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Golf Talk Live - Jack Nicklaus Transcript Segment 6

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PETER KESSLER
EVERY WEEK ON GOLF TALK LIVE, WE SELECT ONE OF THE QUESTIONS YOU HAVE E-MAILED TO US DURING THE WEEK. AND THE QUESTION TONIGHT FOR JACK NICKLAUS IS:

I WAS WONDERING WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT THE RIVALRY BETWEEN DAVID DUVAL AND TIGER WOODS. HOW DO YOU THINK THIS RIVALRY COMPARES TO THE ONE YOU HAD WITH ARNOLD PALMER AND HOW DOES IT DIFFER? THANK YOU BRIAN.

JACK NICKLAUS
WELL . I MEAN, IS THERE A RIVALRY BETWEEN DAVID AND TIGER YET? I MEAN, GOOD GRACIOUS, THEY'VE ONLY STARTED PLAYING AGAINST EACH OTHER. I MEAN, THE PRESS IS GONNA MAKE A RIVALRY OUT OF IT.

UH, I SUPPOSE THAT UH . UH, RIVALRY BETWEEN ARNOLD PALMER AND JACK NICKLAUS WAS CREATED IN ONE WEEK IN 1962. SO I SUPPOSE THERE'S NO REASON WHY A RIVALRY WITH, UH, TIGER WOODS AND DAVID DUVAL COULDN'T, COULDN'T TAKE PLACE. BUT,

YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT UNTIL THAT REALLY . THAT RIVALRY WON'T BECOME MATURE UNTIL THEY RIVAL EACH OTHER IN A MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP.

RIGHT NOW, DAVID HASN'T WON A MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP YET. AND TIGER HAS WON IN HIS AMATEURS BUT HE'S ONLY WON ONE PROFESSIONAL MAJOR. SO WHEN THE TWO OF THEM START PLAYING AND THOSE ARE THE TWO THAT ARE COMING DOWN TO THE WIRE, THEN IT'LL BECOME A REAL RIVALRY.

UH, RIGHT NOW, THERE ARE STILL A LOT OF OTHER PLAYERS OUT THERE THAT HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO WIN AND . AND RIGHTLY SO `CAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF VERY, VERY GOOD PLAYERS.

OBVIOUSLY, THE TWO OF THEM ARE THE DOMINANT PLAYERS. BUT UH . UH, I THINK THAT UH . YOU KNOW, THE MASTERS MAY MAKE THAT HAPPEN THIS WEEK.

PETER KESSLER
I HAVE A YES OR NO QUESTION FOR YOU BASED ON WHAT YOU JUST SAID ABOUT TIGER'S AMATEURS. IS THE U.S. AMATEUR A MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP?

JACK NICKLAUS
WELL .

PETER KESSLER
WHAT DO YOU MEAN 'WELL'? WHAT HAPPENED TO YES OR NO?

JACK NICKLAUS
(SIGH)

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGH)

DON'T GIVE ME THAT LOOK.

JACK NICKLAUS
I CAN'T ANSWER IT THAT WAY `CAUSE IT'S, `CAUSE IT'S NOT ACTUALLY THE TRUTH. WHEN BOBBY JONES WON IT, IT WAS A MAJOR. WHEN I WON IT, IT WAS ON THE FRINGES OF STILL BEING A MAJOR.

TODAY, IT'S NOT LOOKED UPON AS BEING A MAJOR. HOWEVER, APPLES TO APPLES, JONES WON AMATEURS, I WON AMATEURS AND TIGER WON AMATEURS. I WOULD SAY THEY'RE MAJORS.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S SEE WHAT MARK WANTS TO ASK YOU. THIS MAY NOT BE A YES OR NO QUESTION. MARK IN NOVA SCOTIA, YOUR QUESTION FOR JACK, SIR.

MARK, CALLER FROM NOVA SCOTIA
GOOD EVENING, MR. KESSLER, MR. NICKLAUS. IT'S CERTAINLY A PLEASURE, GENTLEMEN.

PETER KESSLER
THANK YOU.

MARK, CALLER FROM NOVA SCOTIA
UH, MR. NICKLAUS, FIRST I JUST LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR THE COUNTLESS HOURS OF ENTERTAINMENT UH THAT YOU PROVIDED ME AND SO MANY OTHER FANS WITH OVER THE COURSE OF YOUR GLORIOUS CAREER.

UH, IT'S TRULY BEEN A PLEASURE TO FOLLOW THE GAME DURING THAT -- YOUR ERA OF GOLF. AND MANY OF THE MEMORIES WILL BE VIVID, OF COURSE, FOREVER.

UM, MY QUESTION FOR YOU THIS EVENING IS UH, WONDERING IF YOU CAN TALK A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT YOUR CURRENT RELATIONSHIP UH WITH ARNOLD PALMER UH, I KNOW THAT OVER THE YEARS YOU'VE BEEN TREMENDOUS UH COMPETITORS BOTH ON AND OFF THE GOLF COURSE,

JACK NICKLAUS
UH-HUH.

MARK, CALLER FROM NOVA SCOTIA
AND ALSO I THINK UH GOOD FRIENDS AND PARTNERS IN TEAM EVENTS, BUT COULD YOU JUST TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHETHER YOU'VE SEEN, UH, MR. PALMER LATELY IN YOUR CURRENT RELATIONSHIP UH THESE DAYS? THANKS VERY MUCH.

JACK NICKLAUS
WELL ABOUT - UH, WE JUST HAD DINNER ABOUT AN HOUR AGO. UM .

WINNIE AND, WINNIE AND BARBARA HAVE BEEN CLOSE FRIENDS FOR YEARS. AND ARNOLD AND I HAVE BEEN CLOSE FRIENDS. WE CAME UP AND HAD DINNER HERE BEFORE WE CAME HERE TONIGHT.

UM . UH, ARNOLD AND I UH . UH . OUR RELATIONSHIP GOES BACK TO UH .. WHEN WE FIRST STARTED ON THE TOUR, I FIRST STARTED ON TOUR.

AND ARNOLD . I WAS THIS YOUNG UPSTART THAT CAME IN, AND ARNOLD TREATED ME, YOU KNOW, AS NICE AS ANYBODY COULD TREAT ME.

UM, I MEAN, HERE I WHIPPED HIM IN THE '62 OPEN, WHICH WAS MY FIRST YEAR ON TOUR, YET, YOU KNOW, WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME TOGETHER AND I . AND I'LL NEVER FORGET THE WAY HE TREATED ME . HE WAS GREAT.

AND, THROUGH THE YEARS, WE HAVE COMPETED IN ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU CAN COMPETE AGAINST. I MEAN, WHETHER IT'S GOLF, BUSINESS, UH, DESIGN, YOU NAME IT, WE'VE COMPETED. AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO COMPETE.

BUT THAT'S WHAT REALLY BOTH OF LOVE . `CAUSE BOTH OF US WOULD LOVE TO BEAT THE OTHER ONE IN ANYTHING WE DO. YET THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE CAN'T SIT DOWN AND HAVE DINNER, UH, THINK ALIKE, DO OTHER THINGS, HAVE FUN, UH . AND BE GREAT FRIENDS, WHICH WE ARE.

PETER KESSLER
DID YOU FIGHT OVER THE CHECK?

JACK NICKLAUS
NO, I LET HIM HAVE IT TONIGHT. (LAUGH)

PETER KESSLER
(LAUGH)

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK. DON'T GO .(LAUGH)

JACK NICKLAUS
IT WAS AT HIS CLUB.

PETER KESSLER
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK, COUPLE MORE MINUTES WITH JACK.

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