Quin: I don’t understand this need to speak about Jack Nicklaus in hushed tones. Isn’t one St. Jack (Danforth) enough? In his heyday everyone respected Jack Nicklaus as not only our finest golfer but toughest competitor. As such he was always quite an intimidating presence who by design or not always kept opponents on their guard — and the public at a distance. He probably didn’t become a subject of warm affection until he stunningly won the Masters at 46 twenty years ago. I don’t think Larry Henry was being nasty toward Jack — just blunt, with a bit of friendly needle, in a way Nicklaus of all people would appreciate. Larry was above all dealing with Jack as a golf book author and contrasting the cold, impersonal corporate tone of Jack’s ghosted volume with Bobby Jones’s authentic voice. He also notes: “Nicklaus got much more human in his later years.” That pretty much sums it up for me.
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