Nicklaus Adjusting to Life without Tournament Golf

By Associated PressMay 20, 2006, 4:00 pm
UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio -- He's playing less these days than a weekend hacker. Jack Nicklaus, however, is doing fine, and he doesn't miss the grind of tournaments and practice.
'I just haven't played any golf -- and that's been OK,' Nicklaus said Saturday. 'I've been working hard. Most people work all their life and retire and play golf, and I played golf all my life and retired to work. But I've enjoyed it. I've had an absolute blast.'
That might not be the case for his wife, Barbara. Suddenly, the Golden Bear is pacing the house and looking for things to do.
'I will say, there's been a lot of changes around the house,' son Gary Nicklaus said with a laugh. 'My mom kind of has a joke that if he sits around the house too long he's going to add on to the house or rebuild it.'
The elder Nicklaus visited his hometown in suburban Columbus for an exhibition round to officially open Ohio State's rebuilt Scarlet Course. Nicklaus, who played his college golf at Scarlet, accepted a $1 fee to update Alister MacKenzie's design. The yearlong reconstruction project cost $4.2 million.
The course will be tested this week when it hosts the NCAA women's championship. Nicklaus added nearly 200 yards to the layout, stretching it to 7,444 yards from the tips and cutting par by a stroke to 71.
Nicklaus played the exhibition with his son, also a former Ohio State golfer; former athletic director Andy Geiger, who gave the green light to the course work; and two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, now in charge of Ohio State's alumni office.
During the exhibition, there were some vintage Nicklaus moments.
As he gave running commentary on his philosophy in redoing the dogleg, 435-yard first hole, he dubbed a chip shot and then rolled in a twisting 25-footer for par.
As he teed off on the third hole, the 65-year-old Nicklaus said to no one in particular, 'I think I just heard my hip squeak. It does that from time to time.'
His drive found the fairway, but wasn't as long as he would have liked. He turned to face the hundreds of people traipsing behind on the course and said, 'You guys always wanted to play golf like I do. Now you can.'
After winning 18 major championships during a magnificent career, Nicklaus left competitive golf last summer. He said he has played only nine rounds of golf since his swan song at the 2005 British Open at St. Andrew's.
He keeps busy with his course-design business, still represents a select few sponsors and spends as much time as he can with his brood of kids and grandkids. Nicklaus said he's 'bored to tears' sitting around the house. He's also put on some weight.
'I feel great, but I've gotten fat,' he said. 'Boy, when you're traveling. ... I've put on about 10 or 15 pounds I don't like. But that'll come off.'

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.