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Tiger Should Copy Jack One More Time

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Tiger Should Copy Jack One More Time

As a youngster, Tiger Woods would tape a list of Jack Nicklaus’ major victories on his bedroom wall. He knew from a young age that he was chasing Jack. Tiger was focusing on being the greatest golfer ever. He has become the greatest golfer of his day. There is still a little work left to be done to supplant Jack as the greatest of all time.

Tiger should be trying to copy Jack in another area. Tiger would do well to emulate Jack Nicklaus the parent, not the golfer. [ Tiger's son, Charlie]

Jack Nicklaus is the greatest golfer ever. He is also one of the greatest parents in professional sports. I know that there are thousands of athletes that are wonderful parents, but no other athlete in sport has excelled and dominated his sport as Nicklaus has, while at the same time raising a family. Jack has a professional record that is unparalleled. Tiger recognizes this as we all do.

Their two careers are extraordinarily similar. Jack was a dominant amateur, winning two U.S. Amateurs. He played with golfers his age and dominated them. He won an NCAA championship in 1961. When he turned pro he kept on winning. Over his career he won eighteen majors and has won the Career Grand Slam three times. Jack accumulated 73 career PGA Tour victories. He has been a winning Ryder Cup player and Captain as well as a winning Presidents Cup Captain.

In addition to the on course victories, Nicklaus received several prestigious awards off the course. Jack was voted Male Athlete of the Century, Golfer of the Century, one of the Top Ten Greatest Athletes of All Time. He has been awarded five Lifetime Achievement awards and twelve hall of fame memberships. He was acknowledged as the Most Powerful Person in Golf on many occasions. He has a hospital with his name on it, The Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in West Palm Beach Fla.

In 2005, Jack was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This medal is the highest honor the United States government can give to a civilian and only awarded to those who have an especially meritorious contribution to the United States. Over his career, Jack has acquired many more accolades. He has been voted Father of the Year and his family was named Golf Family of the Year in 1986. Certainly Nicklaus has had a wonderfully successful career.

Tiger was winning tournaments from the day he entered them. Throughout his career, it seemed that he was the “youngest” everything. He was the youngest winner of the US Junior Amateur, the youngest US Amateur winner, the youngest winner of the Masters, the youngest player to reach number one in the World Rankings and the youngest to win the career Grand Slam. Sarazen, Hogan, Player, Nicklaus and Woods are the only career slam winners.

Tiger was a dominant amateur also. He won at all levels and continued into college winning an NCAA championship in 1996 and the Jack Nicklaus College Player of the Year. In that same year he turned pro and promptly won two tournaments.

The following year he was the first African-American winner of the Masters and started his dominance of professional golf. He soon amassed fourteen majors, the most recent US Open being called his best performance ever. He has 65 PGA Tour victories. In 2001 he was the only player in history to hold all four professional major championships at one time, The Grand Slam.

Tiger has been PGA Player of the year eight times. He has been voted Sportsman of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year. He has been a member of both the Ryder and Presidents Cup teams. Tiger leads all active golfers in career victories and winnings.

Tiger Woods and his father started the Tiger Woods Foundation in 1996, to help promote minority participation in golf. In 2006 Tiger opened the Tiger Woods Learning Center. The Center educates and exposes children to opportunities in science and technology.

As this evidence shows, both Tiger and Jack have had tremendously successful careers and both have taken significant efforts to give back to their communities. The similarities do not end there.

Jack Nicklaus was raised by dedicated parents Charlie and Helen. Charlie was a sports fanatic and Ohio State alumni. He was a very involved parent and had a very close relationship with Jack. Jack was given every opportunity to succeed at anything he tried.

Charlie got him involved in golf early and nurtured his interest. Jack’s dad was a strong willed man with a dominating personality.

Tiger Woods was raised by dedicated parents Earl and Kultida. Earl was a Lt. Colonel in the Green Berets. Earl’s plan for Tiger started early. He was determined Tiger (Eldrick) was going to be a golfer, a championship golfer. Needless to say Earl was a very involved parent.

Tiger and Jack had very close relationships with their fathers. Both have said that their dad was their best friend. Their dads were their first and most influential role models. They grew up having a very similar home life. Even though Jack was playing golf at a private club and Tiger was beating the balls at a municipal course they both were given that push, that drive that champions have. The two of them arrived at the same place; their paths were only slightly different.

During his time on the PGA tour Nicklaus went to great lengths to try and give his family a normal life. He tried to be away from home for only two weeks at a time. At a time when pro golfers would be away for months, Jack avoided the long tour trips to be home with his wife and children. Nicklaus has said that throughout his career he had one fundamental principle that allowed him to be successful: family first.

There is probably only one person in golf that is respected more than Jack Nicklaus. That would be is his wife, Barbara. Barbara Nicklaus is the ultimate role model for a PGA tour wife and mother. Jack is very frank about his career and his family. It was Barbara’s strength and support that enabled him to be the golfer he was. It was because Barbara was there to run the household that allowed Jack to be a success.

