A more plausible explanation is that Nicklaus keeps winning simply because he has never tired of winning. When he scored the double eagle on Saturday, he raised his arms and grinned like a schoolboy. Asked if such shots were still a thrill, he snorted and said facetiously, "Just a little."
On Sunday, with the Tradition's little silver cup up for grabs, no one seemed willing to get in the great man's way. Floyd began the day two shots off the lead but went out in 40 and drowned in Nicklaus's backwash. Tom Weiskopf had contended all week but shot 75. Bob Murphy had also been in the hunt yet could do no better than par. Only Irwin could sustain a challenge, and Irwin, after watching Jack finish with a gratuitous birdie on 18, said, "I felt like it was my opportunity to prolong the legacy of Jack Nicklaus."
That's a fitting epitaph, when you think about it, for practically every prominent golfer of Irwin's generation.