Dublin, Ohio – Jack Nicklaus cracked his opening drive and was only half-joking when he turned to his hometown gallery and almost apologetically asked if his ball had reached the fairway.
The vagaries of advancing years — and a cold, wet and generally miserable Ohio summer’s afternoon — meant that after the 69-year-old unleashed a three-wood approach into the uphill 470-yard par 4, he was still 70 yards short of the green.
“I had three par 4s I couldn’t reach today,” sighed Nicklaus after strolling down memory lane alongside Tiger Woods for a nine-hole Skins game at Muirfield Village, site of this week’s Memorial tournament.
“But that’s OK. I know what I am now. That’s why I don’t play golf anymore.”