I’m old enough to remember the John Wayne classic and the Orlando and Dawn song. Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy likely never heard of either, so why the yellow ribbons? When they popped up at the Memorial, I had to do some research.
Thank Jack Nicklaus. And I say that sincerely. I was not aware of this, but Jack has a movement called “Play Yellow.” He and his wife Barbara launched the campaign in 2019. Its sole purpose is to raise pediatric care funds for costs that insurance doesn’t cover.
Sometimes it takes a while for dreams to come to fruition. Nicklaus was influenced by a young man with bone cancer over fifty years ago. Craig Smith, the son of Barbara’s minister, was diagnosed in 1968. He died three years later. He and Jack were close friends.
In 1967, the year before Craig’s condition was discovered, Jack Nicklaus set a US Open record by shooting 275 at Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey. Craig told him that he knew he would win because he wore his “lucky” yellow shirt.
The Golden Bear would not win another major until 1970, when he won the Open at St. Andrews. He would go on to win a total of eighteen majors. We love Tiger, but Jack is the greatest of all time. He’s also October Golf Magazine’s Hero of the week this week.
Play Yellow is a collaborative effort between the PGA Tour and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Their goal is to raise $100 million over five years. To donate, Click Here.
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