Monday, March 9, 2009
Jack Nicklaus Thinks Tiger Woods Knows Nothing About Design
I've always liked Jack Nicklaus, just because it was fun rooting for him as his skills were declining. To this day, the 1986 Masters is my favorite sporting event to watch and remember and his run in 1998 was as remarkable to me as that win in '86.
One thing I've noticed from Jack over the last few years is his snark attitude towards Tiger Woods. He seems to respect Tiger and probably likes the guy but if there is a moment Jack can say something negatively about the guy that will end up taking down his major championship record (that Jack doesn't want to happen), Jack does it.
In a Q & A with Golf Digest, one of the questions was about course design and if Tiger and Jack had talked about it. This is what Jack responded.
No. I wouldn't think so. Tiger, at this point in time, wouldn't know anything about design. He knows how to play golf and he knows what a golf course looks like. But it was no different than when I was his age and starting out -- I wouldn't know anything about design. If he decides to get involved he'll learn. He's a smart kid and it depends on how much he wants to get involved. He won't know how to do it, but he'll learn. It will take him seven or eight golf courses before he'll learn enough before he'll really be able to talk about it intelligently.
That's a dig, right? Sure, Jack compliments him by saying he's an intelligent guy and all, but flat out saying he knows nothing about design when you've never talked to the guy about it seems a little ridiculous.
Sure, Jack probably knows more about it than Tiger, but you can't just say that without talking shop with the guy. I'd expect a little more from the Golden Bear, but when it comes to Woods, Jack tends to say whatever he feels, even if it isn't the most positive.