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Golf Talk Live - Jack Nicklaus Transcript Segment 7

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PETER KESSLER
OKAY, AFTER THE '86 MASTERS AND THEY HAD WRITTEN THAT NASTY ARTICLE THAT WAS ON YOUR REFRIGERATOR, THAT YOU HAD BEEN DONE. AND, OF COURSE, YOU WEREN'T DONE AND YOU WON.

YOU SAID, 'MY CLUBS AREN'T RUSTY AND I'M NOT DONE.' HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY ABOUT THAT? ARE YOUR CLUBS NOT RUSTY?

JACK NICKLAUS
OH, YOU MEAN 1999?

PETER KESSLER
RIGHT NOW, TODAY.

JACK NICKLAUS
MY CLUBS ARE REAL RUSTY RIGHT NOW. (LAUGH)

LAST 4 DAYS THEY GOT POLISHED OFF A LITTLE BIT. I HAD TO RUB THE RUST OFF TO GO PLAY. BUT UH .

NO, MY GOLF GAME AND . AND CLUBS ARE RUSTY. THEY'VE GOTTEN RUSTY, UH, OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. UH, I MEAN, I'VE KNOWN THAT UH . UH, THE HIP HAS CAUSED A LOT OF IT BUT ALSO A DESIRE CAUSED A LOT. OF COURSE, WHEN YOU'RE, WHEN YOU'RE HURTING .

YOU KNOW, YOU LOSE A LOT OF DESIRE TO DO A LOT OF THINGS. UH . THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT UH I WON'T RUB THE RUST OFF OF THEM, PETER.

I MEAN, I LOVE TO PLAY GOLF. I LOVE TO COMPETE. IF THERE'S ANYWAY THAT I CAN AND I'M CAPABLE OF DOING SO, YOU KNOW, I WILL BE THERE. IF . IF I CAN'T, THEN UH I WON'T GO OUT AND TAKE UP A SPOT.

PETER KESSLER
WHAT GIVES YOU A GREATER SOURCE OF SATISFACTION, KNOWING THAT YOU BEAT THE BEST PLAYERS OF THE 50'S, 60'S, 70'S, AND 80'S, HEAD TO HEAD, OR

THE FACT THAT YOU WERE ABLE TO PLAY AT SUCH A HIGH LEVEL FOR SUCH A LONG TIME DISTINCT FROM WHO YOU WERE ABLE TO BEAT OVER THE PERIOD.

JACK NICKLAUS
WELL I NEVER REALLY WORRIED TOO MUCH ABOUT WHO I BEAT. UM, I THINK ANYBODY WHO'S GONNA PLAY A LONG PERIOD OF TIME IS GONNA HAVE TO BEAT PLAYERS OF ALL ERAS AND - OR ALL YEARS. AND,

YOU KNOW, I ALWAYS, I WELCOME THE CHALLENGE AND I ENJOY EACH ONE OF THEM. I MEAN, WHEN YOU GO DOWN THROUGH ARNOLD AND GARY AND UH TREVINO AND UH .

MILLER, WEISKOPF, AND .UM .

KEEP RIGHT ON GOING AND WATSON UH . YOU'VE GOT ALL THOSE FELLOWS WHO ARE ALL GREAT PLAYERS. THEY'RE ALL WONDERFUL PLAYERS.

AND THEY ALL UH . THEY ALL COMPETED HARD. THEY ALL UH WOULD HAVE THEIR DAY AND THEY WOULD WIN. SO, YOU KNOW,

EACH ONE OF THEM CAME ALONG AND I WANTED TO ALWAYS, YOU KNOW, AND . AND I WAS JUST DELIGHTED THAT THAT CONFRONTATION OR THAT RIVALRY INCLUDED JACK NICKLAUS .

`CAUSE, YOU KNOW, I COULD HAVE EASILY BEEN OUT THERE AND THEY COULD'VE BEEN PLAYING AGAINST SOMEBODY ELSE. SO I WAS VERY PROUD TO BE IN THAT RIVALRY OR IN THAT COMPETITION. AND UH .

THAT WAS FUN. I MEAN, THAT'S WHAT KEPT ME GOING. THAT'S WHAT . DO IT, IS TO SAY, 'OH HEY, I GOT SOMEBODY NEW THAT WANTS TO COME ALONG AND KNOCK, KNOCK, YOU KNOW, THE . UH, KING OFF THE HILL' OR SOMETHING, YOU MIGHT SAY. AND,

SO UH, THAT SPURRED ME, MADE ME WORK HARDER. AND UH . UH, BUT I WAS PROUD THAT I WAS ABLE TO, YOU KNOW, TO DO IT FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME.

PETER KESSLER
IF YOU CAN PREPARE AS YOU WISH TO, WHERE WILL WE SEE YOU NEXT PLAYING GOLF ON TELEVISION?

JACK NICKLAUS
UM . PETER, I HOPE THE MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT AND THAT'S PRETTY SOON AFTER SURGERY. BUT UH, DON'T COUNT ME OUT.

PETER KESSLER
NEVER DO. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE. WE'LL SEE YOU VERY SOON ON GOLF TALK LIVE. GOOD NIGHT EVERYBODY.