- Jack Nicklaus and Rory McIlroy have become very close since they first met years ago
- They ran into each other in a parking lot in Jupiter, Florida
Rory McIlroy and Jack Nicklaus met in the most unlikely of places. Two superstars in the same sport, separated by generations, meeting for the first time in the parking lot of a local shopping mall.
Both McIlroy and Nicklaus live in Jupiter, Florida. A lot of professional golfer’s call this sunny town home, but none have made a run in quite like this one. Can you imagine leaving the mall with a new pair of slacks and running into THE Jack Nicklaus? Well I don’t know about the slacks but that’s what happened. The two have been very close ever since that fateful day.
“We talk quite often actually,” said Nicklaus a few years ago.
Rory has gotten Masters advice from the legend who owns six green jackets. If that’s not every golfer’s dream, I don’t know what is.
“I had a little conversation with Jack Nicklaus on Sunday about it, he was having lunch just across from us,” said McIlroy last year. “We had a chat and he was saying … if you hit the ball in the middle of the green at Augusta you’re going to be OK.”
Hopefully Rory can muster up all the advice and confidence he needs to get that green jacket that will complete his grand slam. Although he may not be having the best season so far, I have faith that Rory is only getting started, and I bet Jack would say the same.
This clip from 2013 shows just how much Nicklaus cares about Rory.