Jack Nicklaus Says 2020 Masters Tournament is ‘Hardly Augusta National at Its Finest’

by Josh Lanier

Jack Nicklaus called out the organizers of the 2020 Masters and slammed the set up at the iconic course as “hardly Augusta National at its finest.” The golfing legend tweeted out his annoyance Thursday, following a recent trend from the six-time Masters champion of posting hot takes that split his audience.

“In today’s first round of @TheMasters, what little bit of golf I saw after the rain was like throwing darts. There was no wind to speak of, the greens had no fire in them, and everywhere the ball hit just stopped. That is hardly Augusta National at its finest or most challenging,” he wrote.

“That’s why you saw so many good scores. If you didn’t shoot a good score today in those conditions, you put yourself behind the 8-ball,” he said in a follow-up Tweet.

The Golden Bear may have a point. According to ESPN, the record for most players below par after the Masters first round was 38 in 2009. There were 50 players under par when play was halted because of darkness Thursday. And the average score was 71.77, another record, ESPN said. Nicklaus and South African golfing legend Gary Player hit the ceremonial tee shot to open the 2020 Masters Thursday.

The Masters was delayed seven months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jack Nicklaus Declines to Talk Trump at Masters

Jack Nicklaus refused Thursday to talk about President Donald Trump’s likely defeat, Yahoo said. The 18-time majors champion endorsed the president ahead of the 2020 election, saying voting for Joe Biden was endorsing socialism.

Election results so far have pointed to a clear Biden victory, though Trump has yet to concede. A number of news outlets have already called the race for the Democratic challenger. But Trump contends there was rampant voting fraud, though he has produced little evidence after filing a number of lawsuits.

“I think I’ve said enough about that,” Nicklaus said at Augusta National. “I don’t think this is a place for politics.”

But Nicklaus was open to discussing politics ahead of Trump’s loss. In fact, he spoke openly about a number of divisive issues before Nov. 3.

“He has delivered on his promises,” Nicklaus said of Trump. “He’s worked for the average person. In my opinion, he has been more diverse than any president I have seen and has tried to help people from all walks of life—equally. […] I also believe that Donald Trump’s policies will bring the American Dream to many families across the nation who are still trying to achieve it.”

His endorsement brought adulation and condemnation.

That division has carried over onto every social media post Nicklaus has made since.