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Jack Nicklaus declines his Masters invitation

Jack Nicklaus received his annual invitation to play in the Masters early last month, a tradition that for him began in 1959. But this was the earliest he said no.

"I received a letter of invitation in early January and have already declined," Nicklaus said.

Nicklaus ended his incomparable run in the majors at the British Open last year, and the only reason for him to take his clubs to Augusta National this year is for the Par 3 Tournament.

There was speculation last week about Nicklaus' plans, considering this is the 20-year anniversary of winning his sixth green jacket at age 46. He was quoted at the Wendy's Champions Skins Game last week as saying he hasn't made up his mind what he was going to do at the Masters and "I hope I'm smart enough not to take my golf clubs."

Nicklaus, however, is only going to Augusta National for the Champions Dinner on the Tuesday and the Golf Writers Association of America dinner on the Wednesday. He will not be part of the competition.

February 15, 2006


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