Know Jack: Being asked to leave Ohio State

By Mercer BaggsApril 10, 2017, 11:00 am

Jack Nicklaus, pharmacist. Doesn’t really have a ring to it.

Jack Nicklaus, insurance salesman. That either.

Nicklaus, who began at the Ohio State University in 1957, tried his hand at the latter during his school years and eyed a profession in the former.

“I went through three years of pharmacy,” says Nicklaus. “I wasn’t a stellar student, I didn’t try to be a stellar student. I was about – probably about a 2.7, 2.8 student.”

Jack’s father, Charlie, a pharmacist in Columbus, talked him out of a career filling prescriptions, saying, “Why don’t you do something that you could actually use your golf, and develop.”

So Jack switched to business school. To make some money along the way – he and wife Barbara got married in July 1960 – Nicklaus got a license to sell insurance policies, which he tried to do to his fraternity brothers.

“They needed insurance like a hole in the head,” Jack says. “As a matter of fact, they would probably preferred the hole in the head than listening to me.

Jack: A collection of Nicklaus stories

“I did that for about a year and a half and then decided I was gonna go play the Tour that year, and then come back.”

That was the start of 1961. By then, Nicklaus had competed in a pair of Masters, nearly won the U.S. Open, was a U.S. Amateur champion and a Walker Cup team member.

Nicklaus played the circuit until September - won another U.S. Amateur title - and then went back to school, saying he had only two quarters to finish.

“I had plenty of hours to graduate, but didn’t have the right majors after being in pharmacy and going to business,” he says. “And so I went back and I went to all my instructors at that point in time and told ‘em, ‘Guys, I’ve committed to go two weeks in Australia in November.’ My grades were good.

“Well, I had five classes. I think four of the instructors said, ‘Fine, no problem.’”

Nicklaus said a new professor complained to James McCoy, dean of the college of commerce, and Mr. McCoy responded with, “Jack, I can’t have a student of ours going to Australia, playing golf when you’re enrolled here.”

“I said, ‘What do you mean? Why not? As long as my grades are up, the instructors don’t mind,’” Nicklaus recalls. “He says, ‘No. I’m not gonna let you do it.’ He says, ‘I want you to drop out of school.’ So I dropped out of school.”

Nicklaus said he tried to do some correspondence course work via the University of Wisconsin, but “I just could never get back into it.”

And so, with son Jackie born in Sept. 1961, Nicklaus embarked on a professional golf career in November.

“He did get a[n honorary] degree from [the University of] St. Andrews,” notes longtime Nicklaus chronicler Kaye Kessler. “Very interesting that he got more degrees after college since he never finished Ohio State.”

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

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Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.