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Injured Nicklaus withdraws from Par 3 Challenge

Craig Stadler, one of golf's most colorful players, has graciously agreed to replace Jack Nicklaus in the Sun Microsystems, Inc. Par 3 Challenge at Aviara Four Seasons Resort, Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Stadler was given a special exemption to play in the tournament because he is still on the PGA Tour and is replacing a player on the Senior PGA Tour.

Stadler, who was born in San Diego and remains one of the area's most popular players, has won 17 tournaments worldwide (12 on the PGA Tour) during his 25-year career, including the 1982 Masters. He will join PGA Tour stars Fred Couples, Ben Crenshaw, and Gary Nicklaus, Senior PGA Tour stars Lee Trevino (defending champion) and Gary McCord and LPGA Tour stars Nancy Lopez, Dottie Pepper, and Grace Park in the $580,000 tournament that also offers a $1 million bonus for a hole in one on every hole.


A shoulder injury has forced Jack Nicklas to withdraw from the Par 3 Challenge. Allsport.

A nagging shoulder injury has forced Nicklaus to withdraw from the event. Nicklaus has been advised by his doctor to take time to rehabilitate the shoulder. Surgery is not necessary, and the rehabilitation should allow Nicklaus to return to competition later this month in several previously scheduled events and exhibitions.

"I am obviously disappointed that I will not be able to play with my son Gary this week," Nicklaus said. "I was really looking forward to playing in the Sun Microsystems Par 3 Challenge because it is a fun format for spectators and a terrific event for the television audience. I appreciate Craig's willingness to step in for me and I know the other players and fans will enjoy having him join the field."

Soccer phenom Mia Hamm will be joined by New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens and television and film star James Garner.

Every hole on the Four Seasons Resort Aviara's signature Arnold Palmer golf course, will be modified to make it a par-3.




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