‘Something I Could Not Even Accomplish Once’: Jack Nicklaus Pens a Special Message for Rory McIlroy

Published 06/16/2022, 9:45 AM EDT
Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 10, 2022 Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy reacts after his eagle on the 13th green during the final round REUTERS/Mike Blake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Despite all the drama and events, the PGA Tour is going on with its extensive schedule. Considering all the moves to LIV Golf, Rory McIlroy was at the center of this PGA weekend. McIlroy is one of the most important players in the world, owing to his many wins over the years.

With LIV Golf creating quite the buzz, McIlroy has chosen to stay with the PGA Tour. Judging by his recent performance, his statement is his recent Canadian Open win. Fans seemed to cheer him on.


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Among those fans, however, was PGA Tour legend, Jack Nicklaus.

Jack Nicklaus congratulates Rory McIlroy on the Canadian Open win

This week, Nicklaus seemed beyond happy to have McIlroy take home his 21st PGA Tour win. It was McIlroy’s win as a defending champion, that made it special for the 33-year-old. Furthermore, Nicklaus mentioned that he himself never achieved the feat.

Fans seemed to love the small interaction, with a few users mentioning the LIV Golf.


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With players divided between the two, PGA Tour will be missing a few stars for its events. While Tiger Woods and McIlroy are still with the tour, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, and Bryson DeChambeau are a few names who have opted for the Saudi-backed league.

What did McIlroy say to Greg Norman?

Though there was no direct statement made, McIlroy made himself very clear. “One more than someone else,” he tweeted after the win, referring to Greg Norman. The 67-year-old is working as LIV Golf Series’ Commissioner and has been at the forefront of all promotions. As per McIlroy, the series and Norman were an incentive for him to win.

Additionally, even Justin Thomas made a pass at Norman and his 20 PGA Tour wins. Although Thomas’ comments were subtle, the winky face emoji in brackets could be a dig at Norman.


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LIV Golf and PGA Tour both have major events to go, seemingly competing for viewerships and fans. In fact, reports mention Nicklaus himself being offered a good price by the LIV Golf Series.

RIDGEDALE, MO – APRIL 23: Jack Nicklaus smiles after teeing off on the fifth hole during the Legends of Golf Skins Shooutout during the PGA TOUR Champions Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge at Top of the Rock on April 23, 2017 in Ridgedale, Missouri. (Photo by Ryan Young/PGA TOUR)

That being said, only time can tell how well the new series plays out. What one can confirm, however, is McIlroy’s loyalty to the PGA Tour.


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The four-time major winner will be playing the US Open next. Do you think McIlroy can secure his 22nd title in Massachusetts? Let us know in the comments below.

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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.