Now here is something every golf fan should read. The Players Tribune got Jack Nicklaus to pen a letter to his 10-year-old self, right about the time when he found the game of golf.
It’s a wonderful insight into the life of a young Jack Nicklaus including a bout with polio (the vaccine was still a few years away), his early introduction to golf and those battles with Arnold Palmer to come.
You’ll do it. And the other kids will just stare at you. Then you’ll get back to work. The whole summer of 1950, you’ll work. Bucket after bucket of balls, swing after swing, divot after divot.
Then one day, there’s going to be a bill in the mail. Dad will go grab it. Then he’ll yell your name in that voice … that voice is trouble, you know it. He’ll be holding a bill from Scioto.
“Three hundred dollars, Jack?”
At this moment, hold your ground, young man.
Most tellingly, it’s all about giving back to the kids – something The Golden Bear has done time and time again in his lifetime.
Read the full letter over at The Players Tribune.