‘It Was Very Personal’: When Annika Sorenstam Opened Up on Her Memorable Meetings With Jack Nicklaus

Published 01/17/2022, 11:15 AM EST
Jack Nicklaus shares his experiences on the golf course with his colorblindness | Courtesy: Getty Images

The popularity golf holds today is a result of some legendary players bringing together the world because of their skills and charm. While various golfers across eras have helped revolutionize the game, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player are considered golf’s big three even today. Of course, their iconic status guarantees countless good stories one can share about them.

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In the year 2020, players came together to speak of some of the fondest memories they share with Jack Nicklaus.

DUBLIN, OH – JUNE 7: Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods pose with the tournament trophy after the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 7, 2009 in Dublin, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

The memories are from people who met Nicklaus in different situations, all sharing all kinds of snippets.

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Annika on spending time with Jack Nicklaus

With 18 major titles to his name, Nicklaus continues to draw attention years after his retirement.

Along with people like Bryson DeChambeau, Tiger Woods, and Rickie Fowler, Sweden’s Annika Sorenstam also shared her story with Nicklaus. Unlike a few, Sorenstam’s story was about an emotional angle and not anything related to the course. The 51-year-old was eager to share the short story, not even going into much detail about what Nicklaus had to say.

“I’ve been lucky to spend some fun times with Jack. One that I really liked was [when he was working on a down there, and it was really cool. On our way home, he shared stories about his grandchildren and his family and Barbara, Sorenstam said .”

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)

She explained that the whole thing was ‘very personal’, and not very related to his golf.

“I remember our moments of the course more because he’s so human—though sometimes he’s unhuman on the golf course”.

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Jun 7, 2015; Dublin, OH, USA; Jack Nicklaus looks on at the eighteenth hole during the final round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports/Files

Apart from Sorenstam, Niklaus’s wife Barbara spoke about the PGA Tour legend.

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“Well, you know, Jack is a lot older than me. [Laughs.] But we stay busy, and we feel so blessed. We’ve been able to help children [with the Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation], and so many people share that passion,” she said.

One cannot deny that these stories sets him apart, making sure everyone knows how special he is.

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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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