Hall of Famer Jack Nicklaus Once Disclosed His Biggest Weakness: ‘I’ll Sneak Into the Refrigerator at Night…’

Published 01/17/2023, 4:30 PM EST
The Memorial Tournament Jack Nicklaus looks unto the green during the final round of The Memorial Tournament presented by Workday at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, USA on Sunday, June 5, 2022. Dublin Ohio United States PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxFRA Copyright: xJorgexLemusx originalFilename:lemus-thememor220605_np7WQ.jpg (Image Credit: IMAGO)

There are hardly any golfers regarded as higher as Jack Nicklaus. The 18-time Major winner has one of the most decorated careers in the sport that has helped him reach the pinnacle of golf. However, like any other human being, Nicklaus too has his weaknesses. He once shared it with the world in a heart-to-heart conversation.

Though it’s been more than a decade since the retirement of the Golden Bear from golf, fans still reminisce about his glorious moments on the field. Nicklaus holds many records in golf that are yet to be matched. However, despite all his feats, there is one thing that has been a big challenge in the Hall of Famer’s career.

Is this the biggest weakness of Jack Nicklaus?

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During his playing days, Nicklaus was known for his calm persona on the course. The 82-year-old’s champion mindset helped him win 117 professional wins. Nonetheless, there was one item that the Golden Bear liked but also considered the biggest threat.

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 11: Honorary starter and Masters champion Jack Nicklaus reacts to his shot during the First Tee ceremony to start the first round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

In 2000, Jack Nicklaus was interviewed by Golf Digest to celebrate their 50th anniversary. During the deep conversation, the golfer disclosed his love for the food. He agreed with the interviewer that some of the cookie dough from his house would never make it to the oven since the Golden Bear would eat it beforehand.

He then added how he rarely drinks alcohol since his college days. No alcohol, no soft drinks, then what is the biggest weakness in Nicklaus? “It’s probably ice cream”, said the Hall of Famer. His addiction to the cold dessert has even driven him to sleepless nights to go to the refrigerator late at midnight.

AUGUSTA, GA – APRIL 09: Honorary Starter Jack Nicklaus of the United States greets the patrons on the first tee during the first round of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The 18-time Major winner said, “That’s where I get lax, sloppy. I’ll sneak into the refrigerator at night and take two or three bites and put it back. Butter pecan. Only two or three bites, but it shows”. Thankfully, Jack Nicklaus shared his weakness almost at the end of his more than four-decade-long career.

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Despite thinking that he was unhealthy considering his diet, Nicklaus still managed to outshine the rest of the field in every Tournament. Perhaps, the ice cream must have been a secret ingredient for his drive to success that eventually helped him in becoming one of the greatest golfers of all time, if not the greatest.

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Abdul Bari Khan

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Abdul Bari is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Abdul is currently pursuing his Master’s in the same. With great affection for the world of sports, this avid golf lover turned to the course at a young age.

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