Golf Legend Jack Nicklaus Auctions Hat and Gloves Worn in Masters Ceremonial Opening
Professional Golfer Jack Nicklaus, nicknamed The Golden Bear, wore a yellow glove and hat while hitting the honorary opening tee shot at Augusta National recently.
On his personal Twitter account, Jack Nicklaus wrote: "Augusta National is where it all started when I wore yellow in the final round of the '86 Masters."
"Now, by auctioning the yellow hat and glove I wore this morning to hit the ceremonial tee shot at @TheMasters Tournament," he added, "we have a chance to make an impact."
The 80-year-old signed the hat and glove and auctioned the items off on eBay. The winning bid amount will benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
The hospital raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals, which give 32 million treatments every year to children across the United States and Canada.
We’re auctioning the hat and glove I wore this morning to raise money for @PlayYellow4Kids, which will impact 170 @CMNHospitals nationwide and the lives of the children and families they touch! Head to this link to donate: https://t.co/0y1TYuoqSq pic.twitter.com/AnrQNmFyY5— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) November 12, 2020
Meanwhile, fifteen percent of net sales of the hat are donated to Children's Miracle Network Hospital. The exact design of the glove, which is part of GOLF.com's exclusive collaboration with Asher Golf, is available in their Pro Shop. They are donating ten percent of sales to the hospital.
Nobody believed Nicklaus could find his 6th Masters title that late in his career.
I can’t imagine Sunday of the 1986 Masters without patrons. I don’t know if I could’ve done it. To a very large degree, the crowds and the patrons are what fueled me on to do what I did. pic.twitter.com/KaxF9iVBoZ— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) November 15, 2020
Nicklaus is apparently the best golf player ever. He won The Masters six times during his remarkable career. In 1963, Nicklaus, then 23, won his first-ever green jacket at the Masters.
In 1965, Nicklaus won his second Masters, and he repeated as the winner a year after that. He likewise won again in 1972 and 1975. At that point, he went a decade without winning another green jacket.
Nobody believed Nicklaus could find his 6th Masters title that late in his career. However, they weren't right as he put on his best show at Augusta in 1986 at 46 years of age.
Although it was the most noteworthy title of his career, it actually is not his fondest memory in The Masters. In the week paving the way to The Masters, players and family members play in a light-hearted par-3 contest at Augusta National.
Along with Gary Player, Tom Watson, and a few of their grandchildren, Nicklaus played the par-3 contest in 2018. On the final hole of the tournament, Nicklaus let his grandson, Gary Nicklaus Jr., try his hand at a tee shot, and he drained it.
Nicklaus has plenty of fond recollections to chose from over his successful career in The Masters. Nonetheless, he said watching Gary make an ace at Augusta National will consistently be his top choice.