July 23, 2024

During the 2024 Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village, broadcast on CBS, golf legend Jack Nicklaus broke down in tears.

Legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus broke down in tears when he revealed that his late wife Barbara would be the 2025 Memorial Tournament honoree.

Alongside analyst Jim Nantz, Nicklaus made the announcement during Sunday’s CBS final round broadcast.

“Jim, I just can’t seem to get it out,” Nicklaus sobbed.

Barbara Nicklaus is here. I find it difficult to leave. I apologize, but Barbara has played such a significant role in this competition.

“Jack Nicklaus is being honored by all, but Barbara Nicklaus has been there for everything.

“And the captains believed that Barbara should be the recipient of the honor because it is the 50th anniversary of the Memorial.

“I’m crying again after breaking down and crying the other night.”

“We understand,” Nantz stated. It’s the ideal decision without a doubt. At the 25th edition, you were the honored guest.”

“There is no tournament without Barbara,” he continued.

Watch the clip here:

A beautiful moment
@JackNicklaus announces Barbara Nicklaus as the 2025 @MemorialGolf honoree. pic.twitter.com/ZtMdbZ3drv

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 9, 2024
Nicklaus married Barbara in July 1960.

They have 22 grandchildren in addition to their five children, Jack, Steven, Nancy, Gary, and Michael.

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