He’s fi­nally mine.

Golf Vacations (Malaysia) - - The First -

When Jack Nick­laus knocks on your door,

you lay out a nice pot of tea.

Al­right, I know it doesn’t sound right but that’s ex­actly how I felt when I fi­nally got my ALONE pic­ture with just the great­est golfer and gen­tle­man on earth and the his­tory of the game. I ef­fuse. Maybe a lit­tle too much? But it is Jack Nick­laus af­ter all. This is a man who I read about in the news, watched him her­alded on TV and seen in bio­graph­i­cal pro­grams on golf ’s great­est and bright­est in the game – and in black and white at that!

That’s right, I’m re­call­ing his fa­mous 1-iron ap­proach at Bal­tus­rol to win the US Open back in 1967. And that’s what I call his­tory. If you would re­call, I first met the man last year at the Masters to­gether with an­other leg­end, Tom Wat­son.

While I got a photo in, I’d been wedged in be­tween my two close friends, Ben Poon of Golf Asia and Tan Ju Kuang of Golf

Digest, and while they could crop ei­ther one of us out for an epic Face­book pro­file pic­ture, I couldn’t – guys, I love you both to bits but this is dif­fer­ent ya?

Re­cently, when I found out that both Jack Nick­laus and his son Jack Jnr was vis­it­ing the site of their lat­est golf course de­sign at For­est City right across the Cause­way, I jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to do a one-on-two in­ter­view with both.

The in­ter­view was can­did, hon­est and might I say, in­no­va­tive. While Jack Jnr is al­ready an award-win­ninig ar­chi­tect, he, more than any­one else, knows the kind of legacy his dad has made and the in­deli­ble mark made in the game, whether as a player or a de­signer.

Jack spoke to me on var­i­ous top­ics in our short 10-min­utes that stretched till 20, and then af­ter­wards spend­ing a lit­tle time off the record with me. At age 78, he is spritely and knowl­ege­able and as driven as the Golden Bear who still re­mains, at 18 ma­jors, the great­est golfer who has ever lived.

Read about his in­ter­view be­tween these pages or watch it in our Face­book page and let us know what you think of his thoughts on grow­ing the game. I’m awed, but mostly, hon­oured to be on first name ba­sis with a leg­end, if only for the day.

Meet my friend Jack. He’s, you know, the great­estgolfer in his­tory…

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