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May 29, 2013 | By David Wharton
At his annual news conference before the Memorial Tournament, host Jack Nicklaus weighed in on the recent friction between Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia. And he didn't waste many words. "The Sergio-Tiger thing," he said, "I mean, it's stupid. " The spat began at the Players Championship, where Garcia claimed that Woods distracted him by pulling a club from his bag -- and causing a stir in the crowd -- at an inopportune moment. The two traded barbs and Garcia later made a racially insensitive remark in reference to Woods.
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April 10, 2014 | By David Wharton
It is one of the grandest traditions at the Masters -- the honorary starters hitting ceremonial drives off the first tee. Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player did the honors to begin the first round at Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday morning. And they had at least one noteworthy fan watching on television. "It never gets old watching the honorary starters tee off," Tiger Woods tweeted . "One of the oldest and best traditions in the game. " Recovering from recent back surgery, Woods is skipping the Masters for the first time since he made his amateur debut in 1995.
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April 5, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
If you asked fans to name the greatest golfers of all time, chances are they wouldn't go too far down the list before naming Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. So it seemed only fitting that the first major of the year, the Masters, would be started Thursday by those three golfers, with Nicklaus, Player and Palmer all hitting their ceremonial first tee shots down the middle of the fairway. Nicklaus, 72, Palmer, 82, and Player, 76, combined to win 13 Masters titles.
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January 8, 2014 | By David Wharton
Tiger Woods might be stuck in a major drought -- winless in golf's biggest tournaments since 2008 -- but you can bet he's crying all the way to the bank. The world's top-ranked golfer earned more than $83 million last season, raising his career total to an unprecedented $1.3 billion, according to an article in Golf Digest . His 2013 paycheck included a reported $12 million in money from playing and $71 million in off-the-course earnings. Next year's haul could take a hit after Woods ended a lucrative video-game contract with EA Sports.
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November 5, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
CINCINNATI  -- You wouldn't think a guy like Jack Nicklaus, arguably the most successful professional golfer of all time, would have many regrets in life. But it was regret that drove Nicklaus to take a stand in the 2012 presidential election. On Sunday, Nicklaus stood in a parking lot at Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals, and asked Ohioans to vote for Mitt Romney. As Bengals fans grilled hot dogs and sipped beer before the game against the Denver Broncos - yes, a swing-state face-off  - Nicklaus stepped off a Romney bus parked next to a gravel works in the corner of Parking Lot E. It's hard to describe the effect his presence had on some of the football fans, who at first were stunned to see who was standing in their midst.
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March 4, 2010
Jack Nicklaus said Wednesday that "it would surprise me" if Tiger Woods did not return to competitive golf in time for the Masters, a tournament the embattled world No. 1 has won four times in his career. "I suspect he'll play something before Augusta," Nicklaus said behind the 18th green at PGA National, where the Honda Classic opens Thursday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.. "Your guess is as good as mine. I'd be very surprised if he doesn't play something before Augusta."
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February 26, 1990 | WOODY WOODBURN, SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE
"Beware Of Bear!" That is the sign the golfing world should post on locker room doors this year. And not just on the PGA Seniors Tour. The tall, blond flat-bellies better beware as well. The Golden Bear is hungry. The last time Jack William Nicklaus had such an appetite, he ate up the golf world. That year was 1980. Jack turned 40. The previous year he had been terrible--by Nicklaus standards.
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May 1, 1991 | MICHAEL FLAGG
Koll Co. said Tuesday that it had signed pro golfer Jack Nicklaus to design two golf courses for resorts the Newport Beach developer is building at the tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, the company's first foray into resorts. Nicklaus has designed 79 courses around the world, but the Koll courses will be the first he has designed in Mexico. Nicklaus will design 27 holes for Koll at the Hotel Palmilla, which Koll bought in 1984.
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May 23, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
Jack Nicklaus, a proud father, is battling a letdown as he prepares to defend his title in the 10th Memorial Tournament beginning today. Nicklaus, still beaming over son Jack II's victory last weekend in the North-South Amateur, put his own game on the shelf while watching his son play at Pinehurst, N.C. "My game was shoved to the back burner for four or five days," Nicklaus said, "but it might have been the best thing. I had been working pretty hard on it."
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April 14, 1986 | MIKE DOWNEY
See Jack. Jack is the greatest golfer who ever lived, most likely. Jack is no kid anymore, but he comes to the Masters and feels young again. He feels he can win it one more time. Jack rents a house. A friend comes by and reads Jack an article in an Atlanta newspaper. It says Jack Nicklaus is "done, washed up, through." Jack tacks it up on the refrigerator. Jack's mom drops by. Helen Nicklaus, 78, has not been to Augusta since Jack's first Masters, in 1959, when he was an amateur.
