A non-fan of Jack Nickalus gives grudging respect at his last day at British Open and Old Course
I understand this will prompt death threats and cause me misery, loss of income and possibly the estrangement of loved ones, but I’ve never liked Jack Nicklaus.
Ever since I covered the Players Championship at Sawgrass years ago and saw him mercilessly berate his caddy in the parking lot – well out of the range of TV cameras – I’ve never liked him. I don’t like his thin, reedy voice. I don’t like what appears to be his shallowness. I don’t like his curt nature with those he doesn’t believe are as good as him. I don’t know – look, I’ve just never liked the guy.
But, I have to say I was touched by his last day at the British Open. Damned if it didn’t almost bring tears to my eyes. Almost. The sight of this old fella, a shell of his former self, trying to capture his old glory was touching. It was obvious on No. 18 he knew he wasn’t going to make the cut and just decided to enjoy his last days on the Old Course and revel in the love of his fans. He confirmed that after the round.
Of course, the adoring hordes didn’t see him berate his caddy that day, but after watching the sad, graceful, even humorous, way he bowed out Friday, I can almost forgive him.
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Just a year or two ago he was ragging on the equipment manufacturers after Daly drove over one of the par 4 greens during the Memorial. It wasn't even a week later I see a print ad with Jack extolling the virtues of his new driver - guaranteed to add 10-15 yards to your drive.
I think the model was called the Hypocrite.
You should have stuck with "I just don't like him" instead of trying to come up with reasons. His shallowness? Is anything shallower than you saying you don't like Jack's voice?
Again, it's fine if you don't like Jack, but if you're going to give reasons, then you need to do better.
and only watched him intently when he was paired with Arnold Palmer.
I'll miss him and as far as chewing out a caddy at the TPC. He hasn't played that in years and probably that year he won the Masters he missed the cut.
Now that Jacks gone we have a bunch of boring old pitching wedge Jack wannabes
Tim: please don't respond to me if you aren't even clever enough to understand my post.
Jack Nicklaus is the most accomplished golfer ever. He was the best of his era, and he extended that era through a long career. He's the Roger Clemens of golf. They're both great. Who's the greatest? It depends on how you define the term.
Tiger should hope Jack retires at several more majors as he seems to win them all. It would help if Vijay, Phil, Retief, and Ernie would step it up.
I have always admired Jack as a golfer, a wonderful husband and family man. He has respect for others.I am not a golfer but i follow golf all year. I am also a 69 year old lady. I wrote to him once as a fan, and he was gracious enough to send me an autographed picture that I added to the scrap book I made of his career
God Bless Jack and his beautiful family
Jack is the best golfer of his time. Have you ever used the nicklaus persimmon woods and golf balls well it´s a lot different today with technology. A lot different the game has changed and so has the man still in the open at the old course jack is able to shoot close to par for 36 amazing. What about the 1986 masters. Did you catch that one? If the legend yelled at his caddy so what? Tiger always flares his temper too. Everbody does. It's called golf and byron nelsons record still unbeaten for those who say tiger is the best ever.
Then the overplayed footage, that voice of his in interview, so condescending, so ready to jump on you if he isn't pleased.
and to Justin....my honey thinks that guy's who have so much time to think up clever lines like you to Tim, must be alone with your small headed driver. While me and my Homer IQ are too busy to stay as I gotta go lay the lumber on her, shark out.
I agree Shark...
Arrogance interpreted for being forthright. I thought journalists would appreciate the fact that he renders an opinion, instead of "political correct speak."
If Tiger could emulate anyone in the realm of sportmanship, its Nicklaus. I hope Tiger studies his every mannerism, then someday he can look back in his career and know that he treated fellow sportman with dignity.
If I had a dollar for every story where someone saw a famous personality "berate" someone, or "refuse" to give an autograph-usually to a "sick" child, I would be rich enough to have someone else read this blog column for me!
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