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Nicklaus undergoes minor back surgery

Jack Nicklaus recently had surgery on his lower back to relieve pain in his legs that has bothered him in recent years. The surgery lasted only three hours, and Nicklaus was walking later in the day.

He could return to playing golf within a month, although the Golden Bear said that wasn't the reason for surgery.

"I had this procedure done for my quality of life, not for golf," Nicklaus said. "I enjoy staying active, and this will allow me to remain active, but hopefully with much less pain in the upper legs."

Still, Nicklaus said he needed to be in good shape if decides to play next year.

He has said he likely would play the Open Championship at St. Andrews for the last time, and he could also play in the Masters and his Memorial tournament.

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