Nicklaus went to the practice area Saturday evening and got straight with his swing. "Too short on the backswing," was his explanation for those hooks. And, indeed, there were none of those on Sunday when Nicklaus played and putted masterfully and quickly built his lead to five strokes after three holes, seven after 13 and eight after 14. He lost one stroke off his insurmountable lead while strolling through the last four holes, but his victory margin of seven shots was still another record.
"I guess it might have looked like a dull day to most people," Jack said, "but it wasn't dull to me. I played well, but you have to on this golf course. You have to play Oak Hill. If you wait for somebody to catch you, they will. I think that's a compliment to the course. It's a marvelous layout and it was in beautiful condition. I got lucky and managed to stay ahead of it."
Nicklaus added, "In judging how Oak Hill performed, I don't think anybody ought to look at what I did. They ought to look at what the rest of the field did."
If anyone could find the other players, they would, Jack.