Father Knows Best: Jack Nicklaus Never Let His Kids Beat Him at Golf

Jack Nicklaus and Jack Nicklaus II Jack Nicklaus cools off while swimming with 2-year-old son, Jack II in Columbus, Ohio, in September, 1963.



he still has trouble getting the best of his old man, now 73 years old, on the golf course
I remember several times with a putt one way or the other. I had a putt to beat him or dad had a putt to miss or whatever. He seemed to always make it, I seemed to always miss it. Honestly, I don't know if I recall the first time I beat him. It doesn't happen very often. It still doesn't happen very often.

I know that he's right about if I've had a 30‑foot putt to keep one of them from beating me, I've probably made it. And the reason for that is that I've never‑‑ I've always felt like I don't want to ever give them anything. If they're going to beat me, they've got to beat me, and I think when you do that, then they feel like they've really earned it, and that's good. That's how you get better and that's how you do things. But Jack has beat me a lot. All the boys have beat me a lot.

Arnold and I have played every time at the Father‑Son together, and we've had a lot of fun. I think there's probably a certain time when you just say, hey, I've had enough. I think AP has probably said that. Yeah, he'll be missed. We always enjoyed playing together. We always enjoyed competing. We always had fun. We'll have him there in our minds and our thoughts. But I'd rather have him out on the golf course. He always liked to take a shot at me and I always liked to take a shot at him.
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