Jordan Spieth Nearly Falls While Giving Danny Willett His Green Jacket (Video)
Jack Nicklaus Tweets Encouraging Message For Jordan Spieth Following Masters Meltdown
It’s clear that only one thing was on the golfing world’s mind yesterday as Jordan Spieth unraveled late in the day to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory at the Masters.
No less than Jack Nicklaus took to Twitter to reach out to Spieth and let the world know that he’s the type of guy who can recover from this sort of thing. Also, careful not to slight the eventual champion Danny Willett, Nicklaus offered up a few words for him as well.
All in all, Nicklaus’ words offered a couple of very distinct, but equally thoughtful sentiments about what the world saw at Augusta yesterday. Here’s the message he sent (via Twitter):
I think the whole golfing world feels for Jordan Spieth. He had a chance to do something truly special and something very few have done before—and be the youngest to accomplish that—and he just didn’t pull through. My heart goes out to him for what happened, but I know that Jordan is a young man who will certainly learn from this experience and there will be some good that comes out of this for him. He’s a wonderful talent and a wonderful young man.
I’ve watched Danny Willett play on television a few times and when I’ve seen him swing the golf club, I have thought, “Well, this young man looks like he’s a pretty darn good player.” He had moved himself up to 12th in the world, so he’s obviously done something right and was playing very good golf coming into Augusta. What impressed me so much is that when he realized he was in a position to win, he finished it—and that’s the mark of a champion: To finish a good round; give yourself an opportunity to win; and when the other fellow doesn’t finish, you’ve got to be there. Danny Willett was and kudos to him. What an amazing couple of weeks for him—from becoming a new father to becoming the latest Masters winner. My congratulations go to Danny for what he did.