Musings and Mulligans

Roy Lang III is The Times Assistant Sports Editor. He played golf at Centenary College. He has covered six major golf championships and also covered last year’s Ryder Cup. As an added bonus, both Hal Sutton and David Toms are on his speed-dial.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Jack Creates Another Masterful Memory

I wasn't sure what I would feel as Jack Nicklaus walked up the 18th fairway at St. Andrews on Friday. Thanks to my mother, I was an Arnold Palmer guy, but always respected Nicklaus' success.

However, Friday was emotional just walking Nicklaus on the 18th. The birdie finish couldn't have been more fitting and the scene of his family behind the green added a perfect touch. Tom Watson crying as he walked arm-and-arm with Nicklaus off the back of the green was enough to send even a cold-hearted person over the top.

That being said, I would still like to see Nicklaus make the same historic walk up No. 18 at Augusta National -- not the ninth as happened in this year's Masters.