He’s finally mine.
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…