Jack Nicklaus on Greg Norman: "Why would I support that?!"

Jack Nicklaus was asked about the number one topic in the golf world at the moment and he didn't hold back. 

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Fri, 25 Feb 2022
Jack Nicklaus on Greg Norman: "Why would I support that?!"

In perhaps the least surprising golf news, Jack Nicklaus has pledged his full support to the PGA Tour, but with added spiciness.

Nicklaus, 82, was recently asked about the Saudi-led breakaway by his friend and former professional rival Greg Norman. 

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Norman, 67, penned an extraordinary email to PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan accusing him of bullying its players. 

"Surely you jest", the Great White Shark opened up his email in which he ended ominously: "This is just the beginning".

The Golden Bear attended a function earlier in the week, reports Golfweek, where he was asked about the controversial topic.

And, well, the 18-time major champion did not hold back in his response. 

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Nicklaus said:

"(The PGA Tour's) brought millions and millions of dollars to communities, it's brought great competition, great television.

"Why would I not support that? Instead, I'm going to go support for my own benefit, see 40 guys break away from the PGA Tour at the whim of an advertising agency in Saudi Arabia?

"What happens to the other guys?

"I just don't like it. I don't think it's right."

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Well, that is exactly the comment you would expect from someone who is all about legacy.

Nicklaus won 73 PGA Tour events (the third of all time) during his illustrious career. 

Tiger Woods and Sam Snead are tied with 82 PGA Tour victories. 

But judging by Woods improved mobility that was on display at the Genesis Invitational, that could possibly change. 

Nicklaus partners with Justin Thomas

Elsewhere this week, it was confirmed that Justin Thomas will work with The Golden Bear. 

The pair have begun a golf course design project in Palm Beach Gardens in Florida. It will open in 2023. 

Read more about that here.

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