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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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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (10.11.18)

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If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Michael Martinez with a phenomenal custom Nike concept sketch in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Worse than the blue screen of death…

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Sadness. #RadryGolf

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In the pantheon of golf tattoos, this one has to be featured prominently, no?

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Tattoo level: Tin Cup ???????? ???? via @pgamemes

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BB&F continues to reign as the ferrule king.

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Ferrule B

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Kraken’s latest ballmarker is hotter than a fire track.

With all due respect to aquatic creatures, these are the best kind of scallops.

A clean sole grind and stamping from Don White. Nothing like it.

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Made with a purpose.

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If you’re on Instagram, remember to hashtag your photos #GolfWRX. And if you’re not on Instagram, well, don’t.

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Report: No tickets will be sold for Tiger-Phil match

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Sorry, fans, you’re not going to be able to buy tickets to the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson $9 million megamatch at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, November 23.

Per a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, only a “small gathering of sponsors and VIPs” will be allowed on course. The report also indicates that, in contrast to Phil Mickelson’s promised primetime (ET) showdown, the match will be played under the Nevada sun. The official start time is yet to be announced, ditto the PPV price.

We corrected the promo graphic below to eliminate the crowd. But right-handed Tiger Woods swinging a left-handed club still needs fixing.

Woods is the -220 favorite at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Mickelson is a +180 underdog.

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WATCH: Is this the craziest hole-in-one you’ve ever seen?

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Golfers often say that getting a hole-in-one is all luck. (Keep in mind that Tiger Woods, arguably one of the most skilled iron players ever, says he has 19 holes-in-one… so maybe not all luck.) But certainly there are some holes-in-one that are “luckier” than others.

And then there’s this shot by Eddie Pepperell at the 2018 British Masters…

Definitely a great shot, and he absolutely took dead aim, but how this golf ball found the bottom of the cup is mind-blowing. It seemed to bounce off the ground, go up the flagstick, hit the ground, then side hop itself right into the basket. Wow.

But is it crazier than the bank shot?

That one is hard to top.

Or how about the all-time classic Bugs-Bunny-assisted hole-in-one by Michael Jordan in Space Jam?

Looney Tunes aside, here’s what Pepperell had to say about his hole-in-one.

He may not have seen what happened at the time, but he’ll see it on highlight reels for years to come.

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