Per custom, host Jack Nicklaus grabbed a microphone on Memorial Tournament eve and waxed extensively on topics past, present and future. This annual "World According to Jack" address is among the most interesting staples in golf, because of what is being said and who is weighing in.
This time, early on, the subject matter swung around to Merion, site of next month's US Open. And Nicklaus wasted no time in throwing a fastball at the common belief that players will hit few drivers off the tee at a course measuring almost 7,000 yards.
"If they're only using (driver) two or three times, you're not going to win a golf tournament," said Nicklaus, who lost an 18-hole Open playoff to Lee Trevino there in 1971 when the course measured 6,544 yards. "That's my opinion at Merion. You've got 2, 4, 5, 6, 14, maybe 15, and 16 and 18 where you're going to use your driver. That's a number of times. And you may try to drive the green on one."
As it happened, at least one golfer pulled out the big ...