It’s difficult living in your father’s shadow, especially when that shadow is cast by golf legend Jack Nicklaus. But Gary Nicklaus, the third of Jack’s four sons, who never came close to matching his famous father’s success on the links despite carrying the Nicklaus name, is attempting a comeback on the PGA Tour. But to do so, the younger Nicklaus has to do it the hard way, by going back to qualifying school. The former PGA card-carrying member, who has 100 pro tournaments under his belt, hasn’t played on tour in six years. But the draw of the game was too strong to resist, so with his family’s support, he’s having another go at qualifying for the tour.
Nicklaus understands that the road back will be a long and difficult one, especially at 40-years-of-age. But Jack’s son also believes his game is better than before, and that his advanced maturity level will aid him in finding success on the course. Add to that a recent win in an amateur event (the 2008 Palm Beach Kennel Club County Amateur), and Nicklaus’ burning desire to compete at golf’s highest level couldn’t go unanswered.
Nicklaus will tee it up Sept. 22-25 at a pre-qualifier in Dallas, Texas, alongside Sam Saunders, grandson of another golfing legend, Arnold Palmer.