Tuesday, June 2
Jack Nicklaus Meets Andy Warhol
Jack at the Masters. (Pocketwiley/Flickr)
IT’S MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT WEEK, and that means a spotlight on the greatest golfer of all time, Jack Nicklaus, the Golden Bear. I’m not trying to pick a fight. Really, I’m not. I simply will consider Jack the greatest until Tiger Woods bypasses Jack’s record mark of 18 professional majors.
I suspect that Tiger would tell you the same thing. There’s a reason he had Jack’s records taped to his bedroom wall while he was growing up in Cerritos, California.
In Jack’s honor, PGATour.com has a photo gallery of some of the Golden Bear’s treasures located in the World Golf Hall of Fame, including, of all things, a painting of Nicklaus by legendary artist Andy Warhol. The Warhol painting was donated to the Hall by renowned art collector Richard Weisman, who told PGATour.com that at one point during the sitting Warhol asked Jack to move his “stick.”
“Jack glared and said, ‘Excuse me, this is not a stick, this is a club,’” Weisman told PGATour.com. “Then he looked at me and said, ‘Does this guy know what he is doing?’”
Besides the Warhol portrait, items include Jack’s first Green Jacket and the Memorial Medallion Jack was awarded at his own tournament in 2000.
Nicklaus Treasures Photo Gallery
−The Armchair Golfer