DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Jack Nicklaus is never at a loss for phrases regardless of the topic, besides for these events when he is aware of as a lot as anyone. And then he waits.
One of the matters Tuesday at his Memorial Tournament was how usually gamers from his period would assist one another with their video games whereas competing towards one another, and whether or not that occurs sufficient as we speak.
Nicklaus hasn’t performed towards prime competitors since he crossed the Swilcan Bridge one final time at St. Andrews in 2005 and made a birdie on the ultimate gap (of course) on the British Open.
He nonetheless pays consideration. He stays a related voice.
“I watch all the guys,” Nicklaus stated. “We had 30 kids down at the Bear’s Club that I see all the time. I watch them constantly. I keep my mouth shut unless asked. But generally speaking, I see things all the time and especially I see it creep into their game. And then a lot of times they come to me and I say, ‘I saw this a couple month ago, but I didn’t want to open my mouth because I didn’t want to do that to you.”
Tiger Woods might admire that. During one of his early swing adjustments, he could not open his locker at a event with out envelopes of unsolicited advice falling to the ground. The late Jack Fleck as soon as digressed in an interview that he was attempting to get Woods’ telephone quantity and that “if wants to be the best driver, call me.”
This was in 2007. Woods had received 4 of his final 9 majors and was runner-up in two others.
Jordan Spieth nonetheless considers one of his favourite moments being exterior the again of the clubhouse at Augusta National with Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer in 2014, his first Masters at age 20, listening to Nicklaus discuss the way to play the course the place he received six inexperienced jackets.
“He loves following golf, loves watching it and has his opinions on what guys need to work on or difference from when they’re playing well. He can see those little things,” Spieth stated. “And if you ask him, he’s willing to help. I think that’s pretty cool.”
But it begins with a query.
“Typically when we run into him, he’ll kind of feel you out,” Spieth stated. “And then if you’re searching, then he’ll offer advice.”
Xander Schauffele may want some advice if he is nonetheless bitter a couple of quick week on the PGA Championship, solely his second missed minimize in 15 majors.
Schauffele stated his head wasn’t in the fitting place at Kiawah Island, primarily as a result of he did not just like the Ocean Course and his angle affected his play.
“For me to miss the cut was a bit reckless and kind of stupid,” Schauffele stated. “Just didn’t really like the course and moving forward, even if I don’t like a course, I’ve got to wash that out of my mind and move along.”
Nicklaus, the best of all of them within the majors, can relate.
“Are you kidding? Sure,” Nicklaus stated when requested if there have been programs he did not like or did not go well with him or stored him from getting ready correctly.
He talked about Pecan Valley in San Antonio for the 1968 PGA Championship (missed minimize) and Oak Tree north of Oklahoma City within the 1988 PGA Championship. He additionally talked about by no means taking part in properly at Royal St. George’s, and the document bears that out. Nicklaus both received or was runner-up at each British hyperlinks besides Royal St. George’s and Royal Troon.
That was on him.
“You’re not supposed to fit the golf course to your eye, you’re supposed to fit your eye to the golf course,” he stated. “If you got one that doesn’t fit you, you’ve got to work a little extra hard to make it fit. That’s basically all it is.”
One that stings was Oak Tree, primarily as a result of he needed to keep over to work TV. Nicklaus stated his spouse, Barbara, took their youngest son to McDonald’s and introduced again a sippy cup full of orange juice and a observe that learn: “There is no excuse for not being properly prepared.”
“I’ve still got that cup,” Nicklaus stated. “She’s absolutely dead right.”
Nicklaus spoke for practically 40 minutes, and when his information convention ended, he hung round for 15 extra minutes taking extra questions and providing plenty of tales that ranged from the distinction between he and Woods on closing out tournaments (“Tiger had more of a killer instinct,” he stated) to the sensation of hundreds of followers arising the 18th fairway (he preferred it on the British Open).
He additionally was requested if he had a neater time remembering good photographs or unhealthy ones. Nicklaus stated he remembered the unhealthy ones provided that they stored him from successful.
“I don’t remember the good ones as much because I expected them to happen,” he stated.
That wasn’t a boast. He made exceptions for people who ended spectacularly, just like the 1-iron that hit the flagstick on the seventeenth at Pebble Beach when he received the 1972 U.S. Open.
Nicklaus will not want to attend for anyone to ask his advice on the way to hit a 1-iron. No one carries one anymore.
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