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‘Sees Something Special in You’: Hours Before His $20,000,000 Event, PGA Tour Pro’s ‘Unbelievable Experience’ With Jack Nicklaus Earns Respect From Golf World

Published 06/01/2023, 12:44 PM EDT

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Following the conclusion of the prestigious PGA Championship, the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club has become the center of interest for the golfing community. Jack Nicklaus, one of the all-time greats in golf, founded this competition in 1976. He aimed to create a competition that captured the spirit of golf’s tradition and history. In addition, he also wanted to give back to society by supporting causes that helped the underprivileged in Columbus and Ohio, through this tournament.

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Now that the tournament is finally here, it brought back memories for one golfer regarding his encounter with Jack Nicklaus.


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A 29-year-old golfer talks about his first Memorial Tournament

Michael S. Kim is currently competing in the $20,000,000 worth Memorial tournament. He just posted a throwback on Twitter about his first Memorial Tournament experience. He described how he had traveled to the course the day before for practice, and met the ‘Golden Bear’, Jack Nicklaus, and his son, Jackie.

There, he had the chance to play alongside the legendary Nicklaus. Because the golf legend didn’t want to put Kim under any strain or interfere with his plans, so Nicklaus didn’t personally invite Kim. Kim, though, seized the opportunity and played 18 holes with Nicklaus and his son, Jackie. Then Kim described how Nicklaus discussed particular holes and even provided Kim with tips on how to execute particular strokes.

Nicklaus also discussed his own experiences playing in competitions, particularly the 1986 Masters. His son Jackie also provided his perspective because he caddied for his father during that tournament. Finally, Nicklaus asked Kim if he had ever attended the Masters. When Kim said no, Nicklaus reassured him that he would one day take part in the prestigious tournament. And that was an experience worth reminiscing for life!

“Talked about some of his masters wins, especially about the 86 Masters and was able to hear about Jackie’s perspective as he caddied for him there. Asked me if I’ve ever been to the Masters and I said no and he replied with, don’t worry you’ll play it one day.”

In that tournament, Kim scored 73 in the first round and 72 in the second round, but ended up missing the cut.

Fans reaction to Michael S. Kim’s story

Kim’s story resonated with the fans as they went on to remark how fortunate Kim was to get guidance from Nicklaus himself, and how Nicklaus saw something special in him.

One fan commented on how he took the interview with Jack Nicklaus, and Nicklaus was so supportive of this.


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Many fans praised Michael S. Kim’s experience, saying it was fantastic.

Kim has even received praise from some fans for sharing small aspects of the tour.


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We’re excited to see what kind of magic Kim will bring to the game. What do you think about Kim’s tweet? Let us know your take in the comments below

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Written by:

Rajnandini Rathore


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Rajnandini is a promising addition to the team as a Golf writer. She was recently recruited in the latest round of ‘ES Draft’ as one of the young writers who is an avid golf enthusiast. With Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson being her entry into the fandom of the sport, Rajnandini believes LIV Golf is the future of the sport.
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Manaal Siddiqui