By Aaron Mansfield, Mark H. McCormack Dept. of Sport Management, MS ’15
Here is video of the incredible shot, via Deadspin.
Golfers paused during their rounds to cheer for Nicklaus’ accomplishment. Nicklaus, now 75, retired from competitive golf in 2005.
On Thursday morning the Big Three of Arnold Palmer, Nicklaus, and Player kicked off the ceremonial tee shot to start the Masters. Palmer separated his shoulder last year and did not participate in the Par 3 contest the day before, but got to tee off first.
Mark H. McCormack represented all of the Big Three at one point. Today in the McCormack Collection, we found a draft of Nicklaus’ autobiography, The Greatest Game of All: My Life in Golf. At 385 pages (the finished product was 416), the draft was close to being ready, though it’s worth noting that the first part of the title was changed from “The Best Game of All” to “The Greatest Game of All.”
The manuscript, which Nicklaus wrote with golf writer Herbert Warren Wind, was eventually published in 1969, to tremendous reviews. It currently has a 4.8/5 rating on Amazon.
Nicklaus wrote the autobiography – which covers his life, his memories of golf, and tips for other players – when he was 28. He sure had a lot of golf to play and life to live after that.