Jack Nicklaus to cut back on tournament play
Don't expect Jack Nicklaus to play as much tournament golf this season.
Nicklaus, who turned 64 Wednesday, will make his season debut in the MasterCard Championship in Hawaii, then play in next week's Champions Skins Game.
"I'll see how I do," Nicklaus said. "More than likely, I'll probably play (Champions Tour events in) Naples and Tampa to see whether I can play. Then I'll make up my mind whether I'm going to play any more the rest of the year. I don't see myself playing much golf this year. I really don't."
Regarding the possibility of playing in his 44th Masters, the six-time champion said, "I would like to play Augusta again, but I'm not going to Augusta if I can't play."
Still, with his buddy Arnold Palmer playing in his 50th and final Masters, it's hard to believe Palmer won't be able to talk Nicklaus into playing with him again like he did last year.
Nicklaus said he doesn't plan on playing in either of the PGA Tour's two South Florida stops: The Ford Championship at Doral and the Honda Classic at Mirasol even though both are considered home events.
"No, I won't play either," Nicklaus said. "I can't play those courses. I'm just not long enough to play them anymore. I pop the ball pretty decent, but I'm still 40 yards behind the kids."
With the exception of the Masters, the only other PGA Tour event Nicklaus may play in is his Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. Last year, Nicklaus missed the cut in all four PGA Tour events he entered. His best finish in nine Champions Tour events was a seventh at the Kinko's Classic of Austin. He also was 45th in a Nationwide Tour event in South Carolina where he played with three of his sons.
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