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Busy Nicklaus still undecided about Masters

Jack Nicklaus is so excited about his health that he would like to play more tournaments, especially as he tries to decide whether to play the Masters.

One problem: He doesn't have time.

``Six months ago, I didn't think I'd be able to play golf at all,'' the 63-year-old Nicklaus said on Tuesday. ``Like an idiot, I totally booked up my schedule between now and Augusta because I had no intention to play any golf.''

He played back-to-back weeks on the Champions Tour, took a week off and then played at Doral last week. He would have liked to play this week at the Honda Classic at Palm Beach Garden, Fla.

Instead, he has to travel to Phoenix to accept an award. Also on the itinerary is a trip to Las Vegas to see Celine Dion, a birthday present for his wife.

The only opening might be next week on the Champions Tour in California -- although he has a commitment in Ohio on the Wednesday, and another in New York on the Sunday night.

The only other break is the members-only Jamboree at Augusta National at the end of March, which the six-time Masters champion doesn't want to miss.

Nicklaus might not make up his mind about the Masters until the week before.

``I'm not going up there just to be part of the field,'' he said. ``I don't expect to win, but if I play well, I think I can finish in the top 10.''


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