rangersgoalie, on 31 December 2017 - 01:21 PM, said:
During the 1986 Masters telecast
"If I knew what was going through Jack Nicklaus' head, I would have won this golf tournament."
I don’t think that there’s anyone who Played with and against Jack that faced a heavier burden than Tom Weiskopf. Tom told me of an introduction that an OSU booster gave prior to his speaking to a Kiwanis Club luncheon after he had committed to the Buckeys ,when he described Tom as “the next Jack Nicklaus.” The kid was 17yo for chrissakes, lol. He wasn’t even an adult and a tremendous weight had been put on his head.
I’ve stated before and it’s just my opinion as Tom never came out and said this though I believe that his 1975 Masters Runner-Up finish impacted him the most and is one that he never fully put behind him.
For the younger guys on the board, please remember one thing-
Tom Weiskopf, from a physical game standpoint, was Greg Norman before Greg Norman~
Long High Booming 300yd+ Drives?
Long High Booming 245yd+ 2i’s that looked and landed like a 7i?
A swing for the ages that he carried through his career and has to this day?
Yep, Tom Weispkopf had it all, and he actually didn’t have a bad career either. In fact, he had an excellent career!!
As of 1988, before the purses went through the roof and after Tom’s exit from the Tour, he stood 4th on the All-Time PGA Tour Money List💰 , behind only Jack, Tom and Lee, with 16 Tour Victories, 4 more on the Champions Tour and a Major on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour.
Along with his British Open Title(this was the tourney name when he won it and he feels strongly enough about it that when a guy mentioned his “Open Championship” victory he corrected him with “I won the British Open Championship”, lol), he won the 1995 US Senior Open Championship. Hey, I understand where he’s coming from and though he said it pleasantly a few guys thought that he was being a dick for correcting the guy.
This is how erroneous inaccurate bullshat gets started about another man or woman when passive lil insecure PC boys(they’re usually males and only a man by chronological age, lol) get offended by the truth or actual facts and they leave the encounter chirping about what an arsehole the speaker is, never realizing that to other men, they are the arsehole, haha, and I let it be known to those present that I agreed with Tom, I would have Nicely(as Tom did) corrected the individual as Tom did and I thought that he was a good guy and someone I’d want in my group any day, which could not be said for the two guys that I was responding to.
Along with his one Major, Tom had four runner-ups at Augusta along with a T2 in the US Open and a 3rd in the PGA Championship. His career year was 1973, when he won 7 times around the World, including the British Open. He made three Ryder cup teams(1973, 1975 & 1977) though Tom ruffled some feathers when he went big game hunting over Playing in the matches in 1977.
Even before I met him, what I always liked about Tom was that he never gave a shat what others thought anout him and he marched to his own drum. I’ve spoken before about walking up 18 fairway along with my BFF as we were marshals and made ourselves the group’s “body guards” as we lead them from tee to green and in Tom Watson’s case, into some of Oakmont’s longer rough behind the ropes, lmao. The group was Tom, Tom Watson and Jerry Pate as the final threesome in the 1978 PGA Championship and as we marched up 18 fairway, the crowd circled behind us, trampling the ropes and running by us to get a spot up by the green.
Except for a few “atta boy” pats on the back as they ran by, no one bothered any of the Players though I’ve also spoken of Tom Watson having a look of extrmeme uneasiness and he grabbed onto my BFF’s, himself 6’1”, 265 and a DE at Penn State, so hard from behind that he snapped two of his belt loops.
Pate seemed fine walking in the middle of the fairway and Tom Weiskopf and I were walking up the left side first cut, where his ball lay, 290 yards out. He didn’t flinch, look around or even seem to notice the bedlam around him, just striding up the fairway, shoulders back & chest out, head up and all 6’4” of him in total command of the situation and striding up the fairway. Peeps speak of DLove “gliding” up the fairways however I’ll never forget Tom Weiskopf’s stride/strut that day and on that particular hole because though he was in the lead pack going into the final round and though he had a final round even round of 71, he fell four shots short of the three man play-off(Tom Watson, Jerry Pate & John Mahaffey, who won the one hole sudden death play-off).
I expected an angry, sullen, shoulders slumped defeated athlete and he was nothing of the sort. He was a Champion and carried himself as such! I gained a ton of respect for Tom Weiskopf that day and when I told him this a decade later, he laughed as he remembered the round though he didn’t remember me or my Bud, lol.
Sorry for the novel Bro, LMAO.
Your quote just brought back some memories😉
I hope that you and Your family had a great Christmas & New Years and that you have a Happier Healthier and very Prosperous 2018👊
Edited by Forged4ever, 01 January 2018 - 03:15 PM.