Jack Nicklaus on tweet supporting Trump: I knew 'it was going to cause me some grief' but 'I think he's been great'

The golfing legend also said he thinks COVID-19 numbers are inflated. ‘I hate to say that.’

When Vice President Mike Pence recently asked Jack Nicklaus if he would publicly support President Donald Trump and his bid for re-election, the legendary golfer did not hesitate.

“I’m delighted to do that,” Nicklaus, the North Palm Beach resident, said Friday, speaking about the controversial post for the first time. “I said, ‘You know how I feel about him. He’s been very supportive to everything we’ve ever done. He’s asked for nothing. If I can just on my own do that, I would be happy to do it.’

“And I know it was going to cause me some grief. So, that’s what I did.”

Opinion: Jack Nicklaus’ support of Donald Trump disappointing but not surprising

Pence’s call came as Trump, a part-time Palm Beach resident, and former Vice President Joe Biden are heading into Tuesday’s election. The race has become contentious, and caused a political and social divide in the country, which is why Nicklaus, the PGA Hall of Famer, was prepared for the reaction from his six-paragraph statement posted on Twitter Thursday.

“I knew when I did that that I would have certain…

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