Golden Bear Jack Nicklaus forever Canadian Open bridesmaid

Surprisingly, golf legend Jack Nicklaus has never won the Canadian Open. (Mark Blinch/Reuters/Files)

Surprisingly, golf legend Jack Nicklaus has never won the Canadian Open. (Mark Blinch/Reuters/Files)

TIM MCKAY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:31 PM ET

As the Golden Bear reflects in his golden years, he considers the Canadian Open the one that got away.

And that's saying something for the greatest golfer in the modern history of the game, a guy who has won a record 18 major championships and sits third in career PGA Tour victories with 73.

As the first round of 104th installment was being contested Thursday, Jack Nicklaus, on a conference call for the upcoming PGA Championship at Oak Hill, sounded almost wistful about his failure to capture Canada's Open championship.

“Well, that's about what my memory is, second in the Canadian Open way too many times,” the 73-year-old said of his astounding seven runner-up finishes here.

“I always enjoyed the Canadian Open and always seemed to play pretty well there and never seemed to quite ... I was always the bridesmaid and never quite the bride on that one.”

And who better than his bride to push him to keep trying throughout his career.


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