Barbara Nicklaus is a generous and caring person. Elin Woods should give her a call. Barbara could share her secrets to a triumphant life on the tour.

As Jack’s children grew, Barbara would bring them on tour. Nicklaus tells the story of celebrating the 1980 US Open victory with a meal at McDonalds. It was his son Michael’s choice.

Tiger Woods is well on his way to challenging Jack Nicklaus as the greatest golfer of all time. He has started his family and appears to be a very involved father. He has had a very strong personal role model in his father. Tiger has his dad’s values and determination. He has used Jack as a professional role model with much success. He should look at Jack as a role model for a PGA Tour father.

Few men in the world are as successful in their professional lives as Tiger Woods.

He is as wealthy and successful as any athlete in history. He is also a man that is very comfortable with himself and the world he lives in. Jack Nicklaus was Tiger Woods thirty years ago. He was the biggest thing in golf and sports. He played golf with a focus and determination that made him the greatest of all time. He used that same focus to insure that his family grew up happy, healthy and normal.

Tiger is as focused on being a good father as he is on his golf game. He goes to great lengths to protect his privacy and is able to travel the world with his family. Tiger’s own family will reflect the values passed on to him by his Mom and Dad. He would do well to copy Jack’s model for a touring professional. Tiger should try to copy Jack one more time.


  1. July 12th, 2009 at 12:59 | #1

    Tiger was hit with a string of injuries. I think the kid came at a great time when he was low in form. Didn’t turn out that bad in the end.

  2. August 4th, 2009 at 10:28 | #2

    Congratulations with the kid! Health and hapiness to all his family.

  3. August 25th, 2009 at 06:58 | #3

    Tiger wood It’s really a tiger in playing Golf. I love his game. Keep it up tiger

  4. August 27th, 2009 at 12:01 | #4

    Tiger (Eldrick) is the best golf player I think

  5. September 1st, 2009 at 05:24 | #5

    Thank you for you information

  6. October 7th, 2009 at 10:10 | #6

    Great website

  7. October 16th, 2009 at 01:55 | #7

    thanks for sharing this info.. it is good for this info.

  8. November 3rd, 2009 at 05:24 | #8

    Its very good information about golf.

  9. November 29th, 2009 at 23:11 | #9

    Jack is the best ever.

  10. dsfsdf
    December 26th, 2009 at 02:38 | #10

    good information about golf.

  11. December 30th, 2009 at 03:13 | #11

    yeah woods, your affair more then good then your golf skill

  12. January 9th, 2010 at 04:02 | #12

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  13. February 25th, 2010 at 17:24 | #13

    It looks like not so much people like tiger woods at the moment.

  14. May 7th, 2010 at 00:36 | #14

    yes, but he still one of the best golfers ever.

  15. May 16th, 2010 at 14:13 | #15

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  16. June 11th, 2010 at 13:50 | #16

    It’s interesting to read this post in light of the recent revelations that Tiger wasn’t faithful to his family for a long time.

    His ‘stock’ has fallen mightily.

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  17. Jeff Skinner
    June 11th, 2010 at 21:22 | #17

    Yea, at that time we all were fooled by Tiger

  18. June 23rd, 2010 at 11:18 | #18

    You can say what you wan’t, but this guy can play golf really good.

  19. July 27th, 2010 at 16:50 | #19

    very informative post, thanks for sharing it with us

  20. November 1st, 2010 at 14:09 | #20

    I like tiger woods, the best golfer on earth.

  21. November 8th, 2010 at 09:52 | #21

    Thank you for
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  22. November 27th, 2010 at 17:05 | #22

    In golf he is the best, but in private he has a lot of problems with women.

  23. Ron
    December 17th, 2010 at 13:42 | #23

    Tiger’s making a comeback, both on the links and on the ‘circuit’. His ex-wife’s apparently making a comeback too with some cat from South Africa.
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  24. January 2nd, 2011 at 18:38 | #24

    I really like this guy. And about the storys with women… he is a man! Thats why it is ok.

  25. January 3rd, 2011 at 14:52 | #25

    He is a great golfer. What kind of problems he has in private is not my matter.

  26. February 15th, 2011 at 15:37 | #26

    He is really a great golfer.

  27. May 16th, 2011 at 14:37 | #27

    I like him, he`s a good golfer. But pivat….

  28. May 27th, 2011 at 09:55 | #28

    Great Golfer, he is really good.

  29. July 2nd, 2011 at 07:53 | #29

    Tiger has been through a long stretch of bad luck. Hopefully next year we begin to witness the “greatness” in him once again.

  30. November 30th, 2011 at 15:48 | #30

    He is really a very great golfer…but…

  31. February 24th, 2012 at 10:14 | #31

    I am happy that Jack’s major record is safe. Jack was a great golfer and is still a great person. Tiger is a great golfer, but I wouldn’t trust him to help my Mother get up if she fell down.

  32. April 15th, 2012 at 13:38 | #32

    He is still the Tiger and the best Golf player ever

  33. September 7th, 2012 at 14:05 | #33

    He is really a good player

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