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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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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (10.21.19)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Throwback to Bettinardi’s BB2 with a special Welded Knurl Swan Neck.

Great looking custom work from MannKrafted.

What do you think of Olson’s “Giraffe?”, WRXers?

Dropping in the Hive this Thursday!

Custom EvnRoll ER2 by The Golf Garage.

Andy Kerestesy showcasing Stonewall Golf Club.

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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How much each player won at the 2019 CJ Cup

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Justin Thomas notched his 11th victory on the PGA Tour with a brilliant performance at the CJ Cup, and it earned the 26-year-old a $1,755,000 payday. Runner-up, Danny Lee, impressed in the no-cut event and his efforts gave him a check for $1,053,000.

With a total prize purse of  $9.75 million, here’s a look at what each player earned at the CJ Cup.

1: Justin Thomas, -20, $1,755,000

2: Danny Lee, -19, $1,053,000

T-3: Hideki Matsuyama, -15, $507,000

T-3: Gary Woodland, -15, $507,000

T-3: Cameron Smith, -15, $507,000

T-6: Tyrrell Hatton, -13, $338,812.50

T-6: Byeong Hun An, -13, $338,812.50

T-8: Ryan Moore, -12, $273,000

T-8: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, -12, $273,000

T-8: Wyndham Clark, -12, $273,000

T-8: Jordan Spieth, -12, $273,000

T-12: Corey Conners, -11, $197,047.50

T-12: Ryan Palmer, -11, $197,047.50

T-12: Joaquin Niemann, -11, $197,047.50

T-12: Kevin Streelman, -11, $197,047.50

T-16: K.J. Choi, -10, $148,785

T-16: Jhonattan Vegas, -10, $148,785

T-16: Graeme McDowell, -10, $148,785

T-16: Ian Poulter, -10, $148,785

T-20: Andrew Putnam, -9, $103,285

T-20: Matt Jones, -9, $103,285

T-20: Nate Lashley, -9, $103,285

T-20: Kevin Na, -9, $103,285

T-20: Charles Howell III, -9: $103,285

T-20: Tommy Fleetwood, -9, $103,285

T-26: Sung Kang, -8, $69,810

T-26: Si Woo Kim, -8, $69,810

T-26: Harold Varner III, -8, $69,810

T-26: Rafa Cabrera Bello, -8, $69,810

T-26: Emiliano Grillo, -8, $69,810

T-31: Viktor Hovland, -7, $55,477.50

T-31: Phil Mickelson, -7, $55,477.50

T-31: Pat Perez,-7, $55,477.50

T-31: Jason Day, -7, $55,477.50

T-31: Rory Sabbatini, -7, $55,477.50

T-36: Charley Hoffman, -6, $45,597.50

T-36: Jung-gon Hwang, -6, $45,597.50

T-36: Collin Morikawa, -6, $45,597.50

T-39: Soomin Lee, -5, $38,610

T-39: Lucas Glover, -5, $38,610

T-39: Sungjae Im, -5, $38,610

T-39: Kyoung-Hoon Lee, -5, $38,610

T-43: Marc Leishman, 4, $31,785

T-43: Dylan Frittelli, -4, $31,785

T-43: Joel Dahmen, -4, $31,785

T-46: Adam Schenk, -3, $22,717.50

T-46: Hyungjoon Lee, -3, $22,717.50

T-46: Kevin Tway, -3, $22,717.50

T-46: Branden Grace, -3, $22,717.50

T-46: Keith Mitchell, -3, $22,717.50

T-46: Chase Koepka, -3, $22,717.50

T-46: Adam Long, -3, $22,717.50

T-46: Chez Reavie, -3, $22,717.50

T-46: Danny Willett, -3, $22,717.50

T-46: Kyongjun Moon, -3, $22,717.50

56: C.T. Pan, -2, $19,890

T-57: Luke List, -1, $19,500

T-57: Troy Merritt, -1, $19,500

T-57: Abraham Ancer, -1, $19,500

T-60: Sergio Garcia, E, $18,915

T-60: Sanghyun Park, E, $18,915

T-60: Vaughn Taylor, E, $18,915

63: Chesson Hadley, +1, $18,525

64: Billy Horschel, +2, $18,330

T-65: Jazz Janewattananond, +3, $18,037.50

T-65: Max Homa, +3, $18,037.50

T-67: Jeongwoo Ham, +5, $17,647.50

T-67: Wonjoon Lee, +5, $17,647.50

T-69: Michael Kim, +6, $17,257.50

T-69: Whee Kim, +6, $17,257.50

T-69: Yongjun Bae, +6, amateur

T-72: Brian Stuard, +8, $16,867.50

T-72: Yi Keun Chang, +8, $16,867.50

74: Matthew Wolff, +11, $16,575

75: Scott Piercy, +13, $16,380

76: Tae Hee Lee, +19, $16,185

 

 

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The Challenge: Japan Skins – All the details that you need to know

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Just three days remain before Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama and Jason Day take part in “The Challenge: Japan Skins”, and here are all the essential details that you need to know before the event takes place.

What is the Skins format?

  • The lowest score for each hole wins that hole and the money that hole is worth.
  • In the result of a tied hole, the “skin” carries over to the next hole and continues to do so until won by one of the four players.
  • In the result of a tied 18th hole, a playoff will take place to see who wins the final skin.
  • The value of the 18th hole will not multiply if a playoff takes place.

The value of each skin.

  • Holes 1-6: $10,000 per skin
  • Holes 7-12: $15,000 per skin
  • Holes 13-17: $20,000 per skin
  • Hole 18: $100,000 super skin

What we know about the extra challenges.

  • Money won from the extra challenges will go towards the event’s charity partners.
  • Extra challenge details are not yet known, but expect something similar to the side action we saw in “The Match Woods-Mickelson.”

How can you watch?

  • Event takes place October 21st, 1 PM local time in Japan, 12 AM ET in the U.S.
  • U.S. viewers can watch the simulcast live on Golf Channel beginning at 11 p.m. ET.
  • Viewers outside the U.S. can tune into the event on Discovery’s GOLFTV.
  • Those in the UK & Ireland will need to pay a small subscription fee for Discovery’s GOLFTV.

Who is the betting favorite?

  • Rory McIlroy is a warm favorite for the event at +200.

Full odds courtesy of BetOnline:

  • Rory McIlroy +200
  • Hideki Matsuyama +250
  • Jason Day +300
  • Tiger Woods +325
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