Jack Nicklaus Offers Condolences and Encouragement to Spieth and Praises Willett

April 11, 2016

In the immediate aftermath of one of the most brutal Masters losses ever, Jack Nicklaus had a few words of comfort for Jordan Spieth. Nicklaus said on Sunday that his heart goes out to Spieth, but he believes that Jordan can bounce back: “I know that Jordan is a young man who will certainly learn from this experience and there will be some good that comes out of this for him. He’s a wonderful talent and a wonderful young man.”

The Golden Bear knows a thing or two about coming up just short in a major. Along with his 18 major titles are 19 second-place major finishes and nine third-place finishes. 

Nicklaus also praised Danny Willett’s performance, particularly Willett’s closing grit once he realized that it was possible for him to win. “What impressed me so much is that when he realized he was in a position to win, he finished it, and that’s the mark of a champion,” Nicklaus said.