Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will meet for the 14th time Sunday night when the New England Patriots play the Denver Broncos in what has become one of the best individual rivalries in the NFL.
Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer know about rivalry, too, and weigh in with their thoughts in this special video.
"We competed against each other with total intent to beat each other," Palmer said in the clip. "We always played off each other because we were playing against each other so much."
Added Nicklaus: "When I first started playing against Arnold, my goal was to beat him and become the best I could be.” Nicklaus said. "If that meant de-throning 'The King,' then that was what I had to do."
Between them, they won 25 majors. Nicklaus' first came at the 1962 U.S. Open at Oakmont, where he beat the elder Palmer and a rivalry was born. They would go on to win 70 tournaments on the PGA TOUR over the next 10 years.
What do you think is golf's best rivalry? Discuss below.
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Jack Nicklaus is scheduled to drop the ceremonial first puck on Friday night when the Columbus Blue Jackets open their 2013-14 season at home against the Calgary Flames.
It will be the first time Nicklaus has ever done such a thing.
"I need to broaden my horizons," he joked.
With The Presidents Cup in town this week at Nicklaus' Muirfield Village, the connection with the start of the local NHL team's season seems a logical one. So Nicklaus was asked last month if he would like to drop the puck.
"I don't understand, first of all," Nicklaus said about his exact duties. "I've never seen a puck dropped. I've never heard the phrase until about two weeks ago.
"I don't know how far you drop it from. I don't know what you're supposed to hit and who you're not supposed to hurt. So I'll find out on Friday night."
Although Nicklaus used to own Florida Panthers season tickets for several years, he only went to one game. That was during the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals when the Panthers played the Colorado Avalanche. Nicklaus and his wife Barbara attended the game as the guest of then-Panthers owner Wayne Huizenga.
Their seats were right behind the glass. If you've ever been to a hockey game, you know how unnerving that can be for a first-time attendee.
"Every time the puck hit the glass, Barbara was jumping back about 10 feet," Nicklaus said. "It was a very interesting experience and enjoyable and we had a great time. I have not been to a hockey game since, so we are going to go to a hockey game Friday night."
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
DUBLIN, Ohio -- PGA TOUR pros get a look at Muirfield Village every year when the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance comes to town in late May. This week, the U.S. and International teams get a second look at Jack Nicklaus' course this year.
There will be some differences in the course set-up for The Presidents Cup, Nicklaus said Tuesday.
LESS ROUGH: Nicklaus said the rough is usually 2-1/2 inches for the members. This week, it will be 2-1/4 inches. "Obviously that means that the driving of the golf ball is going to be far more aggressive," Nicklaus said. The decision was one that TOUR officials wanted and mentioned to Nicklaus a year ago.
14th HOLE: At the Memorial, this par-4 hole is 363 yards on the scorecard. This week, it's 325 yards. "Probably on a couple of rounds, give them the opportunity to drive the green," Nicklaus said.
16TH HOLE: A new tee was added to the par-3 hole to "give it a little more variety," Nicklaus said. "I think even with some of the tough pin positions, they might even more the tee forward to try to find a little more aggressive shot down near the end of the match.
18TH HOLE: A new tee was built after this year's Memorial. "I didn't build it for The Presidents Cup," Nicklaus said. "I built it because I said I was tired of seeing guys drive over the nine bunkers that we put out there."
Nicklaus said none of the changes were specifically designed for this week's event. But the time of the season will give it a different feel than during the May event.
"We think that the golf course will play faster in the fall, which it usually does," he said. "The weather forecast is actually pretty good, so the golf course should be relatively dry. It will make it harder to keep the ball in the fairway, but the rough is not signature enough, so that's OK.
"This is match play, not medal play. It's an event to have a few birdies and not play defensive golf, but play offensive golf."
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Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013
Winner's interview: About 30-45 minutes after tournament's conclusion
Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus are partners in this week's Champions Tour event in Savannah, Ga. (Squire/Getty Images)
|Click here for latest scores from the Demaret Division at Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf|
By PGATOUR.COM staff
Jack Nicklaus made 594 starts on the PGA TOUR during his illustrious career, and another 84 starts in Champions Tour events. He seemingly has played in every golfing community in America ... except for Savannah, Ga.
This week, he gets to cross that city off the list, as he teams up with another legend, Gary Player, to participate in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf.
Nicklaus and Player are paired in the Demaret Division two-man team competition that takes place Monday and Tuesday at the Club at Savannah Harbor.
"I have no history of playing in Savannah, and I have no expectations," Nicklaus said during Masters week, prior to joining Player and Arnold Palmer for the ceremonial opening tee shot.
Player is usually paired with Bob Charles, but last year Charles couldn't make it. So Player partnered with Simon Hobday. When Nicklaus heard about the switch, he told Player, "I wish you'd asked me. ... I would love to play with you."
Player replied, "Well, you'll play next year."
As he finished recalling the story, Nicklaus added with a laugh, "I should have kept my mouth shut."
That's because Nicklaus hadn't played golf in a month and said that he's "not taking a golf tournament serious. I don't play golf anymore. I play occasionally if I have to."
But he added, "Gary and I will have a good time. We'll have fun."
Player has a different outlook. He's focused on winning.
Player and Charles won the Demaret Division twice; last year, he and Hobday finished fifth, six strokes behind winners Gibby Gilbert and J.C. Snead.
