Nicklaus backs Woods’s comments: ‘Whether it’s Barack Obama or Donald Trump…you respect the office’

August 30, 2018

In an interview with the Golf Channel on Wednesday, Jack Nicklaus spoke in support of Tiger Woods, who has been criticized by some for his comments about Donald Trump at The Northern Trust last week.

“He’s the president of the United States and you have to respect the office. No matter who’s in the office, you may like, dislike the personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office,” Woods said when asked about his relationship with the president.

Nicklaus said he fully agreed with Tiger’s comments: “I couldn’t have agreed with Tiger more. Whether it’s Barack Obama or Donald Trump in the office of the president, you respect the office. My political views might be different from somebody else’s political views, but it doesn’t make any difference,” he said. “The office of the president is the head of the greatest country in the world. I think Tiger was very appropriate with what he said.”

Nicklaus also praised Woods’s return to form on the course.

“I think Tiger’s swing actually looks to be better than it’s ever been,” he said. “His fusion in his back has not allowed him to dip down like he used to. He’s staying pretty much on top of the ball and I think he’s been very level, which has always, to my opinion, been one of Tiger’s problems.

“He’s a great competitor, he’s a great golfer, he’s a great athlete, he’s a good friend, and I continue to wish him well.”

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Flanked by Eric Trump (left) and Donald Trump Jr. (right), golfing legend Jack Nicklaus speaks during a ribbon cutting event for a new clubhouse at Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in 2018.
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