Jack Nicklaus recollects the precise minute he knew it was time to pass the mallet (and it included Tiger Woods)

For Jack Nicklaus, the minute came in 2000 at Valhalla, the location of following week’s PGA Championship.

Nicklaus, at that point 60, was playing in what would be his last PGA Championship. He missed the cut at 4 over, not able to recuperate from an opening-round 77. And when he strolled off the course it hit him.

“Man, you wish to pass the baton,” Nicklaus said he was considering. “You can’t compete in this anymore.”

And it was the man who he had fair competed against who made Jack realize it was time to move on from competitive golf.

Nicklaus, who lives in North Palm Shoreline, played those two rounds with Tiger Woods, who presently lives on Jupiter Island. Tiger opened with a 66-67 on the way to an 18-under 270 and his third sequential major championship of the season.

Nicklaus, 84, talked of that minute final week at the Legends Lunch meeting in Columbus, Ohio, facilitated by the Dedication Competition, which is scheduled for June 6-9 at Muirfield Town Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Nicklaus is the originator and have of the Dedication.

“I knew that I was getting to where I couldn’t compete (and) it was brought to me exceptionally suddenly, in 2000 at Valhalla when I played with Tiger,” he said.

“I had realized that some time recently, but that was … boom! Right within the confront. Thirty-six gaps of playing with him and seeing how well he played, how he fair overwhelmed what was going on, I did that prior. But I do not do it now.”

Jack knew who would be carrying that “baton,” because it turned out, for approximately the following quarter century, which is why that allegorical handoff was to Tiger. That 2000 PGA Championship was Tiger’s fifth major. He would include 10 more, pulling him to inside three of Nicklaus’ record.

And in spite of the fact that Tiger, 48, isn’t through chasing majors – he will return to the location of that 2000 PGA Championship another week – it’ll be an worldwide story indeed in case he fair fights in a major going forward.

Nicklaus never has denied Tiger’s extraordinary ability, a few times saying his record of 18 majors would have fallen on the off chance that wounds had not affected Tiger’s career. He once once more lauded Tiger’s diversion, his swing and capacity to hit shots that still exceptionally few human creatures can reproduce.

Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. (Golfweek Record Photo)

But it’s the physical toll of different wounds, surgeries, and the 2021 car crash exterior of Los Angeles in which Tiger about misplaced his right leg that Jack cites as the reason it would be exceptionally troublesome for Tiger presently to compete reliably on the greatest arrange.

Something Tiger has been saying for the final two a long time.

“Tiger has the capacity to still play, but clearly doesn’t play as well as he did, and I think a parcel of his is physical ailments,” Nicklaus said. “But I observed him hit balls, and he hits the ball beautiful well. It’s fair attempting to keep his body together.

“I don’t know in the event that he can walk 72 gaps. He can be competitive for at slightest two rounds, since that’s what he did at Augusta. … In case he can be competitive within the third, at that point certainly he can be competitive within the fourth.”

Aces 2024 microcosm of Tiger’s post-accident career

This year’s Aces was a microcosm of Tiger’s post-accident career. He set the competition record with his 24th successive cut with a two-day score of 145, 1-over standard. But by the end of the week his body begun breaking down. Woods posted his most noticeably awful score ever at Augusta within the third circular, 10-over 82.

In five majors since the mishap, which come about in his leg being held together by plates, poles and screws, Tiger has been constrained to pull back after the moment or third round twice, and missed the cut once.

Tiger’s stunning triumph within the 2019 Experts is his solitary major championship within the final 16 a long time. Amid that span, he has missed 23 of 67 majors.

The 1986 Aces was the final of Jack’s 18 major championships. He was 46. He kept on compete in all four majors for the another 11 a long time, a sixth-place wrap up within the 1990 Aces the closest he’d come to winning.

The final time Nicklaus played a circular of golf where he holed out each putt was the 2005 British Open at St. Andrews. That was the final of his record 164 majors. He seldom plays, but did uncover he got in three rounds at Augusta taking after this year’s competition.

“Life passes on and you get ancient and can’t do the things you utilized to do,” Nicklaus said. “I fair think golf is an astounding don, and we have the capacity to play and compete as long as we do. And discover lightning in a bottle once in a while, like I did in ’86.”

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