Neil Sagabeil's, "How 1969 Changed a Boy's Life and the Ryder Cup" reminded me and should also act as reminder to those competing in the forthcoming Ryder Cup which has become extremely competitive. Please keep in mind the spirit of this great game.
Won't go there in chronicling several unsavoury Ryder Cup incidents since the days of, "A Rare Act of Sportsmanship". Instead I will quote from a passage from my book Life's Lessons Frae the Links.
Excerpt from Life's Lessons Frae The Links
"I don't think you would have missed that putt," said the gracious Golden Bear. "But under the circumstances, I would never give you the opportunity."
Angus McVicar had this to say in Golf in My Gallowses.
"Rarely has one act of sportsmanship endeared itself so much to spectators. From that moment, Nicklaus, who had never been accepted as the natural successor to Arnold Palmer, was the hero. And so remains so."
Angus goes on to tell of how Tony wrote to Jack.
"Your gesture on the 18th green is something I'll never forget as long as I live."
Another famous golf writer, Henry Longhurst, in November 1961, wrote in an article, The Coming of the Bear. Sharing his thoughts on Jack's transition from being an amateur to becoming a professional and wrote.
"I hope that he will enjoy his life as a professional. One thing I am sure the profession is fortunate to have got him."
And on a final note from me, thanks for the memories Jack, and for keeping the true spirit of golf alive."
It was only after publishing Life's Lessons… I learned that Captain Sam Snead and some of his team members didn't believe that Jack's gracious act was a good outcome.
Here's the link to Neil Sagebeil
Quote of the Day
- Tony Jacklin's response to Captain Eric Brown when asked about competing against Jack Nicklaus