Jack Nicklaus sent right before turning pro
Jack Nicklaus sent right before turning pro It’s reading letters like this when you’re reminded how much sports has changed.
Back when Jack Nicklaus was an up-and-coming prospect, the decision to turn professional was an agonizing one. There wasn’t the kind of money tempting him the way young talents are now. Turning professional was a risk — a burden, even — one he almost felt compelled to defend.
In any case, today marks the 56th anniversary of Nicklaus’ decision to try his hand at professional golf, and what a good one it was. 18 major wins later, golf’s greatest player took some time on Tuesday to look back at the heartfelt letter that started it all.
“It is with mixed emotions and considerable thought that I am writing this letter to you of my intentions to apply for membership in the Professional Golfers Association,” Nicklaus wrote.
“Upon returning from the Americas Cup Matches, several benefits were pointed out to me. After much thought I have concluded that due to the several sources of income available to me at the professional level, it would be unfair to my family not to accept this new responsibility.”