Friday, January 22

Yes Sir! Jack Turns 70

THERE HAVE BEEN MANY tributes this week to Jack Nicklaus, who turned 70 on Thursday. Jack was the guy when I took up the game and tuned in to televised golf in those ancient days before cable and the Golf Channel.

Jack won his first major, the 1962 U.S. Open in a playoff with Arnold Palmer, at the precocious age of 22. He won his 18th and last major, the 1986 Masters, at the over-the-hill (or so they said) age of 46.

I found the above 10-minute highlight package of that sixth Green Jacket. It was pure joy reliving those amazing images from nearly 24 years ago.

Tingles: Verne Lundquist’s call at the 17th green, one of the great moments and great calls in golf. (It begins at the 7:30 mark in the video.) It was wonderfully simple:

“Maybe. Yes sir!”

Happy birthday, Jack.

−The Armchair Golfer

1 comment:

iGolfPro said...

Nicklaus is a ledgend and the best golfer of all time. When I started playing golf he was near the end of his golf domination. The image of him winning the 1986 Masters is one of the best in golf. A true golfing gent and super star.