CINCINNATI -- You wouldn’t think a guy like Jack Nicklaus, arguably the most successful professional golfer of all time, would have many regrets in life.
But it was regret that drove Nicklaus to take a stand in the 2012 presidential election.
On Sunday, Nicklaus stood in a parking lot at Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals, and asked Ohioans to vote for Mitt Romney.
As Bengals fans grilled hot dogs and sipped beer before the game against the Denver Broncos— yes, a swing-state face-off — Nicklaus stepped off a Romney bus parked next to a gravel works in the corner of Parking Lot E. It’s hard to describe the effect his presence had on some of the football fans, who at first were stunned to see who was standing in their midst.
“I never in a million years thought I’d be standing next to a Romney bus with Jack Nicklaus inside,” said Ryan Sullivan, 29, an Ohio Department of Transportation worker. “He’s the Golden Bear! He’s the guy Tiger Woods is chasing. He’s a great member of society, a class act.”