It’s been a long week at Jack Nicklaus’s super-yacht, the Big One, in Bermuda as the Masters and U.S. Ryder Cup teams have been training for the playoffs and the majors this weekend. But the captain’s day on September 17th to the U.S. team was a smash hit.
The day began with an all-out game of hoops. Players from all five teams could come up to the sailing one of Jack’s three massive boats and play competitive games, though the U.S. team took home the win in the day’s key contests. Day 2 of practice had players doing something less competitive: catching a wave.
Jordan Spieth hoisted his caddy on his back while Jim Furyk ducked in and out of the waves, bouncing his toes together.
Here is a look at the day’s highlights.
Day 1 of practice
In the morning session, the U.S. team blew open the Ryder Cup with a scrimmage game for the media. Furyk hopped out of his luxurious yacht, the TB1, to come out on the catamaran. Spieth flapped his arms and legs and ripped the sails off the ship when the boat moved. The practice round took a nasty turn when Maverick McNealy, who made the playoffs and then led all Americans in the tournament, rolled his shaft and fractured an ankle while practicing on a mooring. McNealy had to be wheeled off the yacht to an ambulance and will miss the weekend’s practices. The American group is hopeful McNealy can recover in time to play in the final round.
Brittany Lincicome received a call from Tiger Woods later in the day. “Just wanted to check in and see how you were doing,” Woods said on his way into Lincicome’s hotel.
Brian Harman plays a ball with a gnarly looking fishing line in his hands on the sailing deck and yells to teammates during an all-out game of hoops against the boat he captain. He called the game “heavily competitive.” The man known as “The Hammer” didn’t play a single basket in the game. “I think I just made a few layups,” he laughed.
Photos by: courtesy of Jack Nicklaus/Longboat Key Yacht Club
Day 2, practice
Spieth’s and Furyk’s teams lost to the rest of the fleet in a spirited game of football and putting. Spieth was sacked from time to time by Furyk, who took home the win. Earlier in the day, Furyk said, “Right now, Jordan is having one of those days.”
Day 3, practice
Before his group played, Woods talked about how playing for teammates had improved his game. In the morning session, Woods posted a 2-over 72, shot 67 in the afternoon and missed out on qualifying for the weekend by four strokes.
Spieth and Furyk made the most of the day with an intense round of beach volleyball in the afternoon. Spieth pulled his wife, Morgan, out of a school bus for help on the sand. He also joked, “The guy who makes the good routine out of my hair just won.”
This sequence took place during a morning round that saw the U.S. team posting 10 straight birdies. The Americans went on to win by 19 strokes.
Day 4, practice
Spieth and Furyk went head-to-head in a three-person sand volleyball game. Furyk lost in a spirited close match, but pulled out the win at the end when the two pulled off a play off for the win. At the end of the round, Spieth’s group had recorded the most birdies of any group and the highest score.