The Honda Classic Jack Nicklaus Notable Quotes, More


TV Rewind: NBC Sports Group Notable Quotes for Golf Channel/Golf Channel on NBC Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Honda Classic – Rounds 3 & 4 (partial) –- PGA National (Champions Course), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.  The final round of The Honda Classic will resume Monday, March 2 at 8 a.m. ET on Golf Channel and will air until its conclusion.

Speaking with NBC broadcasters Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller in the 18th tower at PGA National on Sunday, veteran great Jack Nicklaus was asked for his take on the U.S. Ryder Cup task force and its selection of Davis Love III as captain.

Jack Nicklaus quotes while speaking with Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller in the 18th tower during live coverage

On the challenging stretch of holes (15-17) called the “Bear Trap”:

Jack: “The Bear Trap is all about not destroying yourself and ruining your game. It’s like Amen Corner at Augusta. You gotta get through 11, 12 and 13 in reasonable shape – you gotta get through 15, 16 and 17 here in reasonable shape to not put yourself out of it.”

On players misreading the 17th green, most thinking putts will break toward the water:

Jack: “For all the years that we’ve played – back from 1990 – the ball never breaks right. So I guess it’s been very consistent.”

On Ian Poulter’s shot to the 17th green:

Jack: “I don’t think Ian’s ever been one to lay back.”

On the Ryder Cup:

Jack: “Be patient. We don’t have to do a bunch of things to say how are you going to win the Ryder Cup. Just go play golf.”

“You can’t force good play. Good play comes from good, hard work and, actually, being prepared to play, not forced to play.”

“Our guys are playing the Ryder Cup and the Presidents Cup in each year. I think it’s a little hard the guys to expect to them to be 100 percent every year.”

More Nicklaus quotes on the topic on

On tournament co-leader Ian Poulter:

Johnny Miller – “A lot of pressure on him to win, finally, in the U.S. in stroke play. I’m not sure if he can hold it together. We’ll see.”

On Patrick Reed:

Roger Maltbie – “Most players you watch, at some point you’ll see doubt, you’ll see periods when they are kind of confused. This young man always seems to have a purpose, always seems to be confident that the next shot is going to be a good one. I think that’s one of his great strengths.”

On Reed’s tee shot on the 6th hole after tying Ian Poulter for the tournament lead:

Miller – “After three pull-hooks off the tee, on the key one he threads it down there.”