Wednesday, July 15

The Handshake Might Make a Comeback at the Memorial Tournament, Host Jack Nicklaus Will Extend His Hand to Winner

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THE HEARTFELT HANDSHAKE WITH THE WINNER. It's a 45-year tradtion that Memorial Tournament host Jack Nicklaus wants to keep alive this year.

Even during a global pandemic. Even though the PGA Tour has asked players to NOT shake hands, and to follow other strict guidelines to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

From Bob Harig's report at ESPN Golf:
"I'm going to shake their hand. I going to walk right out there and shake your hand," Nicklaus said during a virtual news conference at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. "If they don't want to shake my hand, that's fine. I'll give them a fist bump or an elbow bump, but I'm not going to give them COVID-19, so that's -- I wouldn't put anybody in that position. I wouldn't do that, and if I was in any danger of doing that, I wouldn't shake their hands. 
"And incidentally, I like shaking their hand, too. I think that's a great tradition, but it was as much fun for me as I hope it is for them."
As some have commented, this probably isn't that big a deal. But I think Jack would be wise and show leadership by coming up with a new way to personally acknowledge the winner. Something different than the traditional handshake.

As Jack said in the below PSA, "Let's just be smart."


(H/T Geoff Shackelford)

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