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Nicklaus Says He'll Probably Play Masters

March 22, 2004|Peter Yoon

Jack Nicklaus wasn't particularly pleased with his performance in the Toshiba Senior Classic, but said Sunday that it was encouraging enough that he probably would play the Masters in two weeks.

"More than likely I will play," Nicklaus said. "I came here with the attitude that unless something disastrous happened, I was probably going to decide to play and I probably will play now."

Nicklaus said last week that he didn't want to play the Masters if he didn't think he could play well. He arrived at Newport Beach Country Club undecided about Augusta, but shot rounds of 71-70-69 and tied for 36th.

"I did a lot of good things and I did a lot of bad things and enough of it was good that it gave me a positive feeling," Nicklaus said. "I can't imagine not playing [the Masters] at this point unless I hurt myself or something."

It will be the 44th appearance at the Masters for the six-time champion. He has missed only the 1999 and 2002 tournaments since his debut in 1959.

-- Peter Yoon

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