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Jack Nicklaus Quotes

Quotations From and About Jack Nicklaus


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Jack Nicklaus "put Hogan in the shadows," according to Gene Sarazen.

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From Jack Nicklaus
The 20-year-old Jack Nicklaus in 1960: "Jones is the greatest golfer who ever lived and probably ever will live. That's my goal. Bobby Jones. It's the only goal."

"I guess it could be said my legacy might be that I changed an era. I came along during an era where the game of golf was more of a stylish game, and I added power to the game. I was probably the first player that played with real power and was successful. And I was able to play with finesse as well. If you look at today's player, they all play with power. So I think I took the game in a different direction."

"I'm a firm believer that in the theory that people only do their best at things they truly enjoy. It is difficult to excel at something you don't enjoy."

"I never went into a tournament or round of golf thinking I had to beat a certain player. I had to beat the golf course. If I prepared myself for a major, went in focused, and then beat the golf course, the rest took care of itself."

"The Masters and Augusta National are and always have been very special to me. From the first time I drove up Magnolia Lane at age 19, I had a special feeling about Augusta. Even today, I get chills driving up Magnolia Lane."

"Learn the fundamentals of the game and stick to them. Band-Aid remedies never last."

"My ability to concentrate and work toward that goal has been my greatest asset."

"The older you get the stronger the wind gets - and it's always in your face."

About Jack Nicklaus
Arnold Palmer, in 1962, after losing the U.S. Open to 22-year-old Nicklaus in a playoff: "Now that the big guy's out of the cage, everybody better run for cover."

Bobby Jones after watching Nicklaus win the 1965 Masters: "Nicklaus played a game with which I am not familiar."

Author Rick Reilly: "He was not homespun like Sam Snead, funny like Lee Trevino. His pants didn't need hitching like Palmer's. Instead, he won over America with pure, unbleached excellence."

Chi Chi Rodriguez: "Jack Nicklaus is a legend in his spare time."

Gene Sarazen: "I never thought anyone would ever put Hogan in the shadows, but he did."

Tom Weiskopf: "Jack knew he was going to beat you. You knew Jack was going to beat you. And Jack knew that you knew that he was going to beat you."

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