One problem: He doesn't have time.
''Six months ago, I didn't think I'd be able to play golf at all,'' the 63-year-old Nicklaus said. ''Like an idiot, I totally booked up my schedule between now and Augusta because I had no intention to play any golf.''
He played back-to-back weeks on the Champions Tour, took a week off and then played at Doral. He would have liked to play this week at the Honda Classic.
Instead, he has to travel to Phoenix to accept an award. Also on the itinerary is a trip to Las Vegas to see Celine Dion, a birthday present for his wife.
The only opening might be next week on the Champions Tour in California -- although he has a commitment in Ohio on Wednesday, and another in New York on Sunday night. The only other break is the members-only Jamboree at Augusta National at the end of March, which Nicklaus doesn't want to miss.
Nicklaus might not make up his mind about The Masters until the week before.
''I'm not going up there just to be part of the field,'' he said. ''I don't expect to win, but if I play well, I think I can finish in the top 10.''