Nicklaus Dots the i at Ohio State Football Game
'They spelled it right and I got my footwork right,' Nicklaus said on the sideline after dotting the 'i' in the Ohio State marching band's signature maneuver, Script Ohio, at halftime of the game between Minnesota and top-ranked Ohio State.
Nicklaus, a former Ohio State golfer originally from suburban Upper Arlington, was dressed in a scarlet Ohio State jacket with gray lining, and wore a black baseball cap with a red 'O' on it -- exactly like the one worn by longtime family friend and former Buckeyes coach, the late Woody Hayes.
'I had to have my Woody hat,' Nicklaus said. 'I was a big fan of Woody's. I was here when Woody dotted the 'i'.'
Nicklaus became only the fifth non-band member -- it's usually a sousaphone player -- to be accorded the honor. The others are former Ohio State president Novice Fawcett, comedian Bob Hope, longtime university ticket director Bob Ries and Hayes.
Hayes dotted the 'i' a few years before he died in 1988 and called it one of the highlights of his public life.
Dozens of Nicklaus family members and friends were nearby, cheering and clapping, as Nicklaus played his role in the halftime show.
'That was pretty neat. I'm a pretty emotional guy, and Ohio State means a lot to me,' Nicklaus said.
It was the second Ohio State home game he has attended this season. He said he hopes it isn't his last.
'We'll be back for Michigan -- and hopefully Arizona,' he said, referring to the Bowl Championship Series national championship game Jan. 8, 2007, in Glendale, Ariz.
Nicklaus was led onto the field by a band member. The band major then motioned with his baton toward the spot a few yards above the 'i' in the spelled-out formation, and Nicklaus stepped into the spot.
He waved to the crowd and tipped his cap while a crowd of 105,443 at Ohio Stadium gave him a thunderous standing ovation that lasted for almost a minute.
Nicklaus, 66, is an avid Ohio State football fan. He said on his Web site this week that he only missed one home game between the ages of 6 and 20.
In his last year as an amateur, as a 21-year-old student at Ohio State, he won his second U.S. Amateur, was a member of the winning Walker Cup squad, captured the Big Ten Conference and NCAA individual championships, won the Western Amateur Open and came in fourth at the U.S. Open.
It was just the beginning of a career that would include six victories in the Masters, five at the PGA Championship, four in the U.S. Open and three at the British Open.
Nicklaus has lived most of his adult life in Florida, but he returns each year to host the Memorial Tournament in suburban Dublin. He remains close to friends from his college years and follows the Buckeyes whenever he gets a chance.
The plaque on the clubhouse wall at the Ohio State University golf courses reads: 'Collegiate home of Jack Nicklaus, The greatest golfer ever to play the game.'
'Ohio State has meant so much to my life,' Nicklaus said.
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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome
Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)
The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...
And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.
Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas
He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.
Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.
Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.
In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.
Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.
Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.
Win No. 1: Title defense at the CIMB Classic
Win Nos. 2 and 3: The Hawaiian double
Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open
Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open
Temporary Slide: Open MC makes it three in a row
Mr. Major (and win No. 4): PGA champ at Quail Hollow
Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship
The $10 Million Man: FedExCup champ
Biggest Win of All? Player of the Year
And One to Grow On: Wins at CJ Cup in 2017-18 season
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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge
ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.
The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.
They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.
Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.
Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.
Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.
''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''
The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.
In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''
Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.