- Jack Nicklaus was awarded the Sports Illustrated’s Legacy Award on Tuesday.
- Tiger Woods was quick to congratulate the 18-time major winner in an open letter.
- Nicklaus is convinced Tiger will win again.
Nicklaus was in New York to accept the Muhammad Ali Legacy award presented to him by Sports Illustrated on Tuesday as the golf world congratulated him for “embodying the ideals of sportsmanship, leadership and philanthropy.”
Tiger was one of many to wish the legend well and posted this open letter on his website:
“I’d like to congratulate Jack on receiving [Sports Illustrated’s] Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. Every honor Jack receives is well-deserved, and this one, that recognizes the ideals of sportsmanship, leadership and philanthropy as tools for changing the world, is pretty special.”
“Jack’s tournament records are incredible, not just his 18 majors (plus two U.S. amateurs) and 73 PGA TOUR wins, but his 19 second-place finishes in the majors, which I think may be his most incredible stat. The way he would rise to every occasion with the shot it demanded under the circumstances are unparalleled.”
“I’m extremely happy for Jack, and I’ve always admired his accomplishments, but it’s a lot more than that. He’s an outstanding person, and I’m honored that I can call him a friend.”
Nicklaus was equally complimentary and seemed convinced Tiger will return to competitive golf.
“He’s such a great athlete and such a good competitor. I think he’ll come back, but don’t hurt yourself. Be patient. He’s got a lot of good golf left in him,” Nicklaus told Reuters.
Asked whether Tiger still has time to surpass Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors, “Who knows?” said the golden bear. “I don’t know whether it’s safe or not. If it isn’t, it’s OK. I think Tiger will come back and he’s got more to win.”