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Jack Nicklaus: I don’t miss on 18

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Confidence, legendary swagger, killer instinct;  all are stirred into the GOAT soup that is 77-year-old Jack Nicklaus.

Nicklaus joined his grandson (no, not Nick O’Leary, tight end for the Buffalo Bills), but rather GT, for the PNC Father/Son Challenge at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club over the weekend.

Nicklaus doesn’t play much golf these days, as he freely admits, and Team Nicklaus finished 15th, 13 strokes behind the Cabreras. But the 18-time major champion reminded fans why he’s, well, an 18-time major champion.

Nicklaus stuck his approach (in the video below), and before sinking the resulting putt, told his grandson, “I don’t miss on 18.” (He didn’t).

With Arnold Palmer’s passing last year, and with all due respect to Gary Player, Nicklaus is the elder statesman of the game. Flashes of his greatness are few, so we ought to soak them up, even if they come at an end-of-the-year made-for-TV family competition.

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  1. Stephen D

    Dec 19, 2017 at 7:58 am

    @ Rex235 Everyone knows that Jack has missed on 18. He may have missed, but not as often as he holed. What is important when you are under the greatest pressure that golf can produce is not what is true but what you believe. Believing that myth is one of the pieces of the puzzle that made him the “Greatest of All Time”

    The 18th green is no place for self doubt.

  2. rex235

    Dec 19, 2017 at 2:20 am

    “I don’t miss on 18”- Jack Nicklaus

    History says otherwise.

    Almost 47 years ago-

    On the 72nd hole, #18 of the 1970 Andy Williams San Diego Open, Jack Nicklaus faced a short birdie putt which would have got him into the Playoff with 1)Pete Brown, who had finished much earlier with a final round 65, and 2)playing partner Tony Jacklin (who had made an 18 foot putt for birdie just a minute before Nicklaus.

    Nicklaus missed the putt. Pete Brown won on the 1st Extra Hole in the playoff over Jacklin.

    Later in 1970 Jacklin won the US Open at Hazeltine National by seven strokes over Dave Hill, and Nicklaus won the 1970 Open Championship at St Andrews in a Playoff over Doug Sanders, after Sanders missed a very short putt on the 72nd hole (#18)

    Even though Pete Brown won in San Diego almost 47 years ago, then it wasn’t considered a significant enough PGA Tour Tournament win for him to get an invitation to play in the 1970 Masters at Augusta National.

    Even though Jacklin and Nicklaus were two of the biggest stars in the game. And had just halved a match at the 1969 Ryder Cup, less that half a year earlier.

    So before you make your bet that “Nicklaus don’t miss on #18..”

    NBC Sports televised it, and Jim Simpson on the 18th tower.

    RIP Pete Brown.

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GolfWRX Members Choice: Best Open Championship course

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With Open week upon us, we wanted to know which Open Championship venue is first in the hearts of GolfWRX members.

We asked: Factoring in course design, viewing enjoyment, overall test of golf, history, and whatever else you put into your criteria, what do you think is the best Open Championship venue, and why?

The top-three vote getters got more than 80 percent of the vote. Only Royal St. George’s was more than two percent. As a refresher, the other venues were, Royal Liverpool. Royal Troon, Royal Lytham & St. Anne’s, Royal Portrush, Royal Birkdale, and Turnberry.

The top three from the Open rota in GolfWRX members’ links-loving hearts are as follows.

3. Carnoustie (18.57%)

Ignatius Reilly says, “I went with Carnoustie – maybe because it’s the current one, and maybe because it’s so nasty.”

Sean 2 says. “I selected Carnoustie because it is a challenge regardless of the weather. As DJ called it: “…a true test.”

2. Muirfield (20%)

15th Club draws on his first-hand experience, “But I have been asked this question before; of the British Open courses, which one was your favorite? And my answer always was an additional question; if all of my remaining golf could only be played on just one course that I have been on, what would it be?”

“And the answer is Muirfield. It might not have the interest or the quirkiness of The Old Course, but to me, it is the finest, fairest, purest test of golf I have ever seen. It is at once a perfect match play and/or stroke play golf course. And it is more natural, with less town-encroachment than almost all of the other sites on the Rota.”

1. Old Course at St Andrews (41.43%)

IVM says simply, “St Andrews the home of golf.”

Bucky316 points out, “St Andrews….but only with heavy wind… otherwise it’s sad to see a historic track getting thrashed by the modern technology.”

What do you think, GolfWRX members? You can vote in the poll here, or feel free to discuss your favorite track in the comments.

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Fancy a punt? Check out these Tiger Woods British Open prop bets

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It wouldn’t be a major featuring Tiger Woods without Tiger Woods prop bets, would it? Bettors, as we know, get off the sidelines to shovel cash behind Woods when he tees it up in major championships. This has been historically true. It was true at the Masters. It was true at the U.S. Open.

Accordingly, the good folks at BetDSI are offering a number of Woods wagers you may be keen to punt on…especially if you want a piece of the TW action but aren’t keen to take Woods at 24-1 to win The Open.

Tiger Woods makes cut

Yes -350
No +250

Tiger Woods wins

Yes +2400
No -2900

Tiger Woods finishes top 5

Yes +600
No -900

Tiger Woods finishes top 10

Yes +270
No -400

Tiger Woods finishes top 20

Yes +140
No -170

Tiger Woods finishing position

Over 25.5 (-115)
Under 25.5 (-115)

Tiger Woods lowest round

Over 69.5 (-110)
Under 69.5 (-120)

Tiger Woods highest round

Over 75.5 (-110)
Under 75.5 (-120)

Tiger Woods highest score on any hole

Over 7 (-110)
Under 7 (-120)

Tiger Woods total double bogeys or worse

Over 3 (-110)
Under 3 (-120)

Tiger Woods within 5 strokes of lead during final round

Yes +225
No -300

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WATCH Phil Mickelson hit a flop shot over a man 2 yards in front of him

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On the Gear Dive podcast, Fred Couples told Johnny Wunder that Phil Mickelson is the best judge of a lie (and the shots he can execute from a certain lie) in the game of golf.

This video from Carnoustie yesterday is testament both to that fact and a reminder that Phil Mickelson’s short game is truly singular.

Former European Tour pro Gary Evans was the guinea pig.

Here’s the shot from another angle. That’s gotta be a 64-degree Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind, no?

Mother of golf gods! Check your trousers, Gary! How crazy is that shot? There’s plenty of puffery when it comes to Phil’s short game, but that shot is simply insane. Would love to see the Trackman data on that flop.

I mean, if Phil doesn’t get the contact he wants and you get hit, you gotta hope to get pelted in the stomach or chest…and not the jewels or the face.

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Would you take Evans place for viral video fame? A few bills from Mickelson’s famed cash wad?

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