There is a new ‘individual’ award presented at the Ryder Cup. The Inaugural Nicklaus Jacklin Award focuses on the individual player who embodies three focuses of sportsmanship exemplified by the Ryder Cup: Teamwork, Sportsmanship and Performance. These three tenets of all team sports should be celebrated regardless of what sport is played. Additionally, they should be taught and instilled early in all athletes in order to foster an fun and safe sports environment. I support this new award because it provides an avenue to recognize that some individuals are ‘anchors‘ to their team without being at the center of all the hype.

Following the conclusion of the 43rd Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, where the U.S. Ryder Cup Team won its second consecutive domestic Ryder Cup, 19-9, Dustin Johnson (U.S.) and Sergio Garcia (Europe) were named the inaugural recipients of the Nicklaus-Jacklin Award presented by Aon. The players were recognized as those who best embodied the spirit of the famous 1969 concession, when Jack Nicklaus conceded a 2-foot putt to Tony Jacklin for a halved match that resulted in the first tie in Ryder Cup history.

This new award commemorates sportsmanship, teamwork and performance in the context of better decision-making. These three attributes that were brought to the forefront by Johnson and Garcia also reflect Aon’s values and commitment to helping clients shape business decisions for the better.


The selection of Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia were solid. Both helped their teams in their own way that exemplified the intent of the Inaugural Nicklas – Jacklin Award. They are well respected professional golfers whose prominence will also add some credence to this new award.

Congratulations to both players! I look forward to you representing your respective teams at the next Ryder Cup.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

The Emotional Side of Golf

Watching Sergio Garcia and Bryson DeChambeau demonstrate their displeasure and chew up some of the golf course. This, however, is not the emotional aspect of golf I was thinking about today. The emotional side of golf I was thinking about was one that elicits a memory that we cannot forget. When we talk about a specific event from our golf game, we generally have a feeling or emotional response to that event. And that is why we remember it so well.

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Emotionally Detached When Playing Golf

After watching Sergio Garcia and Bryson DeChambeau express frustration while hitting the ball poorly out of a sand trap, I wonder if something is wrong out side of golf. Generally, they are intense players, but manage their emotions very well. Unfortunately, their over-reaction is something we see fairly often from professionals on tour in the form of swearing, throwing clubs, or in Sergio and Bryson’s case damaging the course. However, if we think the professionals are losing it, image how many amateurs react!

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My Favorite Masters Pairing

“A Tradition Like No Other”, coined by Jim Nantz of CBS Sports, definitely sums up all aspects of The Masters.  It is a tournament rich in tradition and is the most anticipated sporting event in the world! There are so many aspects of The Masters that I bet you cannot just pick three; I know I can’t! With the Honorary Starters ready to do their thing in 24 hours, I was wondering who would be my favorite Masters Pairing. Continue reading

Removing Your Clothes to Make a Golf Shot

Recently, I stumbled across Sergio Garcia making a golf shot from the cart path. Normally this would not be anything odd for Sergio, however he did without any shoes. Of course we have all watched as players remove shoes and roll up they pant legs for shots out of the water, but I have never seen someone remove their shoes to hit off a cart path. Have you? Continue reading