"I'm very happy to play with Jack," Player said. "Obviously we've gone up together and have a lot of respect for each other, but I'm not doing it for fun. I want to win."
MONDAY TEE TIMES - Demaret Division
|11 a.m. ET||Gibby Gilbert/J.C. Snead||Jim Albus/Jim Dent|
|11:10 a.m. ET||Jack Nicklaus/Gary Player||Mike Hill/Lee Trevino|
|11:20 a.m. ET||Bruce Devlin/Larry Mowry||Charles Coody/Dale Douglass|
|11:30 a.m. ET||Butch Baird/Larry Laoretti||Don Bies/Tom Shaw|
|11:40 a.m. ET||Jim Colbert/Bob Murphy||Al Geiberger/Jimmy Powell|
|11:50 a.m. ET||Frank Beard/Larry Ziegler||Don January/Gene Littler|
|Noon ET||Miller Barber/Jim Ferree||Homero Blancas/Bobby Nichols|
|12:10 p.m. ET||Tommy Aaron/Lou Graham||Tommy Jacobs/Johnny Pott|
|12:20 p.m. ET||Dow Finsterwald/Bob Goalby||Jack Fleck/Bob Toski|
|12:30 p.m. ET||Doug Ford/Billy Maxwell||Billy Casper/Ken Still|
|12:40 p.m. ET||Lee Elder/Doug Sanders||Fred Hawkins/Howie Johnson|
Nicklaus won 73 times in his career on the PGA TOUR. (Carroll/Getty Images)
Jack Nicklaus turned 73 on Monday. He has the same number of career victories on the PGA TOUR, which ranks third all-time behind only Tiger Woods and Sam Snead.
What is your favorite memory of Nicklaus?
Share your thoughts and wish him a happy birthday below.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Mark Wilson has set the bar high.
He and his wife Amy, who is president of the PGA TOUR Wives Association, recently started a lectureship series at Indiana. Amy, who is a 1999 graduate of Indiana's Kelley School of Business, remembers attending free lectures when she was a student there and a member of Delta Gamma sorority.
So first, Mark put together the Spikes for Speakers Golf Classic Pro-Am, which was held on the IU championship course. Among the 12 pros participating were former Hoosiers Jeff Overton, Shaun Micheel and Stephen Wheatcroft. The event raised $100,000 to endow the lectureship series.
Then Wilson brought in the really big guns -- asking Jack Nicklaus to be the first speaker. All Nicklaus wanted in return was to try to raise some more money for charity so a dinner was arranged prior to his lecture that raised $75,000 for The First Tee of Central Indiana.
"We had just a really fun evening," Wilson said. "He was there with us for probably five hours. And I kept saying over and over, 'Thank you. Thank you so much. I know these are so tough to do and we really appreciate it.' And he find finally looked at me and said, 'It's okay. It's okay, Mark. I enjoy doing this for you guys.'
"I think at the stage of his career he's, what, 73 years old now? He probably enjoys reminiscing, because they're going to ask him about his accomplishments and he can candidly talk about them-- instead of personally I know I have to go tee it up in a couple days, so I'm not going to share everything with you guys that I'm working on. Whereas, he's done with his career basically, in terms of competitive golf, so now he can just kind of relive all the fun moments.
"And I think that's what I saw in him that day. He soaked it up and he loved talking about golf and trying to pass along some advice to the young people at Indiana University."
Wilson acknowledged Nicklaus would be a tough act to follow. Someone suggested the defending champ of the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation need only look as far as the tournament host and former president for next year's coup.
"There you go," Wilson said with a big grin.
Greg Norman created quite a stir earlier this week when he told FoxSports.com that he felt Tiger Woods was "really intimidated" by Rory McIlroy, the 23-year-old Northern Irishman with four wins this season.
The two players, who have a friendly rivalry, played down those comments on Wednesday on the eve of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, where they are playing together in today's first round. The subject also came up during an interview Jack Nicklaus did on ESPN 980 in Washington, D.C.
“Quiet Greg, quiet," Nicklaus said. "Down boy. I think Tiger had a pretty darn good year this year. It’s the first time he has gotten himself back into contention in the majors, he didn’t finish them and I think by his own admission he said he had a hard time finishing them. That’s like anything else. He had a pretty big event in his life that changed a lot of things and he has to learn how to go back and play again. I think he’s learned how to play again, now he has to learn how to finish again. I think Tiger has a lot of wins left in him."
At the same time, though, Nicklaus went on to say that Woods has more competition than he once did. The Golden Bear noted that players like McIlroy and Keegan Bradley -- "and I could probably name a half dozen other guys," he said -- learned to win while Woods was injured and later revamping his swing.
"They’re not scared of him anymore," Nicklaus said. "Before Tiger just showed up coming down the stretch and everybody said ‘oh there’s Tiger and I wilt.’ They don’t do that anymore. Tiger’s got his work cut out for him but I don’t think Tiger is by any means finished. I just think Tiger is too good of an athlete and too good of a player.”
No golfer has won more professional majors than Jack Nicklaus, who has 18. No tennis player has won more Grand Slam events than Roger Federer, who has 17.
The two legends, arguably the best ever in their respective sports, finally met for the first time last week at Wimbledon, prior to Federer winning his seventh title in England.