Nicklaus offers thoughts on Spieth, Willett

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If you thought Jordan Spieth's back-nine meltdown at Augusta National was painful to watch, you were right. It was painful not only for fans, but also for an all-time great. Jack Nicklaus offered the following comments regarding Spieth and Masters champion Danny Willett:

I think the whole golfing world feels for Jordan Spieth. He had a chance to do something truly special and something very few have done before and be the youngest to accomplish that and he just didn¹t pull through. My heart goes out to him for what happened, but 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. He¹s a wonderful talent and a wonderful young man.


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I¹ve watched Danny Willett play on television a few times and when I¹ve seen him swing the golf club, I have thought, "Well, this young man looks like he¹s a pretty darn good player." He had moved himself up to 12th in the world, so he¹s obviously done something right and was playing very good golf coming into Augusta.  What impressed me so much is that when he realized he was in a position to win, he finished it, and that¹s the mark of a champion: to finish a good round; give yourself an opportunity to win; and when the other fellow doesn¹t finish, you¹ve got to be there.

Danny Willett was, and kudos to him. What an amazing couple of weeks for him - from becoming a new father to becoming the latest Masters winner. My congratulations go to Danny for what he did.