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Jack Nicklaus’ story of the only time he bet on himself is pure Jack Nicklaus

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Jack Nicklaus’ annual Memorial Tournament press conference is always worth a watch/read/listen.

And while Jack had plenty to say this year–from his take on Tiger Woods’ return (he didn’t think Tiger would play again, thinks he needs how to win again–to the PGA Championship’s move and its effect on his tournament (he’s not worried)–this story is one of the coolest.

Nicklaus offered a take on wagering inside the ropes during his days on the PGA Tour. While the Golden Bear admitted small wagers during practice rounds were common, he says he never bet another player during a tournament.

The only time he bet on himself at a sportsbook, however, was during the 1960 U.S. Open, while he was still an amateur.

“The only wager I ever had was the 1960 U.S. Open,” Nicklaus said. “It was a month before I was getting married. I was the U.S. Amateur champion and my dad said, ‘Hey, they got you at 35-1. You want some of that?’ I said, ‘I’ll have $20.’ He said, ‘You want place and show?’ I said, ‘I’m not here to place and show.’”

“I was more worried about winning $700 and getting married a month later as much as I was worried about winning the U.S. Open…That’s the only wager I’ve ever had in golf.”

Interestingly, Nicklaus did in fact “place,” finishing second, two strokes behind Arnold Palmer and his historic barnstorming 65.

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  1. John

    May 31, 2018 at 12:13 am

    This story was in his book. You suck Ben Alberstadt.

    • Eric

      May 31, 2018 at 8:07 am

      Not everyone has read his book. The story doesn’t say “Breaking News”. Give the guy a break. He’s just writing about what Jack had to say at his press conference.

    • Wiger Toods

      Jun 2, 2018 at 6:22 pm

      Breaking News: Old man repeats story.

      John, shut up.

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Tweets of the Week: Phireside with Phil, Spieth’s early walk fail, and Koepka’s casual warmup

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Chez Reavie, Andrea Pavan and Hannah Green all recorded significant victories in their respective events over the weekend, but in a busy week, here are some of the things you may have missed, and some of the quirkier moments from the world of golf dished out in the Twittersphere over the past seven days.

Phireside With Phil

Keep ’em coming, Phil!

Brett Favre Superfan

Over at the Am-Fam Championship, the 1997 Superbowl winning QB had this interesting exchange with a superfan of his..

Spieth’s Early Walk Fail

Gary Woodland and Amy Bockerstette

Right after winning the U.S. Open, Woodland took time out to talk to Amy…

…before surprising her with an appearance on the Today Show.

Brooks Koepka’s Pre-Round Routine

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How much each player won at the 2019 Travelers Championship

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Over ten years on from winning his first title on the PGA Tour, Chez Reavie made it career-win number two at the Travelers Championship. Holding off a defiant Sunday charge from the crowd favorite Keegan Bradley, Reavie’s final round of 69 was enough to give him a four-stroke victory, and with it, take home a check for almost $1.3 million.

With a total prize purse of $7.2 million on offer, here’s a look at how much each golfer who made the cut earned at the 2019 Travelers Championship.

1: Chez Reavie, -17, $1,296,000

T-2: Zack Sucher, -13, $633,600

T-2: Keegan Bradley, -13, $633,600

4: Vaughn Taylor, -12, $345,600

T-5: Paul Casey, -11, $262,800

T-5: Joaquin Niemann, -11, $262,800

T-5: Kevin Tway, -11, $262,800

T-8: Abraham Ancer, -10, $194,400

T-8: Brian Harman, -10, $194,400

T-8: Jason Day, -10, $194,400

T-8: Bryson DeChambeau, -10, $194,400

T-8: Roberto Díaz, -10, $194,400

T-13: Kyoung-Hoon Lee, -9, $144,000

T-13: Tommy Fleetwood, -9, $144,000

T-15: Kevin Kisner, -8, $115,200

T-15: Ryan Moore, -8, $115,200

T-15: Kevin Streelman, -8, $115,200

T-15: Wyndham Clark, -8, $115,200

T-15: Patrick Cantlay, -8, $115,200

20: Alex Prugh, -7, $93,600

T-21: Russell Knox, -6, $65,760

T-21: Sungjae Im, -6, $65,760

T-21: Harold Varner III, -6, $65,760

T-21: Marc Leishman, -6, $65,760

T-21: Brendan Steele, -6, $65,760

T-21: Cody Gribble, -6, $65,760

T-21: Robert Streb, -6, $65,760

T-21: Adam Long, -6, $65,760

T-21: Martin Laird, -6, $65,760

T-30: Stephan Jaeger, -5, $43,740

T-30: Freddie Jacobson, -5, $43,740

T-30: Peter Malnati, -5, $43,740

T-30: Patrick Reed, -5, $43,740

T-30: Nick Watney, -5, $43,740

T-30: J.J. Spaun, -5, $43,740

T-36: Collin Morikawa, -4, $32,451.43

T-36: Louis Oosthuizen, -4, $32,451.43

T-36: Kyle Stanley, -4, $32,451.43

T-36: C.T. Pan, -4, $32,451.43

T-36: Justin Thomas, -4, $32,451.43

T-36: Josh Teater, -4, $32,451.43

T-36: Ryan Blaum, -4, $32,451.42

T-43: Sam Burns, -3, $21,924

T-43: Tyler Duncan, -3, $21,924

T-43: Brandt Snedeker, -3, $21,924

T-43: Cameron Davis, -3, $21,924

T-43: Joel Dahmen, -3, $21,924

T-43: Sangmoon Bae, -3, $21,924

T-43: Chip McDaniel, -3, $21,924

T-43: Andrew Landry, -3, $21,924

T-51: Sam Ryder, -2, $17,328

T-51: Hank Lebioda, -2, $17,328

T-51: Mackenzie Hughes, -2, $17,328

T-54: Bubba Watson, -1, $16,560

T-54: Ryan Armour, -1, $16,560

T-54: Viktor Hovland, -1, $16,560

T-57: Brooks Koepka, E, $16,128

T-57: Francesco Molinari, E, $16,128

T-57: Andrew Putnam, E, $16,128

T-60: Emiliano Grillo, +1, $15,480

T-60: Richy Werenski, +1, $15,480

T-60: Brandon Harkins, +1, $15,480

T-60: Bronson Burgoon, +1, $15,480

T-60: Kramer Hickok, +1, $15,480

T-60: Scott Brown, +1, $15,480

T-66: Seamus Power, +2, $14,904

T-66: Scott Langley, +2, $14,904

68: Brady Schnell, +3, $14,688

69: Seth Reeves, +5, $14,544

70: Sam Saunders, +6, $14,400

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Seniors disqualified after playing the wrong ball at Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship

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On Friday, both Paul Lawrie and Carl Mason were disqualified from the Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship after mistakenly playing each other’s golf ball.

Lawrie took to social media to explain what had occurred, stating how the two played the wrong ball, both of which had similar markings, on the fifth hole, and didn’t realize their error until the seventh hole.

Both players were disqualified from the event after being in breach of rule Rule 6.3, which says

A player must not make a stroke at a wrong ball.

In stroke play, the player must correct the mistake by continuing play with the original ball by playing it as it lies or taking relief under the Rules –

  • The stroke made with the wrong ball and any more strokes before the mistake is corrected (including strokes made and any penalty strokes solely from playing that ball) do not count.
  • If the player does not correct the mistake before making a stroke to begin another hole or, for the final hole of the round, before returning his or her scorecard, the player is disqualified.

 

 

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