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Video: Clip Of Jack Getting Very Emotional Over Pal Watson

Talk about a buzzkill, but someone cut from Jack Nickaus--as emotional as you'll ever see him talking about another golfer--to the supremely forgettable speech by Ohio Governor John Kasich--before returning to the eloquent Tom Watson in the below Columbus Dispatch highlight package of today's ceremony for 2012 Memorial honoree Watson.

I Tweeted the event as it happened, and as wonderful as it was, I was stunned to see no active PGA Tour players sitting in on a ceremony involving the greatest ever and one of the all time greats. Even worse, for the "optics" obsessed tour, watching players walking by in the driving range background with a bag of balls in their hand, oblivious to the emotional tributes by two men who I believe have won as many majors as this year's field combined, was, to say the least, bizarre.

Anyway, back to these great champions. Here is a Golf Channel highlight package reported by Whit Watson. And Shawn Mitchell's written account for the Columbus Dispatch blog.

And the video by the Dispatch:

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Reader Comments (7)


I saw Jack and Tom live today, and Jack almost moved me to tears.

I could only think of Simon & Garfunkel's ''Old Friends''

It was real.
05.30.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Here's the full meal deal. Jack takes the podium at the 6 minute mark.
05.31.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarc Staehling
Why don't they schedule it in the evening, instead of during Pro-Am / practice time?
05.31.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
Ah! Golf's good ole days when they played for pride and not so much money. Love watching old video's of golf's past greats!
05.31.2012 | Unregistered CommenterViz
Great remarks, too bad they were heavily edited. Unfortunately the editing didn't remove Fred Ridley from the last shot.
05.31.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCRS
I'm not Watson's greatest fan by any means, but this is a deserved honor for someone who has done much for the sport.
I agree with Brian S. It doesn't make sense to schedule the ceremony at the same time and in near proximity as another Memorial Tournament associated event.
05.31.2012 | Unregistered Commentergov. lepetomane
Jack is loved and respected because he gives respect and not arrogance! Tom not so much because he is a pot always calling it on a kettle about most things. Tom does not know when to not comment and it always comes across that Tom is bitter that Golf is not for the Country Club type only! Tom has done greatness in Golf but he's not revered like the King, Nor the Golden Bear, The Lord Byron, Hogan Snead or Tiger!
05.31.2012 | Unregistered CommenterFan4Life

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