"Nicklaus never lost his temper," writes Rick Reilly in, "Golf his way
Tiger would have been better off learning from the life that Jack built, not his game."
Having recently observed Rory McIlroy's temper tantrum with a 3-iron I was left wondering what Jack Nicklaus thought about Rory's behaviour. Given that Jack has always leant a willing ear to Rory's requests for a catch up conversation.
That's why they call it "Hell"
Were it not for the fact that I recently viewed the DVD of the 1995 Open Championship at St Andrews I would have agreed with Rick Reilly's statement.
But not now. The images of the Golden Bear blasting out of the infamous "Hell" bunker clearly shows that Jack did on the rare occasion "lose it".
Taking 4 shots to get out of "Hell" and in response to requests for information on his hellish experience said, "I guess that's why they call it Hell".
Never ever do that again
Peter Stone does a good job on reporting the incident and some background as to why Jack rarely displayed temper tantrums.
"His father saw him (Jack) throw a club in anger when he was a child and the old man said if he ever saw his son fling another club, he would never play golf again. And that's the way it was throughout Nicklaus's grand career, save for one memorable occasion at the Old Course of St Andrews in the 1995 Open Championship.
It was on the par-five 14th that Nicklaus found the aptly named Hell bunker, a cavernous sandpit the size of two rooms in which only a player's head can be seen as he attempts to extricate his ball. Nicklaus took four attempts to get out, tossed his club in fury to the ground and ended up with a quintuple bogey. Charlie Nicklaus, who died in 1970, shortly after his son won the Open at St Andrews, may well have frowned from above."
"Too much ambition"
Peter continues, "Maybe Nicklaus should have heeded the advice of Jones about St Andrews when he said: "Too much ambition is a bad thing to have in a bunker." Through the years, players have learnt that the conservative play of exiting Hell is backwards."
And through the years I've reminded myself of this advice because once upon a time; to be precise the 1960 Open Championship at St Andrews I recall rushing from the car park adjacent to the 14th and 15th holes and my first observation was Peter Thompson playing backwards out of a bunker.
"Boring!" was my immediate response. Followed by, "Let's go watch Arnold Palmer."
Sad to say perhaps I was overly ambitious as a young golfer and should have learned my lesson from the conservative play of Peter Thomson. A five-time Open Champion.
Here's the link to Rick Reilly http://espn.go.com/golf/masters14/story/_/id/10743917/reilly-jack-nicklaus-achieved-balance-tiger-woods-needs and Peter Stone http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/sport/golf/the-sands-of-time-bunker-down-for-a-st-andrews-history-lesson-20100711-105oj.html
Quote of the Day
"A kid grows up a lot faster on the golf course. Golf teaches you how to behave." - Jack Nicklaus