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January 3, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
In case you've been living on Mars and hadn't heard: Florida State junior tight end Nick O'Leary is the grandson of golf great Jack Nicklaus . "I mean, it's just like anything else," O'Leary said Friday. "Just he played golf for a living. " Yes, the same way Picasso just painted for a living. O'Leary, at 6 feet 3 and 248 pounds, is bigger than his granddad and has been a key player in the Seminoles' run to Monday night's Bowl Championship Series title game at the Rose Bowl.
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October 15, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Tiger Woods said the back problems that nagged him at the recent Presidents Cup have dissipated as he prepares for the final two events of his season. "My back feels great," he told reporters on a conference call Tuesday to promote the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, a tournament Dec. 5-8 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks that benefits Woods' charities. Woods, 37, fought lingering back pain while helping the U.S. team secure the Presidents Cup victory in Dublin, Ohio, nine days ago. But since then, "I took a week off, I've trained this week, I've gotten a bunch of treatment" that eased the problem, Woods said.
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July 24, 2013 | By David Wharton
Pro golfers have never been shy about griping to officials over tough pin locations. But when the PGA Championship comes around next month, they may have to direct their complaints elsewhere -- to the fans. The PGA has launched a campaign in which the public can vote online to select the pin location for the par-three, 181-yard 15th hole on the final day of the annual tournament, which is being played at Oak Hill this year. “The opportunity for fans to take part in the interactive 'PGA Championship Pick the Hole Location Challenge' is part of a new era in engagement that connects golf fans with the season's final major in a fun and dramatic way,” PGA President Ted Bishop said in a statement.
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July 13, 2013 | By David Wharton
The world's top-ranked golfer has a new catchphrase. Tiger Woods uttered it after falling short at the Masters this spring, and again after playing himself out of contention at the recent U.S. Open. "Just haven't gotten it done," he said. Five years have passed since major knee surgery set him back, 31/2 since scandal threw another wrench into his career. A rebuilt swing has put him back on top, but he cannot seem to perform at major championships. Heading into the British Open this week, Woods hasn't won a major since 2008 and remains stalled in his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus' all-time record.
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June 12, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
ARDMORE, Pa. - Wednesday was a beautiful day at the Merion Golf Club. Soft clouds, perfect temperature, gently cooling breezes. It was also the day before the U.S. Golf Assn., the diabolical mastermind of the U.S. Open, hands 150 players blindfolds and offers each a final puff on a cigarette. The 113th edition of this annual golf agony is meant, as always, to make the greatest golfers in the world feel as if they are wearing starched underwear. Mike Davis, executive director of the USGA, summed up nicely Wednesday morning.
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June 2, 2013 | By David Wharton
Matt Kuchar survived a brief challenge Sunday afternoon to win the Memorial Tournament and collect his second victory of the PGA Tour season. Things did not go so well for Tiger Woods at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. While Kuchar shot a four-under-par 68 in the final round, the world's top-ranked golfer finished 20 strokes back, recording his highest score since 2010. "Yeah it happens. It happens to us all," Woods said. "Go home next week and practice. " Kuchar held off Kyle Stanley at the turn, then celebrated his two-shot victory with a handshake from host Jack Nicklaus.
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July 23, 2000 | DOUG FERGUSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Just like Arnold Palmer five years ago, Jack Nicklaus crossed the famous Swilken Bridge on the 18th fairway at St. Andrews one last time in what is sure to be an emotional farewell. Only with Nicklaus, any sorrow will be compounded by a season in shambles. The 60-year-old Golden Bear, whose 18 major championships are the standard by which everyone is measured, didn't expect to whip Tiger Woods. He doubted he could win yet another major, although he never said never.
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April 20, 1986 | THOMAS BOSWELL, The Washington Post
So, how on earth did Jack Nicklaus win the Masters? The sun's gone down and come up a few times. The tidal waves of purple prose have receded. And the time has come to ask: How does a man go from the worst slump of his life to his greatest victory overnight? All the talk about emotion, tears and character is just dandy, but the old man still had to hit the golf ball, didn't he?
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June 1, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
I knew that extra time at the driving range would finally pay off. You can't call me “Four Easy Payments” any more because of all the self-help gadgets I've purchased off late-night TV. Saturday morning, after years of putting practice and sand-and-soil toil, I finally know what it feels like to play golf like Tiger Woods. In case you missed it, Woods shot eight-over-par 44 on his opening nine during third-round play at Jack Nicklaus' Memorial tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.
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May 29, 2013 | By David Wharton
At his annual news conference before the Memorial Tournament, host Jack Nicklaus weighed in on the recent friction between Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia. And he didn't waste many words. "The Sergio-Tiger thing," he said, "I mean, it's stupid. " The spat began at the Players Championship, where Garcia claimed that Woods distracted him by pulling a club from his bag -- and causing a stir in the crowd -- at an inopportune moment. The two traded barbs and Garcia later made a racially insensitive remark in reference to Woods.
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