Are you kidding? Sure. Absolutely,” Nicklaus mentioned when requested if a golf course ever obtained into his head. “Not very often. But you realized it when you did it. I can go back through the years and quickly pick out three or four sites that didn’t fit my eye or something I didn’t like or didn’t prepare for.”
Like Nicklaus mentioned, not many golf programs threw him off his recreation – he gained a file 18 majors, after all, and completed second a file 19 instances in majors, and gained 73 PGA Tour titles in all.
But Pecan Valley in San Antonio did get into his head in the 1968 PGA Championship gained by Julius Boros. Nicklaus shot 71-79 to overlook the minimize.
“I just, I didn’t, I never got interested,” Nicklaus mentioned. “I mean, it was ridiculous. You only got four majors a year. What in the world are you doing? I mean, that’s stupid. And you know, 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. That’s why we play different courses. Otherwise, we play the same course every week. So that was my fault to do that.”
Twenty years later, at the PGA Championship at Oak Tree in Oklahoma, it occurred once more. While Jeff Sluman gained the Wanamaker Trophy, Nicklaus shot 72-79 to overlook the minimize.
“I didn’t prepare properly for Oak Tree and then I had to stay over, after I missed the cut, I had to stay over to do television. And, you know, there’s nothing worse than staying over the weekend and talking about somebody else playing golf after you missed the cut. I promise you that. It’s not a lot of fun,” Nicklaus mentioned.
On that Saturday, his spouse, Barbara, went to McDonald’s.
Jack Nicklaus sippy cup (Photo submitted)
“She brought me back a little sippy cup that she got from McDonald’s. It said, ‘There is no excuse for not being properly prepared,’” Nicklaus mentioned. “I still got that cup. But I mean, she’s absolutely dead right.”
Nicklaus introduced up six-time main champion and former rival Lee Trevino and his dislike for Augusta National.
“He said he could never play at Augusta. He says, ‘I can’t play this golf course. The golf course doesn’t fit me.’ I said, ‘Lee, it’s not supposed to fit you, you’re supposed to fit your game to the golf course,’” Nicklaus mentioned. Lee Trevino was pretty much as good a golfer as ever lived. This man might actually play golf. And he simply obtained it in his head that he couldn’t play that golf course.
“And we all get that occasionally. So I had weeks where I just didn’t either feel good or I wasn’t motivated. Why, I don’t know. Not too many, fortunately, because most of the time I was ready to play.”