Arnie Jack Enemies Again in Skins


2005 WendyJack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer continue their 45-year rivalry at the Wendys Champions Skins Game Monday on Maui. And today the competition is just as fierce as it was at the U.S. Open in 1962 when Nicklaus prevailed over Palmer in a playoff.
'Every time we play it's fun and special because you never know how much golf we'll play together,' Nicklaus said Thursday. 'Even 40 years after we started, we're still trying to drum each other.'
The format will be a little different from normal skins games, however. The two will play with six others, arranged in two-man teams. Then each team will play an alternate-shot format.
Palmer will partner with Peter Jacobsen in the skins format. Nicklaus is partnered by Tom Watson. They will be opposed by a team of Gary Player and Hale Irwin. The last team is Raymond Floyd and Dana Quigley.
Palmer is 76 years of age now, Nicklaus is 66. But that doesnt deter Palmer one bit where golf is concerned.
Arnold's going to play until you put him in the ground and that's fine because that's what Arnold wants to do,' Nicklaus said. 'This is not only Arnold's vocation, it's his avocation, his hobby, it's his life. That's what he does - play golf.'
Watson also knows Palmers competitive nature, though Palmer was already through his tour winning years when Watson came along.
Arnold wants to beat me just as badly as I want to beat him,' Watson said. 'I may have the advantage in my length, but I certainly don't have any advantage in the will to win.'
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