Jack Nicklaus Quotes

econd round of the Insperity Invitational at The Woodlands Country Club on May 7, 2016 in The Woodlands, Texas.
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Jack Nicklaus was one of the best professional golfers of all time. Here are some quotations from and about Jack Nicklaus.

Quotes By 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."

Quotes 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."