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