For Jack Nicklaus, family has always come before golf. But what about college football? According to the Palm Beach Post, Nicklaus said he would cheer for Florida State — the team of his grandson Nick O’Leary — over Ohio State — his alma mater — in the event those two teams play in the BCS Championship game.
“I’m an Ohio State guy, but blood is thicker than anything else,” said Nicklaus, who along with wife Barbara attended a kickoff cocktail party Sunday night at The Bear’s Club for the two-day Celebrities Fore Kids Golf Classic.
Nicklaus has deep ties with Ohio State. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio, he played Big 10 golf for Ohio State in college, he’s had the honor of dotting the “i” during the Ohio State band’s halftime performance, and the Jack Nicklaus Museum is on the Ohio State campus. However, Nicklaus’ grandson is a star tight end on Florida State, and that’s enough to tilt the scales toward Florida State. Nicklaus left this year’s Presidents Cup at his Muirfield Village course (near Ohio State of course) to watch O’Leary play. In a recent appearance at the Atlanta Athletic Club, Nicklaus said, “Golf has always been a game to me. Not my life. My life is my family. Golf is a game.”
He means it. For more news that golfers everywhere are talking about, follow @si_golf on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube video channel. Photo: Jack Nicklaus and Nick O’Leary at the Masters Par-3 Contest in 2011 (Getty Images).