“However once I obtained the invitation this time to be an honorary citizen of St Andrews and to comply with Bobby Jones and Benjamin Franklin, I’ve obtained to return again. So to be again is improbable.”
Nicklaus retired from aggressive golf along with his remaining look at St Andrews in 2005 and the Golden Bear stated the Previous Course stays one of many sport’s most iconic places.
“Once I first got here right here in 1964, I couldn’t imagine that St Andrews was a golf course that also examined golfers of that point, that’s what… 60 years in the past? Or near that,” he stated.
“It didn’t assume it might nonetheless check golfers of this time however it’s a magical golf course. The situations, the climate, the place you select to place the pins, whether or not it will get drier or moist, all these issues make St Andrews a magical place.
“The sport of golf basically began right here and it’s simply completely mind-blowing to me that it nonetheless stands as much as the golfers of at the moment – and it does, particularly if you get the climate.
“St Andrews the week of The Open is all the time lovely. I think about for anyone who makes the pilgrimage right here to play this golf course feels that.”
The profitable rating at St Andrews has historically been low, with 15-under, 16-under, 14-under and 19-under profitable the Championship within the final 5 editions on the Previous Course.
However Nicklaus doesn’t imagine it issues what the title-winning rating is come Sunday night, insisting the house of golf all the time offers a stern check to the world’s finest.
“They could shoot low, so what? That’s the way in which I take a look at it. In the event that they shoot low now to what they did 100 years in the past however instances change. Golfers get higher, the gear will get higher,” he added.
“Circumstances get higher they usually shoot low scores however I don’t assume it makes an entire lot of distinction truly. It’s St Andrews, it’s what it’s and it’ll produce a very good Champion.
“The sport has modified fairly a bit however St Andrews hasn’t. It’s had just a little little bit of size added to it to try to compromise the golf ball of at the moment and you continue to must play golf.
“You continue to have these pesky little bunkers that seize your ball each time you hit an errant shot. You hit one on the market, you play it out sideways, you say why did I hit it right here?
“In the event you actually play effectively, play good at St Andrews, you are taking part in like a lot of the seaside golf programs, you are taking part in by the place the bunkers are.
“In the event you play good, actually play good, you are most likely going to take a few possibilities throughout the week, however more often than not you don’t.”