Jack Nicklaus reacts to Rory winning $15m

Jack Nicklaus

Despite winning a record 18 major championships and 73 PGA Tour titles, Jack Nicklaus made only $5,734,031 in total on-course earnings during his career.

So, you could forgive him for being a little jealous at the thought of Rory McIlroy pocketing $15m for winning one event at the weekend.

Except he’s not.

Instead, the ‘Golden Bear’ is loving the fact that $45m was divided between 30 different tour pros on Sunday, saying that he takes great pride in having helped pave the way for the riches available in the modern game.

• MacRae ready for return following cancer surgery

• "I've lost love for it" - Scots star retires

“Fifty years ago, you played pro golf to earn a living off the course,” the 79-year-old wrote on social media. “Today, you can become a millionaire in a week - or a day. And I love it!

EPIC MISSION - MASTER YOUR SHORT GAME

“The greats like [Sam] Snead, [Ben] Hogan and Byron Nelson among many laid the foundation. Hopefully, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and I, along with others, helped with the building blocks.

“I am very proud of the PGA Tour that I played and the one played today.”

• How the $45m FedEx bonus was distributed

Nicklaus added that a friend recently sent him the program from the 1950 US Championship which was played at his home club, Scioto. In it, he noted that Jimmy Demaret had earned $2,400 for winning the Masters that year, whilst Sam Snead was the leading money through the Masters, with $13,928.

Rory Mc Ilroy Fed Ex Cup

• Six injured as lightning strikes Tour Championship

• Poulter brilliantly trolls USA with new headcovers

“When you realise what’s at stake in the Tour Championship, it’s great to see how far the PGA Tour has come,” he added. “When I was 22, and started my pro career in 1962, you might win $2,800 for a regular tour event. I made $15,000 at the US Open Championship, although I did get a couple thousand for Sunday’s gate.

“The winner at East Lake earns the richest prize in golf history, and last place [30th] gets $395k - almost $100k more than I ever made in a season!”

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
FOUR GOLF LESSONS WITH STEVE JOHNSTON – BIG CHANGES! (Epic Mission EP 7)
Epic Mission
play button
A ROUND WITH MARC WARREN (Epic Mission EP 6)
Epic Mission
play button
Motocaddy S1 & Pro-Series REVIEW & GIVEAWAY
Motocaddy
play button
MASTER YOUR SHORT GAME (Epic Mission EP 5)
Epic Mission
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Scottish club makes bold decision to attract new members
"B******t!" - PGA Tour pro hits out at Patrick Reed
Patrick Reed fires back at his critics
Eddie Pepperell has hilarious reaction to Reed's "cheating"
Ocean Tee calls for clubs to ban plastic tees

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods puts new irons in the bag
New Fife golf course gets go ahead
REVIEW - Adare Manor, Ireland's rejuvenated masterpiece
Win a spot in the ASI Scottish Open Pro-Am with Hilton
Padraig Harrington targets 2020 Ryder Cup captaincy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Swing your arms more freely
Callaway
play button
A simple takeaway drill from Peter Barber
Watch
play button
Maintain your balance throughout golf swing
Watch
play button
Timing your strike
Watch
See all videos right arrow