As you all know, I am a fan of the game of golf. It is not just the ability to get outdoors and socialize with friends but also what the game has to offer in the way of life lessons. It is the only sport in which the participant is responsible for calling a penalty on oneself. It teaches good manners, stokes the competitive juices and allows players of all levels to play together (trash talking appears to span ALL levels of expertise…).
I am not a great sports “in person or TV viewer”. Yes, I do love attending Denver Nuggets games ( the good doctor is on the medical staff so we get fabulous seats ) and a recent trip to Augusta and the Masters was incredible (I did jump the rope to feel the grass….I honestly felt it was fake…..security arrived immediately……more on this later) Yet, when golf is on, particularly a Major Championship, I find myself glued to the screen ( I also have a propensity to think that because the players make the swing look SO smooth and easy, I can go out and do it).
This weekend it was the Open Championship (or British Open) that got my attention. Played on a Links course in Northern Ireland, it proved to be a formidable test for many of the best golfers in the world. Tiger and Phil failed to make the cut and, the leaders were pretty amazing. While watching, I began browsing through some golf stories.
I came across this letter that Jack Nicklaus wrote to his younger self. I found it fascinating and a fitting for an athlete who gives so much back to the game and society. I hope you enjoy as much as I did. You can find it here:
https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/jack-nicklaus-pga-letter-to-my-younger-self If it doesn’t open easily, copy and paste into your browser!
ARE YOU A GOLFER? FAN? ARE YOU HOOKED ON TELEVISED CHAMPIONSHIPS? WHICH IS YOUR FAVE?
WHACK IT AND HUNT IT DOWN,