Jack Nicklaus on the passing of 12-time PGA TOUR winner, two-time Ryder Cup member, passionate junior golf supporter, and friend Calvin Peete

2015_04_29-Peete_web“I thought Calvin Peete was a remarkable golfer. He overcame a lot of adversity, including a physical limitation, to become a very, very good golfer. He played on my Ryder Cup team in 1983 and he was an excellent team member and player. Calvin helped us to get off to a good start that year with a win in a match that included Seve [Ballesteros], and then in Singles, where every point was so critical, he picked up a big victory.

“Over the years, we played a lot of golf together, and I was amazed at what he could get out of his game. He was an extremely straight driver of the golf ball; a very smart golfer; and, you might say, he was very much an overachiever.

“Off the golf course, Calvin was a tremendously warm and caring man. I always liked Calvin, and enjoyed a great relationship with him. We always had fun together. Calvin gave so much of himself to the game and to others, and there are countless young men and women whose lives he touched through The First Tee and other organizations, who owe Calvin a debut of gratitude.

“He will be missed by so many, including Barbara and me. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Peete family and his many friends.”