President Donald Trump hopes “The Golden Bear” can have the golden touch to give him the golden ticket come next week.
Jack Nicklaus, arguably the greatest golfer ever, posted a lengthy letter on Twitter on Wednesday night to announce that he voted for Trump. The 80-year-old legend reaches more than octogenarians with his brand name in the game and his “favorite son” status in Ohio, a key swing state.
“I have had the privilege over the last three and a half years to get to know our current President a little more as his term progressed,” Nicklaus wrote. “I have been very disappointed at what he’s had to put up with from many directions, but with that, I have seen a resolve and a determination to do the right thing for our country.
“He has delivered on his promises. 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.”
Nicklaus and Trump have shared golf outings, a friendship and business dealings. Nicklaus’ company designed Trump’s golf course in New York. Trump named the largest Trump National Doral villa after Nicklaus. The Trump administration’s 2020 funding plan steered $20 million to a Nicklaus mobile children’s hospital project, according to Politico.
The all-time leader in winning 18 major tournaments, believes in Trump’s policies realizing the American dream. He also supported Trump in 2016 and implores voters to pick Trump to avoid a socialist America.
“You might not like the way our President says or tweets some things–and trust me, I have told him that! –but I have learned to look past that and focus on what he’s tried to accomplish,” Nicklaus wrote.
“This is not a personality contest; it’s about patriotism, policies and the people they impact.”
Trump pinned Nicklaus’ tweet for a short time, perhaps wanting to show Nicklaus how he could stick the pin.