could keep Nicklaus out of Masters
S.C. January 8th 1999 - Jack Nicklaus hasn't yet quite admitted
it, but hip replacement surgery could be facing the nearly 59-year-old
hip disease has plagued Nicklaus for 10 years and is now getting
worse and may keep him from chasing his seventh Masters title at
Augusta in April.
"My plans this
year? I'm not sure," Nicklaus said this week. "I'm working on my
body, specifically my hip, to see if I can play. Right now, I can't
play at all. It's very frustrating when you physically can't do
what you've always been able to do."
in South Carolina to speak to the annual Greenville Chamber of Commerce
dinner and do some promotional work for Greenville-based Dunlop-Maxfli.
myself for surgery, mentally," he said. "If I have to have it, I
mean four to six months of rehabilitation, Nicklaus said, meaning
he would miss the Masters for the first time in 40 years. It may
be necessary if he is to fulfill his goal of playing in all four
majors in 2000.
had health problems before, with back and knee surgery in the past,
but he said "nothing hurt this bad before."