Jack Nicklaus weighs in on Tiger-Sergio, Merion and more at Memorial press conference

NicklausIt's no secret one of the best days of the year for any member of the golf media is Jack Nicklaus's annual press conference at the Memorial.
Since his playing days are long gone, there are only a few days out of the year that the 18-major champion is out in the public eye. According to reports, Nicklaus answered questions for more than an hour on Wednesday. Here are some highlights: Nicklaus on ... his first memory of pro golf tournaments: "The first time I was aware of a golf tournament being played on a professional and national level was 1953. And I remember I was in the clubhouse in the pro shop and Hogan won the Masters, and that's the first time that I recall that.
And then of course I remember I was in the pro shop again when he won the U.S. Open. And I don't know that I even heard him winning the PGA when I was 13 years old. Not the PGA. It was the British Open, but I was 13 years old.
But that's my first recollection of that." Nicklaus on ... Merion, site of the U.S. Open: "It's going to have some holes that they're going to abuse the golf course with, but they're also going to have some holes on the golf course that are going to abuse them. It's not one of the golf courses that are in the middle road. It's either tough or they'll birdie the hole. Merion is a great golf course. I'd love to still have the golf game to go play it." Nicklaus on ... why Tiger Woods does well at Muirfield Village: "Well, it obviously fits his eye. There's some golf courses that fit people's eye. You hear a lot of guys say that golf course doesn't suit my game. A golf course is not supposed to suit your game. You're supposed to suit your game to the golf course ... I'm delighted that this is one of the golf courses that he likes [Laughter]." Nicklaus on ... what he remembers about the 1971 U.S. Open at Merion: "I lost [Laughter]." Nicklaus on ... fitness during his playing career: "We didn't know what we were doing, we went out there and said I think we'll do this and we did that. Not even the football players lifted weights when I played. So we didn't have any of that kind-- fitness programs were not there. I would have liked to have had it, because I was pretty disciplined while I was playing in what I did, and I think it probably would have helped me." Nicklaus on ... dealing with the media: "We were trying to figure out how to get somebody to write about anything when we played. I think today you have to figure out how do you keep somebody from writing about anything. It's a big difference." Nicklaus on ... the Tiger-Sergio feud: "The Sergio-Tiger thing, I mean it's stupid. I mean-- do guys have an issue one with another? They usually resolve it themselves. You guys want to resolve it in the newspapers today. I mean nobody needs that." More Jack: Full transcript from Nicklaus press conference (Photo: Jay LaPrete/AP)

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