“Donald called and said, ‘I want you to bring that kid that can really talk,'” Nicklaus told the Associated Press. “Every time he talks to [Nicklaus’s wife] Barbara and me he says, ‘That is the best speech I ever heard.’ He called personally to ask me to come [to the inauguration].”
The kid to whom the president-elect referred is Jack Nicklaus II and the speech is the one he delivered at that gold medal ceremony. (You can see it here, starting at the 32-minute mark.)
Among the anecdotes Trump heard Nicklaus’s son share that day is his father’s response when he asked how he had managed to never choke in a big moment. The answer was simple, the Golden Bear said. He was not afraid to win.
“‘Anybody can lose,'” Nicklaus II said his father told him. “‘It takes courage to win.’ He went on to say in winning you separate yourself from your competitors. With success comes great responsibility. People will expect more from you. It takes courage to win.”
Nicklaus has long been on the Trump bandwagon, so it’s no surprise that he’d be making his way to D.C.
“I like what Donald has done,” Nicklaus told “CBS Sunday Morning in May. “He’s turning America upside-down. [He’s] awakening the country. Is he as smooth and as politically correct as he should be? Probably not. But he’ll learn. He’s not stupid. He didn’t get where he was being dumb. I like the guy. He’s a good man.”